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Hiking the Slovakian High Tatras: Mlynicka Dolina to Furkotska Dolina via Bystre Sedlo

I'm a lucky human for a variety of reasons. Among those reasons is that I'm privileged to know some incredible, generous, and adventurous people. Recently, that good fortune landed me a spot on a trip to Slovakia, organized by one of those incredible, generous, and adventurous people. Our group of 12 friends from around the world came together to explore a country characterized by dramatic natural landscapes, stunning castles, deep caves, rich culture, and unique traditions.

Our home base for the majority of the part of the trip I participated in was Arnutovce, a small village in central-eastern Slovakia. This home base gave us easy access to two of the country's most incredible places for hiking - the High Tatra Mountains (Tatranský národný park) and Slovak Paradise (Slovensky raj.)

The High Tatras are part of the Western Carpathians, an arc-shaped mountain range. The complex geologic history of the region is still being studied. The jagged, angry looking peaks appeared c…

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