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We came to Slovakia to hike in the High Tatras, the highest range in the Carpathian Mountains. Though our time in Slovakia was short, we left with the overwhelming feeling that Slovaks are genuinely welcoming and flexible hosts. Everything felt easy, efficient, and uncomplicated. We look forward to returning someday.

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Hike in the High Tatras Mountains

The High Tatras (Vysoké Tatry in Slovak, Tatry Wysokie in Polish) are a granite mountain range in the Carpathian Mountains, located in northern Slovakia and southern Poland.

When To Visit: Trails are open from Mid-June until the end of October. We recommend visiting in late June, September, or early October.

How to Get to the High Tatras: From Bratislava, take a train to Poprad-Tatry.

Recommended Tour Operator: TravelSlovakia.SK. They offer guided and self-guided hiking tours in the High Tatras.

Learn More: Trekking in the High Tatras

 
High Tatras Mountians, Slovakia
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  • Italian Dolomites Tip:

Skip Lago di Braies (Pragser Wildsee) and Lago di Sorapiss and hike to Lago di Coldai instead for a crowd-free alpine lake experience.
  • The 6-stage Karwendel High Trail was one of the highlights of our summer. This hut-to-hut hiking trail traverses part of the Karwendel Mountain Range in Tirol, Austria.

Tips for hiking the Karwendel Höhenweg:

- Make reservations for huts 3-5 months in advance.

- Hike the trail east to west. It’s more common to hike in the other direction, but we think the trail unfolds more beautifully if you hike east to west.

- Hike to Speckkarspitze peak on Day 2 and Kleine Stempeljochspitze peak on Day 3.

- Bring climbing gloves for securely and comfortably grasping steel cables.

We’ll be publishing a Karwendel High Trail Trekking guide next week. Let us know if you have any questions about the route.
  • Kati and I decided to hop over the border to explore the Pala Group for a few days and we’re so grateful and overjoyed to be here.

This magnificent range has something for everyone: easy valley walks to alpine pastures, grueling peak climbs, via ferratas, and so much more. The Alta Via 2 traverses the range as well, which is making us miss our dear friends @susielambie and @jored7 who we met while hiking the AV1 last year.
  • On top of Slovenia. 

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  • Eagle Walk Stage 22, Lechtal Alps, Austria.

The trail starts out gently, descending loamy terrain across grassy slopes.

After several water crossings, the grueling ascent to Grießlscharte commences. 

The hike up Langkar cirque is relentless and unforgiving! It feels like it’ll never end.

Luckily, the final stretch is semi-vertical and secured with cables, delivering you hastily to the Scharte.

As soon as we reached the ridge, we howled at the wind, feeling strong AF.

This trek was unforgettable! We hope more international hikers will discover the beauty and remoteness of the Lechtal Alps.
  • A few weeks ago, we spent a few days hiking in the High Tatras on the Slovakian side.

Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind if you’re planning a trip to the High Tatras:

1. Stay the night at Chata pri Zelenom plese. This mountain hut is located at Zelené pleso (Green Lake), a very popular day hiking destination. If you stay at the hut, you’ll get to savor the lake almost all by yourself in the evening and in the morning.

2. Eat Ovocné gule (sweet fruit-filled dumplings with berries) at the mountain hut Zamkovského chata.

3. Visit the High Tatras in late June or in September. Avoid August!!! 

4. High Tatras trails have colors not numbers.

5. If you’re planning on summitting Rysy (a peak lying on the border between Slovakia and Poland), start at sunrise to avoid the crowds.