Under two hours by car from the historic city of Krakow, visitors to Poland will find the rugged peaks of the High Tatra mountains. They rise against the southern plains of the country in a sudden bulwark of chiselled granite, soaring to snow-topped pinnacles. The highest peak in this mountain range and the highest in Poland is Rysy , 2,503m . This is the highest part of the Tatra trek, which also crosses the Orla Perc, or Eagle’s Path, which is an adventure hike like no other.
The rugged peaks of the Tatra mountains (Tatry in Polish) form the natural border between Poland and Slovakia. The Tatra mountains became a National Park in 1955 and was also established as an official UNESCO biosphere reserve. The park is rich in flora and fauna with flowers, pinewood trees, bears, wolfs, wild cats, and marmots. It’s the only alpine mountain range in Poland. Located only two hours by car from Krakow, the Tatra National Park is easily accessible to hikers and skiers.
This scramble is equipped with ladders and chains to aid your traverse. It is not for the faint-hearted but it is a great adventure and hugely rewarding. The Tatra Mountain Trek is a five-day hike exploring the best of the Tatras rugged beauty. For the traverse of the Orla Perc you will be equipped with a helmet and harness to protect yourself across the exposed ridges and precipitous drops.
After the trek we will spend a few days exploring the beautiful city of Krakow before you depart for home. The cost for this exciting Polish trek includes all transport and accommodation in Poland.
Day 1 -
After arrival in Krakow, Poland we will be transported to Zakopane at the base of the impressive Tatra Mountains. After dinner we spend the night in a gay-friendly hotel.
Day 2 -
In the morning we will take a short sightseeing trip of Zakopane before being transported to the Koscieliska Valley where we spend the night in Kalatowki hut.
Day 3 -
We traverse to Swinicka Pass. Once across the pass we ascend to the Karb Pass and Black Lake before descending to Murowaniec Hut. This is a very scenic hike on the Polish-Slovak border following the crest of the ridgeline. The views are spectacular looking towards the Western part of the Tatra massif.
Day 4 -
Today we cross the Panszczyca Valley and Krzyzne Pass, which is a very scenic viewpoint. From the Pass we go down to Five Lakes Hut where we spend the night.
Day 5 -
Today we cross the most spectacular part of Orla Perc ridge. We traverse the steep and rocky crest with ladders and chains. We head on towards the Kozia Pass then cross the southern slopes of Kozie Czuby by chains and exposed ledges. Finally we climb up to Kozi Wierch before following the marked path down to the five lakes valley and onwards to Roztoka Hut.
Day 6 -
Today we climb Rysy, Poland’s highest mountain. The steep ascent is challenging but you will get some amazing views. We will also use chains and ladders to aid our ascent. Once on the top of the highest Polish mountain we have the views to Slovak side of the Tatras and down to the beautiful lake of Morskie Oko.
Day 7 -
A short hike will lead to Rusinowa meadow, which is about 4km from Roztoka. Afterwards we will be transported to Krakow where we spend the afternoon sightseeing in this beautiful city and spend the night in a gay-friendly hotel.
Day 8 -
Transferred to the airport for your flight back Home.