Walking up to Morksie Oro, the famous crystal blue lake in the Polish Tatras had been something that we had looked forward to throughout our time in the country. Upon arrival, however, we learned that dogs are not allowed into the national park which contains it, and unwilling to leave the hound alone in the van for a day while we trekked without him, we decided to give it a miss and push over the border, in the hope that the Slovakian side of the mountain range would be more relaxed.
Luckily this was true and the next morning, we set out on a 25km trek, through the beautiful and eerily desolate Slovakian Tatras Mountains. The photos below tell the story of this incredible journey:
The start of the ascent
Narrow paths through the dwarf pines
Slightly overgrown in places
Opening out into the ski pistes
The view back from the first part of the ascent
The start of the second, much longer section
The view over the piles of fallen pines
The remains of something, recently killed by something else..
Ross and the hound in the barren landscape
Down precarious wooden stairs
Into more forested areas
The trail is well marked out
falling trees make the bridges even more worrying.
signs warned to beware of falling trees.
but this is ridiculous
at least some are still standing
View over the valley getting more spectacular as we continue to rise
the van is somewhere back there.
the banks of cloud start coming in over the mountain
Surreal landscape exaggerated by surreal light
Made eery by our rise into the cloud line.
This would be what the world would look like after nuclear fallout.
cant even see the bottom of the valley anymore.
into the unknown
At least the path is well defined through the forest.
And the greenery returns as we start our descent
I think the “insect calamity” explains the fallen trees.
Slower shutter speed
Exhausted, we managed to complete the descent as the last of the light dropped away. Exhilarated, and in awe of the surreal, serene beauty, we couldnt wait to explore more. Read on, for our next trek up to the stunning Slovakian Mountain Lakes.