With the closure of the hiking trails, the winter season in the High Tatras begins
Hikers, who are expected to follow Covid updates for the High Tatras region, can now download a map of open hiking trails.
Due to the approach of the winter season, the hiking trails in the High Tatras were again closed on the first day of November.
“Right now nature and animals are enjoying the winter rest they need,” said the High Tatras Tourism Association.
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The seasonal closure of hiking trails lasts from November 1 to June 14, but that does not mean that the High Tatras will be completely closed to hikers and tourists. Although several trails leading to peaks and saddles and even the Chata pod Rysmi mountain hut are now closed, there are other trips people can take.
Where to hike in winter
These include a hike to Sedlo pod Ostrvou, which starts right above the PopradskÃ© pleso mountain lake, as well as trips to the Skok waterfall, several mountain lakes such as JamskÃ© pleso, BatizovskÃ© pleso under the foot of the highest summit of Slovakia Gerlach and Biele pleso. The SlavkovskÃ¡ vyhliadka viewpoint, the popular resort town of Hrebienok, as well as 12 mountain huts are also open to tourists all year round.
The High Tatras Tourism Association has created a map with winter hiking tips, which can be downloaded here.
Mountain huts open 365 days a year:
Chata pod Soliskom, MajlÃ¡thova chata, HorskÃ½ hotel PopradskÃ© pleso, HorskÃ½ hotel Sliezsky dom, Rainerova chata, BilÃkova chata, ZbojnÃcka chata, ZamkovskÃ©ho chata, TÃ©ryho chata, SkalnatÃ¡ chata, ChataBern Plesta prialka Zele, Chata.
In addition to hiking in winter, tourists can go skiing, tobogganing, cross-country skiing and ski touring, which is possible from December 15 to April 15 during good snow conditions.
The association warns hikers not to forget warm clothes, appropriate shoes, traction crampons, hot drinks, mountain rescue insurance and weather information to have a pleasant and safe time in the mountains.
A map with winter hiking tips in the High Tatras. (Source: High Tatras Tourism Association)
“Anyone who stays in the High Tatras region and pays the tourist tax is automatically insured for the intervention of the mountain rescue service”, adds the association.
It is also possible to take out this insurance quickly at the tourist offices of StarÃ½ Smokovec and TatranskÃ¡ Lomnica.
Restrictions related to Covid
Because the third pandemic wave is well underway, tourists should follow the latest regional Covid rules and information available here.
From November 1, the Poprad district and the High Tatras region are at black level on the Covid map, which means, for example, that accommodation will only be possible for work and quarantine purposes.
Restaurants will sell food through their elevator-free windows. The wellness facilities will not be open at all. However, the restrictions do not apply to outdoor activities and hikers can thus explore the popular peaks and lakes of the Tatras.
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2. Nov 2021 at 11:29 | Compiled by spectator staff