SK, Rohace – An Adventure Long to Remember
After visiting many places we return to nature today. Our steps lead us to beautiful, untamed, and unique Western Tatras, concretely to the Rohace.
It has been a long time since we visited mountains. We didn’t want to get lost in crowds so we decided to see less visited yet more beautiful mountain range in Slovakia - the Western Tatras.
This core mountain range came into existence very long ago. It is divided to six geomorphological units in Slovakia; part of it extends to Poland. The borderline between the Western and the High Tatras goes along the Koprova Valley, Zadni Ticha and ends at Liliove Sedlo. We chose the central part of the Western Tatra that has a typical mountain relief (the alpine trails are closed from 1. 11. to 15. 6.). We entered through Rohackska Valley which begins near the village of Zuberec, district of Brestova.
Close to Zuberec by the recreation resort of Zverovka, we had to park our car. Those who use bus should know that it is here where the terminus is. From there, you have to go on foot along an asphalt road which also serves as a red tourist trail going to Tatliakova Cottage. Walking on the asphalt is not very exciting, and it takes you about an hour. Still, we were encouraged by panoramas of the Rohace.
When we reached Tatliakova Cottage we stopped for a while and refreshed ourselves. Some of us went a bit further behind the cottage to Tatliakova Lake actually a small shallow lake. Its surface reflects massive ridges of the Rohace. It is an ideal place to relax in nature.
However, we hadn’t came here to relax but to do some tourism. When our group united we climbed up. We joined the blue tourist trail going through Smutna Valley. We realized why the valley is called Smutna (Sad). The name was given to it as no river goes through it. Therefore, there is not much vegetation, the valley seems sad so. During a long ascend two things were interesting for us. First, marmots were whistling. The second, proximity of Smutne Sedlo which was a true start of alpine tourist for us.
We reached the altitude of 1 965 meters. There were couple of options where to go. We could go down to beautiful Ziarska Valley, or in the direction to Placlivo, Ostry Rohac, or Volovec. But we decided to go across Tri Kopy, Hruba Kopa up to the top of Banik Mountain.
Ascends and descends along Tri Kopy were really difficult, full of adrenaline, and most of all fantastic. Steep slopes made the hike even more adventurous. Individual peeks were only about 5 minutes of walk apart. They offered vistas of both sides of the Tatras, the regions of Orava and Liptova, or the Rohacka Plesa lakes.
It seemed only as a while what took us to climb up to the highest mountain of the Western Tatras - Banikov of impressive 2 178 meters. Impact of mountain glaciers once ruling this no mans land is apparent. Around Banikov there are steep slopes and fields of debris. After a while spent there we had to descend to Banikovske Sedlo where we joined the green trail, later yellow and finally the blue trail. The latter followed Spalena Valley. Unlike Smutna Valley, Spalena Valley is crossed with the Spalena Rivulet which feeds local vegetation. The descending path took as to the crossroads of Adamcula. We passed by when we went to Tatliakova Cottage already. At the crossroads, we joined the well known asphalt road leading to car park, our initial starting point.
The Rohace is not only the highest mountain range in the Orava Region but also a region with many reservations, beautiful nature, vistas, and experience we recommend you to enjoy on your own. You will see that it is worth it!
Text and photo: Oskár Mažgút
Like the High Tatra West Tatra is also popular area. You can have some remarkable outdoor experience there. Both mountains seems to be one whole. However, unlike the High Tatra, West Tatra are lower. Its mountains are more covered of grass. Barance mountain (2 185 m) is a popular locality by tourists. This mountain is situated in the south of this mountain ridge.
This time we visit West Tatra Mounains, 10 kilometers northeast of Liptovsky Mikulas. There we visit the quiant town of Ziar.
There is something about making winter treks. Harsh, icy beauty of nature in winter tempts many people to set out to nature. We can make some more difficult trips even in Slovakian mountains, concretely in the Low Tatras, Western Tatras, and High Tatras. Placlivy mountain in the Western Tatras, is a locality accessible to tourist even during the winter season.
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.
The West Tatras are very attractive mountain ridge for tourists. These mountains are especially known for trek difficulty. Yet any tour along their ridges, into their klippes or climbs up Rohace's exposed ridge are worth it. However, you may make here an easy tour as well particularly to Preduvratie klippe.
Today we move from the High Tatras to Western Tatras where we visit Žiarska valley where popular Žiarska Cottage is located (1324 meters above the sea level). This position is a great starting point for any trek to the regions of Braníkov and Barance.
Soon winter closure of Tatranian tourist trails (15th June 2014) weill end. Therefore, in advance we bring you an interesting alpine hike trip. Our goal today is the peak of the peaks, the symbol of Slovakia – majestic Krivan in the High Tatras.
There are many cottages hiding in the High Tatras. Together we will explore its youngest cottage that for decades guards Štrbské pleso and surrounding mountains.
Dear readers, today we will return again to the Cottage by Zelené pleso. In the previous article we talked about its predecessor – Egida’s cottage, its construction, reconstruction and other hardships. Today we will focus on the fate of the cottage itself. The cottage remained until present something like a guardian of Zelené pleso.
Our journey across cottages in the High Tatras will bring us today to popular place known as Hrebienok where an alpine hotel is located as well as an upper station of a cableway, great initial place for alpine tourism or once famous ski center that comes to live in the present from time to time.
In the second part of our series of articles on safety in the mountains we will deal with little Alps High Tatra, which are characteristic of their unique alpine mountains in Slovakia. Their articulation and slope are among the most dangerous pitfalls that ordinary visitors must overcome not only in winter.
The one who loves adventure and is reasonably physically fit, undoubtedly would like a few tips about easy winter hikes Velka Studena Valley, located in the Slovak part of the High Tatras. A year-round open cottage, Zbojnicka Chata (1960 meters), which waits for us in this valley, offers a place to rest, refreshment and cozy accommodation. We can spend here a few days without getting away from the surrounding of Tatranian peaks. Keep in mind, however, that the motion in the Tatras in winter outside marked trails is very limited according to the TANAP rules!
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This May another interesting book from the Across Slovakia series was published by the DAJAMA publishing house. The name for the book is The Most Beautiful Ridges. You love tourism, you should have this unique book in your bookshelf and also read this article and join our contest. Maybe you’ll be lucky!
Again, an amazing book of the Around Slovakia Edition by Dajama publishing. The book is named The Most Beautiful Hills for Bicycling. If you enjoy mountain bicycling and by any chance you want to have this amazing guide on your bookshelf, proceed in reading. Also, join our competition. Perhaps you will be lucky!
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