Brown Bears

Because of the snow cover in the High Tatras, observation of Brown Bears in the 2017 season is over.

a different hiking

Brown bear (Ursus arctos) is considered an uncrowned king of the Slovak nature. Bears use to live as loners, but in the end of summer and the beginning of autumn it is possible to spot them also in small groups. They gather on sites in the upper parts of spruce fir forest and over the treeline, where they can find big abundance of various berries. Despite that bears use to be connected with danger and fear in the people’s minds, it is possible to observe them from a reasonable distance, even from the tourist path. With the use of professional spotting technique we will observe them from the distance of 700 – 1 500 meters without any disturbance of these beautiful animals. We will have a chance to discover the beauties of our mountain wilderness – Tatra mountains. Join us and explore the kingdom of the Brown Bear!

Ticha dolina Jan Dobsovic panorama

characteristics: Target area of our trip is Tatra National Park. This oldest national park in Slovakia was founded in 1949. Tatras are the highest mountains of the Carpathian arc. It is the only Carpathian mountain range with an alpine character and it is considered the smallest alpine mountains in the world. We will climb to the altitude of 1 250 m. We will hike in the spruce altitudinal zone, mainly in its upper parts. We will visit places stricken by wind calamity in 2004, so besides observing bears we will learn something also about these matters. We will see places, which are planted with trees, and also places which were left to nature. You can make your own opinion on what works better.

highlights of this area: landscape formed by glaciers, waterfall, area stricken by wind calamity

protected areas visited: Tatra National Park, IBA (and SPA) Tatry

target species: Brown Bear (Ursus arctos)

other species: mammals: Red Deer (Cervus elaphus), Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris), in this region also lives Fox (Vulpes vulpes), Wolf (Canis lupus), Lynx (Lynx lynx) and in higher altitudes also Tatra Marmot (Marmota marmota latirostris) and Tatra Chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra tatrica)

birds: Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos), Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo), Black Woodpecker (Dryocopus martius), Three-toed Woodpecker (Picoides tridactylus), Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea), Dipper (Cinclus cinclus), Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes), Dunnock (Prunella modularis), Robin (Erithacus rubecula), Goldcrest (Regulus regulus), Firecrest (Regulus ignicapillus), Coal Tit (Parus ater), Crested Tit (Parus cristatus), Willow Tit (Parus montanus), Jay (Garrulus glandarius), Nutcracker (Nucifraga caryocatactes), Siskin (Carduelis spinus), Common Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra)

Trip length: 1/2 day or 3-day

Terrain difficulty: moderate

The routes will be moderately difficult, long maximum 16 km, with the difference between altitudes maximum 400 meters on a marked tourist path.

There is a possibility to rent a bike. Price for bike is 12 Eur. Amount of bikes is limited.

Time to get there varies: by bike it’s 90min there and 30min back, on foot it’s app. 2 hours both ways.

Important information and trip conditions: Participants of the trip take part on their own responsibility. We do not provide travel insurance for the participants. watching.sk will provide expert commentary and spotting technique for observing of bears. We will observe them only from tourist path. This trip is not open for public (people without prior registration – we need all the data required in the application form). The observation will be carried out from safe distance 700 – 1 500 meters, so we should not come into a close contact with this animal deliberately. We do not advise this trip for children under 10 years of age.

Itinerary for 3-day trip:

Day 1: Meeting at 9:00 in Bratislava, drive towards Tatras, lunch break between 12:30 am – 1:30 pm, accommodation, transfer to the beginning of our route (16 km, superelevation 230 m), return late in the evening.

Day 2: Early in the morning we set off for another route at similar site (12 km, superelevation 230 m), Brown Bear observing, wind calamity in Tatras – explanation and practical demonstration of struck areas. Return to the place of accommodation in late evening hours.

Day 3: Program according to previous days, the visit of one of three valleys with the occurrence of bears (max. 16 km, superelevation 400 m), around lunch departure to Bratislava, return to Bratislava in the evening.

Accommodation: family guesthouse

watching.sk reserves the right for small changes of program due to actual occurrence of animals and terrain conditions.

Starting and final point: Bratislava. Possibility to get an extra paid transfer from airport Vienna.

Recommended term: June – October

Prices for guiding in English for 1 person:

1/2 day trip

130,-€ / 1 participant

80,-€ / 2 participants

65,-€ / 3 – 4 participants

55,-€ / 5 – 7 participants

40,-€ / 8 – 10 participants

Price includes: full guiding service, binoculars and bird identification guide rental

Price does NOT include: individual travel insurance, meals, bike rental

3 day trip

595,-€ / 1 participant

355,-€ / 2 participants

295,-€ / 3 – 5 participants

265,-€ / 6 – 10 participants

245,-€ / 11 and more participants

Price includes: transportation, accommodation for 2 nights, full guiding service, binoculars and bird identification guide rental, corporate insolvency insurance

Price does NOT include: individual travel insurance, meals, bike rental

If you are interested in this trip, please don’t hesitate to contact us, either by email to info@watching.sk or give us a call at +421 948 495 111. We can then discuss the date that suits your needs the best.

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