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Suggestions for hiking in High Tatras in July

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Suggestions for hiking in High Tatras in July

We are planning on doing a self guided trek in the High Tatras in July. We will come to Poprad from Krakow, and then the hike is probably going to be something like this (but open to suggestions) :

Day 1 Biela voda - Zelene pleso

Day 2 Zelene pleso - Hrebienok

Day 3 Hrebienok - Popradske pleso

We want to spend nights in mountain huts. How far ahead should we book these, or is it wiser to carry sleeping bags and take pot luck on finding some floor space if beds not available?

From there we wish to walk down to Strbske pleso, and then head east via Spis Castle to Kosice.

Is this a good plan for a mother and daughter on their own (both reasonably fit and will have done quite a lot of other mountain walking elsewhere in Europe prior to Slovakia)?

Where do we organise Mountain Rescue Insurance?

Where could we safely leave our larger items of luggage while we hike with day packs only?

I would welcome any advice or suggestions.

Thanks

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1. Re: Suggestions for hiking in High Tatras in July

Hi,

your plan looks good, with constant gradation.

Day 1 is relatively short (2,5 hrs) and mostly in forest, but the scenes in the end of hike are breathtaking. You can extend this tour with hiking the Jahnaci stit peak (4 hrs) or hiking to Biele plesa lakes to Kopske sedlo pass (2:15 hrs).

Other nice "warm-up" alternative for Day 1 with better views would be Tatranska Javorina - Kopske sedlo - Zelene pleso (4 hrs)

Day 3 is quite long (17 km/6hrs, 1.150 m up, 900 m down) but good trail with constant mild ascent (and long descent in the end:)

July, August is the peak holiday time, so the mountain huts can be busy - I recommend to book in advance. At Hrebienok I recommend Bilikova chata (mountain hotel - book as soon as possible - www.bilikovachata.sk). Otherwise there is also hotel Hrebienok.

Popradske pleso - mountain hotel Popradske pleso (www.popradskepleso.com)

Mountain insurance is provided by couple companies (Generali, Union, Allianz), unfortunately their websites are only in Slovak. I believe in day of arrival you will have time to arrange it on spot in Poprad, Tatranska Lomnica or Stary Smokovec (information centers?)

Luggage - possibly railway station in Poprad or Stary Smokovec.

I will let you know, if I find more about insurance or luggage. Or hopefully other forum members help? :)

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2. Re: Suggestions for hiking in High Tatras in July

I agree with Ondrej's post, your plan is fine.

If you arrive to Chata pri Zelenom plese early enough and the weather is good, definitely try to go to Jahnaci stit ("Lamb Peak"), it provides fantastic views.

Third day route is a bit lengthy (so you have to get on the route early enough) and views do not change as much, though you will be rewarded at the end as you descend to Popradské Pleso through hairpin bends under the peak of Ostrva. Other alternative for your day 3 might be a hike to one of mountain valleys, either to Téryho chata (hut) or Zbojnícka chata (another hut) and get back to Hrebienok. As the third day is usually considered a "crisis day", I would recommend not to overstretch it.

Luggage storage - I know of these options:

- Poprad - railway station luggage storage ("Úschovňa batožín") 6am-10pm

- Starý Smokovec - "Švajčiarsky dom" - Swiss House - http://www.horskaklubovna.sk/

- Starý Smokovec - sports shop to the left of railway station

Mountain rescue insurance - costs only few euros per day and can be arranged at tourist information office in Stary Smokovec, located in the building of mountain rescue service, just above the railway station. It's the building with "i" on this picture:

http://goo.gl/maps/qPCda

Of course, it is important to book the accommodation early. In your plan, the critical place is Chata pri Zelenom Plese, which has limited capacity.

http://chataprizelenomplese.sk/

If there will be no possibility to stay there, you would need to change the plan, e.g. to go 1st day Biela Voda - Zelene Pleso - Skalnate Pleso and take gondola down to Tatranska Lomnica for a night, then on day 2 you might go back to Skalnate Pleso towards Zamkovskeho chata, make side trip to Teryho chata and go to Hrebienok.

For the other two places you have more alternative plans - from Hrebienok you can take funicular to Starý Smokovec with wide offer of accommodation.

Popradske Pleso has quite big hotel and there is another hut, Majlathova chata:

http://www.majlathovachata.sk/en/

http://www.popradskepleso.com/en/about-us/

or you could walk for approx. another hour to Strbske Pleso, another local center.

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3. Re: Suggestions for hiking in High Tatras in July

Thank you so much for your feedback. It is much appreciated. Sue

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4. Re: Suggestions for hiking in High Tatras in July

You can organise insurance online

https:/…poistenie-nakladov-na-zasah-hzs

but it's in Slovak.

You can also do it by text - I'd ask your hotel to help you. It's a good idea to get some though...

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5. Re: Suggestions for hiking in High Tatras in July

Hi

I are also planning on doing a self guided trek in the High Tatras but I only have time in October. It is still o.k to walk in that time? Will I be able to go to the highest peaks?

What I would also like to know is If I still have to pay a full price if I sleep on the floor? I don`t have a big budget.

thank you

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6. Re: Suggestions for hiking in High Tatras in July

Mountain trails are open till the end of October, so if the weather is fine and you have appropriate equipment (clothing), it is no problem to go hiking in October. Prices are very individual, so it's not easy to predict.

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