Rapid Rafting on the Dunajec

The Rapid Rafting takes place on the Dunajec river and goes through the famous Dunajec Gorge in the Pieniny Mountains. This is a more extreme version of the Dunajec rafting and is on an inflatable river rafting pontoons. You will be provided with all safety ecquipment for the trip. Definitely the most fun way to experience the beautiful Dunajec Gorge.

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Cancellation should be done via email to info@rakatravel.com.
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RakaTravel will however not be able to refund any of the deposit if a cancellation is made with less than 60 days notice.
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The apartment will be available from 3pm, however, if possible, we will always try to accommodate clients arriving early. It is important that we have your correct arrival time, which will be confirmed with you prior to your arrival, otherwise your check-in might be delayed.
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Departure time is between 8:00-10:00 am, the exact departure time will be confirmed on arrival or during the stay. It is important that we have your correct departure time, which will be confirmed with you prior to your departure, otherwise your check-out might be delayed.
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Should the customer lose the keys to the apartment, they shall promptly notify the agency representative of this fact. A fee of PLN 200 shall be charged for lost keys or remote control. The guest shall be legally and otherwise liable for the use of the apartment during their stay therein, and in particular, they shall comply with the rules valid in the entire building.
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About Us

Who we are




Retha. I am from South Africa and lived there for 18 years before moving to London, where I stayed about 12 years. In this time I developed a great passion for travelling and exploring new places. Now I enjoy helping other travellers have great experiences on their travels by welcoming them to Zakopane and their chosen accommodation, providing all the needed info on activities or offering tours around the area. I enjoy taking our guests hiking or food tasting as those are my favourite things to do in the area.












Karolina. I am from Zakopane and loved growing up here. My roots are here and even though I have lived in London and Berlin I missed my hometown, the views, the mountains and all the outdoor activities so easily accessible from here. I have a good eye for detail and work tirelessly with apartment owners to prepare their apartments for short term holiday rentals. I ensure that our guests have the best experience possible in neat, clean well equipped apartments. In the winter I take our guests skiing and teach them the tricks on the slopes.



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Kulig

Kulig

The horse sleigh ride with a bonfire and grilled sausages is an old Polish winter tradition suitable for groups of friends or familes. The trip includes a pick-up from your apartment, transport to the Chochołowska Valley and back to the apartment.

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Ski Slopes

Zakopane is the perfect place for beginner and intermediate skiers to learn and practise their skills. We've put together a list of some of the main slopes in the area and the best places to go.

Cross Country lessons

Cross Country lessons

Cross country is a fun, all body workout winter sport. There are some well prepared routes around Zakopane and we have very good intructors to help you on your way. For those of you seeking to learn a new skill or try a different winter sport this is the perfect start. It is not necessary to be able to ski before you learn how to cross country ski. 

Husky Rides

Husky Rides

The winter husky ride trips in a valley near Zakopane is one of our faviourite trips. Explore the winter landscape, eat some local smoked cheese at an authentic Bacowka and ride on a sleigh pulled by Huskies, sounds like the perfect trip. We will pick you up from your apartment, drive you to the nearby valley and your husky sleigh ride and deliver you back to your apartment.

Ski + Snowboard lessons

Ski + Snowboard lessons

Zakopane and the surrounding area is really good for beginner skiing or snowboarding. The slopes are in general not difficult and most are wide and provide enough space for complete beginners to learn. We work with some of the best intructors in Zakopane and provide profesional lessons with transport to and from the slopes.

Ski Tour Trip

Ski Tour Trip

Ski Touring has become increasingly more popular in recent years and Zakopane and the surrounding Tatra mountains offer some of the best conditions. Ski touring offers a good workout when walking the skis up and then great pleasure when riding down again, especially in fresh powder. We offer trips for complete beginners to very experienced skiers. The trip includes transport and equipment.

Ice Climbing trip

Ice Climbing trip

Ice climbing is becoming more popular for those visiting the Tatra mountains and looking to try something new.  The course is only available some winter months so be sure to check with us. The trip includes tranport to the forzen waterfall or choosen area for climb. 

Snowmobiling

Snowmobiling

Snowmobile rides are one of the most fun winter activities in the area. It's your chance to experience the winter landscape while enjoying this adventure ride. The trips all take place in the Witow or Gubałówka Hill area and offer some beautiful views of the surrounding winter landscape and the Tatra mountains.

