Affordable Hiking Tarails in Tatra Mountains during winter
The Tatra Mountains are an incredibly gorgeous Polish mountain range. They look absolutely stunning in both summer and winter. Because of this, it’s no wonder they attract crowds of tourists, who go hiking in these mountains every year. While the Tatras are breathtaking in the summer, they gain a completely different perspective in the winter. It’s difficult to imagine anything more delightful than hiking in the Tatra Mountains in winter and admiring its spectacular snowy landscapes.
The trail to Rusinowa Polana
Rusinowa Polana is an iconic place in the High Tatras. This is where many people begin their hiking adventure in the Tatra Mountains. And they also come back here often to admire the unique panorama of the giant mountains.
The green trail from Wierch Poroniec to Rusinowa Polana is 3.2 kilometers long, and it only takes 1 hour to get one way through the trail. Once you get there, you will be so amazed with the views, that you might want to stay there for the entire afternoon. This is a very easy and pleasant trail, which doesn’t have any higher elevations. That’s why Rusinowa Polana is an excellent choice for families with children.
The trail to Morskie Oko
There’s probably no need to convince anyone for a trip to Morskie Oko – the most popular and beautiful pond in the Tatra Mountains. The views in this place are absolutely delightful, and in the wnter there are less people than in the summer.
This route begins at Palenica Białczańska, and it takes roughly 4-5 hours to get through it both ways. You have to walk 7.8 kilometers one way to get from Palenica Bialczanska to Morskie Oko. From Palenica you can also join the highlanders, who will take you to Wlosienica for a small fee. From there, you will only have to walk 1.6 kilometers to Morskie Oko. Although this route is relatively easy, there might be someminor difficulties along the way.
The trail through the Chocholowska Valley
The Chocholowska Valley is the largest and longest valley in the Polish Tatra Mountains, with the length of approximately 10 kilometers. It is an excellent place for gentle walks with children or older people, and at the same time it offers breathtaking views at any time of year.
You can begin your trip through the Chocholowska Valley at the parking lot by Polana Siwa. After purchasing the ticket to the Tatra Mountain National Park, you go along Siwa Polana, where you can see cultural sheep gazing and try original shepherd’s products in a local shepherd’s hut.
You can also supplement your hiking trip with a visit to Grzes – an incredibly picturesque peak, from which you can admire the entire Western Tatras. This peak is very easy to reach and offers some truely breathtaing views.
The trail to the Ornak Mountain Hall
One of the easiest and most attractive hikes in the Tatra Mountains is a trip to Ornak. Here, you can not only visit some spectacular valleys, but also climb the surrounding peaks. Ornak has many different meanings in the Tatras. This is the name of a mountain shelter located in the Koscieliska Valley, as well as a long ridge that surrounds the valley.
You can begin this trip from Kiry, next to the wooden „Harnas” inn Along the way, you will pass by Kantak’s Gate, and later alongside the Wyznia Kira Mietusia meadow. After passing by Stare Koscieliska, the path leads to another narrowing, which creates the so-called Kraszewski’s Gate.
The trail through the Koscieliska Valley
The Koscieliska Valley is one of the most popular, attractive and eagerly visited valleys in the
Tatra Mountains. It is an excellent place for a hike for all groups of tourists. Thanks to numerous additional attractions, you can visit it in various way and at any time of year. The Koscieliska Valley creates a long and deep rock gorge with the length of roughly 9 kilometers. The entrance to this valley is located in Kiry. It is part of the Tatra Mountain National Park, so yuo’ll have to purchase a ticket.
Less than 1 kilometer away from the entrance there is one of several local gates known as Kantak’s Gate, where during World War II the Germans planned to create a dam for the waters of the Koscielisko stream. Behind Kantak’s Gate there is the Wyznia Kira Mietusia, where you can see cultural grazing of sheep, as well as buy some smokd cheese in the shepherd’s hut.
The trail to Sarnia Skala
Sarnia Skala, which is famous for the gorgeous panorama of Podhale and the magnificent views at the northern walls of Giewont, is a popular tourist destination at any time of year. Because it’s not very demanding, it can be recommended to anyone, even families with children.
You can begin your hike to Sarnia Skala in front of the entrance to the Strazyska Valley But rather than entering the valley itself, you should follow the Pod Reglami road to the east, towards the Biala Valley. While walking at the edge of the forest, you can admire the stunning views of Zakopane and Gubalowka.
Later, you will reach a waterfall, where you can have a short break and then follow a path to the pass between Zameczki and Czerwona Przelecz.
The trail to Murowaniec and Czarny Staw
Hala Gasienicowa is one of the most popular tourist destination in the Polish Tatras. It’s definitely worth visiting because of the magnificent panorama of the Tatra Mountains. While following this trail you can visit the Murowaniec mountain shelter and take a walk to Czarny Staw Gasienicowy
You can get from Kuznice to the Murowaniec shelter by folllowing the yellow trail through the Jaworzynki Valley, or the blue trail through Boczan. In both cases, the hike will last approximately 2 hours. After arriving at Murowaniec and a short break, you can follow the blue trail and get to Czarny Staw in about half an hour.
Please have in mind that if you are planning to hiking in winter you have to prepare yourself differently than for hiking during summer. You have to remember that days are shorter so you have to plane your route accordinlgy.
In the winter equipment of the backpack you should find:
- a thermos with a hot drink,
- high-energy acids: bananas, nuts, bars,
- map in digital and/or digital version (e.g. map.cz application, where you can also provide offline maps),
- charged phone and powerbank,
- basic first aid kit with nrc blanket and sun cream,
- crayfish or crayfish,
- standard thermal jacket (fleece, sweater, softshell),
- sunglasses or goggles.