Cross Country Paragliding: Donovaly – Liptov (part 2)

After gaining altitude above the Donovaly launch site there are two typical directions for xc paragliders. The more difficult of them is crossing the valley above the mountain pass and holiday resort Donovaly towards the peak of Kozí chrbát and then flying eastwards along the main ridge of the Low Tatras. This is possible only if the high altitude southern wind is not too strong. The other one is to fly northwards: after crossing the Revúcka valley (Revúcka dolina) flying along the eastern ridge of the Great Fatra mountains and then crossing the western edge of the Liptov basin (Liptovská kotlina) above Ružomberok. From here, depending on the weather, one of the possible ways is flying northeastwards along the Choč mountains (Chočské vrchy).

In northern Slovakia, the mountains and valleys of the Liptov region have an incredibly enchanting power. Check some parts of the Western Carpathian Mountains from a bird’s eye view.

 

Aerial photo of Ružomberok and the Great Fatra mountain range
Aerial photo of Ružomberok and the Great Fatra mountain range from northeast. By crossing the Liptov basin, the initial altitude gained above the ridge of the Great Fatra mountains has been lost.

Aerial View of the Liptov Basin and the Dam Liptovská Mara

Paragliding view of the Liptov Basin / Liptovská kotlina
Paragliding view of the Liptov Basin (Liptovská kotlina). After reaching the northern side of the basin, I succesfully gain altitude at the lower slope of mountain Choč.

The Choč Mountain Range in the Northwestern Part of the Liptov Region

Peak Choč - a nice scene from above
Peak Choč – a nice scene from above

A Bird’s Eye View of Velký Choč

A bird’s eye view of peak Velký Choč
Velký Choč is the highest peak in the Choč mountains

 

Aerial scenery of Chočské vrchy / Choč mountains
Heading east above the Choč mountains (Chočské vrchy). Western Tatra mountains (Západné Tatry) are visible in the distance. A part of its main ridge is a natural border between Slovakia and Poland.

 

Paragliding Donovaly - Liptov. Aerial scenery of Choč mountains (Chočské vrchy) and peak Velký Choč.
Looking back. Aerial scenery of Choč mountains and peak Velký Choč.

 

A fascinating view of the dam and waterwork Liptovská Mara from above the Choč mountains
A fascinating view of the dam and waterwork Liptovská Mara from above the Choč mountains

 

Paragliding Donovaly – Liptov Gallery

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Click here to see some pics about the first part of this xc flight from Donovaly

 

Feel free to take a look at more paragliding images

 

or check out some climbing photos