Open World Racing

Open World Racing

We are collaborating with Open World Racing and put together a very exciting tour. For those who would like to participate in the Royal Half Marathon Krakow but would also like to see and experience some of the Polish culture and countryside. Join us for 5 days and 6 nights Kraków and Zakopane, Poland from October 12-18,2018 to experience, explore, race and give back!

Local smoked cheese tasting trip

Local smoked cheese tasting trip

Zakopane and the region are famous for the delicious smoked cheese called Oscypek. On this tour you will get a chance to see how it is made in a traditional bacowka (cheese hut), you will be able to taste the cheese in different forms including bundz, grilled and marinated. You will also get the chance to grill your own cheese in the traditional highlander hut. 

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Hiking routes

Zakopane is the gateway to the Tatras and with over 250km marked hiking routes we are spoilt for options. There are routes to suit each individual with long full day hikes or shorter half day routes. The hiking trails in the Tatras are well marked and easily accesible in the summer months, for winter hiking options we recommend that you consult with us before you choose a trail. We also offer guided walks and winter or summer hiking trips.

Bicycle trips

Bicycle trips

Zakopane and the surrounding area offer many well marked cycling routes. We offer tailor-made cycling trips according to your ability and needs. The trips can be mostly around town or in the nearby valleys or a combination of both. We discuss the trips in length with you before the day and decide together which route to take. 

Rafting on the Dunajec

Rafting on the Dunajec

The Rafting takes place on the Dunajec river and goes through the famous Dunajec Gorge in the  Pieniny Mountains. Wooden rafts organized by the Pieniny Highlanders has been a tradition since the early 19th century and is a great way to experience the scenic beauty of the area. The day trip also gives you a chance to visit Niedzica Castle, build in the early 14th century on the edge of Lake Czorsztyn. There is also a quick stop at St. Michael Archangel's Church in Dębno, part of the UNESCO Wooden Church path through Southern Poland.

Hiking trips

Hiking trips

Zakopane and the surrounding area offer some of the best hiking routes in Poland and some of the most spectacular scenery. We offer tailor-made hiking trips according to your ability and needs. The trips can be mostly in the nearby valleys or to some of the higher peaks. We discuss the trips in length with you before the day and decide together which route to take. 

Mountain hiking and climbing trip

Mountain hiking and climbing trip

The Tatras offer some of the best hiking and climbing routes in Europe. Some of the routes are only reachable with an experience Tatra guide, they are not marked for tourists and offer some of the best views and climbing possibilities. There are also some climbs that are on marked trails but worth taking a guide. If you are experienced in hiking, you should definitely try our hiking and climbing trip to take your mountain hiking to the next level.

Zakopane Tour

Zakopane Tour

Experience all of the best sites and activities in Zakopne with a private tour guide and transport. The best way to really experience what Zakopane has to offer is to spend time with a local guide at some of the best-rated sites and activities in Zakopane. The day trip include sites like the Jaszczurówka Chapel, the ski jump area, Gubałówka hill or Butorowy Wierch and the old cemetery. This day trip can also be customised to suit our guests' individual needs.

Edu Tatry Tour

Edu Tatry Tour

We offer educational tours in the Tatra Mountains combined with experimental component and it is the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in the nature here. These educational tours provide an interesting approach to experience nature and also better your undertanding about tourist impact on the ecological enviroment. If you weren't already in love with nature you will be after this tour.

Restaurants Zakopane

Restaurants

Zakopane has some very good resturants which serve mainly tradtional cuisine. Here are some of our favourites. 

Kasprowy Wierch

Kasprowy Wierch

Taking the cable car up Kasprowy Wierch is a great way of seeing the Tatra National Park. The views from the ride itself are amazing and on top of the mountain you have the chance to be in both Poland and Slovakia at the same time. 

Airport Transfer

Airport Transfer

Looking to get to Zakopane from Krakow, without having to take the train to Krakow and then still a bus to Zakopane? Or would you like to be picked up from your apartment and straight to Krakow Airport? Book a private transfer with us.

Szymoszkowa

Location: Szymoszkowa is our faviourite ski slope around Zakopane. It's really close to town, has nice views over Zakopane and is good for beginngers and a bit more advanced skiers, although the pro's would get bored quite easily. It's a fun place too touch up on your technique.
How to get there: Take a mini bus from the main station towards Szymoszkowa or Kościeliska, you can't miss it. Or a taxi from the centre for around 15zl. From most central accomodation you can even just walk.
Ski Rental/Instruction: There are a few Ski Rental places as well as a Ski School with English speaking instructors.
Other facilities: Big parking area & many resturants. 
TIPS: 

Get there early as it can get very busy.
If the resturants at the bottom are packed try some on the top of the chairlift.They have much better views.
Great place for night skiing.
The top of the slope can be very bumpy so take it easy if you're not experienced.
You can use the Spa and pool facilities at Hotel Mercure Kasprowy at a day fee.

