SK, Orava – A Trip to the Highest Peak
Autumn is the most colorful season of the year and the best for tourism. You need to count on early sunsets but the sun is not so hot. Therefore, we decided to go up into the mountains.
We chose a summit that is easy to access and is the main summit of the Oravska Magura. You probably suppose already that we talk about Mincol (1394 m). You can access it from Dolni Kubin. Either climb along the slope of the popular ski resort to up to Kubinska Hole. Or take a cable car up there. However, this would be too easy for us. Therefore, we started at Hrustin village, taking the summit from the other side.
At village's center at the church, you need to head towards the ski resort below Vasilovska Hole. Be ready for a 7-kilometer trek on asphalt road. You can reach the newly built resort by car for there are many spaces on local parking lot.
It was still early in the morning and it was crowded despite that. We did not idle and set off in quick pce towards Vasilovska Hole nature trail. It "took us into the world of amazing nature far away from the pitfalls of the fast world." It really was like that there. We passed information boards while climbing steeply. We learned of flora, and the protection and fragility of the area. A hair of an hour later we reached the part of the cable car where the carriages revolve on the summit. There was supposed to be an observation tower but htere was nothing actually. Perhaps some day...
Once we reach the summit we were at 1142 meters. For the first time, we enjoyed magnificent views of the land below us and also the Oravian towns such as Namestovo, Orava dam, and beautiful land of Orava. After while, we set off towards the lakes across beautiful and wide meadow until we reached the edge of forest.
We felt slightly wet ground under our feet. Add sounds of this dense forest and you would get quite adventurous atmosphere. There are even bears there thus we quickend our pace.
We picked blueberries and found several mushrooms on our way. The blue trail led us by ferns, meadows and sometimes it crossed streams. All of a sudden, we found ourselves on the top meadow where blueberry bushes were scattered all over it. Locals call them "jafiry". We gathered several handfuls to our cups and sat on a rock. There we enjoyed the vista at slightly higher altitude.
Thirty minutes later we found ourselves walking along the Oravska Magura ridge seeking to reach its highest summit – Kubinska Hole (1 346 m). There we got the vista not only over the tehcnical facilities of the ski resort but also the town of Dolni Kubin, the Mala and Velka Fatra, the Nizke and the Vysoke Tatry mountains, and the Chocske Hills the majestic Velky Choc being its major peak. Near the ski slopes, there rises a huge white sphere on a tall steel pedestal. This is a weather radar.
There goes a red tourist trail around this facility. It eld us to our destination Mincol - the highest summit of the Oravska Magura. The summit is covered in trees. It would hardly seem as if you were on the highest spot around.
It was a fast road for us. We reached a path and along it we climbed up. The name of this place on map is Pod Mincolem. Next we descended to the lakes. There was unmarked yet easily visible path. To read more about it click here. These gems are hidden deep in the mountains and are definitely worth seeing. The first lake is completely covered in vegetation. The second is getting close to the state of the first one. There are fallen trees across the water surface of the third lake, which is the smallest.
As we had only little time left we descended along forest paths. These led us out and got us in the middle of Vasilovska Hole. We don't recommend you this trail only if you have somebody living in the area to guide you. You can easily get lost and it almost happened to us.
At the end, we made the break we deserved in a shepherd's hut. There came an end to our day. We recommend you to undertake adventure similar to ours.
GPS: (Minčol) 49°16'42.0"N 19°14'26.8"E
Text and photos: Oskár Mažgút
Překlad: Stanislava Waniová
Last week we learned the history of the privileged Orava town of Trstena, and today we will do some sightseeing for we will visit sacral buildings, architectural treasures and modern sights. We will even take you to one beautiful place of pilgrimage.
We recently visited a charming Orava town near the Polish border. In the upper part of the Orava Basin, in the valley of the Oravice River, lies the village of Trstená, which pleasantly surprised us with its many unique monuments, interesting history, remarkable personalities and a kind of uplifting atmosphere.
Today we are heading to the Namestovo district, where the picturesque Krusetnice village spans at the confluence of the White Orava River and the Klinianka Stream. The village surrounded by the Podbeskydy Highlands invites visitors to a tour of traditional houses, a beautiful Baroque church and even a ski resort. Yet we today will take you to a unique museum where you smell the irresistible aroma of coffee.
Last week we went together on an excursion to the parish church which we left for the House of Culture. This beautiful and modern building offers spaces for cultural events, concerts or discussions.
Orava Castle, is one of Slovakian icons, is known by almost everyone, but only a few know about the remarkable village below. Oravský Podzámok is not only the gateway to one of the most beautiful castles in Slovakia, but also offers a number of interesting architectural gems and attractions.
Today, in the village of Trstená, we can see the dominants of Milan Rastislav Štefánik Square. We start with the Franciscan monastery, which was built between 1776 and 1780. Until now, he has been architecturally modified several times, but he does not detract from his beauty.
