How to reach the second highest peak in Tatras in less than 2 hours

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.

cable car in Tatras

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?

red cable car

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.

Lomnický štít from a safe distance

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.

cable car

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.

Skalnate Pleso

However it doesn’t mean you can’t spend some time with other creatures, talking:

Bear in Tatras

Looking at the peak:

Looking at the peak

or meditating:

Tatras' creatures

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.

clear water
Lomnický štít view
lake in Tatras

And climb some rock, too.

nice view

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.

view from Lomnický štít
nice peak view

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!)

view form peak

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:

second view form peak
Lomnický štít
Lomnický štít view
Lomnický štít
Lomnický štít


Lomnický štít

And rest.

rest in Tatras

You’ve just reached the second highest peak in Tatras in less than 2 hours, how do you feel?

victory in Tatras

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.

beautiful Tatras

And you? What cable car do you recommend?

Comments: 18

Khansa October 16, 2016 at 7:57 pm

Oh my goodness. That is such a beautiful experience. I love the place, I am not too sure if I would go all the way there in a cable car. Or I might you never know unless you are there!

    Emilia Mlak October 16, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    Indeed – you’ll never know! The good thing is you can always decide no to go further, but I’ve met couple of people who overcame their fears there and they were so satisfied after! And, yes it was a great experience, highly recommended! 🙂

Nancy October 17, 2016 at 2:36 am

What a gorgeous place and that lake, its so clear you can count all the rocks down below! Would love to see Tatras in the winter too! Slovakia has got to be one of Europe’s most rugged but scenic countries.

    Emilia Mlak October 17, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    Nancy – that’s sounds like a good challenge! Count all rocks in the lake! Next time I’ll try to do so 🙂 Slovakia is beautiful and scenic as you say, it is definitely worth a visit. And winter … Tatras in winter are great – I know them mostly from Polish side, but imagine those views covered in snow…!

Tami October 17, 2016 at 3:04 am

Left me breathless! What a fantastic description of an amazing trip to the top — Incredible photos and personal story, too! It made me smile…

    Emilia Mlak October 17, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    Tami, please breath! 🙂 Thanks, I’m glad you enjoyed it and it was amazing, true!

Vicki Louise October 17, 2016 at 6:26 am

The cable car certainly sounds like the best option for getting to the top of the peak – and totally worth it for those views which are absolutely incredible!

    Emilia Mlak October 17, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    Oh, for me the best option would be climb it by myself, but you can do it only with a guide – maybe in the future! Cable car is a great idea when you don’t have enough time and still gives you so much of experience. And views!! If you’re lucky with clouds 🙂

Angela October 17, 2016 at 1:53 pm

Where do we sign up? It looks SO beautiful up there!! We just did a cable car ourselves this summer in Jasper National Park in Canada. At first we weren’t sure we should spend the money, but I’m so glad we did.

    Emilia Mlak October 18, 2016 at 6:50 am

    Wow, cable car in Canada – sounds like something we want to do just after couple of hikes there! World offers us so many beautiful places! And we are glad you did it, too!

Corinne October 17, 2016 at 2:59 pm

I keep hearing about these gorgeous High Tatras…I guess I better go. They aren’t too far from home. I love taking a gondola, ski lift, whatever to the top of a mountain!

    Emilia Mlak October 18, 2016 at 6:52 am

    If they are not far from you then even better 🙂 Hope you see them soon! And reach the top by whatever transport you use 🙂

Carol Colborn October 18, 2016 at 2:57 am

Your photos are absolutely spectacular. I suppose the cable car ride was awesome and so worth it!

Vyjay October 18, 2016 at 7:00 am

Tatra looks amazing and the views from that height must be really astounding. The cable car ride is something I am fascinated by and would definitely love to do.

evan kristine October 18, 2016 at 3:59 pm

it looks really absolutely gorgeous from above, i’m just not so sure if i’ll have the heart to ride that cable car though!