It was very early morning that Saturday. We got up half past 3 AM and left home at 4 o'clock because we wanted to avoid traffic jams.
Usually, when we go for a weekend trip we start on Friday afternoon. But this time we decided to begin our adventure on very early Saturday. What a brilliant idea it was! We avoided traffic and crowds, everything went smooth
We decided to climb Sivý vrch (Grey Mountain) straight away after arrival because our hotel's check-in was possible only after 2 PM.
Here's how our hike looked like that day:
The peak belongs to Západné Tatry (Western Tatra mountains) and reaches 1805 metres.
We started hiking along yellow trail. The slope was rather steep but we were in very good shape and not feeling tired at all (Joanna thinks mountains give energy with which I agree fully). It was still before noon but sun was already quite strong. We got to rocky area fairly quickly.
Vegetation changed as each level of elevation gives quite different environment in all mountains as temperature drops and greenhouse effect is much less possible on steep ground. This is one of very interesting things about mountains that going to the peak you see how plants and trees are changing based on height.
On our way to the top we passed Sedlo Pálenica (1573 metres) where the trails diverge.
From that point we followed red trail. It was very pleasant walk among breathtaking scenery of Western Tatras . Close to the peak the trail was stony and there were chains for extra protection. A little bit of climbing was necessary.
When we got to Sivý vrch we had a quick snack, took some photos and climbed down hurriedly, as it was very windy and some dark clouds started to gather.
On our way back there was no time for contemplating the amazing mountainscape - we always do our best to avoid thunderstorms in the mountains.
When we got to our car storm was just about to start. We were very lucky to escape it because it was a real downpour.
All happy we got to our hotel Penzion Micik . We truly liked this place - room were nice and clean, kitchen was fully equipped and the location is fantastic. Penzion Micik is located in quiet area, close to the forest which is quite important for us.
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After dinner we decided to give a try to Meander Thermal Park in Oravice village. It was nice. Rather small, especially when compared with Tatralandia, Gino Paradise Besenova or AquaCity Poprad. But it wasn't so crowded. There was only one water slide available so we spent majority of time in thermal hot waters and jacuzzi.
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We were really happy that we treated ourselves to those acquatic wonders as next day our muscles were brand new and ready to conquer Salatín peak which reaches 2048 metres.
Here's our hike to Salatín:
We started hiking from Pod Spálenou parking (1045 metres) along blue trail. That day the weather was favorable - after night storm the air was cool and humid, temperature perfect for physical activity.
The path was rather deserted . Slovakian Tatras are perfect choice in the summer because trails there are much less crowded than in Poland and the views are even better as the moutains are higher (the highest peak of Tatras is in Slovakia - Gerlachovský štít reaches 2655 metres).
Later on, when we got higher, there were more tourists on the trail (was it because of chair-lift?). We passed Brestová (1934 metres) and continued trekking.
It was steep, stony path and we walked rather slowly. When we reached Salatín peak we only had brief break - it was getting late and we kept in mind that tomorrow we would need to be efficient at work so no staying up late.
I need to admit it wasn't easy to say goodbye to such breathtaking landscape...
When we got to our car we were rather tired, but pleased with ourselves. The trail was great and overall the experience was very rewarding. Then, we had dinner in restaurant close to our parking but, besides great location, it didn't offer anything special.
And you, have you ever been to Slovakia? Did you enjoy your stay?