Safety Advice For Hiking In The High Tatras

Safety Advice For Hiking In The High Tatras

October 11, 2017

Allan Stevo

Below is some information from Lonely Planet’s Czech and Slovak Republics, 5th Edition about hiking safely in the Tatras.  The High Tatras are not scary and are not particularly high, but it can be dangerous to head into them unprepared.  To the tips below, I would add –

  • get mountain rescue insurance before going on your trip (a very quick and inexpensive process),
  • have your telephone with you (Slovakia is a small country with extensive mobile phone coverage, meaning that I have had a signal with my mobile phone carrier – Orange – even on the highest of Slovak peeks),
  • keep the mountain rescue service number programmed in your phone (18300 is the current number from a Slovak phone, but be sure to verify that before starting your trip),
  • keep a basic first aid kit with you (I’m trained in wilderness First Aid with the Red Cross and I know that having a first aid kit with me is a common sense way to make it easier to handle an emergency that may arise – this is a small, inexpensive first aid kit, good for travelling off the beaten path and hiking, similar to the one I use)
  • have a trail map with you and always know where you are on that trail map, in case you need to evacuate, call for help, or change the originally intended route.  Such maps circulate freely and are easy to borrow, inexpensive to buy.

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Allan Stevo writes on Slovak culture at He is from Chicago and spends most of his time traveling Europe and writing. You can find more of his writing at If you enjoyed this post, please use the buttons below to like it on Facebook or to share it with your friends by email. You can sign up for emails on Slovak culture from 52 Weeks in Slovakia by clicking here.

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