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Duration
9 days
Activities
  • guided walk
Accommodation
  • hotel / mountain huts / pension
Meals
  • 7 Dinners
  • 7 Lunches
  • 8 Breakfasts

Price

$1950USD

 
 

Overview

Trip Code: POL

Trip highlights


  • 4 different national parks, 4 different mountain ranges
  • Enjoy a unique protected area of flora and fauna, interpreted by your expert alpine guide
  • Stay in charming mountain huts and guesthouses brimming with warm hospitality
  • Enjoying the camaraderie of a group of like minded walkers
  • Experience local culinary delights and eat wild berries (subject to season) from bushes lining the trail

Explore the unspoilt national parks of Poland and journey along epic alpine ranges to witness the traditional shepherding lifestyle. Begin in the cobblestone streets of charming Krakow then continue to Jaworki, a cosy village nestled by the Little Pieniny Mountain Range. Walk along White Water's Valley to be rewarded with sweeping panoramas of the Tatra mountains that stradle the border of Poland and neighbouring Slovakia. Enter the national park of the Pieniny Mountains, famous for its beds of limestone and dolomite, and discover the beautiful gorge formed by the Dunajec river. Follow the splendid pastures through the national park of Gorces to the Borek Pass and stay at a remote but surprisingly comfortable mountain refuge. Perhaps as memorable as the mountain views are the warm welcomes from the villagers, with folklore shining through the local cuisine and habits. To appreciate the regions unique culture, stay in atmospheric guesthouses and sample unique food like oscypek - warm blocks of cheese made from salted sheep' milk and eaten with sweet cranberry jam. Marvel at the intricate wooden architecture of Zakopane and dive into the thriving atmosphere of its main street. Then return to Krakow following an ascent of ascent of Babia Gora (1725m), to recap the highlights of your week while relaxing in the Main Market Square, alive with bars, restaurants and grand buildings.

Trip Grading

moderate

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Traveller Rating

 

Our trip begins at 9am from central Krakow. From here we transfer to Jaworki in the heart of the Little Pieniny Mountain Range, about a 2 hour drive. Here we'll stay in comfortable guesthouse accommodation for 3 nights. Our hosts are very friendly and serve tasty food. Jaworki is a small, charming village located in a valley in the mountains, a great place to base ourselves for a few days of outstanding walking. This afternoon, a warm up walk through the gorge will ensure we have worked up an appetite for the welcome dinner that will be prepared by our hosts at a campfire. We spend time tasting local grilled cheese and sausages and of course home-made vodka.

Meals:  D

Our first walk begins from our pension. We take a trail along White Water’s Valley then climb steadily onto the mountain ridge straddling the border with Slovakia. This track offers magnificent views of both countries with the high peaks of the Tatras mountains in the background. Our route will meander through vibrant, green pastures, used in the summer by the shepherds as they graze their livestock. Return to Jaworki in the afternoon. Distance 15km/9.3mi +/-600m/1968ft

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning by bus we head to the beginning of the trail near Szczawnica. Crossing the river by barge due to the absence of a bridge, we will enter the Pieniny Mountains National Park. This park is made up of limestone and dolomite rock strata, eroded over time. A steep climb awaits us to the peak of Sokolica, from where we will have a splendid view down to the gorges of Dunajec. Continuing the hike along the ridge with the deep gorge of Dunajec River on the left we will now climb the highest peak in the national park, Okraglica (982m). It offers great views of the Podhale region and the Tatras. While descending we will have an opportunity to refresh with the sour milk sold by shepherds to the tourists. Return to Jaworki for dinner and overnight accommodation. +-650m/2130ft

Meals:  B,L,D

Our day starts with a short minibus transfer to the village of Rzeki (35 km), where we begin our climb of the highest mountain in the region, Mt Turbacz (1310 m). Passing the massif of Kudlon, where we'll see beautiful mountain pastures and charming traditional wooden cabins, we are now in the heart of the national park of Gorces. In blueberry season (July) or raspberry season (early August) the trail is lined with bushes brimming with fruit, slowing the pace of the walk to harvest speed. The climb is steady, crossing Borek Pass before reaching the plateau of Turbacz - another spot with splendid views of the rugged Tatra Mountains. *Please note that as our overnight accommodation is a mountain hut which cannot be accessed by road, you will need to carry all of your overnight requirements including toiletries and spare clothes with you. Distance: 12 km | Altitude gain 900m, loss 350m

