A challenging trek through the Poland's stunning High Tatra Mountains
You might not know it, but the High Tatra mountains are some of Europe’s most rugged and magnificent. They are part of the Carpathian Range and rise to almost 2500m. Because of their natural beauty and well maintained network of footpaths, the Tatras are a popular trekking destination.
On this adventure, you’ll spend nine days walking through valleys, over ridges, past lakes, and finally up Rysy – Poland’s highest mountain.
- Summit Mt Rysy, Poland’s highest peak
- Visit the UNESCO Salt Mine or Auschwitz Museum
Your evening accommodation is in mountain huts and you’ll have six total days of point to point trekking, with a free day in Krakow. The terrain is considered moderate to difficult and you will carry all your gear and lunch each day. The average daily walk time is seven to eight hours. You’ll be walking on marked trails but at points they will be rough and stony underfoot. Expect some long ascents and descents on this adventure.
We’re betting that your favourite part of the entire trip will be the 360 degree view of more than 100 peaks from the top of Rysy. A memorable sight indeed.
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Why We Love This Adventure
- Summit Mt Rysy (2,499m), Poland's highest mountain
- Spend a night in the picturesque folk town of Zakopane
- Experience the change of landscape from the Western to the Eastern Tatras
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Our tour starts in the resort town of Zakopane, a 2-hour transfer from Krakow. For those not on the group flight, we recommend that you arrange to meet the group at Krakow Airport, to avoid a costly private transfer. *Willa Orla guest house or similar*.
This morning after breakfast there will be some free time to explore Zakopane, a vibrant folk with beautiful wooden architecture offering splendid views of the Tatra. Afterwards, a short bus ride takes us to Kiry (15min from Zakopane) the entrance to the Tatra National Park, from where we start start walking along Koscieliska valley, one of the most beautiful and well-known valleys of the Polish part of the Western Tatra Mountains. A gentle 90-minute hike takes us along many limestone gorges and caves. We end the day at Ornak hut, our base for the night. Depending on our time of arrival, there should be time to explore the surroundings.
Another day of exploring the Western Tatras as we trek through the massif of Czerwone Wierchy (Red Peaks), a stunning area offering dramatic views over the High Tatras as well as the highest peaks of the Western Tatras. The massif is beautiful especially in September, when the grasses that covers the mountains called 'sit skucina' start to change its colour from green to rusty, thus explaining why these mountains are also known as Red Peaks. After leaving the hut, we start our challeging ascent along the banks of the Tomanowy River, towards Tomanowa pass and then Ciemniak, our first 2000m peak. From Ciemniak we follow the main ridge of the Tatras towards Krzesanica, Malolaczniak and Kopa Kondracka with a spectacular view of Giewont (1985m) and the whole region. To the north, we can see Zakopane, to the east Mt Rysy, and the south Slovakia. We descend the Dolina Kondratowa to the Kalatowki Hut where we overnight in a very comfortable hut (rooms for 2-5 pax).
Our second long day as we head back up to the main ridge above our hostel; here we officially enter the High Tatras and notice the gradual change to a more alpine landscape. We follow the main trail alongside a chairlift, zig-zagging in places to the summit of Mt. Kasprowy (1955m). Traversing along the ridge towards Swinica (2050m) we again have dramatic views of the whole area. We descend from the rocky ridge to the picturesque Gąsienicowa Valley. We pass a few secluded mountain tarns and finish our day at Hut Murowaniec, another comfortable refuge (1500m) where we stay overnight. From the hut we can enjoy one of the most characteristic and known panoramic views of the High Tatras.* *
This morning we prepare for the most challenging two days of the trip. Depending on weather conditions and group’s ability, the leader will decide how we trek the legendary Eagles Perch, the most difficult and spectacular trail in the Polish Tatras. The option is to either cross the Zawrat Pass where you will be using fixed mountain chains to assist you on the walk or go over the Krzyzne Pass, without these technically difficulties. Both trails offer amazing views of the highest peaks in the Tatras and of the beautiful valleys of Gasinicowa, our start point, and the Lakes Valley, where we descend. It is recommended that you try and pack as light as possible for this day. Highlight of the last section is the waterfall Siklawa, the highest in Poland (70 m) and the most powerful in the Tatras. We then descend back into the 'Valley of the five Polish lakes' with a variety of mountain flowers and grasses, to Roztoka Hut, one of the best polish mountain huts offering great atmosphere.* *
Our final ascent and the hardest of the trip! On leaving Roztoki we trek via Morskie Oko, towards the peak of Mt. Rysy (2499m) on the Polish/Slovakian border. This is a very long day with a steep climb (ascending over 1000m), walking and scrambling over difficult terrain, on the Polish side of the mountain, but the effort is definitely worth it. On a clear day the views from the summit of Rysy are simply stunning. We should be able to see over 100 peaks and several lakes including Morskie Oko once of the largest in the Tatras. Return descent to Morskie Oko (your guides can decide to descent the Slovakian side, which is not so steep and considered a safer descent than the Polish side - there are chains to help). *Mountain hut*.
Our last day walking as we descend down the Dolina Rybiego Potoku (valley) to the road ahead and our waiting bus. We'll then transfer to the historic city of Krakow, arriving mid-afternoon. The rest of the day is free to explore the delights of this beautiful city. The Old Town was added to UNESCO's list of World Cultural Heritage in 1978. Possible places of interest are Krakow's Jewish district, where the film 'Schindler's List' was shot. There are also numerous churches, the castle, the largest market square in Europe and the oldest university in Poland. There are also plenty of cafés and restaurants as well as jazz venues.* *
Our tour ends after breakfast.
Price£779 GBP Land Only - enquire for UK flight inclusive option
- All breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners
- All accommodation
- Transfer for group flights
Trip Duration8 days
Average Group Sizemin 4, max 16
All food is included, except for main meals (lunch and dinner) in Zakopane and Krakow (days 1 and 7).
This adventure can also be booked with UK return flights by the operator – to get prices, dates and availability for the flight option please complete an enquiry form today and mention your flight interest in the message section. Thanks!
Dates & Availability
- 22 Jun 2019 – 29 Jun 2019
- 13 Jul 2019 – 20 Jul 2019
- 24 Aug 2019 – 31 Aug 2019
- 07 Sep 2019 – 14 Sep 2019
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