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High Tatras and Mount Gerlach

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Slovakia
Activity type
Self Guided Walking
Duration
8 days & 7 nights
Difficulty
Strenuous
Accomodation
Various
Availability
June - October

Itinerary

Day 1: Poprad
Day 2: Zelene Pleso
Day 3: Zamka hut
Day 4: Sliezsky Dom
Day 5: Gerlach Prak
Day 6: Rysy Peak
Day 7: Strbske Pleso / Poprad
Day 8: Departure

Overview for High Tatras and Mount Gerlach

Experience an epic self guided trek in the High Tatras, the highlight of which will be summitting Mount Gerlach with an experienced mountain guide. Gerlachovský štít (2,655 m) is the highest peak in the High Tatras in Slovakia and in the whole 1,500 km long Carpathian mountain chain. It has played a symbolic role in the eyes of the rulers and populations of several Central European nations, to the point that between the 19th and mid-20th century, it had four different names with six name reversals. It managed to be the highest mountain of the Kingdom of Hungary, and of the countries of Czechoslovakia, Slovakia and then Czechoslovakia again within the span of less than three decades of the 20th century.

The first confirmed ascent of Gerlach was made by Ján (Johann) Still from the village of Nová Lesná in 1834. In 1880, the routes through the Velická próba (Velická Challenge) and Batizovská próba (Batizovská Challenge) were secured by chains. Only members of a national UIAA club are allowed to climb the peak on their own. Other visitors have to take a certified mountain guide (which is included in your package, 1 guide per max 3 people).

The two easiest routes, usually up the Velická próba and down the Batizovská próba named after their respective valleys, are protected by chains. There is an exposed section along the Velická próba. With no snow, the routes are graded as a II or III climb (UIAA scale) or lower. The total elevation gain is about 1,000 m for those who spend the night at the Sliezsky Dom Hotel.

Highlights


Itinerary for High Tatras and Mount Gerlach

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Day 1: Poprad

Arrive at Poprad airport and meet with our representative at the airport. Car transfer to the guest-house.

Poprad is considered to be the primary entrance gate to the High Tatras. Next to interesting historical sites and famous medieval Spisska Sobota town, the modern and eco-friendly tourist resort Aquacity Poprad is a big attraction.

Day 2: Biela Voda – Velke Biele pleso –  Zelene pleso

By local bus transport, you reach the starting point of the trek, Biela Voda. Following a 1.6 km yellow marked trail you reach point Nad Matliarmi where you change the route on a blue-marked trail which leads you to Velke Biele pleso lake. After short rest, you continue via red marked path to the goal of the day – Zelene pleso lake where the first mountain hut is located.

Optional: If you feel fit, you can take a trek to Jahnaci peak. It is 3.5 km route with 740 m elevation gain. Back via the same path.

Day 3: Zelene Pleso – Velka Svistovka – Skalnate pleso – Zamka hut

Following a red-marked route, you pass through Velka Svistovka peak, Skalnate pleso and after 8.6 km you reach Zamka hut where you will spend the night. Skalnate pleso is the station for the cable car to Lomnicky peak. There is a restaurant where you can purchase lunch or snack and take a short break.

Optional: If you feel good and the weather is fine you can take a 4 km green marked route from Zamka hut to Teryho hut (2,015 m). For this tour, you need additional 3 hours.

  • Walking for the day: 3-4 hours or 7-8 hours, ↑600m or ↑1000m
  • Accommodation: Zamka hut

Day 4: Zamka hut – Sliezsky Dom (1,670 m)

Via Tatranska Magistrala, the red-marked longest route in the High Tatras you get to the charming Sliezsky Dom hotel, which is the base for climbing Mount Gerlach.

  • Walking for the day: 4-5 hours, ↑500m
  • Accommodation: Sliezsky Dom hotel (dormitory with shared facilities, optional upgrade to private en-suite room)

Day 5: Guided Climb of Mt Gerlach (2,655 m)

Meet your English-speaking local guide and climb Gerlachovský štít, the highest peak in the High Tatras in Slovakia and in the whole 1,500 km long Carpathian mountain chain.

  • Walking for the day: 6-8 hours, ↑1000m
  • Accommodation:  Sliezsky Dom hotel (dormitory with shared facilities, optional upgrade to private en-suite room)

Day 6: Sliezsky Dom – Popradske pleso

Follow the red-marked longest route in the High Tatras you get to Popradske pleso where the 2* Popradske Pleso hotel is located. This day is quite demanding but offers beautiful views over Tatra valleys, and there are many small and large glacial lakes so typical for the High Tatras.

