Nature

Štrbské Pleso – a picturesque gateway to a wondrous diversity of life in Slovakia’s highest mountains.

Immerse yourself in the captivating world of the smallest high-mountain range in the world, which hides the village of Štrbské Pleso.

Tatranský Národní Park

TANAP

Tatra national park management
www.spravatanap.sk

Hiking trails in winter

Hiking trails in the High Tatras are closed every year from November 1st until June 15th. This is done for the safety of hikers as well as for the protection of nature, preparing it for winter rest. Still, don’t worry about lack of hiking possibilities – the closure applies mostly to the higher situated trails, saddlebacks and peaks. All mountain huts and their access paths are open year-round with the exception of the hut Chata pod Rysmi.


Štrbské Pleso is a part of the Tatra National Park (TANAP) – the oldest national park in Slovakia. If we want to preserve the story of the fauna and flora in the High Tatras for generations to come, we need to respect nature and its rhythm.


The arrival of spring wakes everything up in the Tatras. The meadows turn green, the forests smell so fresh and the mountain streams and rivers are full of water from the melting snow. Bears and marmots wake up from their winter slumber and the birds are singing in the treetops.

The sun rays fall ever stronger on the rocks and melt most of the snow away. Most hikers come to the mountains in summer. But we shouldn’t forget that we are not alone in the forest and on the rocks. These places are the natural habitat for many animals and plants. Grassy slopes are covered with colourful mountain flowers. Little fawns and curious wolf cubs discover the world for the first time.

In autumn, days get shorter, fog swirls through the valleys and the forests turn yellow, orange and red. It’s the season of deer rutting. Winter comes to the mountains; the Tatra Mountains will be covered with a permanent snowcap in November.

The winter season is also the time of the annual closure of the hiking trails. This is done for the safety of hikers as well as for the protection of nature, preparing it for winter rest. Bears hide in their dens, deer migrate to the foothills and the chamois start their rut.

The sharpest frosts hit in January. The mountains fall silent; all noises are muffled by the snow. Animals reduce their movement to save energy for the end of the winter. Then comes spring and the cycle repeats itself again.



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Arolla Film in cooperation with the Aevis Foundation created a special charity fund called Arolla. It financially supports various interest groups of citizens, non-governmental non-profit institutions, citizen initiatives, local administrations and individuals being actively involved in nature conservation. We believe that the area of wilderness will grow larger thanks to your generous contributions.



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Arolla Film in cooperation with the Aevis Foundation created a special charity fund called Arolla. It financially supports various interest groups of citizens, non-governmental non-profit institutions, citizen initiatives, local administrations and individuals being actively involved in nature conservation. We believe that the area of wilderness will grow larger thanks to your generous contributions.

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