 

 
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Kasprowy Wierch

Kasprowy Wierch (1987m) is one of the most popular ski areas in the country and is suitable for rather advanced skiers. There are two slopes you can choose from - Gasienicowa and Goryczkowa
GasienicowaSlope - 1400 metres long with approximately 400m elevation difference. It is quite steep at the beginning and can be particularly difficult when icy. A four-person chairlift transports 2400 people per hour and it takes only 8 minutes to get to the top.
Goryczkowa Slope -2000 metres long with approximately 600m elevation difference. Two persons chair-lift takes 730 people per hour and it takes 15 minutes to get to the top.
Useful information
How to get there: Take the Cable Car from Kuznice. There is also the option to walk to 1 of the lifts.
Ski Rental/Instruction: There are a rentals at Kuznice and at the top of Kasprowy. You can also book instructors here but we would advise to book through us before hand to make sure you get an english speaking instructor for the dates you'd like.
Tips: 

Make sure to get to Kuznice early as is can be very busy. Or buy your ticket online before you go here.
Check out the map and try some of the different routes.
Buy only a cable car ticket up and ski/snowboard al the way down.

 
 
 
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Witow

Location: Situated 20 min drive from Zakopane, this is a very popular family slope with a small ski tow for kids and a 4 person chair lift. The slope is good for beginners and intermediettes looking to practise technique. There is also a snowpark area on the side of the slope for snowboard jumps. There are plenty of resturants around and also some snowmobiles for hire to keep everyone intertained.
How to get there: Driving there is pretty straight forward. There are plenty options for getting transport there and back from local busses or taxi's. Contact us for info on group transport or renting a car.
Ski Rental/Instruction: There are a rentals at Witow. You can also book instructors here but we would advise to book through us before hand to make sure you get an english speaking instructor for the dates you'd like.
Tips:

There are some good accomodation nearby so why not stay in the area for 1 night.
Book the snowmobiles in advance as it can get very busy.
They stay open untill 9pm so a good place for some night skiing.

  Witow also offer some of the best cross country skiing with a route link to Slovakia, contact us for more info.
 

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Białka Tatrzańska

Location: Białka Tatrzańska is about 30km from Zakopane. The best thing about this area is that you can connect wiht Bania, Kotelnica Białczańska and Kaniówka to get over 14km of ski routes with 18 different ski lifts. 
How to get there: Take a mini bus from the main station towards Białka Tatrzańska, it takes about 40min. In winter season the busses go from the main station almost every 30min. Contact us for taxi transfers (1-4 people = 80pln) or group transport.
Ski Rental/Instruction: There are a few Ski Rental places as well as a Ski School with English speaking instructors.
Other facilities: Big parking area & many resturants plus thermal pools and Spa area.
TIPS: 

Buy a Tatra Ski pass in advance
There are some excellent cross country skiing trails here, so good place to learn
Great place for night skiing.
You can buy a ticket for Kasprowy Wierch and the Thermal Spa's here, so a good idea could be to go up to Kasprowy Wierch in the morning, do some afternoon skiing At Białka Tatrzańska and then relax in the Spa afterwards.

 

 
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Tatranská Lomnica

Location: Tatranská Lomnica is about 50km from Zakopane and in Slovakia. It is however one of the best ski areas around and offer 12 km of fun slopes and a variety of lifts and resturants. It is great for experienced skiers and beginners. 
How to get there: Take a bus to Poprad and then from there to Tatranská Lomnica. Contact us for private transfers and pickups or group transport.
Ski Rental/Instruction: There are a few Ski Rental places as well as a Ski School with English speaking instructors.
Other facilities: Big parking area & many resturants plus some good accomodation nearby.
TIPS: 

Buy a Tatra Ski pass in advance
There are some excellent cross country skiing trails here, so good place to learn
Stay overnight to get a full day of skiing and experience the Slovakian hospitality.
There are also husky rides and snowmobile rides here, so enough fun for those that might not be up for skiing.