We conclude our tour in Orava in Jasenova village which is situated in a small basin close to Vysny Kubin. Among its buildings you can get glimpses of distant past as you may find here some unique historic landmarks. We are going to tell you more about them on the following lines.
Few weeks ago there was an interesting event in picturesque Hrustin, a town in Orava, called the Hrustinska Prevodovka, which we didn’t want to miss. What we have seen and experienced will be revealed on the lines below.
Picturesque Oravian town of Hrustin is located in the middle between Namestov and Dolni Kubin. Our loyal readers truly know it very well.
The Western Tatras is very popular and frequented mountain range. Treks here, the main ridge especially, are amazing and people who go there long remember it. Ostry Rohac is perhaps the most attractive and most well known peak in this area. Many tourists hike across it every year.
One sunny day we came to a decision that we need to get out of summer heat in the city. We packed our things and left Bratislava for north of the country, for Orava. As we are not particularly physically fit and we did not want to visit many tourist we chose Prislop saddle to be the destination.
This time we go to Dolny Kubin, a district in Orava region. We decided to see some beautiful villages which are significant for their sights, important historic figures, or are simply great places to start a tour into the surroundings.
Last week we visited the quiant village of Lestiny. The village boasts a UNESCO sight. However, today we move about one kilometer to Vysny Kubin, a village in Orava region.
Our steps today head to Horna Orava, to a small swamp lake that is of large cultural and natural importance.
In today article we will take you to the picturesque Oravian town of Hruštín. There is unique architecture, interesting dialect, many sport attractions and last, but not least, also beautiful nature of the Central Beskydy.
The ski season is on and this year’s winter is not only rich on snow but also many beautiful sunny days. So as soon as we had a free weekend we moved off to nature at least for few days. Our steps led to Orava, one of the most beautiful regions in Slovakia.
Do you belong among winter sports lovers? Also, you can not imagine a winter holiday without a good snow and well-maintained slopes? Although, I have to admit that in recent years we go with a group on skiing for one week. Usually, we go abroad, but the Slovak mountains, we did not forgot about. My favorite places have been for years the Kysuce and Orava regions.
Unique region of Orava is one of the most beautiful yet most unwelcoming in Slovakia. We have visited it for many times in the past. This time we didn’t walk around there but we mounted our bikes, tested our skills, and enjoyed beautiful bike trip.
I am really getting into mountain biking. There was a time I couldn’t even imagine that I would ride across mountain ridges. Even getting across it on foot was difficult. I thought I would give up right below the peak for many times. Today, I am realizing that I might be an enthusiastic mountain biker.
We started our autumn bike trip in unusual town of Oravska Lesna. First break was in the Oravska forest railroad station – Tanecnik. We climbed up the steep hill to a crossroad on the ridge. We continued from there to Sedlo Beskyd station. There we went into the observation platform. Today we go along the ridge one more time to see a beautiful chapel, our last stop.
Peculiar region of Orava is one the most beautiful places in Slovakia. Regardless season you happen to be there, or weather, it will pleasantly surprise you. This time was no different. Again, we were taken away by it.
In the midst of summer we spent a couple of days in the Oravian village of Oravska Lesna. It is surrounded by beautiful nature of Slovakian Beskydy and Oravska Magura.
Today, our steps will lead to the north of Slovakia. We will visit spectacular Orava region, where we visit the unique technical monument – Orava Forest Railroad.
The not particularly large ski resort of Ski Zábava Hruštín, located on the northern side of Ora...
Today we will take you to a picturesque village in Orava, over which rises perhaps the most beaut...
The Museum of the Orava Villagein Zuberec (located at the foothills of the Rohace) consists of ov...
In the picturesque Oravian village of Krusetnica you will find beside the traditional residential...
Join us to visit three village in the Orava region. These are situated at the foothills of the C...
In our photogallery, we take you to the highest peak of the Oravska Magura – Mincol (1 394 m). We...
Majestic Babia Mountain is rightfully referred to as "the Queen of Orava". It is to be found on S...
On our trips in Slovenskem we made a stop in Orava. Looking at snow covered slopes we couldnt res...
Beautiful mountain town of Oravska Lesna is surrounded by beautiful yet hars nature of the Slova...
Surrounded by the Slovakian Beskydy and theOravska Magura there is one of the most extensive town...
Beautiful train trip on Orava Forest Railroad, that used to be part of the Kysucko-Orava Forest R...
Ski resort SKIPARK Kubínska hola, is located in the Oravska Magura. It is very close to Dolni Kub...
The second year of the home-made tractors and off-roads took place on the first Sunday in August...
A Museum of Orava Village in Zuberec is situated inside marvellous mountain environment of West T...