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The Tatra Mountains for Advanced

Updated on August 29, 2016
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Viriginia is an experienced hiker. She goes to the Tatra Mountains in Poland every summer.

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This is a comprehensive guide to the Polish routes in the Tatra Mountains for advanced. The names are left in the original, as the signs on the trails read only in Polish.

Szpiglasowy Wierch Through Dolina Pięciu Stawów

Trail
yellow
Time
2h 20 min
Distance
5.5 km
Highest point
Szpiglasowy Wierch, 2172 m
Altitude
504 m
Start and finish
Dolina Pięciu Stawów – Szpiglasowy Wierch

A very interesting route. There is one narrow shelf over the precipice on the way, but it’s very short and there’s a chain that will help you. Then, you’ll need to climb a bit right before the mountain pass (Szpiglasowa Przełęcz), again with the assistance of chains.This is the perfect trail if you want to make a transition from easy routes to the more challenging ones.

From Dolina Pięciu Stawów follow the yellow trail up to Szpiglasowy Wierch.

Dolina Pieciu Stawow
Dolina Pieciu Stawow | Source

Rysy

Trail
red
Time
3h 50 min
Distance
5 km
Highest point
Rysy, 2499 m
Altitude
1104 m
Start and finish
Morskie Oko – Rysy

Rysy is the highest peak of the Polish Tatras – for this reason it is extremely popular and crowded in the summer. It requires a lot of stamina. About a half of the way is covered in chains, but according to experienced hikers not all of them are necessary. There is a moment that may make your heart beat faster, where you have to step over a narrow rock shelf with a 500-meter precipice right under it. It is possible to go down on the Slovakia side, which is much easier.

From Morskie Oko follow the red trail up to Rysy.

Rysy
Rysy | Source

Świnica From Kasprowy Wierch

Trail
red
Time
1h 40 min
Distance
3.5 km
Highest point
Świnica, 2301 m
Altitude
316 m
Start and finish
Kasprowy Wierch – Świnica

The trail definitely isn’t for inexperienced hikers; it involves a fair deal of climbing. There is one particularly dangerous spot called Żleb Blatona, where many tourists have died (however, mainly before the chains were installed and in winter). Żleb Blatona is a 50-meter walk on a wet rock shelf over a precipice, so you need to be particularly careful there. But if you’ve got some experience in the Tatra Mountains, if you’ve reached Giewont, Szpiglasowy Wierch or Kościelec, Świnica is the next place to go!

From Kasprowy Wierch follow the red trail to Świnica. You’ll walk past Sucha Przełęcz, Liliowe and Świnicka Przełęcz.

Świnica Through Zielona Dolina Gąsienicowa

Trail
black, red
Time
2h 20 min
Distance
5.3 km
Highest point
Świnica, 2301 m
Altitude
801 m
Start and finish
Hala Gąsienicowa – Świnica

This is an alternative trail leading to the mountain pass before Świnica (Świnicka Przełęcz). The trail up to Świnicka Przełęcz is a bit more exposed and strenuous than the previous one, the rest of the journey is exactly the same.

From Hala Gąsienicowa follow the black trail up to Świnicka Przełęcz and then choose the red one to Świnica.

Giewont Through Dolina Małej Łąki

Trail
yellow, blue
Time
2h 45 min
Distance
7 km
Highest point
Giewont, 1894 m
Altitude
979 m
Start and finish
Gronik – Giewont

Giewont is one of the most popular peaks in the Polish Tatra mountains, so be prepared for crowds, especially during the summer. Giewont is much easier than Świnica, however you still need to be careful because of the large number of people you’re likely to meet on the trail. The route through Dolina Małej Łąki is considered to be particularly attractive and pleasant.

You can take the bus to Gronik or go by car. From there follow the yellow trail up to Przełęcz Kondracka (Wielka Polana Małołącka on the way) and then choose the blue trail to Giewont (you’ll walk past Kondracka Przełęcz Wyżnia).

Giewont Through Dolina Strążyska

Trail
red, blue
Time
3h 15 min
Distance
6.7 km
Highest point
Giewont, 1894 m
Altitude
987 m
Start and finish
Strążyska Street – Giewont

Another route leading to Giewont. Arguably the most strenuous one, but also very interesting.

From Strążyska Street follow the red trail up to Kondracka Przełęcz Wyżnia (Polana Strążyska, and Przełęcz w Grzybowcu on the way). Then choose the blue path to Giewont.

Giewont
Giewont | Source

Giewont From Kuźnice

Trail
blue
Time
3h 15 min
Distance
6.5 km
Highest point
Giewont, 1894 m
Altitude
899 m
Start and finish
Kuźnice – Giewont

The least strenuous path leading to Giewont.

From Kuźnice follow the blue route all the way to Giewnot (Polana Kalatówki, Hala Kondratowa, Przełęcz Kondracka and Kondracka Przełęcz Wyżnia on the way).

Skrajny Granat From Hala Gąsienicowa

Trail
blue, yellow
Time
2h 05 min
Distance
4 km
Highest point
Skrajny Granat, 2225 m
Altitude
725 m
Start and finish
Hala Gąsienicowa – Skrajny Granat

Skrajny Granat is part of Orla Perć, the most difficult hike in the Polish Tatras. But the trail is at intermediate level, hiking aids are installed only in one place. The trail shouldn’t prove to be too difficult to people with some experience in the Tatra Mountains.

From Hala Gąsienicowa follow the blue trail up to Czarny Staw Gąsienicowy, then the blue one to Skrajny Granat.

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