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Climbing Mount Gerlach in Slovakia with a guide

Join Pavel Zofka, an IFMGA certified mountain guide, in a 1-day adventure climbing Mount Gerlach, the highest peak in Slovakia.

Mountain RangeCarpathian Mountains
Duration1 day
Offer periodMay, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Skill LevelBeginner
Fitness LevelOccasional
Type of tripPrivate

Highlights

  • Reach the highest peak in Slovakia and the Carpathian Mountains.

  • Discover the natural wonders of the Tatra National Park.

  • Contemplate a breathtaking panoramic view of the country from the top.

Description

I invite you to a 1-day adventure climbing Mount Gerlach (2655m), the highest peak in Slovakia and also in the whole Carpathian Mountains.

Mount Gerlach (also called Gerlachovka) is located in the High Tatras, a mountain range along the border of Slovakia and Poland, which belongs to the Carpathians. It is inside Tatra National Park, a beautiful natural area surrounded by glacial lakes and pine forests.

This is a very attractive peak for climbing lovers in Slovakia. It demands some technical effort and is considered level II according to UIAA grading system. However, it is important to mention that the only way of getting there is with an UIAGM certified mountain guide.

In this trip, I will guide you to the summit of Mount Gerlach through Velická Step climbing route, which is also called ‘the normal route’. 

The starting point for the climbing will be the hotel Sliezky Dom (1670m). From there, we’ll walk for 8 kilometers until we reach the summit. This ascent might take between six to nine hours, depending on your fitness level.

If the weather is nice, you will enjoy a wonderful panoramic view of the whole country from its highest point.

The best time for climbing Mount Gerlach is from late May to late September. There may also be good weather conditions during  October.

Nevertheless, it’s also possible to climb this Slovakian peak in winter, using Batizovská climbing route. In this case, climbing may be harder than doing it during summer.

If climbing Mount Gerlach sounds interesting to you, please feel free to contact me. I will be glad to show you one of the greatest natural spots in the Tatras Mountains.

I also lead a 3-day program in Gerlach, Lomnicky and Ladovy mountains, in the Tatras. Check it out!

Meeting point

Hotel Sliezky Dom

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Equipment you will need to bring

Helmet

Crampons

Ice Axe

Harness

Backpack

Water bottle

Other gear: Hiking shoes with hard soles, hat, gloves, warm sportswear, rain jacket and thermos of tea.


About the guide

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IFMGA / UIAGM Mountain guide
I was born in 1969 in Ostrava. When I was a child, my parents and I spent most of our free time and weekends in our cottage in Beskydy in the countryside. I started skiing when I was very young, we went to Moravian and Slovak ski resorts. In 2010 I successfully passed my IFMGA exams and I became an official mountain guide. I’m also a photographer and a graphic designer. I’m guiding my friends and clients mainly in the Tatras Mountains. Please feel free to contact me if you wish to discover this beautiful region, during the summer or the winter. We can go hiking, climbing, mountaineering, skiing...together.


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Prices per person

Group of 1

EUR 330 each

Group of 6

EUR 227 each

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Price includes

• Guiding fee

Price details

• 10€ per rental.


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