Crossing the saddleback Priečne sedlo is a very popular but challenging all-day hike. However, it’s not suitable for everyone – the stretch through the saddle from Malá to Veľká Studená dolina or vice versa is exposed and secured by chains. We can shorten the hike by overnight stay at one of the chalets Téryho chata, Zbojnícka chata or Zamkovského chata, perhaps even by using a funicular to Hrebienok. All chalets also have the option of refreshment. We start early in the morning from Starý Smokovec at the funicular station to Hrebienok. We get to Hrebienok by a slight climb on a green marked hiking trail in about 0,55 h. From Hrebienok we set out on a comfortable wide trail to a junction called Rázcestie nad Rainerovou chatou (0,20 h ). From here we continue along the red and green trails through the valley Malá Studená dolina in the direction of the chalet Zamkovského chata. Along the way we pass the waterfall Obrovský vodopád. From the chalet we continue along the green trail . The climb is gradual, the steep climb begins under parts called Malý and Veľký Hang. We slowly ascend on the rocky hairpin bends till we get to Téryho chata. At the chalet there are 5 tarns called Päť Spišských plies. The chalet is surrounded by such peaks like Lomnický štít, Pyšný štít, Ľadový štít or Prostredný hrot. We continue 1,15h along the yellow and green trail to a junction Rázcestie pod Priečnym sedlom, from where we can make a few-minute detour on the green trail to see a blue tarn called Modré pleso. Otherwise the green trail leads to a saddleback Sedielko and through a valley Javorová dolina to Tatranská Javorina. Instead, we go back to the junction and continue on a yellow trail to Priečne sedlo. It’s an exposed climbing terrain secured by chains from Malá and Veľká Studená dolina. During the main summer season it is also necessary to prepare for waiting, the passage over the saddle is possible in both directions. After crossing the saddle we get enchanted by the view of the valley Veľká Studená dolina and the tarns Sivé plesá. We pass along Starolesnianske plesoand Sesterské plesá and after 1,20 h we arrive at the chalet Zbojnícka chata. Here it is possible to stay the night and continue the next day for example to a saddleback Prielom. We are returning back to Hrebienok 1,55 h ( ) and after 0,45 h we arrive at Starý Smokovec.
Starolesnianske tarn is situated in Veľká Studená dolina on the right side of yellow trail in the direction to Priečne sedlo from Zbojnícka chata at an altitude of 1988m. with depth circa 4 meters and area of 7,2 ha.
Malá Studená dolina is is a 4,5 km long, terraced valley, often visited by tourists. It has an old mining tradition (gold and copper mining until the mid-19th century). In the lower forested threshold is an attractive Obrovský vodopád (“Giant Waterfall”), which can be admired directly from the Tatra Magistrala (red trail ). The green […]
Veľká Studená dolina is a 7 km long valley, highly attractive for tourists. Behind the narrow closure, it is divided by several rocky thresholds in the upper enlarged part. They hide the highest number of tarns (22) from all the Tatra valleys. In the south, it is lined by a massive character of the Slavkovský […]
Päť Spišských Plies (“Five Spiš Tarns”) are situated in Malá Studená dolina near Téryho chata. Behind the chalet to the left is Nižné Spišské pleso (“Lower Spiš Tarn”) at 2000m. elevation, to the right from the trail Malé Spišské pleso (“Smal Spiš Tarn”) 1999m., Prostredné Spišské pleso (“Middle Spiš Tarn”) 2010 m., Veľké Spišské pleso […]
Three Sesterské plesá (“Three Sister Tarns”) are situated in Veľká Studená dolina near Zbojnícka chata. Nižné Sesterské pleso (“Lower Sister Tarn”) lies at an altitude of 1960 m. and is the biggest of them all. Above it and close to the yellow trail in the direction of Priečne sedlo is Stredné a Vyššie Sesterské pleso […]
Zamkovského chata is located in the High Tatras in Malá Studená dolina at an altitude of 1475 m. It takes about an hour to walk from Hrebienok along the red trail in the direction of Skalnaté Pleso. The trail to the chalet is undemanding, open all year round, that’s why this tour is especially popular […]
Téryho chata is the highest elevated chalet with a year-round operation. It’s located in the valley Malá Studená dolina at an altitude 2015 m. next to tarns Päť Spišských Plies („5 Spiš tarns“). The easiest access to it is from Starý Smokovec, through Hrebienok, waterfall Obrovský vodopád („Giant waterfall“) and chalet Zamkovského chata. More difficult […]
Zbojnícka chata works all year-round. It’s situated in the Veľká Studená dolina. It’s a valley with the largest number of tarns (26) of different sizes and characters. It’s rich in Tatras fauna and flora. There is a countless amount of hiking, climbing, skitouring and research activities here that one can do in a summer as […]