A challenging trek through the high Tatra Mountains
The Tatra mountains are among the most rugged and spectacular in Europe, part
of the granite Carpathian Range, rising to almost 2500m. The dramatic
scenery, combined with a sophisticated network of footpaths, makes it a
popular walking destination. On this trip, we trek through valleys, past
lakes and over ridges before the final test, a tough ascent of Rysy (2499m),
the highest mountain in Poland.From the top, we gain a dramatic 360-degree
view of more than 100 peaks. This trip offers the great opportunity to
experience the great change of scenery from the verdant Western Tatras to the
The High Tatras, with their dramatic vistas, steep peaks, sharp rocks, deep
glens, and crystal lakes.The walking will be hard but rewarding, the
terrain tough but beautiful, and the mountain huts basic but friendly, clean
* 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
* Challenging walking and dramatic mountain views
Fly to Krakow. Transfer to Zakopane.
Fly to Krakow Airport, where we will be met on arrival by our leader. We then
transfer (about 2hrs) by road to our hotel in the folk town of Zakopane,
beneath the peaks of Giewont, Kasprowy Wierch and Swinica.*
*Willa Orla guest house or similar*
Bus to Tatra National Park; walk in the Koscieliska Valley.
This morning after breakfast there will be some free time to explore
Zakopane,a vibrant folkwith beautiful wooden architecture offering
splendid views ofthe Tatra.Afterwards, a short bus ride takes us to Kiry
(15min from Zakopane) the entrance to the Tatra National Park, from where we
startstart walking alongKoscieliska 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.
Trek to the Czerwone Wierchy (Red Peaks) and summit Cemniak (2096m).
Another day of exploring the Western Tatras as wetrek through the massif of
Czerwone Wierchy (Red Peaks), a stunning areaoffering dramatic views over
the High Tatras as well as the highest peaks of the Western Tatras.
Themassif is beautiful especially in September, whenthe 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
Long climb to the summit of Mt Kasprowy; descend to theGasiencowa hut.
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 Gsienicowa
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.
Beautiful day of trekking in the heart of the High Tatras; through the Valley
of the Five Polish Lakes to Roztoki.
This morning we prepare for the most challenging two days of the trip.
Depending on weather conditions and groups ability, the leader will decide
how we trek the legendaryEagles 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 isrecommended 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
Ascend Mt Rysy (2499m), Poland’s highest peak. The splendid views from the
top will make the effort more than worthwhile.
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).
A short descent down the Dolina Rybiego Potoku. Transfer to the historic city
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 cafs and restaurants
as well as jazz venues.
Fly to London.
Transfer to Krakow Airport, return to UK.