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Velická and Malá Studená dolina

Over two saddles

Marian Gabor
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Velická and Malá Studená dolina
Inserted: 16.10.2018
Author: Marian Gabor © gigaplaces.com

The route begins and ends in Smokovec, passing through three valleys and two saddles, it is one of the more demanding circuits in the High Tatras, for which it is necessary to set aside two days. The route passes through the diverse Tatra nature from spruce forests, through rhododendron bands to the alpine landscape. During the trip, it is possible to stop in several cottages where you can have a snack and also sleep.

Follow the blue sign

The route starts from Starý Smokovec, from where we follow the blue sign towards Hrebienok to the point where it meets the main road. During the whole ascent, Slavkovský štít is shown in the foreground.

Follow the blue sign
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Direction Silesian House

From the blue sign, we then turn to the red one and continue along the main road to the Silesian House.

Direction Silesian House
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Direction Polish ridge

From the Silesian House, we ascend along the green sign towards the Polish Ridge.

Direction Polish ridge
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Saddle Breakthrough

After returning from Východná Vysoká, we descend from the Polish ridge along the green mark, so that we can then ascend again along the blue mark to the Prielom saddle.

Saddle Breakthrough
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From the saddle Breakthrough

From the Prielom saddle, we then descend along the blue sign to Zbojnícká chata, which is the place where we sleep.

From the saddle Breakthrough
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Great Cold Valley

Following the blue sign, we descend to Zbojnícká chata, while enjoying the evening views of the Great Cold Valley.

Great Cold Valley
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To the Cross Saddle.

In the morning we climb from the cottage along the yellow sign to the Transverse Saddle and look forward to the most challenging part of the transition. During the ascent we enjoy the views of Zbojnícká chata, the surrounding lakes and peaks separating the Great Cold and Velická valleys.

To the Cross Saddle.
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Transverse saddle

Just below the saddle come chains and footrests, which help to comfortably get into the Transverse Saddle.

Transverse saddle
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Descent

The most difficult part of the transition occurs when descending from the Transverse Saddle to the Little Cold Valley. During the descent we use a large number of chains and footrests. I recommend going from the Great to the Little Cold Valley in the opposite direction, as the descent is quite difficult, especially with an increased number of tourists.

Descent
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Transverse saddle

After descending from the chains, another challenging section awaits the gravel, which usually runs underfoot. The ascent route leads close to the snow field.

Transverse saddle
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Small cold valley

After the descent, we walk along the green sign to Zamkovského chata, while on the way I stop for refreshments at Téry's chalet, the chatter recommended me to have a beer against my already started muscle, so I listen to his advice and only after enjoying chilled beer we descend to Zamskského chata.

Small cold valley
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During the descent along the red sign from Zamkovského chata towards Hrebienok, we meet one of the regular guests of the route, the local fox. From Hrebienok, we descend along the green route next to the cable car to Starý Smokovec.

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