Tatra Mountains Guided Walking Holiday

Mountain lake in 5 lakes valley in Tatra Mountains, Poland.
Duration: 7 nights
Type: Centre Based
Walking Grade: 2 & 5
from £1,149pp with flights

Discover the beautiful Tatras National Park and enjoy attractive walks in the Chochołowska valley. Ascend Giewont, which towers over Zakopane. Explore summits in both Poland and Slovakia, crossing the border for spectacular vistas.  These impressive mountains rise to over 2,000m, with a mixture of open country, forest, and lakes. Part of the main ridge of the Tatra Mountains forms the border between Poland and Slovakia, which we can explore. Situated in the south of Poland a short distance from the Slovakian border, at an altitude of around 840m above sea level, Zakopane provides an ideal base, with easy access to the Tatra National Park, and the surrounding area. Zakopane has a busy shopping centre, with a good selection of shops, restaurants and bars. Many small museums hope to entice visitors, and the streets are full of culture brought to the town by the Podhale Highlanders, the original mountain folk of the Tatra area. Immediately to the south of the town, the Tatra National Park covers a vast area, with a multitude of marked trails, which form the bulk of our walks. There are long valleys rising gently, with steep tracks heading up, out of the forestry, to the grassy ridges and peaks. The easier walks take advantage of an assortment of transportation, including gondolas, which add to the enjoyment. The harder walks strike up the sides of the mountains through the forest, on well used paths to gain the high ground and some spectacular ridges and views. Away from the national park, there are several options for sightseeing trips, with the most popular being the river rafting on the Dunajec River.

Holiday Highlights

  • Reach the summit of Wolowiec in the beautiful Tatras National Park
  • Cross the border to walk in Slovakia
  • Sample Polish beers in the vibrant town of Zakopane
  • Visit rustic Polish villages

What’s included

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

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Welcome to Hotel Belvedere. Unpack and settle in.


These introductory walks both start with a visit to Kuznice, the main gateway to the national park, only a short minibus ride from the hotel. The walks explore high ground close to the park boundary with good views back over the town. We will see a mixture of the modern world and the culture of the Highlanders, and start to get a feel for the flora and geology of the area as both walks aim for superb viewpoints.

 

Option 1 - Gesia Szyja

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 1,600 feet (480m)

In summary: Our walk, on forest paths, takes us to the viewpoint of Gesia Szyja and the glade at Rusinowa Polana where we can see traditional sheep farming and an interesting forest chapel. We return to the road by a different gradually descending, forest path.

Highlight: The visit to an exceptional 'Zakopane style' wooden church deep in the woods.

Option 2 - Boznan Ridge

Distance: 10 miles (16km)

Total ascent: 3,200 feet (960m)

In summary: This high-level circular walk provides a great introduction to the Tatras, ascending to the Boznan Ridge and taking in lakes and valleys on the return to Kuznice via the Karb Pass.

Highlight: The Black Lake (Czarny Staw Gasienicowy)


The walks today take in the valleys of the Tatras to the south of Zakopane.

Option 1 - Kiri

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 1,300 feet (400m)

In summary: This walk starts at Kiri, a park entrance to the west of the town. We takes in two valleys, crossing a low pass with attractive mountain pasture in between. We walk back to the hotel along the track on the edge of the National Park with extensive views towards the town.

Highlight: Enjoy stunning mountain scenery.

Option 2 - Giewont

Distance: 9 miles (14½km)

Total ascent: 2,300 feet (690m)

Total descent: 3,400 feet (1,020m)

In summary: An early start allows us to reach this popular summit before the crowds. The walk ascends via the Kondratowej hut before reaching the summit with its large steel cross. We return to the hotel via the national park boundary path.

Highlight: The final scramble to the summit using fixed chains - exciting but achievable!


Both groups have an early start to Kuznice and the cable car which is a popular route for hikes to the mountains. The cable car will take us onto the main ridgeline at Kasprowy Wierch at 1,987m, marking the border between Poland and Slovakia. Outstanding views of Poland and Slovakia will open up as both groups walk the short distance to the summit of Beskid (2,012m).

