The Polish Tatra Mountains: Trail Descriptions for Advanced Hikers

Updated on February 6, 2018
Virginia Matteo profile image

Viriginia is an experienced hiker. She goes to the Tatra Mountains in Poland every summer.

Source

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.

Not what you were looking for?

Too difficult? Click here for easier trails

Too easy? Click here for something more challenging.

Questions & Answers

    Comments

      0 of 8192 characters used
      Post Comment

      • profile image

        Jared 

        4 days ago

        Hi! Awesome info and videos you have here. How do you get to the trailheads? What sort of transportation is there?

      working

      This website uses cookies

      As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, skyaboveus.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

      For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://skyaboveus.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

      Show Details
      Necessary
      HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
      LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
      Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
      AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
      Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
      CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
      Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
      Features
      Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
      Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
      Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
      Marketing
      Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
      Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
      Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
      Statistics
      Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
      ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)