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we will explore the heart of the Gorce National Park with its beautiful mountain pastures and charming, traditional wooden cabins. Descending from the plateau of Turbacz, we head east passing the mountain huts at Stare Wierchy and Maciejowa. We will stop at one of these for lunch, before continuing on to our minibus and clean clothes in the town of Rabka, from where we transfer by road to Zakopane. Arriving in Zakopane late afternoon, considered the capital of the Tatras. The town is a hub of activity in winter and summer. With its charming architecture and busy mainstreet we can relax and enjoy the local hospitality as we spend the evening in a local restaurant with good food, drinks and hospitality. 2 nights in a comfortable wooden pension in a local style. Distance: 11 km | Altitude gain 150m, loss 700m

Meals:  B,L,D

Another great day in the Tatra National Park, the highest mountain range in the Carpathians. The guide will choose the trail today depending on the weather conditions. This could be either in the high Tatra for a challenging day walk or a more gentle but equally scenic walk in the western Tatra.

Meals:  B,L,D

There will be a short transfer to the Krowiarki Pass. On the way we stop in Chocholow Village were we will walk the main street to admire the beautiful wooden houses. Krowiarki Pass is located at the border of Babia Gora National Park where we will commence our hike to the peak of Babia Gora (1725m). This massif is located on the border between Poland and Slovakia and is colloquially known as 'Queen of Beskidy'. From this peak you can admire one of the most impressive panoramas of the Polish mountains. Descend into the valley for our overnight stay at the refuge Markowe Szczawiny. Distance 8km/5mi +700/2300ft -500m/1640ft

Meals:  B,L,D

There is a short descent to the village of Zawoja where we will board the bus to Krakow (100km), one of the most beautiful cities of Eastern Europe. On arrival in Krakow we have a group farewell lunch followed by an optional walk on the outskirts of the city. The evening is free for you to experience the colourful nightlife of Krakow. The guide will leave the group this afternoon.

Meals:  B,L

Trip concludes after breakfast.

Meals:  B


Map

Elevation

The map and elevation chart are for illustrative purposes only and meant to provide general guidelines.


Inclusions

  • 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners - Continental breakfasts are served and usually consist of breads, jams, meats, cheeses, coffee, tea and juices and may be more more basic in the huts. Lunches will generally consist of bread, fillings and fruit. Dinner will consist of 2 or 3 courses which is generally soup followed by a main meal and dessert.
  • 5 nights in pensions on a twin basis with private facilities, 2 nights refuges on a multi share basis with shared facilities, 1 night 3 star hotel on a twin share basis with private facilities
  • Luggage Transfer, 1 piece maximum 20kg, except when staying at the mountain huts on day 4 and day 7. On these nights you will need to carry your overnight requirements with you in your daypack. Your main luggage will be available the next day.
  • Welcome and tour information
  • Qualified English speaking Mountain Guide
  • Internal transfers as described
  • National Park Entry fees

  • Travel to and from Krakow
  • Drinks
  • Travel insurance - mandatory
  • Luggage transfer on day 2
  • Entrance fee and additional transfers for optional visit to the Wieliczka Salt Mine - allow EUR35-40pp
  • Transfers by taxi or public transport if you need to skip a stage
  • Items of a personal nature

Accommodation


Grading

moderate  

MODERATE – GRADE 3 This is a guided walk that is approached in stages of 8 - 15km per day, at a medium altitude. There will be a maximum of 6 hours of walking per day. As with all of our moderate graded trips it is important that you are well prepared. We suggest that you undertake regular exercise – swimming, cycling, jogging, three or four times a week for at least three months prior to your departure. At any time during summer, weather conditions may be variable and you should be prepared for all conditions including snow, ice, strong sun and extreme winds.


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Priceper person from

$1950USD

Options & Supplements*
  • Single Supplement - except hutsUSD$250
*Prices listed are per person

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