Hiking in Vysoke Tatry - Rysy
"Rysy" is very popular hill in High Tatras, which is quite overcrowded with tourists during the main season (from June to October) . But it is very nice trip, the top is 2500m high and there is also tourist chalet, which is highest-located in Slovakia. The trip lasts from 7 to 9 hours (4-5 hours up to 3-4 hours down) - it depends on your physical condition and also on weather conditions. The difficulty is moderate, but near the top is section (half an hour of walking) where is steeper terrain with chains.But if the weather is good, it´s no problem and you can enjoy this magic place :)
- Hiking and Walking
Cycling in Ticha Dolina - The Silent Valley
This cycling route is 11 km long and offers great views of the Tatras. The road, with asphalt surface and no other traffic except occasional vehicles of the TANAP (Tatransky Narodny Park) goes gently uphill. However, it is only on the way back that you really notice it. The ride downhill is easier of course, but the old asphalt can be a bit bumpy so take care.
Where to ride your bike in the High Tatras
Slovakia is a great country for cyclists: much less traffic than in the neighbouring Poland, good roads, but it is also quite hilly. You definitely need a mountain bike, especially if you want to explore more than just the main roads. You can't of course ride your bike in the High Tatras - that would be equivalent to suicide, but you can visit parts of the mountain valleys, like Javorova or Belovodska, but only as far as the signs let you. You will have to ride on gravel there. If you don't like that, use the main roads. The so-called Cesta Slobody, or the Road of Freedom, runs at the foot of the whole mountain range of the High Tatras, passing through Strbske Pleso, Stary Smokovec and Tatranska Lomnica. With little traffic, it is the dream of many cyclists, my husband included. If you want to get a beautiful view of the Tatras, like the one in the introduction, go a little way towards Poprad, not too far though if you don't want all sorts of industrial plants to obstruct the fantastic view, which is probably best just before sunset.
- National/State Park
- Road Trip
Paragliding in the High Tatras
I have put this tip under extreme sports, though my husband says it's not as dangerous as it seems. Anyway, you'd better ask an experienced paraglider who knows the area well before embarking on paragliding in the High Tatras. It must be absolutely fascinating to soar over the Tatras with the fantastic panorama and in the brisk mountain air, but the very thought of the inevitable landing on the hard rocky surface would probably spoil the pleasure for me.
- National/State Park
- Adventure Travel
Vysoke Tatry is really nice place for hiking. Footpaths are very nice, not difficult at all. What I was missing here was climbing but like I said, these foothpats are suitable for everyone. For some more difficult ways you have to be guided by a local guide.
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