Option 1 - Kasprowy Wierch

Distance: 6 miles (9½km)

Total ascent: 1,500 feet (450m)

Total descent: 2,000 feet (600m)

In summary: We start the day with a cable car ride up to the Poland-Slovakia border at Kasprowy Wierch, returning to Kuznice to walk through Dolina Bialegi, a wooded valley, winding our way back to the start point and on to the hotel.

Highlight: The cable car ride, enjoyed by thousands of visitors every year, that heads high into the mountains.

Option 2 - Along the border ridge

Distance: 9 miles (14½km)

Total ascent: 1,200 feet (360m)

Total descent: 5,100 feet (1,530m) 

In summary: We start the day with the other group, ascending to Kasprowy Wierch but rather than returning to Kuznice we turn along the undulating ridge and head for the summit of Malolaczniak, before descending to Kuznice.

Highlight: Outstanding views from the border summit of Beskid and all along the ridge.


Each week there is a free day when no guided walks are offered. This is an ideal opportunity to relax around the hotel, walk independently or visit local places of interest. Some options for your free day may include:

Hotel: Relax in the hotel and surrounds. The hotel has a wellness complex with a heated indoor pool.

Zakopane: Visit the old cemetery where all the prominent people of the area are buried including artists and writers, plus the Tatra Museum which was founded in 1875 and is one of the oldest regional museums in Poland. Have lunch in the centre of town and then visit the bustling street market and taste the traditional smoked cheese. The Zakopane-style timber architecture is very interesting, including several wooden churches.

Dunajec River rafting: Spend the day rafting on the Dunajec River. This will give you a chance to view the mighty limestone cliffs while sailing down the river. You may have a chance to spot some rare bird species, such as the Black Stork. Packages can be booked including the transport from the hotel and rafting fees. There are some sightseeing opportunities to the Niedzica dam and castle on the journey.

Krakow: Visit the oldest city in Poland, and the capital from 1038 to 1569. Its architecture extends across Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque, including the Wawel Catherdral and the Royal Castle on the banks of the Vistula River. It has the largest medieval market square in Europe and also is home to one of the oldest universities in Europe. You can go by train (3½ hours) but the quickest journey is by bus (2 hours). English speaking tours are available in the city.

Local information website: For information on Zakopane please visit www.zakopane-life.com


Both groups take a bus to the Slovakian side of the Tatras to enjoy the quiet valleys and spectacular scenery. You may require some Euros for this day; your leaders will advise you where currency can be exchanged.

Option 1 - Strebske Pleso

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Total ascent: 1,300 feet (390m)

In summary: Today we head to the Slovakian side of the Tatras, with this option circuiting two beautiful lakes. We walk up to the higher lake via a wonderful balcony path, and return via a peaceful valley.

Highlight: The unique climber's cemetery with its fascinating history and intricate memorial posts.

Option 2 - High in the Slovakian Tatras

 

Distance: 12 miles (19km)

Total ascent: 3,000 feet (900m)

In summary: This option showcases the best of the Slovakian Tatras - we experience two fine valleys either side of the high col of Predne Kopske Sedlo, enjoying this quieter side of the mountains.

Highlight: The hut at Chata pri Zelenom, dating from 1895, is a great spot for a refreshing coffee and cake.


Our final day of walking takes us by bus to Siwa Polana, the western entrance to the park, but before walking we catch the road train for a short ride up the Chochołowska valley, passing the smoking houses for sheep’s cheese. After leaving the road train both parties continue up the valley.

Option 1 - Chochołowka Valley

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Total ascent: 1,600 feet (480m)

In summary: Heading to the Western part of the National Park both groups take a road train into the Chocholowka valley. Our group then heads into a neighbouring valley via a high pass with spectacular views of towering cliffs.

Highlight: Take a look inside the traditional sheep cheese smokehouses on the valley floor.

