Tag: Tatra Mountains

Tag: Tatra Mountains

Rock climbing in Poland


Mid Grade Rock Climbing

Just 2.5 hours away from Krakow with some of the best dentists and dental clinics in Poland, you will find the Tatras; which provide excellent opportunities for climbing in Poland. For those of you coming to Poland for dental treatment who also enjoy the great outdoors and activities such as skiing, climbing & hiking, Tatra is the perfect destination.

Zakopane

One of the most popular locations in Poland to rock climb is Zakopane in the Tatra Moutains. Every year, climbers from all over the world arrive at Zakopane and take on the many climbs available.

Morskie Oko

Many climbers take the 10 km cart ride to Morskie Oko which is a beautiful lake located in the Hight Tatras at around 1395 m. The horse and cart journey is very scenic and follows a beautiful stream called Rybi Potok. On arrival at Morskie Oko, you can choose to be accommodated in a chalet with food and beds for the night.

Czarny Staw

In the winter, the lake freezes and you can walk across it to climb the trail at the other side of the lake to Czarny Staw. This leads to another lake some 200 meters above Morskie Oko. From Czarny Staw one can walk around the lake to begin the accent of Rysy which is the highest mountain in Poland at 2499 m. The average climb time is around 4 hours.

The climbing around here tends to be in the higher grades, and to get the most out of the area you should be comfortably operating at UIAA VI or above.

Challenging Climbs

The most difficult mountain to climb in the area is Mieguszowiecki Szczyt at 2409 m and this climb is described as challenging even for experienced climbers.

Morskie Oko is the starting point for mountaineering climbs. As the mountains are all within view. One follows the trails and then climbs the mountain they choose. It is usually a four to six hour climb up any mountain and the same time descending. Winter climbing is harsh as the wind is strong on top of the mountains. Climbers bring crampons and ice axes. Snow can be two to three feet deep, or up to one meter. You must be watchful of avalanches.

Other climbs include Mnich, 2069 m and Cubryna, 2323 m.

From Zakopane you can see Giewont, the sleeping knight. You can hike to Giewont in about two to three hours. There is a small chalet which serves food about half way to Giewont. The climb is not that difficult and is ideal for beginners.

Weather

Weather can change fast in the mountains and it has been known to snow in June. Lightning can also be a problem in the summer. Most climbers start climbing early in the morning. From the tops of the mountains, you can see most of the High Tatras on a clear day.


Zakopane


The Winter Capital of Poland

Zakopane is a town in southern Poland. The location is informally known as “the Winter Capital of Poland,” and lies in the southern part of the Podhale region at the foot of the Tatra Mountains, the only alpine mountain range in the Carpathian Mountains.

The town is located in southern Poland near the Slovak border. It can be reached by train or bus from Krakow, which is about two and a half hours away.

It lies in a large valley between the Tatra Mountains and Gubałówka Hill. It is the most important Polish center of mountaineering and skiing, and is visited annually by some three million tourists. The most important alpine skiing locations are Kasprowy Wierch, Nosal and Gubałówka Hill.

It also has the highest elevation (800-1,000 m) of any town in Poland. The central point of the town is at the junction of Krupówki and Kościuszko Streets.

Championships

Zakopane hosted the Nordic World Ski Championships in 1929, 1939, and 1962; the winter Universiades in 1956, 1993, and 2001; the biathlon World Championship; several ski jumping world cups; and several Nordic combined, Nordic and Alpine European Cups. It hosted the Alpine World Ski Championships in 1939, the first outside the Alps and the last official world championships prior to World War II.

The town recently made unsuccessful bids to host the 2006 Winter Olympics and the 2011 and 2013 Alpine World Ski Championships.

Climbing, Skiing & Hiking

Climbers from all over Europe travel to Zakopane to climb in the High Tatras and thousands of people arrive in Zakopane to go skiing in the winter, especially around Christmas and in February.

Zakopane has many hiking trails and ski slopes. This makes Zakopane a tourism mecca for all seasons. The downtown bustles with outdoor wear shops and ski rental stores. Tourists come here in large numbers in summer and during the Christmas and New Year Season.


Tatra Mountains


The Tatras

The Tatra Mountains, Tatras or Tatra, constitute a mountain range which forms a natural border between Slovakia and Poland. They occupy an area of 750 km², the major part (600 km²) of which lies in Slovakia. The highest mountain is Gerlach at 2,655 m, located in Slovakia just north of Poprad. The north-western peak of Rysy (2,499 m) is the highest Polish mountain.

Alpine Landscape in Poland

The Tatras are the highest mountain range in the Carpathian Mountains. Although considerably smaller than the Alps, they are classified as having an alpine landscape. Their high mountain character, combined with great accessibility, makes them popular with tourists and scientists.

