Hrebenovka Nizkych Tatier – Hike in Low Tatras Slovakia
Slovakia is a beautiful place to visit. Most of the people visit capital city Bratislava. But Slovakia has more to offer – from lakes where you can swim, nice towns to beautiful mountains. Slovakia has a lot of mountains where you can go hiking. The most famous are High Tatras and Low Tatras. So, if you like hiking you should definitely visit them. You will see beautiful views to the peaks. I did recently a hike in Low Tatras called “Hrebenovka Nizkych Tatier” (peaks of Low Tatras). It is a 4-5 days hike, depending how fit you are. You can start the hike in Telgart and finish in Donovaly or you can go the other way but most of the people say that it is easier to start from Telgart.
Simply Facts about the hike
- The track is 97.5km long
- Start and Finish – I recommend starting in Telgart and finishing in Donovaly
- Marker –you will follow the red marker all the way
- Maps – you can use these maps https://mapy.hiking.sk/ or there is an app mapy.cz
Accommodation along the track
- Telgart – Hotel, Airbnb
- Hut Andrejcova – you need to book this hut in advance during summer season (they will keep your reservation until 8pm that day) The price is 5EUR/per person. If the hut is full, you can sleep in tents. You can have a simple food like soup 2.5EUR, Beer 3EUR, they made us brekkie (scrambled eggs) 4EUR
- Hut Remza – this is simple accommodation (it is just a cover) where you can stay overnight. You don’t pay anything for this hut
- Accommodation in Certovica – there are plenty of choices where you can stay in Certovica like Penzion Certovica, Chata pod Certovicou or Salvage and rescue house….(check the prices on booking, but one room is around 50EUR) and Pension without the brekkie is 37 double room.
- Hut Milan Rastislav Stefanik – you can stop here for food or spend a night. The price for one nigh is around 28Euro per person/more people sleeping together in one room/ and double room 80Euro
- Hut in Chopok – You need to contact a person who is responsible for this hut.
- Hut Durkova – You can’t book this hut in advance but be careful because people stopping here are coming from both directions of the track – Certovica and from Donovaly, so it can get packed. The price is 7EUR. You can have simple meal and drinks and brekkie starts from 7am.
- Donovaly – a touristy place so won’t have a problem to find accommodation here.
Small tip: I was hiking in the running shoes and first and second day was OK but third was really hard because you are walking on the sharp rocks and I felt every step. So, I recommend to take a proper hiking shoes at least for this day.
Water is import and, in this hike, there are a lot of places where you can find a drinking water. Telgart (accommodation or shop), On the way to hut Andrejcova or directly in hut Andrejcova, hut Ramza, Certovica accommodation, Hut of Milan Rastislav Stefanik, Hut Durkova, Skalka, Donovaly.
Food along the hike. You don’t need to take gas stove, only if you want to prepare your own meal. There are places on the track where you can get food.
- Telgart (accommodation and shop)
- Hut Andrejcova (Simple dinner and brekkie)
- Certovica (accommodation)
- Hut Milan Rastislav Stefanik
- Hut Durkova
- Donovaly (Accommodation, restaurant, shop)
Don’t forget this hike is not that long, only 4 days so you should take some energy or protein bars to have energy. If you take a lot of food your backpack will be heavy.
Fist day – Telgart to hut Andrejcova
So, we started in Telgart. We booked Airbnb for one night. It was a nice accommodation and it had everything what we needed. We started the next morning at around 7 am and walked towards the square where we started our hike. You need to follow the red marker all the way to Donovaly. The track is marked well. However, time estimations to the next stops don’t look correct, unless you are walking really fast. First day is not that difficult, you just need to climb up to Kralova hola which is 1946 above the sea level and then continue to hut Andrejcova. We didn’t have a good weather in the morning because it was raining. Luckily, when we got to Kralova Hola the weather was better. Then you continue along the peak and you will arrive to hut Andrejcova. We started at around 7 am and we came to hut Andrejcova at around 3pm. We walked a bit slower because our backpacks were heavy. Some sources say that that it can be done in 6,5h.
When you start from Telgart there is a steep climb but after that you will be fine.
You will continue climbing to Kralova Hola
At Kralova Hola
You will continue along the track all the way to hut Andrejcova
At hut Andrejcova
Second Day – hut Andrejcova to Certovica – approx.. 30km
We knew that the weather forecast looked bad also for the next day, so we decided with other hikers that we will wake up at 5am, we will have brekkie at around 5.30am and we will start hiking at around 6am. The person responsible for the hut made us a luxury brekkie. We left the hut Andrejcova at around 6.20am. The weather wasn’t that good, it was foggy and a bit rainy. The second day was not that nice. The visibility was not good, so we didn’t have nice views. It took us around 11 hours to come to Certovica. Other guys who walked a bit faster did it in 8.5 hours. The second day is not that interesting. On second day you can decide if you want to stay in hut Ramza and spend a night there or you can continue to Certovica which is not that far from there. Don’t forget that you need to climb down to Certovica and when you will sleep in pension Certovica the track continue juts opposite the accommodation. You just need to cross the main road.
