Janosik.....the Slovak Robin Hood!
Juraj Janosik is known as the Slovak Robin Hood. In the 1700s, he was the captain of a gang of robbers that took justice into their own hands by distributing money and goods from the aristocracy and giving them to the poor people. He is a huge factor in Slovak folk history to this day.
The ski season starts early. There are 4 lifts for downhill skiing and snowboarding for beginners or intermediate and good cross-country trails.
Ski hire costs only 240 SK per day
Sled hire 60SK per day You can hire skis close to the lift ticket booth, then you don't need to carry them far and you can leave them under Hotel FIS at night for a small fee (I think it was 10SK)
Welcome to Strbske Pleso
The mountain scenery here is pretty and this town could serve as a base for you to explore the western part of the High Tatry. The town lies on the western end of the red mountain railway line. The town itself is nothing spectacular, so if you are fit, please consider doing a hike into the mountains.
We chose Poprad as our base and visited here because it was the end of a dayhike.
Hiking in the Slovak Tatra Mountains
We took the car to the Slovak High Tatras and hiked for three days. This first photo is the view from our hotel room.
The trip was totally improvized, so we didn't dare to buy new shoes (in case they would hurt before we got used to them) or any other expensive equipment. Maybe we had luck or maybe three days is the upper limit for hiking in sneakers, jeans and one single backpack.
Anyway, the whole tour was awesome. On the third day we climbed Krivan, the 2494 meter high mountain that is Slovakias national symbol.
Here are the photos, the maps and some words about each day. Enjoy!
"Map of the Tatras"
Here you can see an overview of the Tatras, where I have drawn a line to show where we came from (southwest) and where we hiked (both Strbske Pleso and Krivan can be seen on the map). The yellow ++++++ line is the border to Poland. (We never crossed it.)
Day 3: Climbing the peak Krivan
"Map of the green/blue trail"
We started out at the parking lot down left at the map (a blue P). From there we walked the green trail upwards, until it merged with the blue trail that comes from the east (from Strbske Pleso).
From that junction we - and many others - started to climb to peak of Krivan, 2494 meters over the sea and Slovakias national symbol!
"The hiking begins"
The nature is extremely beautiful in the High Tatras. Despite quite many people hike here, there is surprisingly little rubbish along the paths.
"Fewer and fewer trees"
It was a cloudy day - partly because we were hiking into the clouds. At this part though, we hadn't even reached the tree limit.
"Higher than the clouds"
On this photo, I'm at the tree limit (marked by dwarf pine trees). At this point, the first rain started to fall, but we didn't want to turn around, halfway to the peak as we were.
"Lunch at the junction"
It was raining more or less heavily as we reached the junction where the green trail (that we came from) joins the blue. On the photo, you see the blue trail that goes back to Strbske Pleso. We would follow it in the other direction - up to the peak!
We stopped for about half an hour at the junction to have lunch. I ate canned mackerells which gave me the strength I needed, because we were both quite pissed at this point, due to the weather.
"Somewhere over the clouds"
Almost the same photo, but on this one you can see more clearly how high up over the clouds we are.
"Almost at the top!"
Climbing the last meters up to the peak at 2494 meters above sea level.
As you can see, we were climbing on the ridge, on slippery rocks due to the rain. It wasn't raining all the time on the way up though.
"At the top of Krivan, 2494 m"
The view from Krivan was astonishing, despite we could only imagine how beautiful it would be in sunny weather.
I took this photo from the top, just seconds before we were surrounded by clouds and hardly could see even 10 meters in front of us.
As we started to climb down, it started snowing. The snow quickly transformed to rain, and we had to take extraordinary care not to slip while climbing down in our sneakers.
The whole hike took 8 hours. When we came back to the car, we hit the road immediately to go back to our flat in Budapest. Before we reached the Hungarian border, we had a huge meal - Slovakian food has never tasted so good.