Gerlachovsky Stit, Vysoke Tatry

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Gerlachovský štít (Slovak pronunciation , translated into English as Gerlachov Peak, German: Gerlsdorfer Spitze, Hungarian: Gerlachfalvi-csúcs), informally referred to as Gerlach, is the highest peak in the High Tatras, in Slovakia, and in the Carpathian Mountains. Its elevation is usually listed at 2,655 metres (8,711 ft) above mean sea level. The pyramidal shape of the massif is marked by a huge cirque. Despite its relatively low elevation, Gerlachovský štít features a vertical rise of approximately 2,000 metres (6,600 ft) above the valley floor.
Mistaken for an average mountain in the rugged High Tatras range in the more distant past, it has since played a symbolic role in the eyes of the rulers and populations of several Central European nations, to the point that between the 19th and mid-20th century, it had four different names with six name reversals. Due to geopolitical changes, it managed to be the highest mountain of the Kingdom of Hungary, and of Czechoslovakia, Slovakia and then Czechoslovakia again within the span of less than three decades of the 20th century.

Gerlachovský štít shares its geology and ecology with the rest of the High Tatras, but provides a worthwhile environment for biologists as the highest ground anywhere in Europe north of the parallel approximately linking Munich, Salzburg, and Vienna. With the travel restrictions imposed by the Eastern Bloc, the mountain was particularly treasured by Czechs, East Germans, Hungarians, Poles, and Slovaks as the loftiest point available for them to climb. Although local authorities have since restricted access to the peak, it continues to attract its share of visitors.

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  • I visited the mountain in January 2020. and used the services of Mountainpro guides . Peter was my guide and really helped me at every stage whether it was some help with the equipment or extra...  more »
  • We wanted to visit the High Tatras from the UK and do some hill walking & trekking. Specifically, we planned to hike Gerlachovsky stit (2655m) and Mt Rysy (2503m). We needed a guide and turned to...  more »
  • At the same time, following our most recent speaker, I have taken all the time I had to take what I had taken. Déšić, śněžení, kroupy, slunčko and storm. Cesta k vrcholu no less than fyzicky, but so varied as lezecky, so that if there is no cesta, I will support the enthusiastic work of the rapporteur, these and other horrible services will also be good for you.
  • Highest mountain in Slovakia at 2655m above sea level. If you would like to hike here I recommend mountain guide with licence. The hike is not suitable for recreational tourists as it includes also muntain climbing and special equipment.
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