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Eastern Carpathian Mountains


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Introduction

This hiking tour takes us to the Eastern Carpathian Mountains of Poland, with their highest peak Tarnica (1346 m). That part of Poland is considered by many to be a truly wild frontier. A sparsely populated area covered by oak and beech forests and alpine meadows is an ideal destination for hikers and adventure seeking travellers. The region was once inhabited by Orthodox Lemkos whose existence left unique examples of their wooden architecture and local traditions. We hike during the day and stay overnight in villages or towns offering comfortable pensions or hotels. A qualified local guide accompanies us throughout the whole trip.

Day 1: Kraków

After arrival in Kraków we take a guided tour of the city. We visit the Old Town, Royal Castle Hill and
Jewish Quarter.

Overnight stay in Kraków.

Day 2: Narrow-gauge rail

In the morning we are transported to Komańcza in the Eastern Carpathians. From here we take a  remarkable narrow-gauge rail trip to Cisna. On the way we will have our first chance to see the Carpathian landscape. After several switchbacks we reach Cisna.

Overnight stay in Cisna.

Day 3: Jasło and Okrąglik Peaks

Today we begin the hiking part of our trip. We will take a moderate trail ascending to Jasło (1153 metres) and Okrąglik (1101 metres) The Carpathian peaks are covered with dense forests which turn into huge alpine meadows at a level of 1000 metres. We hike along well maintained and marked trails. We descend to a quiet settlement for the night.

Overnight stay in Wetlina.

Day 4: Carpathian Meadows

Today our route follows a trail through two Carpathian meadows named Połonina Caryńska and Połonina Wetlińska.

Overnight stay in Ustrzyki Górne.

Day 5: Tarnica and Krzemień

This day’s stage reaches Tarnica (1346 metres), the highest peak in the area and Krzemień (1335 metres) close to the Ukrainian border. We descend to a settlement called Muczne from where we are transported to Chmiel - our accommodation for the next two nights.

Overnight stay in Chmiel.

Day 6: Chmiel and Otryt Range

On day 6 you can take a horse ride in the Otryt Range if you are fit enough or take a pleasant hike and visit an old Orthodox church and a village ruined after the last World War. The day ends with a bonfire and a dinner in the midst of the delightful Carpathian scenery.

Overnight stay again in Chmiel.

Day 7: Lake Solina

In the morning we are transported by bus to Lake Solina, created by a dam on the San River. A passenger boat takes us for a scenic cruise to our destination - the spa town of Polańczyk where we stay in a hotel with a lake view.

Overnight stay in Polańczyk.

Day 8: Kraków

We take a bus back to Kraków and leave an afternoon free to discover once again this magnificent city. Accommodation in a centrally located hotel.

Overnight stay in Kraków.

Day 9: Return journey

Return trip home or individual stay extension.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grade: Moderate.

 

There are 3 days when the major activity is hiking. Day’s walk is between 7 - 8 hours moving at an easy pace. The biggest ascent comes on day 5 when the altitude difference is about 600 metres.

This trip is meant for people of all ages who are interested in mountain hiking..