The Gerlach peak (2.655 m) is one of the highest peak in Slovakia, but also the highest peak of the Carpathians. The first person to stand on top of Gerlach peak was a teacher and mountain guide, a German from Spiš. It happened in 1834. He climbed to the top with four other people. The first ascent of Velicka próba was made in 1874 by the climber Déchy. The first ascent through Batizovska próba was made by Slovak mountain guides. For its uniqueness, it is one of the most sought-after and most visited Tatra peak.
The ascent along the classic route to Gerlach by the Velicka próba is possible only with a mountain guide, it is one of the most demanding ascent both in terms of technique and condition. From the hotel Sliezsky dom, which is usually a starting point for ascent, you will find about 8 km of walking and climbing up to the difficulty of II UIAA and about 1000 altitude elevation meters.
Of course, in addition to the above, good weather and suitable condition are also important. In bad weather, the ascent is very demanding. Suitable conditions for summer ascent are from end of May to end of September, sometimes until the end of October. You can climb to Gerlach even in winter, usually throuh Batizovska próba. It is more technically demanding than in summer.
Maximum number of client:
1 to 2 people depending on the ascent variant and conditions.
Price for ascent
from 480 €
Classic ascent to Gerlach Peak via Velicka proba
Standard, most popular ascent route. It starts from the Sliezsky dom towards the Polish ridge. Above Večný dažď (The Eternal rain), the sidewalk leaves and we go under Velicka próba, where a more demanding section of the ascent awaits us, which is secured with metal cramps and snares. Then we climb steeply into the saddle, from which we traverse the Gerlach boiler under the Boiler peak. Then under the ridge over several arms, pillars and notches and the final ascent to the very top. We descent through Batizovska próba and around Batizovsky lake along the mountain highway to the Sliezsky dom (Silesian house). This is where the hike with the mountain guide ends.
Ascent time: 6 – 9 hours (according to physical fitess)
Maximum number of clients : 2 persons per mountain guide
Climbing difficulty: I – II UIAA