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Name

The name Babia Góra (Polish) or Babia hora (Slovak), which can be translated as Old Women's/Witches' Mountain, or just Babia for short, can be used to refer to the following entities:
  • the massif that extends from the saddle named Jałowiecka Przełęcz Południowa in the west to Krowiarki pass in the east and has two prominent peaks – Babia Góra/hora at 1725 m and Mała/Malá (Little) Babia Góra/hora (in Poland also known as Cyl) at 1517 m, separated by Brona/Brána saddle at 1408 m

  • the part of the massif east of Brona/Brána saddle, i.e. without Little Babia

  • the highest summit of the massif

Poles also call the highest summit Diablak. Similarly, it used to be called Teufelspitze by Germans/Austrians. Both names mean Devil's Peak. There are several legends about the mountain, most of which feature a devil as one of the characters. This may be a reflection of the fickle, usually very windy, sometimes treacherous and/or really fiendish weather on the summit. For the same reason, Babia Góra is also called the 'Mother of bad weather' by the locals.

Babia Góra - beautiful and capricious, often referred to as the 'Queen of the Beskids' - was already mentioned in late-medieval chronicles. According to some old legends Babia Góra is a sitting old woman ('baba') turned into stone, or a huge heap of rubbish raised by women visiting a nearby sanctuary. Babia's summit was famous among local people for centuries as a place where witches had their black sabbaths.

Overview

Mount Babia Gora
Babia Góra seen from the Tatras

The huge, around ten kilometers long, formed mostly of exceptionally hard sandstone massif of Babia Góra straddles the Poland-Slovakia border some forty kilometers northwest of the Tatras. It totally dominates its surroundings and makes the Beskid Żywiecki range (in Slovakia known as Oravské Beskydy: Please see here) the second highest mountain range in Poland and the highest range in all of the Western Beskids (the Flysch belt of the Northwestern Carpathians). Babia Góra has 1071 m of prominence, thus being the second most prominent summit in Poland and third in Slovakia.

Babia Gora (1725) - north...
Babia Góra massif seen from NE

Babia Góra massif is asymmetric in shape - its south side is gentle whereas its north side is very steep, occasionally cliffy. The main ridge of the massif extends from Jałowiecka Przełęcz Południowa (a pass at 997 m) in the west to Krowiarki pass (1012 m) in the east, forming an arc convex towards the south. Near the center and the southernmost point of the ridge is its main summit, Diablak at 1725 m. East of it sit the following - far from prominent - summits: Gówniak at 1617 m, Kępa at 1530 m and Sokolica (whose characteristic, cliffy north face is a scarp of a landslide) at 1367 m. To the west of Diablak is a flattish ridge of Kościółki at 1620 m, then Złotnica and Brona/Brána saddle at 1408 m, beyond which rises the peak of Little Babia (1517 m).

Babia from Brona saddle
Babia seen from Brona/Brána saddle 

Along the western crest of Babia Góra massif runs the Poland-Slovakia border, which takes a sharp turn at Diablak summit to descend the south side of the mountain.

Babia Góra may have been glaciated in the Ice Age, but since its end (and surely before its beginning as well) has been shaped by landslides which destroyed most, if not all, traces of glaciers. Scarps at landslide heads, bulging bulk of displaced rock material and tiny lakes inside hollows within landslide toes dot the northern side of the massif.

N face of Babia Mtn
 The northern slopes with Little Babia in the background

Summit Area and Views

The summit area rises a couple of hundred meters above the tree line, which runs at approximately 1400 m. Higher up stretches the realm of dwarf mountain pine (Pinus mugo), which was devastated a few centuries ago in order to extend mountain pastures and graze herds of oxen, but is now fighting back. On and around the very summit are talus, some bare rock and alpine meadows. There are also a couple of man-made structures, relatively small in size, such as two rather unsightly monuments (to Archduke Joseph and to Pope John Paul II). However, the biggest structure erected by humans on the summit of Babia Góra is a two meter high wall of stone, which protects hikers from the notorious winds. At the north side of this wall is an inscription carved in situ in 1924, which has sentimental value for many Poles.

Diablak from above Brona saddle
Diablak seen from above Brona/Brána saddle

Views from the summit are overwhelming. In fact, for some they are the main reason for an ascent of Babia Góra. Quite a few people keep summiting before sunrise, but the best views, especially of the Tatras, can be admired an hour before sunset. The southerly, most interesting panorama encompasses the following mountain ranges: High Tatras, Western Tatras, Chočské vrchy, Veľká Fatra and Malá Fatra. Looking west-southwest Pilsko and Romanka come into sight and just west of Babia rises Little Babia. To the north and east stretch many lower ranges and ridges of the Western Beskids, of which the highest is Polica at 1369 m about nine kilometers to the northeast.

