Poland walking holiday in the High Tatras

“Six days spent point to point trekking in the Polish High Tatras incorporates sublime scenery and serious scrambling with the rewards from Mt. Rysy totally beyond compare.”

Highlights

Tatra National Park | hike the Koscieliska Valley | attempt Ornak summit and Raczkowa Pass (time permitting) | trek to the summit of Ciemniak | descend the Dolina Kondratowa | summit of Mt. Kasprowy | Valley of the Five Polish Lakes | trek in the heart of the High Tatras | summit of Mt. Rysy (2499m) from Polish side | descend the Dolina Rybiego Potoku | free day in Krakow | Optional sites in Krakow, include: Wieliczka Salt Mine and Auschwitz Museum |

Description of Poland walking holiday in the High Tatras

A Poland walking holiday is all about trekking the Tatras, and the High Tatras at that. This magnificent mountain range, part of the Carpathians, takes you as high up as 2499m on Mount Rysy, which we will endeavour to scramble and summit as part of this trip. Rysy may be the highest point, but there are plenty of highlights before that trek, which takes place on day six of this nine day holiday.

The Tatra National Park is the base for this holiday, although this is a full on hut to hut, inn to inn style walking holiday, spending three nights in small, locally owned guesthouses or hostel style accommodation, and five nights in mountain huts. This enables us to really explore the national park in depth, enjoying such natural heritage as the limestone gorges of the Koscieliska valley, the Valley of the Five Polish Lakes or the banks of the Tomanowy River.

Peak seekers will not be disappointed on this holiday either where, as well as Mt. Rysy, you will have a chance to summit Mount Ciemniak, follow a chairlift route up to Mt Kasprowy and take on the lofty heights of Eagle's Perch' pass (2159m) where you get to used fixed chains to support your climb. After all of these trekking trophies, your final reward is a day spent in Krakow, the historic and UNESCO World Heritage Site city which is a great place to finish this Polish adventure. One that is aimed at walkers of good fitness levels as we walk six out of nine days, averaging about 15km in high mountain terrain every day.

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Our top tip:
Thanks to more than 250kms of hiking paths and the stunning scenery, this area can get busy during the summer and although September and October are a bit fresher these months are recommended if you fancy having the well-signed trails all to yourself.
Trip type:
Small group. Average group size 12. Minimum age 18.
Activity level:
Challenging. 6 days point to point trekking at max altitude 2499m.
Accomm:
1 night pension, 2 nights hotel (both en-suite), 5 night mountain huts in 8 - 10 person dorms.
Included:
Accommodation, transport, listed activities and tour leader.
Meals:
All breks, 5 lunches, 5 dinners.
Solos:
Lone wolves welcome. Supps for single hotel room applies.
Vouchers
Accepted

Responsible tourism

Poland walking holiday in the High Tatras

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

Environment/ Activity:
This trip offers the opportunity to see some of the most beautiful and pristine natural environments Poland has to offer, e.g.: Ornak summit, Raczkowa Pass, Mt Kasprowy, the 'Valley of the five Polish lakes' and ,of course, Poland’s highest mountain- Mt Rysy. We are extremely aware of our roles as stewards of this area and are dedicated to the maintenance of the environment. Our tour leaders are strict with disposal of litter and encourage the re-use of water bottles in order to minimise the plastic waste.

UK Office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

Community

Accommodation and Meals:
Throughout our visit our local operator ensures that our visit benefits the local communities we visit by choosing accommodation that is on a smaller scale and traditionally run to help support the local economy and communities. For the most part of this trip, guests will be based in remote mountain huts in the High Tatras. These establishments are not often frequented by tourists and are locally run and staffed which not only ensures this rather isolated community benefits, but also a level of authenticity and area expertise for those travelling with us. All produce and supplies for provided meals are also locally sourced, and we encourage supporting local, traditional restaurants in Krakow and the small, picturesque town of Zakopane.

Local crafts and culture:
Much of the trip is located in the mountains, but we still find opportunities to celebrate Poland’s rich culture and traditional crafts. Our tour leaders will encourage you to try regional specialities, supporting smaller businesses on the trail. For example, there are shepherds’ mountain huts which make and sell their own cheese- Oscypek is a delicious smoked cheese made of salted sheep milk exclusively in the Tatra Mountains. There is also the chance to explore the culture of Krakow on day 8, where we can organise trips to the UNESCO Salt Mine at Wieliczka, and/or Auschwitz Museum. The entry fee to both of these sites is an integral contribution to their upkeep and so can be seen as a direct benefit for local culture.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


stunning views, great company, brilliant guide.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


pack light. There is the opportunity to handwash and dry kit on route.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Offered benefit to local people at small mountain huts.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Fantastic

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