Forming a natural border between Slovakia and Poland, Tatras occupy a 750 square kilometer area, which are a part of the Carpathian Mountains. Divided into three parts, the Western, High and Belianske Tatras, High Tatras is a recognized Slovakian National Park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Featuring one of the most diverse Central European climates, Tatra Mountains temperatures also largely vary depending upon the altitudes and sun exposures.
Home to 1,000 species of vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, lichens, fungi and slime moulds, Tatra Mountains fauna display numerous species of animals including wolf, marmot, brown bear, chamois, snow vole, lynx and red deer along with notable fishes like brook trout and alpine bullhead. At an elevation of 8,212 feet above mean sea level, Mount Rysy is the highest peak within the Tatra Mountains.