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OverviewThis mountain is on the border of Vysoké Tatry and Západné Tatry and is the highest point of the Západné Tatry group with it's 2248 metres height.
It's a non-crowded mountain but there are many who climb it!
From the top you can have an unbeleivable view on the whole Vysoké Tatry group which lays east from Západné Tatry.
The mountain can be climbed from the slovakian and also from the polish side! But it lays on the slovakian side.
Getting ThereThe nearest camp to the summit is Podbanské (950m). You can get there form Poprad or from Liptovsky Mikulás by bus. Poprad is situated in the southeast of Vysoké Tatry (east from Západné Tatry) and Liptovsky Mikulás is situated in the southwest from Bistrá (in Západné Tatry).
To Poprad or Liptovsky Mikulás Trains and buses go from the neighbouring countries. And fortunatelly Poprad has an airport which gets flights from Viena (At), Prague (Cz) and Bratislava (Sk)!
For further informations about how to get to Poprad from these countries and from Hungary go to Vychodná Vysoká page!
The mountain is climbable from the Polish side too. In this case you can sleep at Zakopane (904m) and get nearer by bus or with car!
There are useful informations about maps and transport of Slovakia here!
Informations about traveling and camping in the mountains of Slovakia at TANAP!
Red TapeThere are the same rules for wildlife conservation in all Slovakian National Parks! The most importants are:
1. Do not take off the marked routes!
2. Do not leave your rubish behind you!
3. Do not collect anything from nature!
4. Do not put up a tent inside the National Parks!
5. Do not make fire!
And the routes are closed from 1st of November to the 15th of June!
There are no route fees or summit fees as it is not a very high mountain! At some places you should pay for parking but it's about Sk 100-120/day which is about € 3-4 or Ft/hun/ 800-1000.
Informations about wildlife and rules at tanap.sk.
When To ClimbIt is possible and easy to climb in every time of the year and it has it's beauty in every season. It's only possible difficulty is that the route is long so it takes a whole day to climb! But it's enough beautiful to let us a day go by climbing it!
You need nothing special to climb it, even in winter crampons are far enough instead of warm clothes! Ropes or an ice axe are not needed! As the routes are closed from 1st of November to the 15th of June if you go in this period you sould need a Tatra Guide!
The telephone numbers of the Rescue Services in the High Tatras (they will probably help you in case of emergency):
Red Cross: 155
Mountain Rescue Team :18300
Mountain Helicopter Service: 18055
CampingThe nearest camp to the summit is Podbanské (950m) as you can see above. There you can find hotels, apartments and camps depending on your vallet! I have informations about two hotels at Podbanké. Hotel Kriván and Hotel Permon. They are not expensive and you get breakfast beside sleeping.
+421/52/47 81 912
Fax: +421/52/47 81 911
There is an other camp added by visentin in Pribylina. There is a website of the camp and many other camps and with lots of information here in slovak language, but main informations are nearly understandable those who don't speak slovak.
You can have your sleep at places more far even in Vysoké Tatry, because there is a train that takes you from nearly every village in Vysoké Tatry to the border of Západné Tatry. Your route only becomes a bit longer. The train goes from Poprad through Stary Smokovec (1010m), Tatranská Polianka (1005m) to Strbské Pleso (1355m).
You can also camp on the polish side of Západné Tatry in Zakopáne (904m) or in nearer camps.
Mountain ConditionsThere are no weather stations on the peak or in the nearest area of the peak. I have no informations of web cams on the summit or telephone numbers about mountain conditions!
The weather is usually a bit warmer than at the highest peaks of the Vysoké Tatry. If the weather is windy the wind might be strong at the last one or half kilometres on the open ridge, but the ridge is wide so it's not dangerous!
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