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Western Tatras

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The Western Tatras (Slovak: Západné Tatry; Polish: Tatry Zachodnie) are mountains in the Tatras, part of the Carpathian Mountains, located on the Polish-Slovak borders (Małopolskie and Liptov/Orava regions respectively). The mountains border the High Tatras in the east, Podtatranská kotlina in the south, Choč Mountains in the west and Rów Podtatrzański (Slovak: Podtatranská brázda) in the north. The main ridge is 37 kilometers long and the mountain range contains 31 two-thousanders.

Understand[edit]

Ostrý Roháč

The Western Tatras are subdivided into 6 regions on the Slovak side and 4 on the Polish side.

Slovak Western Tatras:

  • Osobitá (highest point: Osobitá, 1 687 m)
  • Sivý vrch (highest point: Sivý vrch, 1 805 m)
  • Liptovské Tatry (highest point: Bystrá, 2 248 m)
  • Roháče (highest point: Baníkov, 2 178 m), one of the most popular parts of the range
  • Červené vrchy (highest point: Kresanica / Krzesanica, 2 122 m)
  • Liptovské kopy (highest point: Veľká kopa, 2 122 m)

Polish Western Tatras:

  • Grześ
  • Kasprowy Wierch
  • Czerwone Wierchy (corresponds to Červené vrchy, highest point: Kresanica / Krzesanica, 2 122 m)
  • Ornak

Flora and fauna[edit]

Climate[edit]

The same as in High Tatras applies - the weather can change quickly, so follow forecast and be prepared to descend quickly too.

Get in[edit]

On the Slovak side, 1 parking Zverovka-Spalená is a good starting point into the heart of the range. The only downside (cannot be avoided though) is the 1-hr walk is needed towards Ťatliakova hut.

Fees and permits[edit]

The access is generally free, except for possible small parking fees at ski centers during summer.

Get around[edit]

Map of Western Tatras

See[edit]

  • 1 Roháč waterfall (Roháčsky vodopád) (Accessible from Zuberec village). The highest waterfall of the mountain range, it is about 18 meters high.
  • 2 Roháč lakes (Roháčske plesá). A nice one-day hike. (Q3561549) on Wikidata sk:Roháčske_plesá on Wikipedia

Culture:

Do[edit]

During summer, most common activity is hiking.

  • 1 Sivý Vrch. A very photogenic, though somewhat technically demanding peak. Sivý vrch (Q3509435) on Wikidata sk:Sivý_vrch_(Západné_Tatry) on Wikipedia
  • 2 Baníkov. Highest peak of the main mountain range ridge. Baníkov (Q4176068) on Wikidata Baníkov on Wikipedia

During winter, there are multiple ski centers - the bigger ones include Roháče - Spálená and Zuberec.

Caves[edit]

On the Polish side:

  • 3 Jaskinia Wielka Śnieżna. The largest and deepest cave in Poland Jaskinia Wielka Śnieżna (Q3490271) on Wikidata Jaskinia_Wielka_Śnieżna on Wikipedia
  • 4 Jaskinia Mroźna. Guided and lighted. (Q11721238) on Wikidata pl:Jaskinia_Mroźna on Wikipedia
  • Self-guided
  • 5 Mylna. Jaskinia Mylna (Q16562324) on Wikidata pl:Jaskinia_Mylna on Wikipedia
  • 6 Raptawicka. (Q11721262) on Wikidata pl:Jaskinia_Raptawicka on Wikipedia
  • 7 Obłazkowa. (Q11721252) on Wikidata pl:Jaskinia_Obłazkowa on Wikipedia
  • 8 Smocza Jama. (Q9338667) on Wikidata pl:Smocza_Jama_(Tatry) on Wikipedia
  • 9 Dziura. Dziura (Q9248950) on Wikidata pl:Dziura_(jaskinia) on Wikipedia


Slovak side:

  • 10 Brestovská cave. Uniquely features an underground river (not accessible to the public).

Buy[edit]

Eat[edit]

There are several huts and areas where hikes can start and end or where you can rest:

On the Slovak side:

  • 1 Zverovka hut.
  • 2 Brestová.
  • 3 Ťatliakova chata (Ťatliakova hut).
  • 4 Žiarska chata (Žiarska hut).
  • 5 Mountain hotel Osobitá.

On the Polish side:

  • 6 PTTK Hala Kondratowa.
  • 7 PTTK Hala Ornak.
  • 8 PTTK at Polanie Chochołowskiej.
  • 9 Mountain hotel PTTK Kalatówki.

Drink[edit]

Sleep[edit]

Lodging[edit]

Camping[edit]

Backcountry[edit]

Stay safe[edit]

Go next[edit]

The nearby Slovak mountain ranges Tatra National Park, Low Tatras and Choč Mountains are equally worth a visit - and each one is a completely different kind of mountains.

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