360-degree panorama on panoramy.wyprawy.com


Some of the photographs featured below were taken a bit off the summit, but the scene they show does not differ much from what is seen from the very top.


Getting There, Routes & Maps

Many people start an ascent of Babia Gora in the village of Zawoja, the longest village in Poland extending for 18 km along the valley of Skawica creek. Zawoja is easily accessible from Kraków (Cracow) by car or bus, or rather minibus. The minibuses/buses depart from the station located just outside Cracow Central Railway Station. The ticket costs up to 18 zlotys (about 4 euros), the journey takes two hours. Usually, you have to get off at Zawoja-Widły, but if you are lucky your minibus will take you 3.5 km further south, to the entrance to the national park at Zawoja-Markowa.

Babia Góra from MarkowaBabia Góra from Markowa
 Bad step  on Perć AkademikówThe bad step
 Bad step  from aboveThe bad step
Babia GóraPerć Akademików
view towards Babia GóraTrail from Krowiarki pass

However, those travelling by car most often choose Krowiarki pass on Road 957 as a start point.

The most interesting stretch of all routes is undoubtedly Perć Akademików, which climbs the steep, north side of Babia. It is the rockiest waymarked path in all of the Flysch Carpathians, which boasts a few chain-assisted sections, including an eight meters high 'bad step' fitted with steel rungs.

The table below lists the shortest, most popular routes to the summit of Babia Góra.

Ascent from theStart point  Approx. total elevation gain Approx. length of hike Time for walk up Marks
North
Zawoja-Markowa
1025 m
6.3 km
2 hr 40 min
green-red (via Brona/Brana pass)
North
Zawoja-Markowa
1025 m
5.7 km
2 hr 50 min
green-yellow (via Perć Akademików)
                 EastKrowiarki pass 715 m4.5 km 1 hr 50 min red (via east ridge)
South-West        Oravská Polhora          1080 m10.7 km 3 hr 30 min red-yellow (via Slaná voda)

In Slovakia, the usual trail head is in the village of Oravská Polhora sitting on Road 78 that traverses the northernmost peninsula of the Slovak territory. At a hamlet of Oravská Polhora, Slaná voda (once a popular spa), begins an interpretive trail to the summit. It has several shelters and a viewing tower (at 1190 m). You can return via Malá Babia hora (red marks) turning your hike into a neat circuit. 

Babia GóraBabia hora massif from S
Babia GoraNearing Malá Babia's summit
Lower Slovak shelter2nd highest shelter
Highest Slovak shelterHighest shelter

paper map

online map on hiking.sk

Red Tape & Camping

 
Alpine pasqueflower
 
 
Narcissus-flowered anemone
 
The Polish part of the massif is the Babia Góra National Park, part of the World Network of Biosphere Reserves. Camping, bivouacking, off-trail hiking and dogs are not permitted. You have to pay an entry fee, which in 2017 was 5 zlotys (a little more than 1 euro).

On Perć Akademików (see chapter 4) only upslope traffic is allowed. (The rule seems to make sense in summer, when traffic can be heavy.) The trail is closed in winter due to avalanche risk.

The Slovak part of the massif is a nature reserve, in which the regulations are as strict as in the Polish territory. No entry fee is collected.

Accommodation

 
Markowe Szczawiny hut
Markowe Szczawiny hut
 
Markowe Szczawiny Chalet...
Former hut
The first mountain hut on Babia Góra was built by Beskidenverein in 1905, when Poland was occupied by Austria. It stood about 300 m southeast of the summit by a spring called Głodna Woda, but burnt a few years after World War II.

The first Polish hut was built at 1180 m northwest of the summit, at a clearing called Markowe Szczawiny, just a year after the Beskidenverein hut. It lasted over a hundred years and in 2009 was replaced by a modern building. Markowe Szczawiny hut is very popular with individual hikers and school groups, even in the off season. If the hut is fully booked, you can get a place on the floor, which in 2017 cost about €6.

The Polish village of Zawoja at the north foot of Babia Góra offers a wide range of accommodation, which in contrast is rather limited in the Slovak village of Oravská Polhora, which has a few guesthouses and Slaná Voda hut at 750 m.

