| Introduction |
Here is your chance to trek through one of the finest mountain areas Europe has to offer - the Tatras. Forming the highest and most majestic part of the Carpathian Chain, the Tatras also create form a natural barrier dividing Slovakia and the Czech Republic from Poland. No trek can truly claim to show you the Tatras without visiting both sides of the border - and that is just what we are going to do. This superb trip will give you an insight into the fabulous areas on both side of the border, with stunning walks including ascents of the highest summits of both the Polish and Slovak Tatra.
Our trip starts with sight-seeing in Cracow, the ancient capital of Poland. On the way to Zakopane, in the Polish Tatra, we visit the unique Wieliczka salt mines where a great chapel with alter and statues has been carved entirely out of the crystal salt.
Now for some energetic mountain walking days! We start with a warm up trip through the Koscieliska valley with its unique limestone scenery, cliffs and caves. Then we tackle the main ridge and some of its easier summits. After crossing the Zawrat pass we trek through the isolated Valley of the Five Lakes to Moskie Oko, "the Eye of the Sea", a gem of a lake. From the lodge here we ascend Rysy, 2499m, the highest peak in the Polish Tatras. The next day we transfer to Slovakia for a long walk up the Medodoly valley to bring us to the Brynclova Hut, a magnificent mountain setting. A steep ascent out of the valley over the Baranie pass offers dramatic views of precipitous Lomnity Stit. After a night in the small health resort we continue through rugged landcape to Sliesky Dom. From here we have an option to ascend Gerlach, (2654m), the highest summit; this is a demanding, yet fun, scramble.
After the splendour of the mountains we go off to the wonderful city of Prague with its wealth of Gothic and Baroque architecture.
Traverse of High Tatra & Prague