The High Tatras
Slovakia and Poland - Including the Western Tatras and White Tatras
Guidebook detailing walks and scrambles in the High Tatras mountains of Poland and Slovakia. Varied routes among the strikingly beautiful craggy peaks of the High, Western and White Tatras range from easy to strenuous. Includes useful lists of summits as well as practical advice on accommodation and facilities, travel, mapping and language.
SeasonsJuly-end August warmest (with thunderstorms); Sept-mid October best walking weather; March-early June not recommended
CentresSlovakia - Poprad, Stary Smokovec, Tatranska Lomnica, Strbske Pleso; Poland- Zakopane
Difficultyhigh mountain walking (up to 2654m); well-engineered, waymarked paths; some scrambling, exposure, use of fixed wires but very wide choice of routes
Must Seeflowers and wildlife; staying in a refuge/chalet; historic mountain villages; alpine scenery (the ranges are national parks)
With breathtaking scenery, some 600km of well-maintained, waymarked paths and a selection of characterful resorts, the Tatras mountains have all the elements of a perfect walking holiday. Straddling the border between Slovakia and Poland, the region boasts stunning mountain landscapes: rocky pinnacles, craggy peaks, jagged ridges and towering cliffs, mirror-surfaced tarns and dancing waterfalls.
This comprehensive guidebook contains all the information you need to plan a successful trip to the Tatras. Covering the Western, High and White Tatras, and both sides of the Polish-Slovakian border, it presents a selection of graded route suggestions (both circular and linear and from easy to strenuous) linking the main resorts with peaks, lakes and mountain chalets. In Poland, there is just one base – delightful Zakopane – whereas in Slovakia, you can walk from several villages strung out along the foot of the range and linked by a tramway. The guide also includes a wealth of information about local services, facilities and attractions and extensive practical advice covering travel and insurance, accommodation and facilities, mountain guides, languages and safety in the mountains.
The Tatras have been designated as a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve in recognition of their rich biodiversity and the guide presents a summary of the region's plants and wildlife, as well as its fascinating history. Other highlights include an ascent of Kriváň, the national symbol of Slovakia, glorious ridge walks in the Western Tatras and gentler strolls taking in caves and waterfalls. Blending information with inspiration, this book is a must for anyone wishing to visit the High Tatras.
1 AN INTRODUCTION TO THE TATRAS
Vegetation and wildlife
2 PREPARATION FOR WALKING
When to go
Travel and insurance
Clothing and equipment
Paths and waymarking
Refreshments and toilets
Mountain chalets or refuges
Mountain safety and emergency services
How to use this guide
Grading of walks
3 THE SLOVAK HIGH AND WHITE TATRAS
With a guide
Shopping and local services
Other useful information
4 THE POLISH TATRAS
Shopping and local services
Other useful information
Appendix A Glossary
Appendix B Accommodation
Appendix C Useful contacts
Appendix D Suggested kit list
Appendix E The Tatras mountain code and Visitors’ Charter
Appendix F Help!
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A handy and detailed guidebook for anyone interested in the area
As we have come to expect from a Cicerone guide, Walking in the High Tatras offers a comprehensive and detailed overview of a wide range of walking in the rugged peaks of Poland and Slovakia. This is a handy and detailed guidebook for anyone interested in the area.
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Renata Narozna was born and bred in the Slovak Tatras, and worked as a mountain guide for the state tourism organisation, Cedol. After Czechoslovakia's 'Velvet Revolution', Renata ran her own travel company in the Tatras for a while, then she was appointed manager of the Vienna branch of the Slovak tourism organisation. In a complete career change, Renata recently became the organisational director of Greenpeace in central and eastern Europe.View Guidebooks by Renáta Nározná
The co-authors are Colin Saunders, a member of the Outdoor Writers' Guild, who has visited the area many times, and Renáta Nározná, who was born and bred there. Colin Saunders has wide experience of walking in many parts of Britain and Europe. He has written books on walking in London and South East England and is a consultant on walking to charities and other organisations.View Articles and Books by Colin Saunders
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