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Explore the High Tatras Mountains with a Cicerone Guidebook

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16 Jan 2012
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The High Tatras

Slovakia and Poland - Including the Western Tatras and White Tatras

by Renáta Nározná, Colin Saunders
Book published by Cicerone Press

A handy guidebook describing walks and scrambles in the High Tatras mountains. The beautiful craggy peaks of the High Tatras straddle the border between Poland and Slovakia, offering totally different experiences. The walks are widely varied ranging from easy to strenuous. The White Tatras, Slovakia and Western Tatras, Poland are also covered.

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The sight of the craggy peaks of the High Tatras mountains straddling the Poland-Slovakia border is unforgettable, beautiful and dramatic. As well as the High Tatras, this guidebook also covers the neighbouring but contrasting White Tatras and Western Tatras ranges.

The Tatras are blessed with a dense network of well-maintained and waymarked walking routes – some 600km altogether. Some short stretches of routes, described in this book as ‘airy’ or ‘exposed’ are protected with fixed chains, or sometimes wires of about 2cm. Apart from the chains and wires, some routes involve short, steep stretches of scrambling which are clearly marked in this book.

The two sides of the range, in Slovakia and Poland, offer totally contrasting experiences. In Slovakia, you can walk from several villages strung out along the foot of the range and linked by a tramway. In Poland, there is just one main resort, Zakopane, a delightful small town that retained its traditional atmosphere through the ravages of the Communist era.

Colin Saunders and Renáta Nárožná, who was born and bred in the area, together provide a detailed insight into the possibilities for walking at all levels from easy through moderate to strenuous.

The book also includes sections on history, vegetation and wildlife, weather, languages, preparations for your trip, accommodation and local attractions. For anyone wishing to visit the High Tatras, this book is a must.

  • Seasons
    July-end August warmest (with thunderstorms); Sept-mid October best walking weather; March-early June not recommended
  • Centres
    Slovakia: Poprad, Stary Smokovec, Tatranska Lomnica, Strbske Pleso; Poland: Zakopane
  • Difficulty
    high mountain walking (up to 2654m); well-engineered, waymarked paths; some scrambling, exposure, use of fixed wires but very wide choice of routes
  • Must See
    flowers and wildlife; staying in a refuge/chalet; historic mountain villages; alpine scenery (the ranges are national parks)
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    Early History
    Vegetation and Wildlife
    National Parks
    Place Names
    Border Controls

    When to Go
    Obtaining Information
    Travel and Insurance
    Clothing and Equipment
    Paths and Waymarking
    Refreshments and Toilets
    Mountain Chalets or Refuges
    Mountain Guides
    Mountain Safety and Emergency Services
    Winter Walking
    Cross-border Walking
    Mountain Photography
    How to Use this Guide
    Grading of Walks

    Later History
    Tatranská Bora
    Route Suggestions 
            Waymarked Network
            With a Guide
    Path Descriptions   
            Cesta Slobody
            Red Routes
            Tatranská Magistrála
            Blue Routes
            Green Routes
            Yellow Routes
    Selected Timings
    Highest Summits
    Shopping and Local Services
    Other Useful Information

    Later History
    Route Suggestions
    Path Descriptions
            Red Routes
            Blue Routes
            Green Routes
            Yellow Routes
            Black Routes
    Selected Timings
    Highest Summits
    Shopping and Local Services
    Other Useful Information

    Appendix 1    Glossary
    Appendix 2    Accommodation
    Appendix 3    Useful Contacts
    Appendix 4    Suggested Kit List
    Appendix 5    The Tatras Mountain Code and Visitors’ Charter
    Appendix 6    Help!

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