The Mengusovská dolina - valley is 8 km long, branched and attractive valley for tourists. Its waters form the river Poprad. Shorter tours go from Štrbske Pleso (red colored path) or from mountain tram stop TEŽ Popradské Pleso (blue colored path) to the center of the valley to Popradské Pleso (here is a chalet with accommodation and food) and to Symbolic cemetery (remembrance of mountain casualties).
Around Popradské Pleso the valley Mengusovská valley is devided to north-eastern valley Zlomisková and to north-western Mengusovská valley. Walking path (blue color) goes through the Mengusovská valley up to the Hincová kotlina and to the basin Žabie Plesá = lakes (red colored path). Hlincová kotlina is lined with rocky amphitheatre made of Mengusovské peaks, Kôprovský peak and Čubrina.
At the end of the tour there is lake Veľké Hincovo pleso (area of 20,08 ha, depth of 53,7 m – the biggest and the deepest lake in the Tatras territory). Over saddleback Vyšné Kôprovské sedlo is possible to go to the valley Koprová dolina (blue colored path) or climb on Koprovský peak (red colored path) with view of the surrounding valleys and neighbouring peaks.
The basin Žabie plesá is separated from Hlincova kotlina by southern ridge of dominant peak Volovca. The path around Žabie plesá (red color) rises up through a huge rocky threshold (secured by chains) to the valley Dolinka pod Váhou to chalet Chata pod Rysmi (altitude of 2250 m, the highest situated mountain chalet). Over the saddleback Váhy the path climbs up to the most popular peak Rysy with wonderful view (2499,6 m, state border – return is necessary).
Rysy (2499 m) peak is summit border crossing between Slovakia and Poland in the main ridge of the High Tatras.
Rysy has three peaks: the north-western border peak, the middle (the main one) peak and the south-eastern peak (the lowest one).
There go three ridges from the peak: to the north to Malé Rysy, to the south to Český štít through Váha and to the west to Žabí koň.
Rysy is one of the most visited peaks. Before the World War I it was called „uhorské" or „tatranské Rigi" because of its great view. The first known person who climbed this peak was Eduard Blásy (administrator of Starý Smokovec, lived 1820 - 1888) with mountain guide Ján Ruman Diečný dated to 20.7.1840. And during winter it was Teodor Wundt with Jakub Horvay on 10.4.1884. In the 90s of the 19th century there was a marble monument to remember Blásy’s first climb.
Sedlo Pod Ostrvou
Ostrva (1926 m) is peak at the end of south-western standing aside ridge Končistej. In front of this insignificant peak the Tatranská magistrála goes through saddleback sedlo pod Ostrvou. It is a point with beautiful view of the Mengusovká dolina and Zlomísk.
Hillside of Ostrva has been known by poachers and hunters for many years. Tourists have been visiting this area from 1875, in the winter from 1891. The first path leading from Vyšné Hágy was built in 1886 by Uhorská karpatská group. Contemporary part of the path was built in 1930 and 1931.
Kôprovský Štít (2367 m) is significant peak, first of Krivánská rázsocha which goes from Čubrina. There is a path going from Vyšné Kôprovské sedlo to this peak with wonderful view. Close to the peak there is lake Veĺké Hlincové pleso.
Poachers and hunters have been walking on sides of this peak for many years. History of climbing starts around 1880, in the winter around 1906.
Is the highest situated settlement for tourists in the High Tatras, lying on the southern bank of the same named lake.
In the 1872 a cottage for hunters was built by Jozef Szentiványi. This cottage represents today’s center for tourists Štrbské pleso. In 1875 the Uhorská karpatská group built cottages for tourists. In a short period of time there were also other hotels and restaurants, bath and residences built. In 1885 the settlement was declared as spa with curative waters. Building was finished in 1906 with two hotels – Hviezdoslav and Kriváň.
In 1876 a railroad was built from Tatranská Štrba to Štrbské Pleso (this railroad was rebuilt into road for cars) and in 1896 a new railroad was built parallel to the old one. This railroad was replaced again with buses. Štrbské pleso got a connection to Starý Smokovec in 1885. In 1911 a brand new electrical railway was built for public.
The situation after World War II required a change of hotels into sanatorium for asthmatics. Brand new buildings were built because of world ski championship in 1970 and lack of capacity for accommodation. New electrical railway from Tatranská Štrba was built as well as shops, public services and complex for skiing in Mlynická dolina. In 1976 a health residence Helios was opened. Gustav Nedobrý (1893-1966) used to live at Štrbské Pleso. Gustav was one of the founders of IAMES group, organizer of Slovakian tourism, mountain guide and rescuer from mountain rescue service.
Symbolic cemetery (1525 m) is very popular place for tourists. It is situated near to Popradské Pleso, under western sides of Ostrva. Here you may find symbolic cemetery for those who perished in the High Tatras and for people from the High Tatras who died in the international mountains.
Nowdays you can find here up to 160 monuments and 50 hand-made wooden crosses. Monuments used to be situated always in the place of exact tragedy, however painter Otakar Štáfl (1884 - 1945) came with an idea of symbolic cemetery. Together with his wife and few friends started building this cemetery in 1936 and finished it in 1940. They handed in their work with motto: “To those who are dead for remembrance, to those who are alive for warning”.
People from TANAP take care of this cemetery. There are very strict criteria for expansion of the cemetery.
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