Tatra Mountains High Routes Guided Walking Holiday

Panoramic from my way to the top Świnica in the Polish Tatras
Duration: 7 nights
Type: High Routes & Hutting
Walking Grade: 6

Protected by the Tatra National Park, the Tatra Mountains form an impressive border between Poland and Slovakia. On this guided walking holiday our focus will be on reaching the high points in the mountains by following exhilarating ridge walks and high-level routes. Walking between 10 and 12 miles each day, efforts are rewarded with sweeping mountain views and the sense of achievement which comes with reaching places that many people will never see. Some of the terrain is tough and requires the use of chains, cables and ladders.

Holiday Highlights

  • Cross the border to walk in Slovakia
  • Sample Polish beers in the vibrant town of Zakopane
  • High mountain walks each day
  • Dramatic peaks of Szpiglasowy Weirch, Swinica and the Western Ridge
  • Challenge and adventure a plenty

What’s included

  • A full programme of guided walks
  • All transport to and from walks
  • The services of an experienced HF Holidays' leader
  • ‘With flight’ holidays include return flights from the UK and hotel transfers
  • 7 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms
  • Half Board - continental breakfast and evening meal

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDF’s for each holiday, please click the button below to find the right trip notes for your departure date.

Welcome to Hotel Belvedere. Unpack and settle in.

Distance: 10 miles (16km)

Total ascent: 4,200 feet (1,260m)

In summary: We ascend to the main ridge via the hut at Hali Kondratowej. We turn west along the undulating ridge which marks the border between Slovakia and Poland to Kopa Kondracka at 2,005m and on to Ciemniak. We descend to Kiri.

Highlight: Amazing views from these high summits.

Distance: 11½ miles (18½km)

Total ascent: 3,100 feet (930m)

In summary: The ascent from Morskie Oko is a good path gradually rising in wide zig zags to the peak on the border ridge. There are some simple chains on the descent into the Valley of the 5 lakes.

Highlight: Ascend to the summit of Morskie Oko.

In summary: This is a classic high level route, very popular and not to be missed. Swinica is 2,031m and the Angel’s Pathway meanders along the ridge.

Highlight: This classic high route makes use of quite a lot of fixed equipment, chains, cables and short ladders.

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.

Distance: 12½ miles (20km)

Total ascent: 4,100 feet (1,230m)

In summary: Here we will take a bus to Biela Voda and walk up to the fine hut at the Green Lake. We continue to Velka Svistovka, then descend to the funicular railway at Herbienok.

Highlight: Walk the steep path to Velka Svistovka, which includes a gully and fixed chains.

Distance: 11 miles (18km)

Total ascent: 4,700 feet (1,430m)

In summary: A fine ridge walk at the west end of the park, 8 tops, some simple scrambling and 2 summits over 2,000m.

Highlight: The final walk of the week is a real gem with far reaching views.

We hope to see you again soon.

Zakopane Itinerary Map

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. It provides an excellent base from which walkers can enjoy the surrounding area. The hotel features a large indoor swimming pool, a bowling alley, wellness centre and gym. Free Wi-Fi available throughout. 


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

All rooms have:

  • Mini-bar (stocked with bottles of water for guests' use)
  • TV
  • Room safe (free)
  • Hairdryer
  • Tea/coffee making 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 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.


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.


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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Getting to Hotel Belvedere - Tatra Mountains

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Essential Information

Passport Requirements

You may need to renew your British passport if you’re travelling from 1 January 2021.

On the day you travel, you’ll need your passport to both:

  • have at least 6 months left
  • be less than 10 years old (even if it has 6 months or more left)

Use the government website to see if your passport is valid for this holiday

EHIC cards

The UK government has officially launched the Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which will replace the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). UK residents can now apply for one of the GHIC cards, which will gradually replace the EHIC cards as they reach their expiry dates. Every family member travelling requires a GHIC. You can make an application for yourself and on behalf of your partner and any dependent children under the age of 16. Both cards will offer equivalent protection for emergency and medically necessary healthcare needs when in the EU on a temporary stay, which includes holiday, study and business travel. Necessary healthcare includes things like

• emergency treatment and visits to A&E
• treatment for long-term or pre-existing medical conditions
• routine medical care for pre-existing conditions that need monitoring
• oxygen and kidney dialysis

The public only need to apply for their free GHIC cards when their current EHIC expires. The process is likely to take two weeks. For more information visit https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/healthcare-abroad/apply-for-a-free-uk-global-health-insurance-card-ghic/.

The GHIC is not an alternative to travel insurance. We advise all holidaymakers to also invest in travel insurance that covers healthcare, so they are covered for other issues that may arise, as well as cancellations and lost luggage.

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. 
  • 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.
  • Camera.
  • Gaiters.

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7 nights
High Routes & Hutting
Walking Grade:

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