Cross Country Paragliding: Donovaly – Liptov (part 1)

If one is engaged in paragliding Donovaly offers particularly good conditions compared to other paragliding spots not only in Slovakia but also in the most of neighboring countries. Donovaly is located in the Great Fatras, in northwestern part of the arc of Carpathian Mountains.

The Donovaly paragliding site is characterised by very good thermal updrafts and cross country potential. The cable car (ski lift) is open during the summer as well, which is a good news for paragliders. In addition, there are good possibilities to get back by hitchhike or bus from northern direction after a cross country flight. Take a look at some parts of the Liptov region in northern Slovakia from a paragliding view.

The Donovaly Paragliding Launch Site

Aerial photo of the paragliding launch site Donovaly – Nová Hola
Aerial photo of the paragliding launch site Donovaly – Nová Hola

Above the Great Fatra Mountains

Paragliding Donovaly - above Great Fatra (Velká Fatra) mountain range
Heading north. A nice scene of Great Fatra (Velká Fatra) mountain range.

A High Altitude View of the Liptov Basin

Paragliding Donovaly - Liptov. Aerial scenery of the Liptov Basin.
After reaching the cloud base altitude in an updraft above the mountains, it is possible to cross the wide valley east from the town of Ružomberok. This is the aerial scenery of the Liptov Basin (Liptovská kotlina) from its western edge.

 

Paragliding in Donovaly - Liptov. Aerial view of Low Tatra mountains / Nízke Tatry and the Revúcka valley.
Looking back: the Low Tatra mountains (Nízke Tatry) and the Revúcka valley (Revúcka dolina). The Donovaly launch site is somewhere in the distance.

Ružomberok, a Small City in the Liptov Region

A beautiful view of Ružomberok, in Liptov region, Slovakia
A beautiful view of Ružomberok, an industrial town surrounded by mountains in northern Slovakia

 

Paragliding in Donovaly - Liptov. Aerial photo of highway under construction below the mountain Choč.
Below the mountain Choč there is a highway under construction. It will bypass Ružomberok.

Cumulus Clouds Are Signs of Updrafts

Cumulus clouds above peaks of Choč and Velký Choč. They form due to the thermals - updrafts of heated surface air.
Cumulus clouds form above peaks of Choč and Velký Choč. They form due to the thermal updrafts of heated surface air.

 

A bird's eye view of the industrial zone of Ružomberok. The western part of the Liptov basin is bordered by the Low Tatras (Nízke Tatry), the Great Fatra mountains (Velká Fatra) and the Choč mountains (Chočské vrchy).
A bird’s eye view of the industrial zone of Ružomberok. The western part of the Liptov basin is bordered by the Low Tatras (Nízke Tatry), the Great Fatra mountains (Velká Fatra) and the Choč mountains (Chočské vrchy).

 

Paragliding Donovaly – Liptov Gallery

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Click here to see some images about the second part of this paragliding flight

Or click here to see some pics about Donovaly from above

 

Feel free to take a look at more paragliding images

 

or check out some climbing photos