Walking in the Tatras of Slovakia
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.