On my journey as a global mountain nomad, I had an opportunity to visit both sides of the Tatras mountains this summer and found the experience to be worthy of being added to any hiker’s bucket list.
1. The Tatras Mountains provide a rare opportunity to immerse yourself in unspoiled nature. The absence of large crowds and commercialization allows you to connect with the mountains in their purest form.
2. For outdoor enthusiasts, the Tatras offer a playground of activities. From challenging summit hikes to leisurely walks around tranquil lakes, there's something for everyone.
3. With its dramatic peaks, emerald lakes, and lush valleys, the Tatras are a photographer's dream come true. The ever-changing play of light and shadow creates a dynamic canvas for capturing breathtaking shots.
4. Apart from the natural wonders, the region also offers a chance to delve into the rich culture of both Poland and Slovakia, from traditional villages to hearty local cuisine.
Besides the above reasons, logistically, it’s also easy to get to Tatras via Poland or Slovakia. Like many European cities, you can get to Poprad in Slovakia or Zakopane in Poland by driving or taking the bus or train. Once you get there, the Tatras region provides a range of accommodation options, catering to various budgets and preferences. From charming guesthouses in quaint villages to cozy lodges nestled in the mountains, you'll find the perfect base for your exploration.
Once I got there, I explored some of the best trails in the area such as Morskie Oko which leads to the stunning Morskie Oko Lake. This turquoise gem is cradled amidst towering peaks and is one of the most iconic spots in the Tatras. The hike itself is a moderate journey, weaving through lush forests and revealing awe-inspiring vistas. As you reach the lake, the sight of its clear waters reflecting the surrounding mountains will leave you in awe. You do walk on the paved road which makes the hike easy to everyone even beginners. If you’re up for more challenge, you can hike up about an hour or so to the lake lying just above Morskie Oko on a steep, yet short, hiking trail where you can enjoy time apart from the crowd of Morskie Oko.