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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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Is there public transportation that goes to the main attractions and hiking points in Triglav National Park?

Yes, though limited. If you’re relying on transit, it’s best to come during the high season: July & August. It’s possible that some seasonal buses will operate starting in June and ending in September. The 2021 timetables have not been posted.

If you’re planning on visiting Triglav National Park without a car, Stara Fužina/Ribčev Laz (Lake Bohinj), Kranjska Gora, and possibly Bovec (Soča Valley) are the best gateways.

Lake Bohinj 
If you stay in Stara Fužina/Ribčev Laz (Lake Bohinj), you’re already in the park, and you can hike directly to destinations like the Bohinj high alpine pastures, Mostnica Gorge, Voje Valley, etc...

In summer, there’s a bus to the Vogel cable car valley station. From the mountain station, you can hike to Rodica and Mount Vogel. 

There should also be a summer bus connection from Lake Bohinj to Rudno Polje, a popular trailhead on Pokljuka Plateau. From here, you can hike to Viševnik, Vodnikov Dom, and even Mount Triglav (with an overnight in Dom Planika pod Triglavom).

According to the Bohinj Tourist Board, there might be a shuttle operating between Lake Bohinj and Planina Blato. This is a great place to start the day hike to Seven Lakes Valley and other destinations. 

Kranjska Gora
If you stay in Kranjska Gora, there’s a summer bus that connects Kranjska Gora to the Soča Valley via Vršič Pass. Various hikes and via ferrata climbs (Mt. Mala Mojstrovka and Prisank) start at Vršič Pass. 

Other trailheads (Planica Nordic Center, Aljaž Lodge in Vrata Valley) are only accessible by car.
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For the last four years, we’ve been nomadic/semi-nomadic. We’ve lived and traveled in a van in New Zealand. We’ve petsat cats and dogs in Istanbul, Brighton, Porto, and other cities. We’ve hiked hut-to-hut across the Austrian Alps and Slovenian Alps. We’ve road tripped across the Balkans. And, we’ve backpacked across Asia.

It’s been a wonderful life chapter, filled with so many rewards and just as many challenges (like getting salmonella, an E. coli infection, Shigella and Parvovirus B19 while trekking the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal).

In the near future, we’ll be moving into our permanent base in Vienna. More than ever, we need our own home, our own sacred space.

We're mostly looking forward to sleeping on our new mattress, having all our things in one place, and taking long luxurious baths.

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