Zawoja from Brona saddle
 Zawoja from Brona saddle

Over six kilometers northwest of the summit of Babia, just north of the crest of Mędralova/Modrálová (1169 m), outside the national park, sits a shelter which used to be a shepherd hut. Lastly, on the Slaná Voda – Babia Hora trail there are several newly-built shelters, but bear in mind that bivouacking is not allowed there (see chapters 4 and 5).

When To Climb, Rescue & Weather

You can climb Babia Gora all year round. In July t-storms and fog are common. The best time, when you can count on relatively long spells of good weather and excellent views, seems to be August to October, but in August (and July) huge crowds are the norm.

Avalanche risk and snow cover (snow cover = pokrywa śnieżna)


Mountain rescue team's phone number: 
Rescue action on the Babia...
 


Poland (GOPR) (+48) 601 100 300 or 985

Slovakia (HZS) (+421) 18 300

Warning: In Slovakia - unlike in Poland - those who do not carry commercial insurance, such as the 'Out and Active' (see here), have to pay for any rescue services rendered by Mountain Rescue Service (HZS).


Weather forecast on mountain-forecast.com

webcams in Zawoja


Diablak
 29 December 2008 - photo by stjepan

East Carpathian Biosphere Reserve

Movie created by LukZem during his visits to the Bieszczady, Poloniny and Uzhanskyi National Parks


Movie created by LukZem during his eight visits to the East Carpathian Biosphere Reserve


Movie created by LukZem during his visits to the Cisniansko-Wetlinski, San Valley and Nadsanskyi Landscape Parks


East Carpathians Biosphere Reserve is the largest biosphere reserve in Europe. In November 1992, under the Man and Biosphere Program, UNESCO designated a Polish-Slovak bilateral Biosphere Reserve. In October 1998 the Ukrainian part joined to form the first trilateral Biosphere Reserve “the East Carpathians” - a unique treasure of global importance, combining immense wildlife value with rich cultural heritage.The reserve contains some of the least disturbed ecosystems e.g. part of the largest European natural beech forest complex, Eastern Carpathian mountain meadows called “poloniny”,and protects endemic and threatened mountain plant species and communities. It constitutes one of the most important refuges for large animals of primeval habitats of Europe. Unique fauna is composed of all native big predators like the brown bear, wolf, lynx and golden eagle, as well as all big native herbivorous mammals like the European bison, red deer and reintroduced Hutzul horse.

East Carpathian Biosphere Reserve covers 200,000 hectares (in Poland 53%, in Slovakia 19% and in Ukraine 27% of the total area) and encompasses six protected areas within the borders of three countries:


Protection statusEstablishedinTotal Area (ha)PhotoFeatures
BieszczadzkiNational Park
1973
27 064
Polonynas - the highest parts of the Bieszczady Mountains, endemic flora
PoloninyNational Park
1997
29 805
The least visited NP: the highest concentration of primeval beech forests in Slovakia, wooden churches
UzhanskyiNational Park
1998
39 159
Stuzhytsia primeval beech-fir forest, Chorna mlaka crater
Ciśniańsko-WetlińskiLandscape Park
1992
51 014
Duszatyńskie Lakes, canyon called Sine Wiry, narrow-gauge railroad
San ValleyLandscape Park
1992
36 600
Free-ranging herd of wisent
NadsanskyiLandscape Park
1997
19 428
Historical buildings




 
Upper San valleySan Valley LP - spring
 
Uzh pass (852m)Uzhansky NP/Nadsansky RLP - winter
 
Green lungs of EuropePoloniny NP - summer
Poloninas, mountain grasslands at timberline, are a species-rich and representative formation of the East Carpathian mountains. Most are secondary communities that arose due to cattle grazing on mountain ridges. Poloninas also includes species recognized as Dacian migro-element, such as bellflower (Campanula abietina), monkshood (Aconitum lasiocarpum), and compact pink (Diantus compactus). In recent years the polonina grasslands on the summits have undergone prominent floristic and faunistic changes due to lack of grass cutting and non-grazing of domestic animals. Generelly, the flower-rich polonina grasslands lose their human-induced biodiversity and thus create a problem for future management of the Biosphere Reserve.
 
Siberian Iris<i>Iris sibirica</i>Siberian Iris
 
Dianthus compactusCompact Pink
 
Galanthus nivalisSnowdrop
The most valuable architectural landmarks are the wooden churches, with rare iconographic decorations in the interiors. Eastern Orthodox wooden churches are located in the villages of Ulicske Krive, Rusky Potok and Topola. The Eastern Slavic ethnic group, to which the Ruthenians belong, had their ethnic identity reflected in their architecture.




