Parameters: Length: 130 km. Ascent: 2727-4664 meters. Terrain: paved, unpaved, gravel. Recommended bike: MTB. Difficulty: 5. Estimated time: 10 hours. Start: Liptovský Ján
The parameters of this trip speak by itself 130 kilometers and 2727-4664 altitude meters. It is an all-day trip, everything included. It will look like a never-ending story, but it will end and you will be definitely glad that you rode it. Guaranteed.
We set off from Liptovský Jan to village Závažná Poruba along a field road, ride past a mountain hotel and get to the singletrails. Here we will ride for a while and make a round. Then we will return by the second singletrail again behind the hotel and descend to Liptovsky Jan. From there we continue along the thermal spring Kaďa by climbing to Kaštieľske Lazy. After the ascent, we ride down the technical forest road to Vislavice and from there to Liptovská Porúbka.
Here we will immediately turn around and take a challenging 5-kilometer climb to Brtkovica. Before the top, we turn left and cross the beautiful Michalovo Valley, where if it is warm outside, we can cool down pleasantly at the descent. Follows the ascent to the saddle above the Old Valley (3 km). After a 5-kilometer descent down the Old Valley, we set off through a pioneer camp on a forest path leading along the river Biely Vah to the village of Východná. Get ready for a 10-kilometer gentle climb to the train station in the village of Východná. Here we can buy some refreshments because a steep 5-kilometer climb is in front of us. Under the upper water reservoir of power plant Čierny Váh we turn left to forest path and ride down the blue hiking trail to the lower water reservoir of the Čierny Váh power plant. There is also a forest settlement of the same name and the remains of an old forest railway.
This is followed by a slight ascent along a forest road over the Ipoltica Valley. Then the descent and along the bad-condition asphalt road, which later turns into a forest road, we get to the Saddle below the Veľký Bok. Here we can relax at a local cottage and enjoy the unique view on the whole Liptov region. Alternatively, if you want, you can try to go to the hill Veľký Bok, which is only a kilometer away. Along the way we pass several huts and a water reservoir where we can cool off.
From the saddle we continue downhill to the Hodruša Valley and then to the Malužinská Valley. We ascend to vater reservoir in the end of the Malužinská Valley. Now follows well-deserved descent down the valley to the village of Malužiná.
Here we can eat in the local restaurant or buy something and continue to the last phase. We have passed 100 km and over 2500 altitude meters. Now follows the ascent to the Svidovké Saddle from the other side. The beginning is along the asphalt road, but it is steeper than from the other side. Later, a gravel road follows and the profile softens. We can relax on the top of Svidovké Saddle and enjoy the views. There is also a water spring for refilling water.
From here we can go down to Liptovský Ján, if you enough for today, but if you want to complete the whole challenge, we go up the blue tourist route, where we get to the second highest point of this route. There is a tourist shelter on the top, so we can relax before the 13-kilometer descent to Liptovský Ján. And we’re at the end. A deadly 130 kilometers are behind us. The climbed meters are 2727 according to the bikemap, but 3450 is also mentioned, and even up to 4664 meters according to other bike route pages!