Option 2 - Rakon

Distance: 12miles (19km)

Total ascent: 3,300 feet (990m)

In summary: After alighting the road train we climb out of the valley to the ridge path at Grzes. Our walk follows the ridge line to the high point of Rakon at 1,879m before returning to the valley.   

Highlight: Views from the ridgeline across Slovakia on one side and into Poland on the other.


We hope to see you again soon.


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Hotel Belvedere - Tatra Mountains

The 4-star Hotel Belvedere, whilst modern built, reflects the local 1920's style and is located just a few minutes walk from the centre of Zakopane on a quiet residential street, close to the border of the Tatras National Park; an excellent base for walkers to enjoy the surrounding area. The hotel features a large indoor swimming pool, a bowling alley, wellness centre and gym.  Free WIFI available throughout. 

Rooms

The hotel has 172 comfortable en-suite bedrooms, some with balconies. 

All rooms have:

  • mini-bar (stocked with bottles of water for guest's use)
  • TV
  • room safe (free)
  • hairdryer
  • tea/coffee making facilities.

Facilities

There are 3 restaurants, several bars and lounge areas as well as:

  • library
  • 24-hour reception
  • garden areas with seating
  • squash courts
  • snooker, pool tables and bowling alley

There is a wellness centre with spa bath, sauna and steam room and the guests have free access to a large indoor pool.

Food & Drink

Our holidays at Hotel Belvedere  are on a Half Board basis and include breakfast and evening meal.

Breakfast

The hotel offers a buffet including fruit juices, fruit, selection of breads & cakes, cereal, tea and coffee and a hot selection.

Lunch (payable locally)

You can buy picnic lunches from the hotel (ordered the night before). Alternatively, you can buy ingredients from the shops in town. On certain days it may be possible to eat in a local café. Your leader will advise.

Evening meal

Dinner is served buffet style in the Wieniawa restaurant and on two evenings, we will be dining in the rooftop restaurant, Pod Aniolem (translated as "under the angels") which has delightful views of the mountains.

Drinks

The hotel's bars serve a selection of wines, beers and other refreshing drinks.

Your Evenings

The friendly atmosphere of our holidays continues into the evening.

Enjoy a glass of wine or local beer before hearing about the next day's activities. Your evening meal is the main focus of the evening. However you may like to join your leader for a stroll into town.

Your leader will check for any local events going on nearby or you may like to relax at the bar, with a drink and chat to your fellow guests.

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What to Bring

Essential Equipment

To enjoy walking/hiking comfortably and safely, footwear, clothing and equipment needs to be suitable for the conditions. Safety and comfort are our priorities, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.

  • Footwear with a good grip on the sole (e.g.Vibram sole) is the key to avoiding accidents.
  • Walking/hiking boots providing ankle support and good grip are recommended (ideally worn in), and specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed, are better than a single layer (include spares).
  • Fabrics (lightweight and fast drying) designed for the outdoors are recommended.
  • Waterproof jacket and waterproof over trousers.
  • Warm hat and gloves. Gaiters are an optional but useful extra.
  • Denim jeans and capes are not suitable on any walks.
  • Rucksack with a waterproof liner.
  • Thermos flask for hot drink.
  • Water bottle (at least 2 litre).
  • Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar.
  • Small torch.
  • First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed).
  • Sun hat and sunglasses
  • Sun cream.

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Camera.

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability and prices are subject to change.
Non-member associate fee: £10 per person.

These departure dates can be booked with flights or as land only holiday options. All packages that include flights are ATOL protected. Advertised flight prices are based on UK flights departing from London. Regional departures and/or connections to London, if available, can be requested. Cabin upgrades may also be available on request.

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2019
09 Sep / 16 Sep 2019 Itinerary £1,149 Unavailable
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2020
29 Jun / 06 Jul 2019 Itinerary £1,199 Available Book Now
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Duration:
7 nights
Type:
Centre Based
Walking Grade:
2

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