The international importance of the East Carpathians Biosphere Reserve can be illustrated by these facts:

  • Fragments of old Carpathian virgin forests are still preserved over vast areas of the Reserve and the natural beech stands are the biggest in Europe. No wonder in 2007 the clusters of primeval beech forests were inscribed to the UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

  • East Carpathians Biosphere Reserve is the only territory, where mountain meadows called poloniny are being protected.

  • Also it is one of the wildlife hotspots, where big forest animals roam free.

  • Low population density over a relativelly large territory makes East Carpathians Biosphere Reserve unique within Europe.

Overview

Hrubý Jeseník (High Jesenik), which is called Hohes Gesenke by Germans, is the highest massif in the Eastern Sudetes/Jeseníky. It lies in the territory of the Czech Republic, namely in the north of Moravia, between the Rychlebské Mountains to the northwest, Góry Opawskie/Zlatohorská vrchovina (Opava Mountains/Zlaté Hory Highlands) to the northeast, Nízký Jeseník (Low Jesenik) to the southeast and the Hanušovice Highlands to the west. The roughly Y-shaped area (530 sq. km) of the massif is made up of three mountain groups:    
  • Pradědská hornatina (Praděd Group) in the south 

  • Keprnická hornatina (Keprnik Group) in the northwest

  • Medvědská hornatina (Medvědí vrch Group) in the northeast




Hrubý Jeseník is composed mostly of ancient gneisses and schists. The sides of the massif can be very steep whereas its ridges are broad and rather flat. The highest summits rise a little above timberline. In a few places there are traces of small Pleistocene glaciers, the most distinct of them being the corries on the eastern side of Vysoká hole (Velká kotlina/Velký kotel) and Červená hora (Sněžná kotlina).


The table below features Hrubý Jeseník summits that have both an elevation of over 1200 m and a prominence of at least 100 m.

SummitMountain groupPhotoElevation in metersProminence in meters
Praděd
Praděd
1491
983
Vysoká hole
Praděd
1465
150
Keprník
Keprník
1423
410
Dlouhé stráně
Praděd
1353
168
Červená hora
Keprník
1333
128
Černá stráň
Keprník
1237
212
Medvědí vrch
Medvědí vrch
1216
286
Jelení loučky
Medvědí vrch
1205
220


The main ridge of the High Jeseník forms the backbone of the Praděd and Keprník groups. Its south end is the saddle of Skřítek at 874 m, from which it runs north-northeast to Vysoká hole, the second highest summit of these mountains. Before Vysoká hole, at the summit of Velký Máj, the huge lateral ridge of Mravenečník branches off the main ridge to extend to the northwest. Its very top, Dlouhé stráně, contains the reservoir of a pumped-storage hydroelectric plant (please see chapter 6). To the north of the summit of of Vysoká hole, its secondary summit, Petrovy kameny (1446 m), is topped with an interesting group of rocks. Just over two kilometers north of the summit of of Vysoká hole is the highpoint of Hrubý Jeseník, Praděd, with a modern, 162 m tall communications and observation tower. From Praděd the main ridge runs north-northwest to Malý Děd, where it takes a turn west-northwest towards the pass dividing the Praděd group from the Keprník group. The pass, Červenohorské sedlo, has an elevation of 1013 m and takes its name from nearby Červená hora (Red Mountain), the second highest mountain of the Keprník group. 
 


Mravenečník (1343 m)Mravenečník
Petrovy Kameny on PradědPetrovy kameny
On the way to KamzikNW of Praděd

From Červenohorské sedlo the main ridge stretches generally north-northwest to Červená hora, then Keprník and finally Šerák at 1351 m. Between Červená hora and Keprník, the spur of Vozka sticks out to the southwest. The summit of Vozka at 1377 m, which sits less than a half-hour walk from the main ridge, boasts one of the most attractive groups of tors in the High Jeseník. The mountain sends off ridges to the west, southwest and south, of which the southwest ridge, running to and past Černá stráň, is the longest and most massive.