You continue along the track to Certovica
Hut Ramza where you can spend a night
Our Accommodation in Certovica
Third day – Certovica to hut Durkova
Because of the bad weather we needed to cancel our hike on the 3rd day. It was raining heavily in the morning and thunderstorm was also foretasted for that day. Storms can be dangerous in the mountains, so we rather stayed safe. So we decided that will finish this hike some other day. Last weekend was nice weather and we knew that we will finish what we started. We stayed in Penzion Certovica but the service was horrible. They didn’t confirmed our accommodation so we didn’t know if we have place to stay. You will pay 37 Euros for double room which is simple. When they asked what time do we want to leave in the morning and I said at 5am they said that its not possible because they open the penzion at 6am. So, we skipped the brekkie and started hiking at 6am. First, check point is hut Milan Rastislav Stefanik. From Certovica it is around three hours to get there. First, you need to climb up /the climb is steep/ and then continue along the track. The hut is touristy place where you can stop for a food and water or you can spend a night there /more info in this link/ http://www.chatamrs.sk/en.html. The most of the people are using the cable car which is going to Chopok and then walk to hut Milan Rastislav Stefanik. We took a small break and continue to our first peak Dumbier. The walk is not that difficult but you need to be careful where you step because all the way to Dumbier it is rocky. When I made it to Dumbier I didnt go all the way to the top because it was crowded so I stayed a bit under the top. From, Dumbier we continue to Chopok which is other peak of low tatras. As I said before, you can take a cable car to get there because Chopok is famous for hiking in the summer and skiing in the winter. You can ski from the north and also from the south side. We had a small break and continue to our final destination Hut Durkova where we slept. From Chopok the track is not that hard. You go up and down all the time and when you reach the point where is a blue sign hut Durkova you just need to walk down to the valley. From that point it is only 40 min. to hut Durkova. PS: you cant booked accommodation advance so it is first come first serve. So you need to walk a bit faster to be sure that you will have accommodation. We were lucky because we came around 6pm and there were last three places to sleep on the mattresses. People who came later than 6pm slept on the benches or on the floor in the hut. I saw also people sleeping on the ground outside and trust me it wasn’t that hot that night or you can bring your own tent. You need to pay 7 euros for one person. They had a soup and some pasta for a dinner and for the brekkie you can get some scramble eggs or sausages. When you sleep with more people in one rooms it is always difficult because some people are snoring. That was also our case and I couldn’t sleep properly. The third day you will do approx. 25k
This is the point where you start in Certovica
On the way to Hut Milana Rastislava Stefanika
At hut Milana Rastislava Stefanika
On the way to Dumbier and Chopok
Point where you can decide if you want to go 20min to Dumbier or continue to Chopok
On the way to Dumbier
On the way to Chopok
On the way to hut Durkova
At hut Durkova
Fourth day – hut Durkova to Donovaly
Most of the people who continue to Donovaly woke up at 5 am because you need to make approx. 28km on the last day. The track is not difficult, it’s just a bit boring because you go up and down and the track is the same. The only difficult part is to get back to the main track from hut Durkova. There is a steep climb up but the rest of the track is fine. The funny thing is that everybody wants to leave at around 6am but they serve the brekkie at 7 am:). In Donovaly you can catch a bus to Ruzomberok or to Banska Bystrica. If you are a slower walker and you are scarred that you won’t be able to catch a bus in Donovaly, you can leave a track and continue to Liptovska Luzna instead. At Sedlo pod Skalkou take a right turn and follow yellow sign. There are few bus stops in Liptovska Luzna where you can catch a bus to Ruzomberok. If I compare all 4 days, I think they are all different. First day is only difficult when you need to climb up to Kralova hola after that is not that hard to get to hut Andrejcova. On the way you have beautiful views on our Slovak mountains. The second day is not that nice because there are no beautiful views. There is a long grass alongside most of the track and you need to do approx 30km which is the longest distance from all 4 days. Third day was for me the most beautiful and not that hard.There is a steep climb from Certovica at the beginning, but after that is track OK. You can see two awesome peaks /Dumbier and Chopok/ and then walk along the track to hut Durkova. The fourth day is a bit boring because most of the track is the same all the way to Donovaly and you just can’t wait to be finally at the finish line.