Slovakia is not just about Bratislava. We have also some interesting mountains here, where you can go for a hike while traveling through Europe. You might heard of Tatra mountains, but that´s not all. We also have Fatra mountains and Slovak Paradise. I´d like to show you the best hike in each mountain range so I created this list of Top 5 best hikes in Slovakia. Certainly there are more hikes to do and if you are heading only to the High Tatras, you can check this 5 best hikes in Tatra mountains for an inspiration.
If you are in Bratislava and want to escape to the nature, than you should travel to Mala Fatra mountains. It takes about 2 and ½ hrs to get there by car or about 3 hrs by train and by local bus.
The best time to visit these areas is from June till September. For example you can´t do the hike in the High Tatras until 15th of June due to seasonal closure of hiking trails. The good news is that before 15th of June you can hike in both Mala and Velka Fatra mountains and in Slovak Paradise.
1. Peak Velky Rozsutec – Mala Fatra mountains
Length: 12 km │ Level: Difficult │ Est. time: 7 hrs
Let´s go from the west to the east of Slovakia. Therefore we will start with the Mala Fatra mountains and one of the most iconic peaks in Slovakia – Velky Rozsutec. Even though this peak is just above 1600m high, it is a challenging hike with lot of vertical ascent. It´s because the starting point is situated relatively low. There are several possible ways to the top, but I recommend you to start in Vratna – Stefanova and walk through the gorge Janosikove diery and do a loop. The gorge is remarkable, so you shouldn´t miss it. On the way down (or up depending on the direction you choose) right below the top expect a very steep part secured with chains and lot of scrambling.
2. Loop hike in Velka Fatra mountains
Length: 18 km │ Level: Difficult │ Est. time: 6 hrs
If you are looking for something off the beaten track, then this hike could be the right for you. The Velka Fatra mountains is not so popular and well known and that´s exactly an advantage. You won´t meet there many tourists. Just some locals and hikers from neighboring countries. This area is different from the Tatra mountains. Till nowadays you can meet herds of cows or sheep up in the mountains on it´s vast meadows. My favourite hike starts in the village of Liptovske revuce and follows the yellow trail to the mountain pass – Chyzky. From there walk to a mountain hut – Chata pod Borisovom. Great place with amazing atmosphere. It´s also possible to spend a night there, but (WARNING) they don´t have electricity or a shower. 🙂
After a rest head up to a table mountain called Ploska and descent back to Liptovske Revuce.
3. Ridge hike in the Low Tatras – Chopok – Dumbier
Length: 17,5 km │ Level: Medium │ Est. time: 6:30 hrs
This hike takes you to the Low Tatra mountains. Lot of hikers tend to walk from the east to the west across the whole mountain range. It is a very beautiful and popular trail and it takes about 5 days to complete it. However you can walk just a part of this famous route. Probably the most interesting part is hike between the 2 highest peaks of the area – Chopok and Ďumbier.
This is my idea of a perfect day: In the morning go to Jasna in the Low Tatras and take a cable car up to Chopok and set off on a hike towards the highest peak of the Low Tatras – Ďumbier (2043 m.a.s.l.). It´s a great route on the main ridge. While walking you can admire the views all around. You´ll see the West and High Tatras in the north across the valley. Depending on time, go to Chata generála M.R. Štefánika, which is a cozy mountain hut (this is a route for fast walking hikers). On the way back to Jasna, walk through valley Široka dolina.
4. High Tatras – Koprovsky stit
Length: 21 km │ Level: Difficult │ Est. time: 8 hrs
Peak Koprovsky is situated right in the middle of Tatra mountains and you are going to have an amazing circular view from its top. You will see the West Tatras in the west and High Tatras peaks in the east. The trail goes along the biggest and deepest lake in Slovak Tatra mountains – Lake Hincovo. Great spot on the way to the top to have a break. This place might be even your final destination, where you can turn around and go back if your break will be longer than it should be. 😉 The starting point is in Strbske Pleso and the way up is the same as the way down.
This is hike is also part of our hiking trip to the Tatra mountains and Slovak Paradise
5. Adventure hike in the Slovak Paradise – gorge Sucha Bela
Length: 15 km │ Level: Medium │ Est. time: 5:30 hrs
In the Slovak Paradise you can experience something what you have never tried before. It´s not just an ordinary hiking area. Get ready for climbing ladders, walking on bridges and catwalks. It´s not about views, rather about hiking in beautiful gorges past waterfalls and lush vegetation. The most popular hike begins in Podlesok and goes through the gorge Sucha Bela. Here is my tip for you. This area is popular in summer months. To avoid the crowds you have to start the hike early. I recommend latest at 8 AM.
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