/ Walking in Slovakia
I own a cottage in Slovakia, near Stara Lubovna, and being a keen walker myself, I'm thinking of letting it out for walking holidays in the summer. I would be extremely grateful if you could give me your opinions on the decor.
I realise that promoting products/businesses is forbidden on this site but I'm not advertising the cottage. I would genuinely value honest opinions on whether it's somewhere you would potentially stay based on the pictures. I'm planning on making some changes before advertising it in UK.
If you have time to let me know what the main things are you look for in accommodation for a walking holiday, that would be fantastic. This cottage sleeps 7.
Has anyone had successful walking holidays in Slovakia?
Is it true you need a mountain guide to do the more serious routes? like the highest peak in the tatra's?
How enforced is that?
I was wondering if I carried my ML certficate would that be enough, or does it have to be local?
I'm 9 hrs away now so bought a guide book, then read that. There were some which didn't need guides but all the classic routes I looked at did..
Rules are applied to 'walkers'; and are quite comprehensive! Bona fide 'mountaineers' are generally 'allowed' off the way marked trails. I have found that a BMC membership card can work wonders..... Although I still treasure the 'passport' that Roger Payne, bless him, knocked up for me when I first went out there.
The only time I've had any sort of grief was when we did a route on the E. face of Gerlach and descended the trade route - the assistant hut warden was muttering about guides being needed on the route we had descended; the other residents told him not to be a prat as we were obviously 'taternniks'.
Oh - and make sure you complete the hut book or chat to the warden about your planned day; they can get a bit twitchy about folks not leaving information. Enjoy - great hills!
And the 'polish' side is minuscule compared with the 'slovak' side. As far as I'm aware the Narodny Park rules are the same on both sides of the border?
I think you mean the 'orla perc'? Great route; parts are equipped like a semi-VF and there are some dodgy sections; I think a brit died on there a few years back.
And a final thought, Iain; for running don't spurn the Low Tatra and other outlying areas; you could get some great ridges done. But are you thinking of mountain running right now? It could be pretty bloody wintry!
Probably had 8 or so trips in summer and winter; love the area. Great multi-pitch climbing, nice walking and right cheap skiing - with nice easy runs :-)
> And the 'polish' side is minuscule compared with the 'slovak' side. As far as I'm aware the Narodny Park rules are the same on both sides of the border?
> I think you mean the 'orla perc'? Great route; parts are equipped like a semi-VF and there are some dodgy sections; I think a brit died on there a few years back.
> And a final thought, Iain; for running don't spurn the Low Tatra and other outlying areas; you could get some great ridges done. But are you thinking of mountain running right now? It could be pretty bloody wintry!
Thanks, it will be in the summer.. May I reckon.. its a fair trek, a good 9 hrs.
I'll try it with a BMC card.. off to the Harz mountains this weekend I think, snowy trails so should be fine in winter..
Some of the higher passes in the high tatra will still have snow in them in May even if the tops are stripped; most of the higher crossings have nominal 'closed dates' for walkers - often marked on the maps. I've been out in early June when a few of the scrambly paths were more like Scottish II !
I browsed your site and think that your own list of walks/outings from the chata would work well to attract folk.
Love the place so wish you well.
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