The best time for hiking in Polish mountains
The weather in spring is unpredictable (it is unpredictable in the mountains in general;). You may be positively surprised or disappointed. Early spring in the lower mountains may be hard for hikers because of the melting snow. In the higher mountains you can still encounter winter conditions. Hiking in the Tatra Mountains, Babia Góra – remeber about avalanche risk! The most amazing thing about spring is nature waking up to life! Only in that time of the year you will see meadows covered with violet carpets of crocuses – wonderful! Other typical for mountain valleys flowers are yellow kingcups (marsh marigolds).
NOTICE: 1st-3rd May is a so called „long weekend” in Poland according to national holiday. Therefore in all tourist destinations (especially in the Tatra Mountains) are crowds of people. If you have possibility try to plan your trip to Poland at another time.
Summer in Poland is variable. It is often rainy in July, in August the weather is more stable. That is why many people choose the end of summer for spending holidays in the mountains. Summer is a perfect time for hiking in any mountains in Poland. The only thing you have to be aware are thunderstorms and heat waves – better plan your route taking into account the weather forecast. The same is with cycling tips.
NOTICE: Summer time is a vacation time what means that some popular tourist destinations may be overcrowded. For example in Zakopane and Polish Tatras you will meet lots of people while at the same time in Slovak Tatras tourist traffic will be reasonable. The same is with parts of the Pieniny Mountains or Bieszczady. It does not mean that you should not come to Poland and Slovakia in summer – you just have to choose the places carefully reading about them or asking local people. I.e. villages of Beskid Niski, Eastern Bieszczady are still a refuge of peace and quiet.
I suggest to avoid visiting popular tourist destinations in Poland on 15th August (religious holiday and “long weekend”). It is also hard to find attractive accommodation at that time if you don’t book in advance!
Autumn is also a capricious season of the year. Generally the beginning of autumn may be beautiful – it is still not so cold and the weather is sunny. But as time goes by the weather becomes more unpredictable. Sometimes is dry and sunny, leaves on the trees turn yellow and the mountain landscape is amazing. But it may also be cold and rainy…
Autumn is my favorite season for hiking trips in Poland :) Only then you can see the amazing views in the morning, when the mists remain in the bottoms of valleys and mountain peaks protrude above them. Only then you walk through colorful forest with yellow, orange, red and green around you. The Bieszczady Mountains in Poland is one of the favorite destination for hiking lovers - these mountains are famous for their beautiful autumn scenery. Also Pieniny Mountains are beautiful at that time – colors of autumn look wonderful among white limestone rocks!
In the Tatra Mountains you may already meet winter conditions with snow in higher parts of the mountains. Such a conditions are often very difficult and dangerous for hikers – you can easily slip on a rock and fall down the wall. Special equipment like crampons and ice ax may be useful.
If you plan several-days trekkings with sleeping in a tent – remember that the temperature may fall below zero!
Sometimes it begins in November, sometimes in January ;) It is not certain that Christmas will be white and frosty in towns and villages but in the mountains probably yes. Special equipment like crampons and ice ax may be useful in the Tatra Mountains. In lower mountain ranges hiking poles and snowshoes (optionally) are enough. Remember about taking avalanche kit while hiking in the Tatra Mountains, Bieszczady, Babia Gora.Related to:
- Hiking and Walking
- Mountain Climbing
extreme sports in polish mountains...awh!:)
you can do everything here!biking, extreme sports,hiking,skiing,climbing,fishing trips,horseriding,surfing,boating,kayaking/canoeing,rafting etc...its a paradise for people who loves it!
Equipment: you dont have to bring your any equipment, because you can borrowRelated to:
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Canoe trips on Drawa river
You should try the great adventure of canoeing at Drawa river among the beautiful forests and clean environment. Drawa is a river located in north-western part of Poland - passes by Czplinek, Krzyz, Drawsko Pomorskie in Wielkopolskie and Zachodniopomorskie districts.Related to:
- Sailing and Boating
Horseriding is becoming more and more popular in Poland. There are stables and horse-riding schools all over the country. Of course, not all of them can be recommended. Sometimes the people who run them are merely amateurs, who have a couple of horses and want to earn money offerring very little in return. One of the stables worth trying if you are visiting Polish seaside is situated in Nowecin near Leba. It is run by a professional trainer, the horses (there are about 40 of them) are well-groomed and the grounds are vast. Both individual and group rides are on offer, including half-day trips on the sea-shore (for those who are fairly advanced).Related to:
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The hike to Sniezka Mountain, near the town of Karpacz, is an easy but plesant hike. The top lies at 1602 metres above sea level. The first stretch, however, can be shortened by using a very old (year 1959) and precarious chair-lift. From there it's just under an hour to the top, where you can find the St. Laurentius Chapel and a futuristic building resembling a flying-saucer (it's a meteo station, btw). From there you can take the loger path back down to Karpacz, passing en route some nice alpine lakes and two cosy mountain huts. All together it should take 3 to 4 easy hours
Equipment: Hiking boots and a bottle of water. A map of the area can be handy, too
SKIING IN THE POLISH MOUNTAINS
Recently my friends and I made a trip to a great little ski resort, near CZECH and GERMAN border.
It's a great place to ski, snowboard, climb the rocks and hike.
Prices are moderate to cheap by western standards. They start at $ 8 US/night for a B&B in a private home to $ 60 US/night in a nice hotel (sauna, swimming pool, etc)
Equipment: One may bring his/her own equippment, though for a short visit I would recommend renting it (US$ 5.00/24 hrs.) from many rental shacks right by the slope.Related to:
- Skiing and Boarding
- Hang Gliding
- Hiking and Walking
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