 

 
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Harenda

Location: Harenda is situated about 10 min drive from the centre of Zakopane and offers an easy learning area with normal drag ski lift and harder runs from the top of the chairlift.The main slope is quite steep with a 210m incline over 900m.
How to get there: Take a mini bus from the main station towards Harenda for 10zl or a cab from the centre for about 15zl. If you're arriving to Zakopane by car, take the right exit to Harenda just after the welcome to Zakopane sign.
Ski Rental/Instruction: There are a few Ski Rental places as well as a Ski School with English speaking instructors.
Other facilities: Parking & Resturants. *Depending on the snow conditions there are sometimes an ice ring; cross country track and ski park.
TIPS: 

Harenda has some of the best views over Zakopane so even if you're a beginner you should take the chairlift up atleast once.
You can walk to Gubałówka or even further to Szymoszkowa from the top of Harenda.
It's quite steap at the top so try the small lift first if you've not been on skies for awhile.   

 

 
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Morskie Oko

Morskie Oko is one of the prettiest lakes in the Tatra Mountain Range. The scenic beauty of the lake itself and surrounding areas truly justifies it as one of the most popular tourist destinations around Zakopane. The easy access to the lake and moderate 2 hour hike also allows young or less experienced hikers to take in some of the amazing mountain views.
At the lake there is a mountain shelter which serves food and beverages and has outside seating in the summer, with great views of the Lake. There is a route around the lake which takes about an hour and adding another 30min there is also the option of climbing up the other side of the lake to The Black Lake.
How to get there
The best way to reach Morkie Oko is to take one of the frequent mini busses. The busses leave from the main bus station in Zakopane. The busses also do some pick ups on the road towards Kuznice and further along but can be packed in the summer. The bus journey there takes about 30min and heads towards the Slovak border at Łysa Polana and the parking at Palenica Białczańska. The bus turns off into designated parking just before the border from where you will see the entrance to the Tatra National Park, here you’ll have to pay 5zł entrance fee to start your hike.
Follow the red marked route to Morksie Oko for 2 hrs to reach the Lake, the hike is a gradual uphill walk on a paved road. There are some horse carriages which takes visitors almost all the way for around 40zł per person going up and 30zł per person coming down. Walking this route should however not be a problem and is definitely recommended for everyone. 
There are some other green marked routes from here toward the 5 Lake Valley and around towards Morskie Oko, these are much harder and can take much longer but very rewarding as is the routes will be less crowed. For more info on the routes check our hiking map or contact us for questions.
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 Useful Information

Hiking to Morskie Oko takes 2 hrs up and slightly less time down.
Buses from Zakopane cost around 10zł.
This route gets very busy in the summer months, be sure to head off early to avoid the crowds or visit the lake in spring or autumn.
Plan your time so that you will reach the lake no later than 2pm.
If you are an experienced mountain hiker, why not include Rysy (the highest of the Tatra peaks) in your hike. Catch an early bus to Slovakia, hike to Rysy and return on the Polish side to see the Black Lake and Morskie Oko on your way down.  

 
 
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Sarnia Skała

Sarnia Skała: This is a nice, relatively short hike and we highly recommend it for anybody visiting Zakopane. If you are here for a few days on a hiking holiday, this is a good route to see some beautiful views of Zakopane and the surrounding area.
How to get there
Make your way to the ski jump area north of the town centre and head towards the lift area. You will see a road that leads off to the right under the forest, this is Droga Pod Reglami,where the hike really begins. The route starts fairly flat with beautiful views from Droga Pod Reglami. At the entrance to Dolina Strazyszka there is a small hut which is the entrance to the Tatra National Park; here you have to pay 5zl. From the entrance of the valley the route is very well marked and really easy. Once you reach the end of the valley around 30 min along, there is another small hut that sells hot drinks and regional food. From here you can continue straight again to the waterfall 15 min on, there isn’t a through path so you’ll have to turn around again and walk back to take the route up to Sarnia Skała. This part of the trail is more challenging and consists of about 20 min of climbing uphill. The route is laid out very well and also has steps at points to help the ascent. When you reach an opening in the forest you will see the markers to the view point on the left hand side, follow this to Sarnia Skała for some truly amazing views of the whole town and most of the Tarta range behind you. Walk back down the same way and choose the path that leads down the other side from which you ascended.
The route from there then leads around the hill and you can choose to go back through Dolina Białego (white valley) or on toward Kalatowki, a mountain hotel, and then downhill from there all the way to Kuznice and back into town. If you choose to go to Kalatowki you can have something to eat and drink there with nice views or you can walk back down into town first and stop at the resturant at the roundabout called Gospoda Kolibecka, they serve big soup portions and hearty highlander meals and is a good place to relax after your hike. 
{loadmodule mod_fwg_latest,Sarnia Skala Latest Module}
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The entire trip is about 8 miles and takes about 4 hours.
If you are going for a romantic sunset, pack your backpack with warm clothes, scarfes and gloves.
You can walk this route in the winter but we would recommend crampons for some of the difficult steeper areas.