Day 7: Popradske pleso – Rysy Peak (2,499 m) – Strbske pleso

Another hiking day which is demanding regarding elevation gain (1,295 m). Rysy is one of the most visited peaks in the High Tatras. It offers a breathtaking view of the surrounding panorama. Under Rysy Peak you find another cosy mountain hut where you can have a rest and purchase some refreshments. Back via the same trail. From Popradske Pleso you walk to Strbske Pleso and take a local tram to Poprad town.

  • Walking for the day: 7 hours, ↑1200m
  • Accommodation: Atrium Guesthouse, private en-suite room

Day 8: Departure or Onward Travel

Return home or individual stay extension.

Hotels for High Tatras and Mount Gerlach

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Accommodation is provided in two mountain huts with long and interesting history, the charming Sliezsky Dom  at the foot of Gerlach Peak, one 2* mountain hotel at Popradske Pleso and a stylish guesthouse in the historical part of Poprad. Accommodation in the mountain huts and Sliezsky Dom is in dormitories with shared facilities (optional upgrade to a private en-suite room for the two nights in Sliezsky Dom).

*Hotels are subject to availability. In case a particular hotel is fully booked for your desired dates, we will replace it with a hotel of equal value and quality level. We will provide exact accommodation details to you upon booking confirmation.

Sample hotels: Popradske Pleso hotel, Zelene Pleso mountain hut, Atrium, Sliezsky Dom

Meals

Breakfast is included. Half board option is possible to order. Each hotel has its own restaurant where you can taste international or Slovak meals or you can also try Slovak cuisine in local restaurants called Salash or Koliba. Each hiking day passes by several mountain huts with restaurant facilities where you can get water and lunch. We recommend you to try the lentil or goulash soup. From the soft drinks, we recommend kofola which is similar to Coca-Cola and is a traditional drink. You should also try traditional local spirits called Horec or Tatra Tea. These are the typical spirits for the High Tatras and are made of herbs. Be careful – they are quite strong.

On the trails, you can meet men with huge loads on their backs who supply huts with goods. It is another attraction in the High Tatras.

Travel for High Tatras and Mount Gerlach

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Recommended arrival and departure airport: Poprad Tatry

Flight information can change rapidly, and not all flights run daily. Please do check directly with the airlines’ websites or Skyscanner before finalising any booking with us. Please do not book your flights before we have confirmed your booking.

Alternative airports: Bratislava or Krakow

You can check Bratislava or Krakow airports too, with more frequent flights from different UK airports operated mostly by Ryanair.


Transfers to/from Airports

Transfers from Poprad Tatry airport to the hotel in Poprad and back are included. The driver will wait for you at the arrival hall holding up a board with your name. Pick up time from the hotel on departure day will be specified on the spot. You will be provided with the contact info of the driver.

Airport transfers from Bratislava and Krakow can be arranged at an additional cost.

Private Transfers

Transfers from the Poprad Tatry airport to the guesthouse and from the guesthouse to the Poprad Tatry airport are included. Cable cars and cog railway on walkign days are included as per itinerary. You will get a GoPass card which serves as a ticket for all rides purchased according to the itinerary. Local transports are excluded.

Baggage Transfers

Baggage transfer is NOT included on all days as the huts are not accessible by car. On Day 2 your main luggage will be transferred from Atrium to Sliezsky Dom hotel where you arrive on Day 4 and on Day 6 it will be moved back to Atrium where it will be waiting for your arrival on Day 7. If you have an extra baggage with you, you can leave it in the Atrium guesthouse while hiking in the mountains.

Country Info

Timezone: GMT + 1
Language: Slovak. In hotels and huts, staff speaks English. Most of the young people are used to foreign travellers and speak English.
Population: 5 mln.
Electric supply and plugs: 220V, 50hZ, two-pin round plugs
Phone code: +421
Currency: EUR
Sample costs:

  • soup: 2 EUR;
  • soft drinks: 1-2 EUR;
  • coffee: 1-2 EUR;
  • main dish: 6-15 EUR;
  • 3 courses menu: 12-20 EUR.

Up-to-date travel advice on Slovakia is available here.

