Category: High Tatras

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10 Reasons to Visit the Tatra Mountains Right Now

OCTOBER is definitely the best time of the year to come to the High Tatras... and especially Indian Summer. Why? Because the weather is stable, sunny, without any rain, temperature is pleasant for walking and views are just the best. Why? Because of the autumn colours. Just scroll below and see why. According to the latest weather forecast, Indian summer starts today (12th Oct) and will last for about a week. So…

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Hiking at the foot of the highest peak

The good news is that this hike can be done year-round. The winter closure of hiking trails doesn´t apply on this particular hiking trail. It starts in the village of Tatranska Polianka, goes through Hrebienok and ends in the village of Stary Smokovec. There is a mountain hotel by Lake Velicke pleso, where it´s possible to have a lunch. The hotel is situated halfway, below Peak Gerlach 2 655 meters…

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Weekend in the Mountains

Looking for a weekend trekking adventure break? The High Tatras is an ideal place to do so. Did you know that recent research showed, staying in nature for more than 3 nights will clear your mind and you will perform 50% better on creative tasks? If you think that I´m lying, you can read more about the research HERE. So if you need a break and you need to go…

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4 Benefits of Self-guided walking holidays in Slovakia

Have you heard about it before or does it sound like a crazy idea? It´s ideal form of holidays for group of friends, couples or families. There are several benefits of self-guided walking holidays. 1. Independence If you prefer to be independent during your walking holidays, you should consider self-guided holidays. During self-guided holidays, you stay independent from the group of other travellers and from the guide. You are the…

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Just An Ordinary Day In The High Tatras

If you were ever wondering, what is it like to go on a hike in the High Tatras, here I come with the answer. After you set off on a hike, you can expect these 8 ordinary things. 1 Walking along crystal clear lakes... [caption id="attachment_3323" align="aligncenter" width="1452"] The Strbske Lake, probably the most famous place in the Tatra mountains.[/caption] 2 Greenery, greenery everywhere... [caption id="attachment_3139" align="aligncenter" width="1452"] Walking the famous…

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The Best Hike of the Year

We weren´t conquering any high peak, nor it wasn´t the toughest trek, even though it was the best hike I´ve done this year. Why? The answer is simple - the autumn. We´ve done the hike in the late September in beautiful weather. [caption id="attachment_3281" align="aligncenter" width="800"] The view we´ve got after we walked out of the forest. In the past there were several copper mines in this valley.[/caption] The Belianske Tatras…

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Slovak Sherpas – The Last in Europe

Did you know that Slovakia is the last country in Europe, where the mountains huts are supplied by people? But when I say „sherpa“, don´t imagine the himalayan sherpa. Our sherpas carry only supplies to the mountain huts, not the luggage of the hikers. Sometimes they also use the helicopters, but only if they need to carry something really heavy to the hut. Other supplies are carried on the back…

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The Great Cold Valley and Zbojnicka Chalet

I spent another great hiking spring day in the High Tatras in the last June. The high elevation trails were still closed during our stay, due to the seasonal closure. It usually lasts from the 1st of November till the 15th of June. Without breaking this rule we could ascend only to one of the high elevation chalets. This time we decided for Zbojnícka chata (Zbojnicka hut, 1 960 m. a.s.l.)…

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The chamoix and other wild animals of the Tatra Mountains

I remember when I was a kid. Let´s say 5 – 6 years old. All I wanted to experience while hiking in the Tatras was to spot some wild animals. Especially chamoix and marmots. As we were in the mountains, we heard the whistling of the marmots quite often, so they had to be close to us, but I never saw one. Until these days. In the past people used to poach a lot…

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My most challenging hike so far

The peak Rysy is situated in High Tatras at borders with Poland. It´s one of the most visited peaks in Slovakia, because the view from Rysy is stunning and also with its altitude of 2 500 m. a.s.l. is the highest peak of High Tatras, which you can hike without a mountain guide. I and a few friends decided to hike to Rysy at the beginning of September. In this…