SK, Cachticke Carpathians: Climbing Up Maly and Velky Plesivec – VIDEO
The town of Cachtice became our point of start. Yet you may start in the small village of Hrachoviste as well. However, here count with more complicated way to get there, despite its proximity to the summit. A yellow tourist trail starts at firefight station in Hrachoviste and down the road it joins a blue tourist trail.
Let's get back to Cachtice. The road up to the top, a green tourist trail, goes to Cachtice Castle. At the castle we join a blue tourist trail which goes slightly uphill. The trail goes through the forest. Below the summit we spot an unmarked turn to Maly Plesivec. It is quite rocky lower summit. It is a great vantage point from which we enjoy vistas over the landscape. Upon returning to the tourist trail, we move on to our goal. Soon we observe the summit cross with a depiction of Jesus Christ. Close to this there is a pole with national flag. On the pole, there is a box with the book of records. Around it you can see limestone rocks emerging from the ground.
Grassy summit (steppe vegetation) opens a surprising and enchanting vista over the Povazi region. Thanks to an infomap on the summit we recognize the valley of Vah, the Povazsky Inovec mountain range, the summits of Zaruba, Zobor, and Velka Jarovina. Also we see Cachtice Dam, Slnava or Jaslovske Bohunice nuclear power plant. Next we see Piestany, Vrbove, Beckov, Trencin, Tematín, Podolie, and many more villges and towns.
What catches one's attention the most are the castles. Alegedly, seven are visible from the top. We counted three to four (Castle Cachtice, Trencin Castle, Beckov Castle, and Tematin Castle). The summit is popular for paragliders as well.
A tour with breaks took us about four hours. Even an unexperienced hiker can manage it. The trail is open all year round.
Text: Oskár Mažgút
Video and photos: Jozef Dovičin
Music: The Hunt (remastered) - Miguel Johnson
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