Polish Tatra Mountains – part 1

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The Tatras – the highest mountain range of the Carpathians, are my beloved mountains for years. There was a time, when I used to visit them regulary for several seasons, and always stayed there for at least 2 weeks – long enough to discover them quite well. I adore the whole range, but I am particulary impressed by the High Tatras – their severe, beautiful and simultaneusly perilous landscapes. Of course, it was not enough for me to admire the high and lofty peaks from the ground – I had to hike them myself! And so first I took part, and then organised trips in those marvellous scenes.

I missed the Tatra Mountains when I could not travel there, and I was extremely happy when an opportunity to visit them appeared this very September. We stayed in Zakopane (a town at the foot of the Tatra Mountains) for 8 days and, thanks to good weather, managed to carry out 7 great trips. I am going to show you how fabulous the mountains are in this, and the following, post. Just prepare yourself! 🙂

The first day we appeared in Zakopane, we climbed the Nosal Peak – the route is short and rather easy, but the views are beautiful. Tourists choose to climb the Nosal when they are beginners at mountain hiking or just want to acclimate. The peak is 1206 m above the sea level.

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The next expedition was to the Czerwone Wierchy (The Red Peaks). That day the weather was very unsteady – as a matter of fact, there was a possibility of heavy showers every moment and the wind was very strong and shrill, especially at the height of 2000 m above the sea level. The breathtaking views made up for all the non-conveniences, though.

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For the first time in my life I saw a flock of Rupicapra rupicapra – chamois or mountain goats. At the slopes of the first of the Red Peaks (Kondracka Kopa – 2005 m above the sea level)

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Another 2 peaks (Małołączniak – 2096 m above the sea level and Krzesanica – 2122 m above the sea level)

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The Giewont Peak and the Kondracka Kopa Peak from Małołączniak

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The Red Peaks lichens

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On the way to Krzesanica

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The Krzesanica Peak

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Krzesanica from the way to the last of the Red Peaks – the Ciemniak Peak (2096 m above the sea level)

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On the Ciemniak Peak

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After long and at times wearisome wandering we decided to choose an easier track, and the next day went for a walk in one of the most charming valleys of the Tatra Mountains – the Kościeliska Valley.

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The Kościeliski Brook

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You can see the Red Peaks from the Valley

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The next post is going to be about the most exciting trips – to the particulary difficult and dangerous parts of Polish Tatra Mountains. It will appear very soon :> I hope you will be happy to see the pictures! So long 🙂

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