 
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Rusinowa Meadow

Rusinowa Meadow is one of the most senic areas in the Tatras and doesn't require long hiking or much climbing. The route also passes the famous Wiktorówki sanctuary where you can get hot tea.
How to get there
To get here you can take a mini bus towards Morskie Oko and ask the driver to stop for Polana Rusinowa. The Rusinowa meadow is situated in the Flipka valley and can be reached within an hours walk from the entrance of the national park. On the way you can visit the very popular Catholic Shrine of Matka Boża Jaworzyńska, "Mother of God, Queen of the Tatras". Legend has it that in 1861 a sheppard girl lost her herd, after which by miracle "The Lady" appeared to her and showed her where to find her sheep. Word about the unusual event spread quickly and people started gathering in the area where she had the sighting to ask for grace. In 1958 the Dominican Friars was given charge of the chapel. To this day everybody is welcomed here by the  Friars and people can rest after long hiking journeys, have tea with the friars or pray in the chapel. On Christmas eve it is still tradition for people to hike here and have midnight mass in the chapel. It's a beautiful little church and well worth the visit!
From the church it takes another 20 min to reach the meadow. Here is the perfect place to have lunch and enjoy the magnificent views of the Tatras. We absolutely love it here. Further hiking routes from here leads to Morskie Oko, the Five lake valley or back towards the Gasienicowa valley.
{loadmodule mod_fwg_latest,Polana Rusinowa Latest Module}
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If you are wlaking this route in the winter make sure to have waterproof boots as there is usually a lot of snow

Go early and take another route from the valley back to Zakopane
There will be many busses that leads there and back to Zakopane as it is on route to Morskie Oko
Remmeber you will pay a small fee to enter the Tatra National Park

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Gąsienicowa Valley and Czarny staw

Gasienicowa Valley. This 1 day hike to the Gąsienicowa Valley and Czarny staw (black lake) is by far one of the best hikes to do in the High Tatras. You get some beautiful views along the way and get to visit a less famous but very beautiful mountain lake. You’ll need to be fairly fit or take quite a lot of breaks along the way.
How to get there
The route starts at Kuznice, Zakopane. You can take a bus there from the main station or just walk to Kuznice in about 40min. Once at Kuznice turn left past some restaurants and souvenir shops. There you will find a small booth and entry to the National Park. It will cost you 5pln to enter the park here. After the entry turn to the right straight away and follow the path towards the Jaworzynka Valley. The path is quite easy and you will reach the valley opening within 10 min. The Valley has many old shepherds huts and a good picnic location. After walking through the valley (25 min) you'll start ascending towards Mount Mala Kopa Krolowa. Walk on the stone pavement where the path turns a sharp right and you’ll start climbing the Kopa Krolowa slope called Siodlowa Perc. There is a view point up there and a good place to rest after the 15 min climb. From here you can see Mount Kopa Magury and the Zleb pod Czerwienica ravine below.
There is another sharp left turn with more uphill climbing that leads around the hill to views  of the entire Jaworzynka Valley. After a total walk and climb of about 1 hour 45 min you should reach the Miedzy Kopami Pass and join another trail which you will be descending on your return. Here are plenty of space to rest and amazing views over the entire area. From here it'll take you about 30 min to get to Hala Gasienicowa. Continue right on the path and follow a big stone pavement road all the way to Gąsienicowa Valley. There's a mountain lodge here with shelter and food. From there keep following the path right towards Czarny Staw. It'll take you about 40 min to get to the lake from Murowaniec (The mountain shelter).
Once at the lake you can walk around it and take in the scenery. It is one of the most beautiful lakes in the area! Then head to the right of the lake and up toward the Karb Pass and Mount Kościelec. This is a very demanding 30min climb. The trail is steep but the views are worth it. From the top you will see a path leading to Mount Kocielec. This is a much harder climb - it will take you an extra hour and is very demanding (only for those looking for an extra challenge).
From the pass, follow the marked route to the right back toward the Gąsienicowa Valley. This path leads down back the slope next to the Zielony Staw and a few other smaller ponds. Follow the route back towards Murowaniec shelter. From here back track along the stone pavement and follow the blue path to the right towards Kuźnice przez Boczań. This path will lead you over the ridge towards Skupniowy Upłaz and through the forest all the way back to Kuźnice. From the mountain lodge back to Kuźnice takes about 1 hour 40 min.
{loadmodule mod_fwg_latest,Gasienicowa Valley Latest Module}
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Make sure to start your hike in the morning - the Sun sets quite early in autumn!
Always have water and something to eat with you. The hike usually take around 8 hours with breaks
Take some warm gloves and a few layers of clothing - the temperature changes quite quickly and often up there.
This route can be very busy with school trips around May.

