Summit Rysy on this spectacular hut to hut trekking holiday through the High Tatras Mountains in Poland and Slovakia, plus explore Krakow.
Straddling the border between Poland and Slovakia, the magnificent High Tatras are the highest part of the spectacular Carpathian Mountains and present a genuine wilderness setting for trekking adventures. This secret side of Europe is home to a stunning alpine landscape where excellent trails link together comfortable and scenically-located mountain refuges. In short, the High Tatras are perfect for anyone looking for a classic KE mountain holiday.
We have an introductory hike in the picturesque Strazyska Valley before paying a visit to the Polish mountain town of Zakopane. Next, we hike up to the spectacular lake of Morskie Oko on Rysy’s north side and cross a high pass into the beautiful 'Polish Five Lakes Valley'. We then hike to the famously scenic Rusinowa Meadow for yet another jaw-dropping panorama of the Tatras, before transferring around to Strbske Pleso on the Slovakian side of the range. Climbing Rysy (2499m) from this side is no less special than the northern approach and the trails are generally less busy. Additionally, by hiking up from and back to our lake-side accommodation at Paprodske Pleso, we can leave most of our gear in our rooms and enjoy the day unencumbered. Two further days of trekking take us back across the ‘White Tatras’ via an overnight at the remote Pri Zelenom Hut and we end our incredible journey with a night in the colourful UNESCO-listed city of Krakow. If you are looking for a real hut-to-hut trekking adventure which combines two of Europe’s most welcoming countries, remote mountain overnights and superb wilderness landscape all topped off with a laid-back medieval city – then this is the perfect choice.