The High Tatras mountains are among the most rugged and spectacular in Europe, part of the granite Carpathian Range, rising to almost 2500m. The dramatic scenery, combined with a sophisticated network of footpaths, makes Poland a popular walking destination.We trek through valleys, past lakes and over ridges. The walking is demanding but rewarding, the terrain tough but beautiful, and the mountain hut we stay in for 2 nights is basic but friendly, clean and hospitable.One day we could ride the cable car up to Kasprowy Wierch and so begin our walk with 1,940m already under our belt. From here a broad and well-walked ridge path stretches westwards along the Polish/Slovakian border for 9km via the 2,000m tops of Kopa Kondracka and Krezesanica to Ciemniak. It’s easy to follow, mostly stony and firm underfoot, and the panoramic views down into each country are spectacular. The National Park is a pristine area with abundant wild flowers and animals. On the higher ground these include marmot, lynx and eagles, as well as the 60 or so bears that roam the park. They generally feed on berries, seeds and grasses and keep away from humans! The trip includes one free day when you can simply relax or perhaps take a trip out. Zakopane is only 2 hours away from the delights of Krakow, Poland’s most fascinating city. It is possible to visit the UNESCO salt mines and/ or the Auschwitz museum. Your guide will help organise these optional tours.
Price includes: 7 nights full board (5 hotel / 2 refuge); NP fees; gondola ride; airport transfer meeting certain flights; walks transport. Single room available on 5 nights – total supplement of £70.
Not included: flight to Krakow