 
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Czerwony Wierchy (Red Peaks)

There are many routes that lead from Zakopane to the Red Peaks (Czerwone Wierchy) in the Tatras. The hike could be a good 1 day hike or split over several days, staying over in various mountain lodges. These peaks are called the Red Peaks due to there unique colouring in autumn and it is a really rewarding hike as the scenery over the Tatras are amzing.
How to get there
For a one-day hike start your journey at Kuznice or from the west side at Kiry (the entrance to Koscieliska or Małej Łąki Valleys) or even from the Strazyska Valley.
One of the easiest routes is from Kiry, walking into the Koscieliska Valley for about 20 min and then turning off to the left over a bridge to follow the route to the Ciemniak Peak. The hike can be very steep at certain areas and takes about 4 hours to the peak. From here you can hike around to Małołączniak and down on the blue route. The way down can be a bit tricky due to loose rocks and there is a small bit where you’ll need to use a chain to scale down a rock surface of about 3 meters. The way down takes about 4 hours as well. Keep on the blue path and follow it to Małej Łąki Valley. From here you can take a mini bus back into town.
If you’d like to make this hike over several days, choose the Ornak, Kalatowki or Kondratowa shelters. 
{loadmodule mod_fwg_latest,Czerwony Wierchy Latest Module}
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There is an entry fee of 5PLN to the National Park.
There aren’t any shelters on the route from Kiry to Czerwone Wierchy - make sure you have enough water and some food with you.It can get quite windy and the temperature drops quite quickly up in the mountains. 
You’ll need some extra layers of clothing. Also, because the hike is quite steep and tiring at times, it is worth to have a few extra dry tops to change to. Always wear proper hiking shoes! This is especially important when rocks are wet and slippery.
It is advisable to have your own map but remember that distances on the map can be misleading as the peaks are over 2000m and the climb can be intense in certain areas.

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Rysy from the Slovak side

Rysy is the highest point in the Polish Tatras and in Poland and also the highest point in the High Tatras that you can reach without a mountain guide. You can reach Rysy from either the Polish side, hiking past Morskie Oko or from the Slovak side starting at Štrbské Pleso. We recommend going up from the Slovakian side and down on the Polish side. This is a very hard full day hike which can be completed in around 10 hrs with breaks.
How to get there
You can start your hike from the electric rail station at Popradske Pleso (following the asphalt trail) or you can start from the car park at Strebske Pleso (follow the sign for Popradske Pleso and then a red trail leading into the forest from the road). Both paths takes about 4km/1,5 hrs to reach the Popradske Pleso (Lake), we recommend that you go down the trail to the lake as it is one of the most beautiful lakes in the area. From the lake you need to back track to the split and follow the blue marked path for about 1,5km over the footbridge of  Zabi potok untill the road will split again with the well marked red route that leads to Rysy. This path will start your mostly uphill walk and take you past the Valley of Frog Ponds (Kotlina Kabich Plies) and to areas where you will be using some chains to help you with assending the ridge. After about 3,5 hrs walk you will reach the mountain lodge Chata pod Rysami where you can visit the toilet and have something to eat or drink. From this point it is another hour to reach the top of Rysy, the views from here are truely amazing and well worth the climb. 
Going back down, you can choose to go back the way you came or down the Polish side instead. The Polish side is slightly more technical and involves also some steep slopes with chains. It takes just over 3hrs to get down to Morkise Oko and the mountain hut there. Some people choose to stay over here as the setting is lovely and walking still another 1,5hrs might seem like a crazy idea to some. The road from Morskie Oko to the entrance of the National Park on the Polish side is wide and paved, quite uneventful but welcoming after a big day of hiking. From the entrance there are many mini buses to take you back to Zakopane.
{loadmodule mod_fwg_latest,Hiking Rysy Latest Module}
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Contact us for transport here or in the summer to get a bus to Poprad
We also do guided hikes to Rysy, you can contact us for more info
You will need good hiking shoes and hiking layers for this trip.
Take dry socks, headlight and snacks.

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