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Trek the Polish High Tatras tour
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Trek the Polish High Tatras

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
8 days
From: $ 1,399 $ 175 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • 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

Short Description

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 and hospitable.A challenging trek through the high Tatra Mountains 

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
Spend most of the time outdoors. Common trip themes and activities include cycling, hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting.
Itinerary Focus Active
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Zakopane
End City Krakow

Destinations

Poland Slovakia

Cities & Attractions

Krakow

Age Requirement

18

No Single Supplement
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Trip Includes

  • All breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners
  • All accommodation
  • Transfer for group flights

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Itinerary

Flight Inclusive

Day 1 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*

Day 2 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 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.

Day 3 Trek to the Czerwone Wierchy (Red Peaks) and summit Cemniak (2096m).

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).

Day 4 Long climb to the summit of Mt Kasprowy; descend to the Gasiencowa 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 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. * *

Day 5 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 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. * *

Day 6 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). *Mountain hut*

Day 7 A short descent down the Dolina Rybiego Potoku. Transfer to the historic city of Krakow.

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. * *

Day 8 Fly to London.

Transfer to Krakow Airport, return to UK.



Land Only

Day 1 Start Zakopane.

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*

Day 2 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 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.

Day 3 Trek to the Czerwone Wierchy (Red Peaks) and summit Cemniak (2096m).

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).

Day 4 Long climb to the summit of Mt Kasprowy; descend to the Gasiencowa 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 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. * *

Day 5 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 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. * *

Day 6 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). *Mountain hut*

Day 7 A short descent down the Dolina Rybiego Potoku. Transfer to the historic city of Krakow.

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. * *

Day 8 End Krakow.

Our tour ends after breakfast.

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Trek the Polish High Tatras

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The highs of the High Tatras

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Value5.0
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Had a wonderful week of walking and sightseeing here in Poland. A great
leader in Teresa, a good group, wonderful walking and Krakow after to unwind
after a challenging few days walking. Brilliant accommodation with great
food.
Sadly due to weather it was not getting to the top of Mount Rysy but we
nearly got there! Mind you Auschwitz was an experience I will never forget.


Teresa was brilliant. Years of experience in the mountains and her great
sense of fun and humour made her one of the best guides I have been led by.
She was well liked and respected in all the places we stayed and by othe
guides and local people we met along the way. Whatever we wanted she saw we
got it!


It is a challenging trip so read trip notes and seriously decide if it is for
you or not as the last day is tough and several people in our group I think
were secretly relieved that the weather was bad so they did not have to go to
the top!!! The chains were not something that some people were expecting!!!
Take ear plugs! Pack light- ask the guide what to take! I took two books and
never read a page! Use walking poles! Do not bother with a second pair of
shoes, maybe just flip flops for shower!


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High Tatras

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Good trip for a short but strenuous holiday not far away. The views are
fantastic. It is not a remote area and it was busy on all trekking days. The
school holidays where still on and after some weeks of bad weather in the
area we were lucky we had a week of good hiking weather so there were many
locals on the tracks as well. The huts are OK.
The day to the summit of Rysy was long and tiring but to reach the summit .


She was nice and enthusiastic. Most important she took very very well of our
safety when we climbed Rysy and had to use the chains. Counting was a very
weak point and made things chaotic. When you ask who wants tomato soup when
the group is not complete and you don't give the second option you cause a
lot of confusion and the question has to be asked another two or three times.
These sort of moments happened nearly every time we had coffee, tea or a
meal.


If you have time it's worth to extend your stay in Krakau to have enough time
to visit Krakau, Auschwitz and the salt mines.


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Tatra mountains

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I have just returned from a fantastic trip to the Tatra Mountins.. Did not
realise what a beautiful country Poland was and we were really lucky to have
had great weather. Getting to the top by useing chains was great it was very
busy but it was a beautiful day and like all exciting summits when the
weather is predicted to be good everyone comes out to catch a good day.the
huts were the best I have ever had on a trek and there was always loads of
food so no one needed to go hungry. The showers were immaculate and some huts
even had drying rooms luxury.
Our guide Teresa was amazing full of enthusiasm and knowledge of her country.
Yes we did leave one of the party behind at the airport but that was sorted
out and she apologised many many times. She was very encouraging to everyone
and I felt I could go to her anytime for anything.
To anyone who is looking to do this trip I would say go for it you will have
a wonderful adventure
Getting to the summit on such a beautiful day the views were spectacular and
I think all our group were feeling very proud of themselves.


