High Tatra Mountains in Slovakia
is dominating the northern part of Slovakia. They form part of the, massive Karpatian Mountain span,1200 km long and form its highest mountain range.The Tatras form a natural frontier between Slovakia and Poland.The High Tatras,a relatively small area spreading 786 sq. km,550 sq.km in Slovakia,are abundant in natural monuments,rich and individual fauna and flora species.The Tatra Mountains are 78 km long and 17 km wide and are divided into the West Tatra and East Tatra Mountains. The East Tatra Mountains are further divided into the Vysoke and Belianske Tatry Mountains.Regardless of your actual location,you will surely succumb to its magic and be overwhelmed with the desire to familiarize yourself with the Tatra Mountains. Since the beginning of time,man has been drawn to the sky.In the Tatra Mountains you can really enjoy the excitement that the elevation gives you.In the company of experienced guides,less experienced tourists can also conquer the high peaks of Slovakia,eleven of which exceed a height of 2,600 m.It is a unique experience to ascend the highest peak of the High Tatras,the Gerlachovsky stit (peak)(2,655 m above sea level).In the sunshine,you can enjoy a breathtaking view not only of Popradska kotlina (basin),with its small towns and villages,but also an immense part of the Slovak country in the distance.
High Tatras or High Tatra (Slovak and Czech: Vysoké Tatry, Polish: Tatry Wysokie) are a mountain range on the borders between Slovakia and Poland. They are a part of the Tatra Mountains. The High Tatras, with their 17 peaks over 2500 m AMSL, are, together with the Southern Carpathians, the only mountain ranges with an alpine character in the whole 1200 km length of the Carpathian Mountains.
The mountain range borders Belianske Tatras to the east, Podtatranská kotlina to the south and Western Tatras to the west. The major part and all the highest peaks of the mountains are situated in Slovakia. The highest peak is Gerlachovský štít at 2,655 m. Many rare and endemic animals and plant species are native to the High Tatras. Large predators, such as the bear, Eurasian lynx, marten, wolf and fox live there.
The area is well known for winter sports. Ski resorts include Štrbské pleso, Starý Smokovec and Tatranská Lomnica in Slovakia and Zakopane in Poland. The town of Poprad is the gateway to the Slovak High Tatra resorts.