The routes can be combined so those who want an easy tour and those looking for challenges can equally enjoy it. One of the routes of this hike presented in the article is difficult and recommended only for hikers who are experienced and in good condition, while the alternative route is easy and can be completed even with children!
Ďumbier is the highest peak of the Low Tatras National Park at 2,043 meters, but this tour will also touch the slightly lower peak of Chopok, which is 2,024 meters.
A hiking stick will be a great help, and you will need proper hiking boots and clothing. Take into consideration that the weather on the mountain is very changeable, cold wind or rain can occur even in the hottest heat, be prepared with an extra layer!
The difficult route
The difficult hike starts from the parking lot next to Chata Zázvor. There are several free parking lots on the bank of the stream. The path runs in front of the hotel, there is only one route, you can’t lose sight of it.
The first part of the route is easy, with minor but steady elevation, through a pine forest. A fast-flowing mountain stream flows by the road. Leaving the forest behind, the path gets steeper and steeper, until we arrive at the first resting stop: Chata M.R. Štefánika pod Ďumbierom. At the shelter, you can relax and eat at outdoor tables. There is also a restaurant upstairs, where drinks and hot food are available.
After the rest, the rest of the path is easy, the elevation is minor, as we slowly reach the ridge. The view is getting more and more beautiful. You will have to turn right towards Ďumbier, the signs indicate the directions everywhere.
After the Ďumbier, you have to come down on the same route, then where we turned right, the road continues on the ridge, all the way to the cable cars.
You can rest and eat at another restaurant near the cable cars. And you can reach the stones marking the peak of Chopok in a few minutes from there. You can continue the route by cable car or on foot.
The path is running below the cable cars, about 2-3 meters from it, you have to follow the yellow signs, which are painted on the rocks. The narrow path descends steeply all the way down. This part is quite difficult, mainly because of the fatigue, and it puts a strain on the knees if you don’t have the right hiking shoes. The last part is already on an asphalt road, the goal is to reach the parking lot from where we started.
The easy hiking route
For an easy hike, we walk along the ridge from the opposite direction. The first section can be done easily with the two cable cars. The hike starts from the shelter, and as there is only one path, you can’t lose sight of it. Overall, this route is not the easiest either, as it descends all the way, so it is tiring for the knees, but definitely easier than the first one.
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