Kráľova hoľa

Kráľova Hoľa, the highest paved road in Slovakia

Kráľova Hoľa is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.946m (6,385ft) above the sea level, located on the eastern part of the Low Tatras in central Slovakia. The road to reach the summit is the highest road in the country, but the access is prohibited to private cars.

The summit is easily accessible by a paved road from Šumiac, but the conditions of the road are going worse every year. On the top there is a TV transmitter with a 137.5 metres tall guyed tubular mast (built in 1960), a weather station and a station of the mountain rescue service. This road is inaccessible by motor cars, except for the mountain rescue service and maintenance workers of the TV transmitter on the summit. There is also a emergency shelter for tourists in the building of the TV transmitter.

There are 3 possible routes to reach the top. Starting from Kralova Hola, the ascent is 14.29 km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 1.146 meters. The average percentage is 8 %. Starting from Cervena Scala, the ascent is 11 km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 1.162 meters. The average percentage is 10.6 %. And starting from Sumiac, the ascent is 11.61 km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 1.045 meters. The average percentage is 9 %. There's a panoramic view of Spiš, the Tatras, Liptov, and the Upper Hron Valley.
Pic: Jakub Handzuš

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