Teresa was amazing. She was so knowledgeable and proud of her country and
wanted to share that with us. She was always smiley full of energy and great
fun, and always always approachable for any problem anyone had. One of the
better leaders I have had on a track.


This is a great trick if you like a bit of a challenge go for it you will not
regret it.


Take some gloves for the chains as they can be hard on the hands.


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Trekking in the Polish High Tatras

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A mountain climb in Poland's Tatras mountains is an experience never
forgotten. The mountains are stupendous to view, the trails are safe and well
traveled, but the weather can at times be inclement. Our leader, Teresa, did
everything to guide us safely and well and bent over backwards to make our
trip enjoyable. I can highly recommend this tour for any climber with stamina
and experience.
Björn M.
We reached the summit of Mt. Rysy at an elevation of 2499.6 metres. Reaching
such a peak is the climax of our entire tour.


Teresa Stochel, our leader, was caring and determined, good-humored and
pleasant in every respect. My fellow travelers and I will think of her as a
friend for all time to come.


Dress for any weather eventuality, from sub-freezing temperatures if you are
travelling late in the season, to shirt-sleeve weather in the summer. For
late September or early spring, bringing crampons or micro-spikes is
advisable. A poncho or raincoat is necessary.


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Trekking in the Polish High Tatras

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A mountain climb in Poland's Tatras mountains is an experience never forgotten. The mountains are stupendous to view, the trails are safe and well traveled, but the weather can at times be inclement. Our leader, Teresa, did everything to guide us safely and well and bent over backwards to make our trip enjoyable. I can highly recommend this tour for any climber with stamina and experience.
Björn M.
We reached the summit of Mt. Rysy at an elevation of 2499.6 metres. Reaching such a peak is the climax of our entire tour.

Teresa Stochel, our leader, was caring and determined, good-humored and pleasant in every respect. My fellow travelers and I will think of her as a friend for all time to come.

Dress for any weather eventuality, from sub-freezing temperatures if you are travelling late in the season, to shirt-sleeve weather in the summer. For late September or early spring, bringing crampons or micro-spikes is advisable. A poncho or raincoat is necessary.

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High Tatras

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I really enjoyed this trek. The group that completed the trek, including our super guide, Teresa, gelled really well and were all well up to the fitness level required. Two did not do the trek itinerary, as mentioned by Brendan McShane in a previous review. It indicates how essential reading the trip notes before you book your trip is!
Reaching the summit of Mt Rysy. Its quite a slog to get there, then lots of scrambling up and down but the achievement is worth it, and to sit at the top for those few moments is very special, the views are beautiful. But every day was special in its own way, not just Rysy, the comradeship between our trekking group, the walks, climbs and views experienced at every moment.

Teresa is a gem, very knowledgeable and informative, nothing was too much trouble, she constantly checked on details to make sure everything went to plan and was always a pleasure to be with. I could not have asked for more.

Read the trip notes before you book. Go to Auschwitz, what you see will stay with you forever, and the Salt Mine if you have time.

I went on this trek based on recommendation from previous trekkers last year when I did the Julian Alps, Slovenia trek [equally enjoyable!]. Where do I go from here?

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 16

Accomodations

3 nights en suite pensions and 5 nights standard mountain huts (dormitory accommodation)
6 days point-to-point trekking
Light backpacking
Altitude maximum 2499m, average 1700m.
Not recommended for severe vertigo sufferers
Group normally 4 to 16 plus local leader. Min age 18 yrs
All breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners included

Age Notes

Min. Age: 18

Additional Information:

  • 2 nights en suite pension and 5 nights standard mountain hut (dormitory accommodation)
  • 6 days point-to-point trekking 
  • Group normally 4 to 16 plus leader. Min age 18 yrs
  • Altitude maximum 2499m, average 1700m
  • Travel by private minibus
  • Not recommended for severe vertigo sufferers

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Trip Excludes

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request from GBP80)
  • Visas or vaccinations

Meals Included:

Dinner: All food is included, except for main meals (lunch and dinner) in Zakopane and Krakow (days 1 and 7).  Breakfasts in Zakopane and Krakow will be a hot and cold buffet. In the mountain hostels, a choice of hot or cold is usually available. Lunches will be picnic type including rolls, fruit and a drink. Evening meals in the mountain hostels are plentiful and are usually very filling! The main course will include a selection of meat and vegetables. Vegetarian and special diets can be catered for, but options are limited in the huts - please inform the office of any specific dietary requirements when booking.

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