This has been my 6th trip to Tatra mountains, and I went climbing Świnica. Świnica is the 2nd highest peak of Polish Tatra – although not a technical climb, it’s still not for beginners. One need some preparation, clothes, courage and energy 🙂
The Tatra Mountains are part of the Carpathian Range and run across the Polish-Slovakian border. This beautiful area is geographically diverse and offers a broad range of recreational activities in all seasons. During summer the granite peaks are not only a paradise for hikers but also climbers. There are various trials hikers and climbers can choose based on their skills. Surrounded by picturesque valleys with the view of numerous lakes, the beauty in unmatched.
One of the 5 lakes in Lake Valley (Polish side)
Beautiful view on Tatra mountains
Part of the trail to Swinica and Kozi Wierzch
The climb to Świnica took like 5 hours. We started the day from Kasprowy Wierch. There were moments when I was not sure if I could do it but just decided to go ahead because there was no other option. Going back was definitely not in the cards.
Although when you reach the view from the top is just majestic and it makes worth doing this climb.
Along the routes in Tatra, you may come across streams with fresh cold water (the water is so tasty up there) and few mountain shelters, where you can have a good filling lunch for a very cheap price. It was a good surprise for me. Some of them are located next to the lakes, so you make have some rest and enjoy wonderful landscapes.
One of the numerous lakes in Polish Tatra
That day was surprisingly quite a lot of people on the trail. As for the hot August, the weather was great, as the day before was rainy. But in my case, wet rocks and slippery sneakers brought more fun to my adventure. I was too busy with accomplishing the climb, so didn’t manage to make enough pictures to share with you. Below are the couple of pics, I took from the internet.
Parts of the climb to Swinica – taken from http://tatromaniak.pl
Taken from http://tatromaniak.pl
In winter, these mountains convert to skiing resorts while more experienced climbers and hikers can still enjoy the pristine mountains.
Tatra hike in winter (From my hike in 2015)
(All pictures except mentioned in this post are taken by the author and copyright owned by @Cultree)
Hope you’ve enjoyed this article. Have a good hike!
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