Walk­ing in the Ta­tras of Slo­vakia

Walking New Zealand - - Overseas Walks -

stag­ger­ing into the hut car­ry­ing huge loads of 70 kgs. Ap­par­ently it’s a pop­u­lar job for uni stu­dents, who carry sup­plies to the ‘High Huts’.

Day four started with a down­hill jaunt to Hre­bi­enok be­fore con­tin­u­ing on to Skezsky Dom, a large lake-side chalet. From there we climbed huge boul­der slabs, where camomile grew in abun­dance.

The route was rugged and hot with only dwarf pines hold­ing the soil, so there was no shade. Af­ter pass­ing a cou­ple of shal­low lakes, we reached Pri­siom Sad­dle and started the de­scent to Po­prad Lake. That was the long­est hour I have ever walked! It looked much closer than it was, be­cause the path wound down, in long zig-zags.

On the shores of the lake, we walked to a ceme­tery, ded­i­cated to those who have lost their lives climb­ing in the high ta­tras. It was full of beau­ti­ful hand carved flo­ral crosses.

Our next day was a climb to Mt Rysy, on the bor­der of Slo­vakia and Poland, the high­est point in Poland. The view of the Ta­tra peaks was mag­nif­i­cent !

The trail took us past sev­eral alpine lakes, and patches of flow­ers where snow melt had provided enough water. We stopped for a break at Rysy Chalet, which was set in a per­fect po­si­tion over­look­ing a cir­cle of peaks, lakes and val­leys.

The last day was on a shady trail

Above left: The group out­side Zbo­jnicka Chalet. Above right: The group on top of Velka Svis­taika. Be­low Barb on the way to Rysy Chalet.

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