Zelene Pleso Route

Zelene Pleso trail is a beautiful route in the High Tatras of Slovakia, that begins in Skalnate Pleso and takes you to the Green Lake Mountain Chalet. The route has impressive scenic views and numerous tracks you can use to return.

Technical sheet
No. 22113159
A Slovaquie walk posted on 20/05/22 by TheWildGuides. Update : 23/05/22
Calculated time Calculated time: 10h00[?]
Distance Distance : 12.56mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 4869ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 5030ft
Highest point Highest point : 6713ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 2805ft
Very difficult Difficulty : Very difficult
Back to starting point Back to starting point : No
Walking Walking
Location Location : Slovakia
Starting point Starting point : N 49.167079° / E 20.267858°
Ending point Ending point : N 49.165363° / E 20.27921°
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Image from the Green Lake route Walking the Zelene Pleso trail Hiking Zelene Pleso

Description

(D) To get to the start of Zelene Pleso, you need to get to Tatranska Lomnica. From here you can either take a cable car to Skalnate Pleso or hike up the ski hill. The cable car is not free, but it allows you to skip a couple of hours of a very boring climb up to Skalnate Pleso.

Also, note that Slovakia is known for some of the best trail markings around the world, so it's very easy to follow any trail in the High Tatras. There will be a map legend at almost every trailhead, make sure to check the destination or a highlight you want to go to and memorize the color of the trail leading there. You will soon notice that every other tree along your path will have colored markings that show you're still on the right trail. At a fork, you will clearly see different color markings, so you'll be able to know which of the paths is yours.

(1) When you arrive at Skalnate Pleso, follow the red trail (North-North-West) name Tatranska magistrala) to Velka Svištovka Mountain (2037). The trail ascends pretty gradually and has no difficult sections all the way to the mountain pass.

(2) At the pass, you can choose to climb the Velka Svistovka Mountain (North-East), which is easily reachable from the pass, but you will have to ascend a little higher for that.

After the pass, the trail goes down fairly quickly. There will be numerous switchbacks leading you down the mountain towards the Zelene Pleso lake. You will be able to see the beautiful green lake from your switchbacks. This section is slightly more difficult, but very manageable if you don't rush too much. The switchbacks can become boring, but the trail is pretty steep, so careful not to slip and fall.

(3) Before the end of the switchbacks, there will be a section with a chain you have to follow. It's not exposed in any dangerous way, simply the trail section becomes quite uncomfortable and steep to descend so the chain offers you some balance.

After that, just follow the clear path to the lake and the mountain chalet at Zelené Pleso lake. Here, take some amazing images and a few refreshments.

(4) To head back, head east, towards a clear gravel path that descends into the forest. There are numerous ways you can head back to Tatranska Lomnica, however, this guide describes one that has more shade and gives you a couple of more opportunities to enjoy the diverse landscape of the High Tatras. For that, this guide follows the Yellow-Blue-Yellow-Green trail markings. You will start your gradual descent by following the yellow markings eastwards.

(5) The yellow trail then will turn south-east at the creek, keep following it.

(6) You will be able to see another trail on the other side of the creek along your route. That is the blue trail. Once the yellow trail merges with the blue one, keep following the blue southwards.

(7) Later, at the fork, the yellow trail veers off to the left and the blue one leads to your right. Continue on the blue trail. The yellow trail at this stage would lead you to Bela Voda car park, so unless you organized your trip to end there, make sure to stay on the blue path at this point.

(8) Keep following the blue trail which is leading you south, towards Tatranska Lomnica. The trail itself is very easy at this stage and you will soon start seeing the first buildings of the town. You will then see another fork of the trails splitting. At this stage, take the yellow trail, which keeps you on the village paths.

(9) At this stage, you're already in Tatranska Lomnica, but there will be more trail markings you will spot. I recommend following the green trail as it will lead you directly to the town center, where you can easily get the electric train from, provided this is the method you used to get here. (A)

Waypoints :
D : mi 0 - alt. 2986ft - Skalnate Pleso
1 : mi 2.34 - alt. 5778ft - Tatranska magistrala trail
2 : mi 3.94 - alt. 6627ft - Velka Svištovka Mountain (2037) pass
3 : mi 4.7 - alt. 5814ft - Switchbacks - Chain
4 : mi 6.03 - alt. 5102ft - Zelené Pleso lake
5 : mi 7.78 - alt. 4413ft - Yellow trail veers south
6 : mi 8.66 - alt. 4094ft - Yellow and Blue trails merge
7 : mi 9.72 - alt. 3543ft - Trail fork (follow the Blue trail here)
8 : mi 11.17 - alt. 3031ft - Trail fork (take the Yellow trail here)
9 : mi 11.99 - alt. 2992ft - Take the Green trail towards the town center
A : mi 12.56 - alt. 2812ft - Tatranska Lomnica

Useful Information

In general, the trail is fairly long, but the hard part ends at the mountain chalet. The trail down is easy and has lots of shade, which keeps you cool during the hot summer months. The Tatras is a very easy place for hikers, you literally have to follow the colored trails, and it's impossible to get lost. The way down is mostly gravel paths, and there aren't any paths you could accidentally trail off on. The way up is even clearer, as it's just one path you follow.

  • The cable car to Skalnate Pleso costs around 20 Eur per person and saves you 3 hours and 710m of elevation gain.
  • The mountain chalet is used as an overnight hiking facility, which you can book in advance and arrange longer hikes in Tatras.

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During the walk or to do/see around

  • Enjoy the scenic views of Zelene Pleso (the Green Lake)
  • Visit the mountain chalet at the lake which serves cold beer and great food at very affordable prices.

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