We’ll pick you up and drive to Low Tatras National Park.
Banska Bystrica is an ancient town with a significant mining history. It’s located in a valley surrounded by mountains and national parks. From us, everything’s nearby. The geographical middle point of Slovakia is situated 15 km to the east and the one of Europe 15 km to the west. Kremnica mountains, Great Fatra, Low Tatras or Polana – every mountain range has its own characteristics. Thanks to an indented relief and the variety of the sceneries, the whole region is very appealing for mountain biking. The upper parts reaching to 2000 m have mainly a meadow character. The lower parts are densely forested and are full of creeks and clearings. There are numerous rideable field and forest paths. The connoisseurs among you will be especially delighted by the frequent natural single trails. The tours are distinguished by a strong altitude profile. It’s going up and down. We don’t ride any flat land here.
In terms of length and elevation difference a moderately difficult route, suitable also for less fit bikers. But in terms of views and diversity of the country, it belongs to the most beautiful ones. The route leads through the ridgy parts of the Polana slopes, where the major part is unforested and thus offering stunning views into the whole surroundings. You’re going to see almost the whole Low Tatras ridge, which is especially imposing in the spring time. While you’re riding on the dry, sun-warmed meadows, the horizon is lined by snow-covered peaks.
This tour will lead us to the valley of the river Hron just above the forest border to the main ridge of the Starohorske vrchy. Undisturbed views to all the cardinal points and a ride through an easy, wonderful single trail alongside the ridge will always be remembered by every mountain lover. However, to get here is not a boring task at all. A lot of parts are not forested, meaning that we will get constant views to the Polana massif located in the south. The visit of an open-air folk museum of a village which was burned down during the Second World War is very interesting as well.
Get to know paths, which have been marched on for hundreds of years by miners extracting gold and other rare metals. Among other things, you’ll see a picturesque waterfall and find yourself in a deep, dark and ancient mining shaft where bats spend the night just above your head. The route is passing through a small village Lubietova, which had the royal mining town status in the Middle Age. You’ll find a beautiful, reconstructed square and excellent tapped beer. Following the educational trail you’ll get to the Vysoka hill. The top of the hill is a mystical rocky tower with a stunning, all round view. Pulvis est et in pulverem reverteris.
The once astonishingly rich city of Banska Bystrica is protected by mountains from all the cardinal points. In the west there is the majestic wall of the Kremnica mountains. Our tour goes just beneath this ridge. It will lead us through villages, which were in the past inhabited particularly by coalmen. They belong to the highest-located ones in Slovakia. Throughout the whole tour we will be accompanied by stunning views to the town located below us. But do not get confused – the tour is not an easy culture-trip. In the end, a unique single trail built by professionals, which is considered to be one of the best ones in Slovakia is awaiting us.
If you looked at the mountain Krizna from the highway from Zvolen to Banska Bystrica, it would never occur to you that you’d be able to get up there on a bike. An impressive peak, albeit meadow-like, with a steep south slope and sharp ridges just raises respect. Knowing that on this hill, in 1928 there was the most tragic avalanche in Slovakia, which buried 18 people, 15 of them children, your respect changes to awe. And knowing you’ll be downhilling the path of this avalanche, the awe changes to fear. That’s Krizna – the death hill – the white killer. But don’t be too scared – it’s a white killer and you’ll be here in summer.
Spania dolina used to be famous across the whole Europe due to its rich deposits of copper. The copper from the ship’s hulls, on which Christopher Columbus discovered America came from this very region. This picturesque village nowadays lives only from tourism. There is only one road leading to this village, and it also ends here. However, this doesn’t apply to us. In fact – we will come here from above. It will appear in front of us quite unexpectedly, just like a Slovakian Macchu Picchu. And we will leave just the same way we come – upwards. We will reach the peak of Pansky diel, where there is the best view of Banska Bystrica we can wish for. In the end, imposing downhill-parts to the valley of the Hron river await us.
Accommodation in the hotel outside of the city, ca 15 min car drive from the centre of Banska Bystrica. (Optionally right in the city centre) Half board: breakfast buffet; dinner (choice from 3 main dishes) Lunch box for the ride – sandwich, energy bar, fruit and the like Other items included: 1 hour pool + sauna entry, safe parking and bike cleaning with a high pressure cleaner
Recommended size of a group guided by one guide is max 6 persons.
For a group bigger than 6 persons two guides are needed
Transfer From airports in Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest, Krakow to Banska Bystrica and back. Inclusive bike transport.
Full-suspension MTB, e-MTB – 40-50€/day depending on the model (limited number of bikes available to rent) Only as problem solver. Not included in the price.
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