High Tatras Trekking - The Carpathian Mountains
Poland, Trek & Walk, 8 days - from £645 (land only) - from €905 (land only) - from $1,060 (land only)
The Complete Rysy Traverse and a KE Best Seller!
Cross the Polish-Slovak border over the summit of Rysy! KE include the traverse of Poland's highest peak as part of our Tatras trek. Last few spaces remaining on our final 2015 departure - book now for 2016 to secure your place on this KE best seller!
- Spectacular hut to hut traverse between Poland and Slovakia
- Fantastic trek to the highest peak in Poland - Mt Rysy 2499m
- Time to explore the UNESCO old town of Krakow and Zakopane
- Wolf, brown bear, chamois, lynx, falcon and golden eagle
- Superb trekking and easy scrambling through wilderness Europe
Situated on the border between Poland and Slovakia and with 25 summits above 2500 metres, the Tatras is the highest range of the Carpathian Mountains chain. With a classically Alpine landscape and good trails linking comfortable and scenically located refuges, this is a fantastic area for a mountain walking holiday. We start our trek in the beautiful Strazyska valley and ascend up to the Polish mountain town of Zakopane. After experiencing the stunning valley of the 'Polish Five Lakes' we ascend to the spectacular Morskie Oko before climbing to our high point, the exciting summit of Rysy (2499m), Poland's highest peak. From here, dropping down on the Slovakian side, we enjoy remote refuges and a scenic train ride to Stary Smokovec, before exploring the spectacular Jagniecy Mountains. Our final night is spent in the colourful city of Krakow. Carrying minimal personal equipment, this is a fantastic way to explore one of Europe's lesser-known mountain ranges.
Is this holiday for you?
This mountain trek follows a good walking trail from east to west on the south side of the High Tatras. For 5 nights we will stay in mountain huts that are (with some exceptions) inaccessible by vehicle. This means that group members need to carry all of their personal equipment throughout the trip. With careful planning, and considering that neither a sleeping bag nor a camping mattress are needed for this holiday, the total weight of your rucksack can be pared down to around 8 or 9 kilograms. The average day's walking will be around 6 hours and may involve 1000 metres of ascent. The trekking route follows way-marked paths to high cols and ridges. The ascent of Rysy will involve some easy scrambling (protected by chains) and may also include the crossing of patches of old snow. The fact that this trip is not vehicle supported does have a big influence on the overall difficulty. This trekking holiday is suitable for regular hillwalkers, looking for an excellent week's mountain walking in a largely undiscovered part of the world.