On the way to Keprník, on the top of Červená HoraOn Červená hora
The rocky outcrops on the top Vozka, in the Keprník rangeSummit of Vozka
The big rocky outcrops of Obří skály on the north side of <a href= http://www.mbpost.com/trail/267590/-er-k.html >Šerák</a>, in the Keprník massif.On NW side of Šerák


The traverse of the main ridge of Hrubý Jeseník

Jeseník (460 m) - yellow marked route - Lipová (480 m) - Javořík (700 m) - Pod Strmým (800 m) - blue marked route - Pod Šerákem (1270 m) - yellow marked route - Šerák (1351 m) - blue marked route - Pod Keprníkem (1280 m) - red marked route - Keprník (1423 m) - Trojmezí (1316 m) - Vozka (1370 m) - yellow marked route - Vozka, rocks (1350 m) - green marked route - Sedlo pod Vřesovkou (1210 m) - red marked route - Vřesová studánka (1250 m) - Bílý sloup (1190 m) - Červenohorské sedlo (1013 m) - Klínovec (1100 m) - Malý Jezerník (1200 m) - Slatě (1299 m) - Švýcárna (1320 m) - Praděd, crossroad (1420 m) - blue marked route - Praděd (1492 m) - Praděd, crossroad (1420 m) - red marked route - Pod Pradědem - Barborka, hut (1320 m) - Ovčárna (1320 m) - Nad Ovčárnou (1380 m) - Vysoká hole (1460 m) - Kamzičník (1419 m) - Nad Malým kotlem (1335 m) - green marked route - Jelení studánka (1311 m) - Pecný (1334 m) - Pod Ztracenými kameny (1100 m) - Nad Skřítkem (890 m) - red marked route - Skřítek (874 m) - blue marked route - Klepačov (705 m) - Svobodín (740 m) - red marked route - Pod Smrčinou (630 m) - Údolí Merty (450 m). Length : 57 km, 19 hours

Summit panorama
 Orlík (right) seen from Medvědí vrch 

Medvědská hornatina (whose Polish name is Masyw Orlika, after the second highest summit in the group, Orlík at 1204 m) connects to the Praděd Group via the pass of Vidly (Videlské sedlo) at 930 m and is divided from the Keprník Group by the valley of the Bělá River. It is more or less equal in area to the Keprník Group, but it is over 200 m lower and does not rise above the tree line, which results in it being less attractive to the hiker. In fact, its most visited corner sits far away from its highest summits (devoid of waymarked trails) and is completely flat, since it is a peat bog by Rejvíz pass at the northeast end of this mountain group. Rejvíz pass separates the Medvědí vrch Group from Zlaté Hory Highlands, which used to be called the foothills of the High Jesenik.

Rejvíz, at the peat bog lake
Rejvíz National Nature Reserve

Red Tape and Camping

 
Rejvíz, trail to the peat bog
 
 
Wooden boardwalk close to the summit of Vozka to protect the fragile environment
 


Hrubý Jeseník, along with adjacent swaths of Hanušovická vrchovina and Zlatohorská vrchovina, is protected as a CHKO, i.e. Chráněná krajinná oblast (Protected Landscape Area), which contains four national nature reserves (národní přírodní rezervace), nineteen nature reserves (přírodní rezervace) and seven nature monuments (přírodní památka). 

National Nature Reserves
  • Praděd at 820-1491 m, 2031.40 ha; one of the biggest nature reserves in the Czech Republic established through the enlargement and unification of the following six national nature reserves: Petrovy kameny, Velká kotlina, Malá kotlina, Praděd summit, Divoký důl, and Bílá Opava

  • Rašeliniště Skřítek at 800-890 m, 166.65 ha - peatbog

  • Rejvíz at 734-794 m, 329.14 ha; the largest Moravian peat bog, which hosts a pretty big lake 

  • Šerák-Keprník at 860-1423 m, 1174.44 ha; the oldest reserve in Moravia, declared in 1903

In a CHKO camping and fires are not permitted except at designated places (of which there are none in Hrubý Jeseník). Bivouacking is not explicitly illegal as long as there are no prohibition signs and you leave no trace. Entry to national nature reserves and nature reserves can be forbidden and if it is allowed you will have to stick to the waymarked trail. For example, you must not approach Petrovy kameny and Velká kotlina can only be seen from the interpretive trail which skirts its bottom.

Maps

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Getting There

 
Back from Keprník, our starting point, the pass Červenohorské Sedlo
 
 
Karlova Studánka
 


Hrubý Jeseník lies in the north of Moravia, very near the border between Czechia and Poland. In fact, its northern reaches are part of Silesia and used to belong to the Bishops of Wrocław (the capital of Lower Silesia, southwestern Poland). However, these days the area is hardly accessible by public transport from Poland.

