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Eastern Carpathians Winter Walking Holiday, Bieszczady Eastern Carpathians Self Guided Walking Holiday,

Eastern Carpathians Winter Walking

Tour details

Average rating:   5,  1 reviews
Activity type
Self Guided Walking
8 days & 7 nights
December - May


Day 1: Arrival to Kraków
Day 2: Wetlina 
Day 3: Polonia Wetlinska 
Day 4: Carpathian Meadows
Day 5: Kremenaros Peak
Day 6: Tarnica and Krzemien Peaks
Day 7: Bieszczady Mountains / Krakow
Day 8: Departure

Overview for Eastern Carpathians Winter Walking

This self guided snow walking holiday is set in the pristine winter scenery of the Eastern Carpathians. Bieszczady Mountains remain one of eastern Europe’s last hidden gems with a remarkable history and unspoilt nature. This wild range has been heavily depopulated after the Second World War when Polish communist government decided to expel the entire Ukrainian speaking population. The vastness of Bieszczady meadows and hills is even more spectacular in winter. On the snow one can see tracks of wild animals like lynx or European bison. Overnight stays are in cosy family-owned guesthouses, some of them with spa facilities.


Itinerary for Eastern Carpathians Winter Walking

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Day 1: Arrival to Kraków

Arrival and accommodation in a hotel in Kraków. Meeting our local representative, who will give you detailed travel information and maps. They will also explain the course of the following days as well as answer all necessary questions. In the afternoon you can do some sightseeing of the Old Town, Market Square, and the Jewish Quarter.

Accommodation: Hotel Kazimierz

Day 2: Wetlina and the East Carpathian Mountains

Car transfer to Wetlina in the Eastern Carpathians (4 hours). Moderate hike towards the main Carpathian ridge.

Walking for the day: Approximately 3 to 4 hours / 8 km.

Accommodation: Roh B&B

Day 3: Polonina Wetlinska (Wetlinska meadow)

Ascent to Wetlinska meadow, a large open plateau called Polonina with a view of the entire Bieszczady (Eastern Carpathians) range. Afternoon descent back to Wetlina.

Walking for the day: Approximately 4 to 5 hours / 11 km.

Accommodation: Roh B&B

Day 4: Carpathian Meadows

Short car transfer and walk along Polonina Carynska with a view of Tarnica – the highest peak of Bieszczady. Walk to next hotel.

Walking for the day: Approximately 5 to 6 hours hike, 15 km.
Accommodation: Pod Carynska B&B

Day 5: Kremenaros Peak: Where Three Borders Meet

Hike to Kremenaros Peak (1,221 metres) located where the borders of Poland, Slovakia and Ukraine meet. Walk back to the hotel.

Walking for the day: Approximately 5 hours / 12 km.

Accommodation: Pod Carynska B&B

Day 6: Tarnica and Krzemien Peaks

This day’s route reaches Tranica (1,346 m), the highest peak in the area and Krzemien (1,335 metres), close to the Ukrainian border. You will descend to a settlement called Muczne.

Walking for the day: Approximately 6-7 hours / 15 km.

Accommodation: Arnika B&B (spa facilities available)

Day 7: Bieszczady Mountains / Krakow

You can either spend a relaxing day in the settlement of Muczne (the pension has spa facilities) or take a moderate walk in San river valley, where you will see former Orthodox Lemkos villages with their characteristic wooden architecture. Afternoon transfer back to Kraków (4 hours), where in the evening you can once again spend time on sightseeing.

Walking for the day: 0 – 3 hours (8 km).
Accommodation: Hotel Kazimierz

Day 8: Departure or Onward Travel

Return home or extra stay extension.

Hotels for Eastern Carpathians Winter Walking

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Small city hotels in Kraków, small family operated B&Bs the mountains. No large hotels are present in the area at the moment. Owners are known for their hospitality and the pensions have a large number of return customers. One of the hotels has spa facilities. We have chosen accommodations which are close to the national parks and local trails. We avoid big chain hotels and prefer family run businesses.

Sample hotels: Hotel Kazimierz, Arnika B&B (spa facilities available)Pod Carynska B&B


Breakfast is always included. Meals are available at the hotels or towns. Most restaurants offer local specialities as well as international cuisine.

*Hotels are subject to availability. In case a particular hotel is fully booked for your desired dates it will be replaced with a hotel of equal value and quality level. We will provide to you full accommodation details upon booking confirmation.

Travel Info for Eastern Carpathians Winter Walking

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Arrival and departure airport – Kraków

Kraków Airport is the largest regional airport in Poland. The airport is 11 km west of Kraków.

Flight information can change rapidly and not all flights run daily. Please do check directly with the airlines’ websites or Skyscanner before finalising any booking with us. Please do not book your flights before we have confirmed your booking.

Transfers to/from Airports

Travelling by train is the fastest way to get to/from the airport to the city centre where the first and last day hotel is located (the journey to the city centre takes about 17 minutes). The new Kraków Airport train station is located near the passenger terminal, at the rear of the multi-storey car park. Trains run 7 days a week.

