The highest peak in the Low Tatras National Park (Nízke Tatry) is the 2043 meters high Dunbier (Ďumbier). The two-thousand-foot mountain alone holds its place, but the fact is that most people combine the hike with the top of Chopok (2,024 m) in a single day, just icing on the cake. Thus, a unique experience awaits everyone who wants to have a taste of ridge hiking in the Tatras.

Dumbier is located on the main ridge above 2000 meters. Not far from it - also on the ridge - are Chopok (2024 m) and Dereše (2004 m), also over 2,000 meters.

Fantastic view, sunset on one side, sunset on the other side, and endless panorama. Ridge hiking is an immersive form where one can feel how small it is compared to nature.

Overview

Dumbier Details
Country Slovakia
Location Main ridge of the Low Tatras
GPS 48.93558°N / 19.65523°E
Distance from Bratislava 2.5 hours / 260 km
Height 2 043 m
Hiking season All year round
Kid-friendly? Yes, min 12 yrs
Duration 1 long day with a guide / 2 days individually
Attractions nearby Chopok (2 024 m), Dereše (2 004 m)
Recommended lodge Chata Stefanika (1740 m)
Starting point Trangoská (parking, hotel)

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Where is Dumbier located?

Address, getting there, distance, approach

The peak is located in the Stiavnica block, which is connected directly to the main ridge of the Low Tatras (in the Tatras, Slovakia). We recommend Trangoška ski resort for parking, accommodation and as a starting point. You can reach the starting point by car in about 2.5 hours from Kosice or Bratislava.

  • Address: Trangoska, 976 81 Horná Lehota Slovakia
  • Distance from Kosice: 200 km / 2.5 hours
  • Distance from Bratislava: 260 km / 2.5 hours
  • Distance from Banská Štiavnica: 100 km / 1.5 hours
  • Distance from Poprad: 86 km / 1 hour 15 minutes
Dumbier map - Bratislava distance
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The Low Tatras range is approx. 80 km long, and attracts many hikers every year. The mountains stretch from west to east between the valleys of the rivers Váh and Hron.

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The north side of Dumbier is steeper. Here, gorges and rock walls up to 500 m high separate the Bystrá and Ludárova dolina. The south side is more sloping.

Mining used to take place on the mountain, and traces of it can still be seen here and there. The people living in the area used to have income from working in iron and gold mines.

How Tall is Dumbier?

While the Gerlachovský štít peak (2,655 m) is the highest point in the High Tatras, Dumbier is the highest point in the Low Tatras - 2043 meters high. It is not only the highest point in the Low Tatras but also in the district of Brezno.

How hard is it to climb Dumbier?

Climbing Dumbier is also possible for novice hikers who are fit and in good shape. Even though we are talking about a 2,000-meters mountain, the terrain is not too technical, so no special hiking experience will be required.

  • Technical difficulty: Easy
  • Elevation: Medium
  • Hiking distance: Medium
  • Weather conditions: Medium
  • There is no cable car on this route!

Every year, many guides organize a one-day trip to climb Dumbier. If you don’t feel like driving or navigating on your own, this can be a good alternative.

A special feature of ridge hikes is that one is more exposed to wind and rain than usual. Even as a novice hiker, have proper, warm and well-established hiking gear. The wind can be especially annoying for those who are not used to it!

Is Dumbier kid-friendly?

With active, sporty children from the age of 12, you can hike the peak. We recommend doing so only in good weather.

Hiking trail

From the car park (Trangoska) you have to go uphill on the pine forest trail following the ski slopes and the lift. The path will be steeper and steeper, so do some knee exercises before starting the hike.

Dumbier hiking trail Details
Starting point Trangoska (1 120 m)
Highest point Dumbier peak (2 043 m)
Level diff 923 m
Length approx. 10 km
Duration approx. 8 hours
Level of the hike Intermediate
Technical difficulty Easy
Weather exposure Medium

As the vegetation becomes more and more barren and lower, you will know that you are almost on the main ridge. Staying on the ridgeline, you will reach and conquer the peaks one after the other.

First, you will find the 2004 meter peak called Derese (Dereše). It is the third highest point in the Low Tatras. Not only is it a popular excursion destination, lovers of alpine skiing also come here in winter (despite the danger of an avalanche).

Leaving Derese, you will soon reach Chopok (2,024m). At the top, you will find the holiday home Kamenná chata. Here you can have lunch and drink tea or some coke. The summit offers a fantastic view of the Hron valley below.

You will soon reach the top of Dumbier. Here you can take the summit photo and soak up the well-deserved glory. If the wind is blowing, you won’t spend too much time here.

You can descend further in the direction of the sign indicating the Stefanika mountain hut. The hiking stick will come in handy here. If you had missed the Slovak cookies earlier, it's not late to have some now. If you stay for two days, you can stay at Stefanika - but make a reservation in advance.

Stefanika shelter

Chata generála Milana Rastislava Štefánika

The shelter, open all year round, has been waiting for tired hikers since 1924. You can book a room in the lodge by phone or email.

One night ranges from 28 to 40 euros per person - depending on the size of the room requested. The guest house also offers lunches and dinners (and beer, of course).

  • Opening hours: all year round
  • Accommodation: 40 euros / person / double room
  • Address: Stefanika Shelter, 977 01 Brezno, Slovakia

How many days is worth going to?

Although the tour is not difficult, it is worth going for 2 days, however, it is not impossible to hike Dumbier in one day.

In this case, it is worth leaving home at dawn to start your hike in the morning (the best to start between 8 am - 9 am). The only thing that urges is darkening. The tour is about 8 hours long, don't forget to reckon with it!

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