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Žiarska Dolina
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Žiarska Dolina

 
Žiarska Dolina

Page Type: Trail

Location: Slovakia, Europe

Lat/Lon: 49.14084°N / 19.68819°E

Trail Type: Cyclocross, Touring

Technical Difficulty: Easy

Aerobic Difficulty: Easy

Layout: Out & Back

Length: 5.0 Mi / 8.1 Km

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Page By: Visentin

Created/Edited: Sep 20, 2011 / Sep 20, 2013

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Žiarska Dolina Overview

 
Žiarska Dolina
Sheep in Žiarska Dolina
 
Around the village Žiar
Sheep near Žiar
 
Žiarska Dolina trailhead
Trailhead
 
Žiarska Dolina from village Žiar
From Žiar
 
Žiarska Dolina
Cows in Žiarska Dolina

Žiarska Dolina ("Resplendence Valley", the well named !) is a 6km valley (8 if starting from the Žiar village), that climbs a steadily with a final elevation difference of nearly 500m. It is entirely asphalted so it can be done with a race bike.

A hut, Žiarska Chata, ends the valley. One can eat, drink or sleep here. Restored in 2005 after a fire, the building is very new and nice. The valley is usually very quiet and spared with crowds, so it is unlikely that we find the hut fully booked.

Žiarska Dolina can be either a short scenic ride, or just a way to shorten the approach to the peaks. One can pin the bike at the hut (bring a locker).
Two hiking trails leave this point, one going to the pass Smutné Sedlo, the other to the peak Banikov. Even for those not having the bike, a bike-rental system is working at the hut. For a modic sum it is possible to rent a bicycle or a bike-scooter that we leave at the mouth of the valley: the guy is regularly taking them back up.

In winter, the region is famous for having Europe's most dangerous avalanches. A particularly huge one occurred in 2009, which explains the numerous dead trees one can observe in the upper end near the hut.

Žiarska Dolina from village Žiar
Žiarska Dolina from village Žiar

Map

 
Žiarska Dolina
Žiarska Dolina track
 
Žiarska Dolina
Near the hut
 
Žiarska Dolina
Peaks sight
 
Bikes for rent in Žiarska Chata
Bike rental
 
Žiarska Dolina, looking up
Upper valley
 
Žiarska Dolina seen from the tops
Upper valley


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Getting There

 
Žiarska chata before 2005
Hut before 2005
 
Žiarska Chata
The hut
 
hut Žiarska Chata
The hut
 
hut Žiarska Chata
The hut
 
Žiarska dolina trailhead to the mountains
Trailhead
 
Žiarska dolina trailhead to the mountains
Trailhead

Žiar is served by bus from Liptovský Mikuláš when it comes about public transportation. By car, here below, the routes in order to get there from Bratislava or from Southern Poland :


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When to Bike

 
Žiarska Dolina after a snowy spring
Žiarska Dolina after a snowy spring
 
Žiarska Dolina after a snowy spring
Žiarska Dolina after a snowy spring

According to the TANAP regulations hiking higher than Žiarska Chata is prohibited, for nature conservation purposes. The valley however is still open. Everyone will do accordingly to the weather.
Avalanche of the century in Žiarska Dolina, 2009
Avalanche of the century in Žiarska Dolina, 2009

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