The High Tatras

Slovakia and Poland - Including the Western Tatras and White Tatras

By Renáta Nározná, Colin Saunders

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.

Seasons

Seasons

July-end August warmest (with thunderstorms); Sept-mid October best walking weather; March-early June not recommended
Centres

Centres

Slovakia - Poprad, Stary Smokovec, Tatranska Lomnica, Strbske Pleso; Poland- Zakopane
Difficulty

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

Must See

flowers and wildlife; staying in a refuge/chalet; historic mountain villages; alpine scenery (the ranges are national parks)
ISBN
9781852848873
Availability
Published
Published
3 Mar 2017
Edition
Fourth
Pages
336
Size
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.9cm
Weight
380g
  • Overview

    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. 

  • Contents

    Preface

    1 AN INTRODUCTION TO THE TATRAS

    Background

    Early history

    Vegetation and wildlife

    Weather

    National parks

    Languages

    Place names

    Border controls

    2 PREPARATION FOR WALKING

    When to go

    Obtaining information

    Travel and insurance

    Accommodation

    Fitness

    Clothing and equipment

    Maps

    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

    3 THE SLOVAK HIGH AND WHITE TATRAS

    Later history

    Walking

    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

    Travel

    Diversions

    Shopping and local services

    Other useful information

    Gazetteer

    4 THE POLISH TATRAS

    Later history

    Walking

    Route suggestions

    Path descriptions

    Red routes

    Blue routes

    Green routes

    Yellow routes

    Black routes

    Selected timings

    Highest summits

    Travel

    Diversions

    Shopping and local services

    Other useful information

    Gazetteer

    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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  • Reviews
    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.

    Adventure Travel magazine.

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Renata Narozna

Renáta Nározná

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.

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Colin Saunders

Colin Saunders

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.

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