Slovakia

 

Four day walks in this mountain area of the Lower Tatras, Slovakia

Getting there: The highways to Vienna (A) and Bratislava , going north to Trenĉin and Ruzomberok. Our destination was  Liptovska Osada, between the higher and lower Tatras, or between Ruzemberok and Banska Bystrica. The Narodny Park Velka Fatra.
Maps: You easy can buy useful walking maps in the cities of Slovakia. Just as in the Czech Republic, the - many - trails are well maintained. We used the “Turisticka Mapa Vel’ka Fatra, nr 121, VKU (Vojensky kartograficky ustav Harmanec. Scale: 1:50.000.
Accommodation: although booked for one night we stayed more days at a pension in Liptovska Osada: a lot of snow. So, we made day walks from this pension (guesthouse).

Easter 1995: 4 day-walks from a private family-pension* in Liptovska Osada. A great base for beautiful hikes across the mountain peaks. To enjoy all those views of the snowy mountains.
Height: 609 m. until 1567 m.

12-16 km a day.

Day 1: Liptovska Osada - Zvolen - Donovaly vv
Dag 2: Liptovska Osada - Liptovske Revuce, by de Krackov (1397 m.) vv
Dag 3: Liptovska Osada - Siprun (1461 m.) vv
Dag 4: Liptovska Osada - Mala Smrekovica (1530 m.) vv

On trail: hiking through snow is a special experience. With clear weather phenomenal views. But also looking for the marks….and: fresh traces of bears. People say that also the lynx lives here.
Near Donavaly we saw some people (Donavaly is a well-known ski resort). But most of the time we were on our own.
Day 3:There also are some signposted trails to the Šiprúň from Ružomberok. Informations, maps, at the tourist office  Ružombero: 15 km. from Liptovska Osada.
De Lower Tatras is protected by UNESCO. Because of the karst rocks there are a lot of caves.
Hidden in the valleys some villages where people invited us for the “celebration” of Easter. Folklore. With music and a lot of  alcohol.

* 2019: The pension is closed. But there are alternatives.

Below a photo-video collage of the Big Tatra, in summer!