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Hiking The High Tatras Mountains, Slovakia

Hiking the high tatras

 

The High Tatra National Park is Slovakia is the largest in the nation. It has hikes for all abilities and the views are breathtaking. It is a relatively small region but it packs a punch: valleys, waterfalls, and endless snow-capped peaks. Hiking season runs throughout spring and summer but I visited in Autumn and thankfully the weather was still perfect.

 

The High Tatras range extends throughout Poland and Slovakia, and if that isn't enough for you then there is also the Low Tatras range -- plenty of choice! The High Tatras is my personal favourite because it contains a multitude of walks and iconic viewpoints. This park contains Slovakia's highest peak Gerlachovsky Peak (2655m) as well as its most famous peak Lomnicky.

 

Throughout Slovakia and the High Tatras there are heaps of hiking opportunities and once you arrive in Slovakia you'll hear of many more from the locals. I will run through some of the most popular hikes in the High Tatras and provide some practical tips as a base to help plan your trip.

 

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A map of the trails in the High Tatras

 


Where to stay

As outlined in my Guide To Zdiar, I would recommend staying in the small town of Zdiar to base yourself for High Tatras hiking. It is a quaint place to stay and has buses which connect well to most of the hikes. It is really close to the Slovakian High Tatras so you do not have to spend much time getting to the start of trails. If you would prefer to stay somewhere larger then Poprad would be the ideal place.

 


READ MORE: Quick Guide To Zdiar 


 

Zdiar Quick Guide

 


Getting to the High Tatras

Getting to the High Tatras in general is not too difficult. Different bus lines will go to the different starting points for the hikes but this can be sorted out once you figure out where you're staying. All the bus trips cost between 1-3 euros so it is very affordable.

 

Zdiar itself can be reached from Krakow via train to Zakopane and two buses, from Budapest via a train to Poprad and a bus, or from Bratislava via train to Poprad and bus. From Poprad or Lysa Polana it is simply a short bus trip away. All the details can be found in the Guide To Zdiar.

 

Alternatively if you have hired a car then the drive from Krakow to Zdiar is around 2 hours and from Budapest is around 4.5 hours.


The most popular hikes in the High Tatras

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Mlynicka and Furkotska Valley

Duration: between 6 and 8 hours

Highlights: Strbske Pleso, waterfall Skok and lake, Strbsky Peak, Furkotska valley, Wahlenberg lake, Solisko chalet

Difficulty: moderate

Open to hike: mid-June to end of October 

 

Mengusovska Valley

Duration: between 6 and 7 hours

Highlights: Strbske Pleso, Big Hincovo Lake (largest and deepest lake in the High Tatras), Koprovsky Peak, Symbolic Cemetry of Tatras

Difficulty: moderate

Open to hike: early July to end of October 

 

Krivan Peak and Vazecka Valley

Duration: between 6 and 8 hours

Highlights: Strbske Pleso, Furkotska Valley, Jaske Pleso, great views from top of Krivan Peak 

Difficulty: difficult

Open to hike:early July to end of October 

 

Strbske Pleso to Tatranska Polianka

Duration: between 6 and 7 hours

Highlights: Popradske Pleso, ascend the Pod Ostrvou pass, Batizovske Pleso, Velicke Pleso lake

Difficulty: moderate

Open to hike: all year round

 

Velka and Mala Studena Dolina

Duration: between 6 and 8 hours

Highlights: Studena creek waterfall, Mala studena valley, Tery chalet, Priecne sedlo pass

Difficulty: difficult

Open to hike: early July to end of October

 

Velicka and Velka Studena Dolina

Duration: between 7 and 8 hours

Highlights: Velicke lake, Velicky waterfall, Polsky hreben ridge, Zamrznute pleso (Frozen Lake), Prielom pass

Difficulty: difficult

Open to hike: early July to end of October

 

Hrebinok to Slavkovsky Peak

Duration: between 5 and 7 hours

Highlights: easiest peak in Tatra ranges, Five springs, Slavkovska view point

Difficulty: moderate/difficult

Open to hike: all year

 

Velka studena and Bielovodska dolina

Duration: between 8 and 9 hours

Highlights: beautiful in autumn, Cold creek, Prielom pass, Frozen Lake, Litvorova kotlina Valley

Difficulty: moderate/difficult

Open to hike: early July to end October

 

Valley of the Kezmarok White Water

Duration: between 6 and 8 hours

Highlights: Salviovy spring, Green Lake, Velka Svistovka pass, Rocky lake

Difficulty: moderate

Open to hike: all year

 

Tatranska Lomnica to Skalnate pleso

Duration: between 4 and 6 hours

Highlights: Studeny creek waterfalls, Kamzik meadow, Reinerova chalet, Giant waterfall

Difficulty: easy

Open to hike: all year

 

Tatranska Lomnica to Skalnate pleso

Duration: between 6 and 8 hours

Highlights:Green lake, White lake, Kopske sedlo, Zadne Medodoly Valley, Javorova Valley

Difficulty: moderate

Open to hike: all year

 

Valley of the 7 Springs and Valley of the White Water

Duration: between 5 and 6 hours

Highlights: Rocky doors and Bujaci mountain ridge, Valley of the 7 Springs, Big White Lake

Difficulty: moderate

Open to hike: all year

 

Zdiar Quick Guide

 

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Zdiar Quick Guide

 


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