The area is a well-known winter sports area and includes the resort of Zakopane, the “Winter Capital” of Poland.

Temperatures

Temperatures range from -40 °C in the winter to 33 °C in warmer months. Temperatures also vary depending on altitude and sun exposure of a given slope. Temperatures below 0 °C last for 192 days on the summits. Maximum snow thickness on the summit amounts to around 320 cm (125 in) in March. Peaks are sometimes covered with snow throughout the year. Avalanches are frequent.

Fauna & Flora

The Tatra Mountains are home to many species of animals including Tatra chamois, marmot, snow vole, brown bear, wolf, Eurasian lynx, red deer, roe deer, and wild boar. There is also a diverse variety of plants.

Skiing in the Tatra Mountains

For skiers, the Kasprowy Wierch Peak is serviced by cable-car, and there are chairlifts in the Goryczlowa and Gasienicowa valleys. For hikers, there are 250 kilometres of trails in the park, ranging from leisurely strolls to hair-raising ascents for serious climbers. Entrance to the valleys is possible by bus, but from there you must continue on foot to the heart of the Tatras. Mountain bikes are permitted only on a few paths. Owing to the unpredictability of Mother Nature, there are basic safety precautions which are essential to bear in mind.

Hiking in the Tatra Mountains

With the collapse of the Iron Curtain, border relations are now freer than ever. Thus for dedicated hikers, the opportunity to explore the region in depth is very much an option. Poles are the first to say how wonderful the Slovakian Tatras are, and it’s well worth bearing this in mind if you want to get a full flavour of this wild region.

Probably the easiest way to get to the Polish side of the Tatras is to take a plane to Krakow and then take the train (five hours) to Zakopane. If you want to get to the Slovak side then Bratislava airport is currently rebranding itself as a low-cost hub (Vienna East!). Alternatively, Vienna to Bratislava is only about an hour and-a-half by train. From Bratislava take the train via Poprad to Stary Smokovec. Poprad also has an airport.


Skiing in Poland


The clever alternative

When considering a skiing holiday, most people automatically think about France or Italy. Holidays of this type are usually limited to just one per year due to the high costs associated with skiing and staying in a ski resort. If you are coming to Poland as a dental tourist and you also enjoy winter sports, why not combine the two? – Save a fortune on your dental treatment and also enjoy skiing in Poland.

Many people are switching onto the fact that Poland offers superb skiing opportunities for professionals and beginners; which are highly affordable, resulting in ski fans having the opportunity to maybe get away twice per year or perhaps even more!

In Poland, you can find a wide range of ski slopes catering for skiers and snowboarders, a massive number of scenic walking routes and accommodation at prices that will make you smile! Prices are disproportionately low compared to the standard of accommodation, services and attractions provided. Those skiing holidays you used to take in France & Italy will soon become a distant memory.

Every year, millions of Poles and an increasing number of international tourists flock to the south of Poland to enjoy time out in the Polish mountains during both the winter and summer season.

The Tatra Mountains, Tatras or Tatra, constitute a mountain range which forms a natural border between Slovakia and Poland. It is here that you will find Poland’s ski resorts, the most well known resort being Zakopane, the Winter Capital of Poland.

Skiing experience

For the professional skiers amongst you wondering if the area can really offer you the type of skiing experience you crave for, it is worthwhile understanding that Zakopane hosted the Nordic World Ski Championships in 1929, 1939, and 1962. It also hosted the winter Universiades in 1956, 1993, and 2001; the biathlon World Championship; several ski jumping world cups; and several Nordic combined, Nordic and Alpine European Cups.

It hosted the Alpine World Ski Championships in 1939, the first outside the Alps and the last official world championships prior to World War II.

Polish mountains

The Polish mountains include a wide variety of resorts – from bustling fashionable towns such as Zakopane to smaller, atmospheric villages. You can also choose from a whole range of slopes equipped with modern facilities, accessible for experienced skiers and beginners.

In the west, on the Czech border, are the Karkonosze (max. 1,600 metres) and the picturesque ski resorts of Karpacz and Szklarska Poreba. Right in the middle is the Beskid (max. 1,200 metres) and three ski resorts especially popular among skiers: Szczyrk, Wisla and Ustron.

Further to the east, on the border with Slovakia, is the High Tatra Mountains (max. 2,400 metres) with the best-known town of Zakopane – the winter capital of Poland. This lovely little town is extremely busy in the winter, with a fun centre and easy access to the ski lifts in Butorowy Wierch, Kasprowy Wierch, and Nosal.