Tickets and Fares:

  • Krakow Airport – Krakow Main Train Station: PLN 8,00 – 2 EUR.

Departing from Poland

As mentioned above, the train is the fastest and best way to get from the last hotel in Kraków to the airport.

Cost of taxi from/to airport to city centre is 70 PLN (17 EUR).

Baggage Transfers

Baggage transfer is included on all walking days and the driver will transfer your bags to your next hotel. No luggage weight limit.

Country Info

Capital: Warsaw
Language: Polish
Border Countries: Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania, Russia
Population: 38 million
Area: 322,575 sq km (124,547 sq miles, about size of New Mexico)
Time Zone: CET (UTC+1), Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Climate: Temperate with mild summers and moderately severe winters
Currency: Zloty (PLN, zł), 1 zloty = 100 groszy
Government type: Republic, parliamentary democracy
Member of: EU, UN, NATO, OECD, WTO and many other
Holidays: 11 days a year
Country Code: PL

Up to date travel advice on Poland is available here.

Trip Info for Eastern Carpathians Winter Walking

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Difficulty Grade: Moderate

You will encounter the biggest ascents on day 6 where the elevation gain may reach 600 meters. Daily walking length is 4 – 7 hours. The routes avoid steep and slippery sections and are well-marked. Walking in winter is a popular activity in Poland, therefore they are often used and easy to follow in winter conditions even after a fresh snowfall.

This walking trip is appropriate for intermediate walkers, who are used to hiking in winter conditions (read more about difficulty grades).

Route Navigation

The route follows unpaved walking trails which are well-marked and signposted. The trails are described in detail in our holiday information pack, as well as marked on maps (maps scale 1:25000 – 1:30000).

We strongly advise you to follow only marked trails and never try to shorten the path through the unknown and unmarked terrain. We will provide you with detailed road notes and maps and you can call our 24/7 local assistance phone number anytime. More detailed info on route navigation will be included in your holiday information pack.

When to Go

This trip as available from second half of December until first half of May. Weather and snow walking conditions are best in January and February.

The flexibility of self guided holidays means that there are no fixed dates and you can start your holiday on any date in the season – so please indicate desired starting date when booking.


The Polish Carpathian mountains lie in the temperate zone of Central Europe. They are an important barrier to the movements of air masses. The coldest month in Bieszczady is December with average temperatures of -5. The main snowfall occurs at the end of January – mid-February.

What to Bring

Main luggage is limited to airline policy only. On walking days your main luggage is transported by car to the next accommodation. You can drink water from the tap or buy in mountain chalets along the trails which also offer hot, basic meals.

Below is a non-exclusive list of what you should bring to this trip. More detailed info will be included in your holiday information pack. If you need further advice, please contact us or a reputable outdoor retailer.

  • Good winter hiking boots;
  • Thermal hiking socks and liners;
  • Thermal hiking pants
  • Several t-shirts (cotton or preferably breathable/fast drying);
  • Packable waterproof and windproof winter jacket or parka with hood;
  • Synthetic mid layer or warm fleece;
  • Trainers and/or sandals – to relax and wear inside accommodation;
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and lip salve;
  • Warm wool hat and gloves;
  • Personal First Aid kit (wet wipes, flu remedies, stomach remedies);

You can bring or rent from us the following items:

  • Hiking gaiters
  • Crampons
  • Trekking poles
  • Snowshoes

Included for Eastern Carpathians Winter Walking

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  • Detailed pre-departure holiday information pack including GPS-checked and regularly updated route descriptions and road notes; maps with daily routes and optional hikes marked
  • Accommodation with breakfast for 7 nights:
  • Car transfers between accommodations as stated in the itinerary;
  • Introductory meeting with a company representative at the beginning of the trip;
  • luggage transport between places of accommodation;
  • 24/7 assistance by phone.

Single Room & Solo Traveller Supplements

  • Where individual members of a group require a single room, a single room supplement is applicable
  • This holiday is NOT available for solo travellers

Please click the CHECK AVAILABILITY button above to see the price of the holiday and the different options, extras and supplements for your desired dates.

Options and Extras

  • Half-board option instead of standard B&B accommodation

You can bring or rent from us the following items:

  • Hiking gaiters
  • Crampons
  • Trekking poles
  • Snowshoes


  • Flights and connecting land transfers to first / from last accommodation from/to airports
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
  • Any items not specifically mentioned in the program


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by Doug & Janet on Eastern Carpathians Winter Walking

Awesome experience, one of our best vacations in the last 9 countries we have visited! This was our first hiking experience using Natural Adventure and found it to be quite organized, efficient and masterfully crafted since we had never visited Poland before. Our guide provided us great tips for an even more enjoyable experience. Although the first night's accommodation was adjusted in the last minute and plans became slightly adjusted, Natural Adventure went out of their way to make up for it and treated us like royalty! We strongly recommend using Natural Adventure as they treated us superbly!