Slovakia. High Tatras.
You’ve been, you’ve seen… Or maybe only heard of them.
You’ve done hundreds of trails there or maybe only two.
Or even less.
You like mountains – especially reaching summits, but don’t mind views.
Views on 2,634 m n p m.
In less than 2 hours.
No, you won’t run there, use helicopter or teleport. None of these things.
There will be a rope… but of another kind. And instead of helmet, harness (and sore muscles the next day!) …
The red cabin.
The cable car to Lomnický štít (Lomnický peak) is quite popular. Surely this is one of those touristic attractions, which either exult or frighten. Why? Well, you reach the second highest peak of Tatras in the cabin secured only by couple of ropes. In the final section you travel over 855 m altitude difference in less than 10 min… WITHOUT ANY SUPPORT (only ropes). In addition, the landscape here is rocky, sinister and untouched. If you are afraid of heights it’s a good way to break this fear, but in combination with claustrophobia… Better consider it before. But wouldn’t you do anything for the mountains?
Fortunately, there are a lot of options. The cable car is divided into three parts. You start at 900 m a.s.l. in Tatranská Lomnica. Before you get in the cabin you can meet some new friends:
Or sit on the bench and admire Lomnický štít from a safe distance yet.
After couple of minutes you reach 1173 m a.s.l. Here (“start” station) is time for a quick change and consider once again if you really want to do it.
After another few minutes you arrive to Skalnaté pleso (Rocky Lake) at an altitude of 1781 m a.s.l. You have really picturesque landscape here. There are many hiking trails that lead you to the lake as you can tell by the view of lots of hikers, but this time you are not one of them.
However it doesn’t mean you can’t spend some time with other creatures, talking:
Looking at the peak:
But the best attraction is the lake, itself. The purity of water surprises you as usual so you can’t resist to take a photo…or two.
And climb some rock, too.
All of course awaiting for third part of cable car journey and release some energy which didn’t result in pouring sweat while hiking up this time.
Cause you’re not afraid of course.
So it’s happening. You check the time and almost run to the point (cablecar station) from which is so close to the summit! Whilst waiting for your turn you glance anxiously on a cloud, which without any particular reason wanders slowly towards Lomnický Peak … Does it have permission to spoil the views? It doesn’t matter (surely does!), you can always sit in the fog. Who cares… (please, please go away cloud!)
And that’s it! The last section of the cable car takes several minutes. You are cramped like a sardine in a tin, but the ‘hike’ to the summit is impressive … You feel like you’re climbing up on your own, only glass reminds you about reality. Suddenly… you reach the summit. It wasn’t so bad, not windy (they say it’s strongly felt in the cabin) and everybody survived! Now you have 45 minutes to enjoy stunning panoramas:
You’ve just reached the second highest peak in Tatras in less than 2 hours, how do you feel?
You can reach Lomnický štít in traditional, hiking way but only with a guide. Cable car is a nice option if you have a rest day in hiking, you’re after injury or just want to spend time with family.
For more information on how to book a cable car ticket visit here.
And you? What cable car do you recommend?