Tatras of Poland Trek Picture 1
Tatras of Poland Trek Picture 1

Next departure:  30/06/2021

Best Time of Year: 

Max alt:  1895m

Dist:  30km

Min age:  18

Duration:  4

Trek the Tatras of Poland

Trek Adventure

Prepare yourself to be captivated by the spectacular environment that is the Tatras of Poland. You will be trekking out of the traditional village of Zakopane with it's beautiful sloping red roofs and horse and carts. Climb up on to the Szczerba mountain pass and through the Kondratowa valley with dolomite and limestone cliffs and caves surrounding you. Upon reaching the summit of Weilki Giewont, that looks like a lying knight and is full of local folklore, you will then venture out to traverse the spectacular Polish/Slovakian border known as the Suche Czuby ridge line with one foot in either country.

This two day trek will take you out of the ski resort of Zakopane to the local folklore peak of Weilki Giewont (1895m), and on through the Kondratowa valley for your overnight stay at Refuge Kalatowki (1200m). You will commence your 2nd day by ascending the steep Wdok Myslenickie Turnie ridgeline to gain the incredibly expansive view along the Suche Czuby ridge line that goes on for 37km seperating the border of Poland and Slovakia. The trek will predominantly walking along moderate technicality trails— although from time to time we may encounter some slightly more difficult scrambling sections to allow us to reach the higher ridges. We will then descend back pass the reguge to pick up you overnight bags and descend down the Bystra Gorge into Zakopane for well deserved celebrations. 



Day 1 – Fly to Kracow. Transfer (2hrs) to Zakopane.

Afternoon walk. (16.00-18.00)

Day 2 – Trek Zakopane (750m) to Wielki Giewont to Refuge Kalatowki (1200m)

Day 3 –  Refuge to Zakopane via Czuba ridge. Peak - Kasprowy Wierch.

Day 4 –   Transfer to Kracow. Fly to UK         

*mountain itinerary subject to hut availability


Route Map


On the first and last nights we shall be using a simple hotel in Zakopane which is one of the main trekking and adventure activity centres in this part of Poland. You will have clean comfortable rooms with bed linen provided and washing facilities (most probably en-suite). In the mountains we shall be staying in a mountain refuge. You will be able to leave your ovnight bag whilst trekking on day 2 and then pick this up on descent down. 


What is a Level 3.5 Trekking Challenge Like?

These challenges are either longer, higher, or span several days. In the case of single day events, you can expect up to 12 hours trekking. In the case of a multi day trek, you can expect lower daily durations - but of course - the effort is sustained over a longer period. You need to be keen on physical exercise for these events, and to enjoy taking exercise, and to do it regularly. Longer duration long haul treks are likely to be easier in terms of the physical walking, however, you will need to be more resilient - due to simple living conditions - ie using same clothes for several days, lack of washing facilities, simple food, and maybe camping - this forms an integral part of the challenge.


How Fit Do I need to be to join a Level 3.5 ‘Trek’?

You need to have good endurance for these events. You must be used to doing very long walks in the countryside - 7 hours + . You should be doing regular exercise - possibly with some running. Your running speed will be around 10-11 minute miling, and you should be able to run a minimum of 4 to five miles. If you do not run, you should be concentrating on other types of exercise - but for longer periods of time (i.e. sessions in excess of 1.5 hrs.) - these other forms of exercise should be at a moderate to high level.


Medical Issues

Please note, it is extremely important for this physical challenge that you are in good health. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, please consider carefully whether you should be joining the challenge. Please ensure you fill in the booking form accurately and honestly, this is important. In the case of serious conditions (epilepsy, diabetes, heart conditions, recent illness or operations), please discuss the challenge with your GP. Please also ensure you notify us of any allergies or similar.

You should be used to walking reasonable distances each day to contemplate this trek. It requires stamina and good aerobic fitness - but good willpower will also come in handy! Failure to disclose medical conditions is a serious omission - that could have serious repercussions on any of our challenges.


Visas / Redtape

When travelling abroad you may require a Visa. Please check the Travcour website (www.travcour.com) for up to date Visa information. Here they can advise you on the best action to take. If you require further information please don't hesitate to contact the Café.


Included In Trip

Transfers to/from Kracow, 2 nights in clean, comfortable hotel or pension (B&B style) including breakfast, 1 night in a mountain refuge, first aid trained UK qualified mountain leader.


Excluded From Trip

International Airfares - please ask if you require assistance with flights and we should be able to offer well priced flights with good connections. Excludes transfers in UK to airport. Lunches and evening meals.


Equipment Required

Water Purification Tablets, Suncream, Blister Repair Kit
Plasters, Vaseline, Rehydration Salts
Painkillers, Sunbloc, Insect Repellant

Pack Towel (lifesystems recommended), Soap (small bar)
Shampoo (not a full size bottle!)
Toothbrush, Toothpaste (small size)

Hill Walking Items
Sleeping Bag - 2/3 season rated to 0° C comfort rating or sleeping bag liner (silk or cotton)
Medium Sized Rucksack - lined with waterproof bags
Rucksack Liner(s) / Plastic Liner(s) for Rucksack
Bladder System (highly recommended - or other water bottles e.g. exercise bottle/Nalgene bottle)
Walking Poles (highly recommended)
Sun Hat (wide brimmed), Neck Scarf
Snack Foods - we recommend good slow burning items - nuts, dried fruit, cereal bars etc.

Warm Clothing
Lightweight Fleece, Medium Weight Fleece, Lightweight Gloves
Heavy Gloves (mitten type recommended), Fleece Hat

Trek Clothing
Long Cotton Trekking Trousers, 1 Pair Tracksuit Bottoms
Comfortable Trekking Shirts (long/short sleeved)
Walking Boots (broken in with ankle protection)
Walking Socks, Liner Socks
Underwear, 1 Change of Casual Evening Wear

Outer Fully Waterproof Jacket (Gore-tex, E-vent)
Outer Waterproof Bottoms

Toilet Roll / Pack of Travel Tissues, Spare Lace
Camera, Film / Memory Card / Spare Battery
Travel Documents, EHIC Travel Card
Travel Insurance (compulsory)

Wallet, Credit Cards, Cash
Sunglasses, Spare Comfortable Shoes
Penknife, Mobile Phone (packed in a plastic bag deep inside your day pack!)
Emergency Rations (energy foods - for the tough days on trek)
Head Torch with spare batteries and bulb


Kit Hire

It is possible to hire equipment via our specialist kit hire providers Outdoor Hire Ltd. We have negotiated a 10% discount for all our mountain challengers.


Safety Information

By nature all activities contain an element of risk.Your leader will be first aid qualified and will carry the appropriate safety kit for the activity, such as mountain safety shelters, walking rope and from time to time mobile radios. Safety equipment carried will be appropriate to trip. The leader's primary role is to ensure your safety, but it is your responsibility to listen to their guidance and instructions.



Summer daytime temperatures in Poland at sea level or at the bottom of the mountains can reach 30 degrees. Higher in the mountains temperatures will reduce. You should be prepared for both extreme heat and sunshine but also for cold and wet conditions.


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To Reserve Your Space on this Challenge

You should fill in the Google Form - linked here below, and then please call us on 01823 444 246 to advise of your payment method. We can accept card payments over the phone, or Bank Transfer. Please note that your space is not confirmed until you have received your booking receipt.

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