Trip Info for High Tatras and Mount Gerlach

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Difficulty Grade: Strenuous

Strenuous level, suitable for fit and experienced hikers only. The terrain is mostly rocky. Hiking is not appropriate for beginners and casual hikers but for fit hikers that are used to walk at high altitudes and longer distances. Only members of a national UIAA club are allowed to climb the peak on their own. Other visitors have to take a certified mountain guide (which is included in your package, 1 guide per max 3 people). The two easiest routes, usually up the Velická próba and down the Batizovská próba named after their respective valleys, are protected by chains. There is an exposed section along the Velická próba. With no snow, the routes are graded as a II or III climb (UIAA scale) or lower. Average walking distance is 15 km while total elevation gain exceeds 4,800 m and average daily elevation gain is 1000 m (read more about difficulty grades).

Route Navigation

You will walk on hiking trails only, where the terrain is mostly rocky and can become slippery in rain or fog. We strongly advise you to follow only marked trails and never try to shorten the path through the unknown and unmarked terrain. We will provide you with detailed road notes and maps, and you can call our 24/7 local assistance phone number anytime. More detailed info on route navigation will be included in your holiday information pack.

When to Go

Tour can be organized between June 15 and October 31 only. The itinerary contains routes which are closed to the public during winter and spring. It is due to protection of nature. Best months for hiking in the High Tatras are September and October.

The flexibility of self-guided holidays means that there are no fixed dates and you can start your holiday on any date in the season – so please indicate desired starting date when booking.

Weather

Climate is mostly of a mountain and alpine character, cold and moist influenced by high altitudes. Snow cover in valleys and peaks persists from 180 to 250 days of a year. Windy weather is typical, and during summer afternoon storms are usual. Average year temperature in 1000 m above sea level is 5°C, in July it is 15 °C. Last years hot and dry weather waves affected mountains. In such weather, hiking is very demanding.

What to Bring

Main luggage is limited to airline policy only. On walking days your main luggage is transported to the next accommodation. For your daily essentials, you should bring a comfortable rucksack. Bringing good hiking shoes and waterproof jacket is essential. In May and October, light gloves can also be useful.

Below is a non-exclusive list of what you should bring to this trip. More detailed info will be included in your holiday information pack. If you need further advice, please contact a reputable outdoor retailer or us.

  • Good hiking boots;
  • Hiking socks;
  • Several t-shirts (preferably breathable/fast drying);
  • Packable waterproof and windproof jacket with hood;
  • Synthetic mid layer or warm fleece;
  • Trainers and/or sandals – to relax and wear inside accommodation;
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and lip salve;
  • Hat/Baseball cap;
  • Personal First Aid kit (wet wipes, flu remedies, stomach remedies).

Included for High Tatras and Mount Gerlach

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  • Detailed holiday information pack including GPS-checked and regularly updated route descriptions and road notes; maps with daily routes and optional hikes marked
  • GPS tracks
  • Guided climb of Mount Gerlach including the services of a certified mountain guide and all necessary climbing gear (ropes, helmets etc)
  • Accommodation for 7 nights as listed in itinerary (3 nights in hotels in en-suite twin/double rooms, 4 nights in mountain cabins and hotels in dormitories with shared facilities)
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • All cog-railway and tram transfers on walking days as listed in the itinerary
  • Luggage transfer from Poprad to Sliezsky Dom and from Sliezsky Dom to Poprad
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers Poprad
  • Arrival meeting with our representative
  • 24/7 phone assistance by our local office in Poprad

Single Room & Solo Traveller Supplements

  • Single room supplement: possible only on 3 nights (the two nights in Poprad and the night in Popradske Pleso)
  • This holiday is available for solo travellers, please click the CHECK AVAILABILITY button above to see the cost for your desired date

Options and Extras

  • Private airport transfers to/from airports other than Poprad (eg Krakow or Bratislawa)
  • Optional upgrade to a private en-suite room for the two nights in Sliezsky Dom
  • Optional extra night at Strbske Pleso lake in a charming 4-star hotel on the lakeshore

Excluded

  • Flights and connecting land transfers to airports other than Poprad
  • Luggage transfers not listed above
  • Lunches, dinners, drinks & snacks
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses such as phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
  • Any items not explicitly mentioned in the program

Treat yourself after the holiday with one day of relaxation in this beautiful hotel.

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