Czech trains and buses


Czech Railways can take you to the fringe of the mountains (please click on the map in the above chapter), buses also traverse them via road no. 44, which runs across the main ridge through Červenohorské sedlo (1313 m), and road no. 450, which links the outskirts of the town of Jeseník (boasting the Priessnitz Health Resort) to the exquisite spa village of Karlova Studánka. (As far as spas are concerned, there are two more on the fringe of Hrubý Jeseník: Lipová-lázně and Velké Losiny.)

Accommodation

NB There are plenty of guesthouses and hotels as well as a few campsites around the High Jesenik.


The hut <a href= http://www.treking.cz/chaty/serak.htm >Chata Jiřího na Šeráku</a> on <a href= http://www.mbpost.com/trail/267590/-er-k.html >Šerák</a>, in the Keprník massif.Chata Jiřího na Šeráku
Cervenohorske SedloČervenohorské sedlo
Svycarna and PradedŠvýcárna


Praděd (1492 m)Barborka
OvčárnaHotel Ovčárna

Man-made Structures on Summits

Praděd


TV tower on the top of Praděd
 

On the top of Praděd, there is a TV tower, 162 m high, and a top of this tower is the highest (although non-natural) point in the Czech Republic. First outlook-tower on the top, in a form of a gothic castle, was built in 1903-1912, and was 32.5 m high. This tower collapsed 2nd May 1959. Construction of present tower started in 1968. It was finished in 1983.

Dlouhé stráně


View to the big reservoir near Praděd
 

The dam was built in 1996. The upper reservoir (1350 m; capacity 2.7 millions cubic meters) is connected with the power plant by two feeders (1547 and 1499 m long). The power plant is connected with the lower reservoir by two tubes with diameter 5.2 m (354 and 390 m long). The lower reservoir is located on the Divoká Desná River (capacity of 3.4 millions cubic meters) The power station is situated in the heart of the mountain. It has the biggest reverse water turbine in the Europe (325 MW), it is a power plant with the biggest gradient in the Czech Republic (510.7 m) and it is most powerfull in the Czech Republic (2 x 325 MW).

Weather

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Summit Views


Views from the summit of Jizera are excellent. There are hardly any buildings in sight – mostly mountain ranges and woodland. In the southeast, beyond conical Bukovec, rise the Giant Mountains (Krkonoše/Karkonosze). In the east, the characteristic cone of Ještěd capped with a communications spire catches the eye. The northeastern horizon is formed by the undulating Wysoki Grzbiet (High Ridge) with Smrk and Stóg Izerski to the north, and Zielona Kopa (the massif whose highpoint is Wysoka Kopa) and Wysoki Kamień in the east.

tables

SummitPhotoElevation in metersProminence in meters



Ascent from theStart point in the town/village of Approx. total elevation gain in metresApprox. length of hike (km)Time for walk up (hrs)Marks
North: Lomniczka Valley
Karpacz
1,000
8
3.25
yellow-red
North: via the tarns
Karpacz
over 1,100
12.5
4.75-5
several options
             North-East             Kowary 1,300 12 5 yellow-blue-red
                North Upper station of chairlift           (Kopa)          260 2.3 1 black-red




Ascent from theStart point in the town/village of Approx. total elevation gain in metresApprox. length of hike (km)Time for walk up (hrs)Marks
South
Pec pod Sněžkou
900
7
3.25
blue-red
South
Pec pod Sněžkou
850
6.5
3
green-yellow
West
Špindlerův Mlýn
nearly 1,000
10.5
4.25
red-blue-red
 North-West Krkonošské sedlo 550 9.5 3.25 red
 East Horní Malá Úpa 850 6 2.75 green-yellow-red
 South Upper station of cable car several 0 0.05 




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Red Tape & Warning

Rozsutec reserve in Malá Fatra
 
  • The area is part of the National Nature Reserve Rozsutec, which is a part of the Malá Fatra National Park. Camping and rock climbing are not permitted. You have to stick to the waymarked trails.

  • In Slovakia, if you don't take out relevant insurance, such as the "Out and Active" (see here), you will have to cover the costs of the rescue operation. In an emergency call 18 300

When To Go & Weather

To avoid the crowds, it is advisable to go on a weekday in late spring, September or October. Some people might be keen on a winter adventure, for which you will need the basic gear and some experience: Here is an interesting video.

Maps

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ONLINE MAP on hiking.sk

Several versions of the paper map are available in bookshops in any of the nearby towns.


ONLINE MAP on hiking.sk


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cykloserver online map



formulas




ONLINE MAP on hiking.sk


To see the area and the trails on an online map, type (or copy and paste) Ostry Rohac in the search box.











Images

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