Polish Tatra Mountains – part 2!

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Hi! 🙂 It’s time to present the last 4 routes from Polish Tatra Mountains. Two of them were very difficult and challenging; they were carried out in my beloved High Tatras at the altitude of over 2000 m above the sea level. Of course we organised easier excursions between those two – just to let our legs rest and stay in shape at the same time.

After loading all the pictures here I was terrified of their amount 😛 but, honestly, if I were to choose the best photos and remove the rest, I couldn’t do that. The Tatra Mountains are magnificient and deserve as good factual documentation as possible! 😀

So let’s start with the charming Valley of Jaworzynka… looks quite innocent? The real fun will begin soon 😀ImageImage

Here you can see Giewont on the right (this is the most popular peak in Polish Tatra Mountains) and some of the Red Peaks on the left (described in the previous post)

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You can see Zakopane here – the town at the foot of the Tatras (and the vague Babia Góra massif at the horizon)

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The High Tatras finally! The characteristic massif a little bit to the left, reminding of the eagle wings a bit, is Kozi Wierch – the Goat Peak; the summit sticking out in the centre is Kościelec (no idea how to translate it into English 😉 ). The tremendous mount to the right is Świnica (2301 m above the sea level). Świnica is the third of the highest peaks in Poland.

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You can see the tourist hostel of Murowaniec (very popular in Tatra Mountains) and the Kościelec Peak behind it at this picture.

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I could admire (and take pictures of 🙂 ) this view of Kościelec and Świnica forever!

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OK, the serious journey begins right here! On our way to the Świnicka Gap through the beautiful Green Gąsienicowa Valley 🙂

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Świnica from a different perspective

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The Green Gąsienicowa Valley is full of smaller and bigger ponds. This is the largest of them – the Green Gąsienicowy Pond with ist turquoise and clear waters. A perfect place to stop for a while.

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Going up!

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The Valley with its ponds from the track to the Świnicka Gap

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The mighty Świnica, towering over the Valley…makes you feel respect.

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Since we have reached the Świnicka Gap, now we have to climb Świnica – you can see on the picture below what kind of a “walk” is it 😉 bare rocks, vertical walls, chains and holdfasts. Quite dangerous.

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After one hour we reach the peak itself.  The views are breathtaking 😀

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The High Tatras landscapes – rough, severe and perilous

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So now we go down to another Gap – Zawrat, where the track of Orla Perć (The Eagle Path) – the most challenging route of Tatras – begins.

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The Gap of Zawrat and its view on the Valley of the Five Polish Ponds (here you can see two of them)

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A short rest and here we go down again! A dangerous path, too.

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The end of the expedition at the end of the day: the last sun beams on the rocks of Kościelec and Świnica.

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The next day we rest and took only a 4-hour walk through the Valley of Mała Woda (the Valley of the Small Water) to the gorgeous clearing called Przysłop Miętusi (I know, Polish language is difficult, and especially these highlander names 🙂 )

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The next day we planned to take the Eagle Path, but the plan was not complete. We wanted to climb the Goat Peak, which stands the highest summit of the Eagle Path, and then continue our excursion, and see how far we can go.

We begin early in the morning! 🙂ImageImage

First we have to reach the Valley of the Five Polish Ponds, and this track leads us there.

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And here we are. The Valley of the Five Polish Ponds is undeniably the most beautiful of all Polish valleys, with the highest location, too: it is situated at the altitude of 1625-1900 m above the sea level.

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The Goat Peak. Tthat is right – we are heading there! 😀

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Beautiful Gentiana flowers growing by the path

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In my opinion the trail to the Goat Peak is one of the hardest and most exhausting in Polish Tatras.

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But you can easily forget it when you turn your back and see what lies ahead!

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After hard climbing for about 1,5 hour we reach the summit. The Goat Peak is the highest mountain located completely within Polish borders. It is 2191 m high and for me it is simply marvellous – it is the most beautiful place in the whole world. You can feel here as standing at the top of the world!

The view on Świnica and one of the Polish PondsImage

Three of the Polish Ponds

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The other side: the Black Gąsienicowy Pond

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We go to the Granaty Peaks.

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One last look at the Valley of Five Polish Ponds

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A time to make a decision came. On one hand I long to see the further parts of the Eagle Path again, but, on the other hand we ran out of food and water supplies and it’s 4 pm. We would reach the Krzyżne Gap (the last part of the Eagle Path) in 2 hours. It’s getting dark between 6 and 7 pm and there still would be a perilous route before us – and it’s no fun taking the path down to the Valley in the dark. We decide to take a path down to the Black Gąsienicowy Pond (it it situated in the Black Gąsienicowa Valley on the other side of the Eagle Path massif). We just take a glance on how our trail would look like if it was early enough:

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..and after a moment, we go this way 😛 horrible!

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The Black Gąsienicowy Pond

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The Goat Peak again, from a different perspective

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And the Granaty Summits

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The next day we needed some rest, so we chose the lovely Rusinowa Clearing with its fabulous views.

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Hmmm..after that it doesn’t look so easy anymore. We wanted to climb Gęsia Szyja (if translated directly into English it would be a Goose Neck – and while climbing it I suddenly remembered why it is called so. Because it is, like a goose neck, long and vertical! 😛 ). The views you can admire from this point are gorgeous, though.

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The next place we visited that day was Waksmundzka Rówień Clearing.

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Somewhere in the woods

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I was very happy to discover a very rare lichen – Usnea sp. 😀

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Having fun on a bridge 😉

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When we were going back home to Wrocław, I felt a bit disappointed. What?! I had planned so many expeditions and we carried out only a few of them! 😛 Well, I’m so happy that we could do what was possible and I’m waiting for another chance to wander in those wonderful places once again. Have a nice weekend 🙂

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