Responsible tourism: Slovakia guided walking holiday in the High Tatras
At the beginning of the tour you’ll be welcomed at the national park of High Tatras and settlement of Smokovec, surrounded by mountains. Our stay will be located in the territory of this national park, whose mission is to preserve the diversity of flora and fauna and the protection of Tatra nature. During the stay we stress the importance of the principles of ‘responsible travel’. We will act responsibly and will not go off the marked trails without permission and will be accompanied by a local mountain ranger. We will respect the visiting rules of the Tatra National Park the key information boards. We behave quietly and respectfully, so as to not disturb the natural tranquillity of the surroundings, and we do not drop litter, or light fires where prohibited. We act in a way that our behaviour doesn’t cause any damage to plants or lead to harm to animals, and we don’t pick rare flowers or scare animals. We also ensure that we only explore caves that have been deemed safe and accessible.
During this tour we will be using local services in the areas visited, and will prefer to use these than larger commercial providers. During walks, we visit a number of mountain huts that are supplied with goods by local sherpas, who must carry goods to huts without any support vehicles as the only way how to get to those huts is on foot. By buying refreshments and souvenirs at the huts we support their hard work and the maintenance of the huts. By using the service of local mountain rangers, we directly support the upkeep of the Tatra National Park. Accommodation is provided in family-run hotels, supporting the economy of the region. We use the services of local guides and transfer companies for transfers within the Tatras and airport transfers. By using the funicular cable car to Hrebienok and relaxing in thermal pools, we financially support their operation and maintenance. We’ll visit the magnificent city of Krakow, recognised for its rich historical value and beauty as a UNESCO cultural heritage site. Considerable sums are spent to protect and maintain these historic buildings, and so we encourage visits to those sites as entrance fees are an important source of revenue.