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Eastern Carpathians: Summer Walking 2

Walking in the Eastern Carpathians

Overview

The Bieszczady Mountains, with their highest peak Tarnica (1346 m) are part of the Eastern Carpathian Mountains. This immense territory, covered by oak and beech forests and alpine meadows, is an ideal destination for hikers and a paradise for adventure-seeking travellers. Immerse yourself deep into nature in this wonderful corner of Poland, famous for its rich flora and fauna, including wild animals like bears and wolves. Once inhabited by the ethnic group of the Lemkos, you can witness the unique examples of their wooden architecture and traditions everywhere – orthodox churches, cottages, manor houses and roadside crosses. The tour starts in Kraków – home of Europe’s largest Medieval market square and ends in Muczne, a small village in the Subcarpathian Voivodeship.

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*This map is only for general reference; detailed route maps will be provided in your pre-departure package.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Kraków

Arrival in Krakow on your own. You will have the rest of the day to explore the cultural riches of the old Polish capital. Find the world’s largest late-Gothic altarpiece within the darkened interiors of St Mary’s Basilica, and then step out into the sunshine to see the gleaming 16th-century Renaissance Cloth Hall. 

Day 2: Wetlina | 12.8 km

Morning transfer to Wetlina in the Eastern Carpathians (approx. 4 h). Situated near the entrance to Bieszczady National Park and along the Wetlinka river, the village is surrounded by forested uplands. Take a moderate hike to a forest lake or hop on for a train ride along the Solinka Valley.

  • Walking for the day: 12.8 km, 3 hours, ↑642 m ↓641 m
  • Accommodation: 2** Dworek Roh (Wetlina)

Day 3: Jaslo and Okraglik Peaks | 17 km

After breakfast, start your hike to the peak of Jaslo (1153 m) and continue to Okraglik at 1101 m. Descend through dense pristine forest and beautiful alpine meadows to Wetlina for your second overnight in the village.

  • Walking for the day: 17 km, 5 hours, ↑882 m ↓883 m
  • Accommodation: 2** Dworek Roh (Wetlina)

Day 4: Polonina Carynska and Polonina Wetlinska | 21.3 km

Today’s route follows a trail through two Carpathian massifs in the western part of the Bieszczady National Park – Polonina Carynska and Polonina Wetlinska. Połonina Wetlińska offers magnificent views in any direction, including one towards Tarnica, the highest in the Polish part of Bieszczady. In good weather, the panorama can reveal peaks on the Ukrainian side of the border. Połonina Caryńska was named after a village on its northern slopes and had four peaks reaching up to 1.297 m.

  • Walking for the day: 21.3 km, 6-7 hours, ↑1297 m ↓1300 m
  • Accommodation: Guesthouse Pod Carynska (Ustrzyki Gorne)

Day 5: Three Border Point: Kremenaros Peak | 14 km

After breakfast, start your hike to the Kremenaros peak (1221 m), located at the borders of Slovakia, Poland and Ukraine. Kremenaros is also the junction of the three parts of the East Carpathian Biosphere Reserve: Poland’s Bieszczady National Park, Slovakia’s Poloniny National Park and Ukraine’s Uzhanskyi National Nature Park. 

  • Walking for the day: 14 km, 5 hours, ↑733 m ↓937 ms
  • Accommodation: Guesthouse Pod Carynska (Ustrzyki Gorne)

Day 6: Tarnica and Krzemien Peaks | 15.5 km

Today you will summit one of the Polish Crown Peaks – Tarnica. The summit towers 500 metres above the Wołosatka Valley. It can be easily told apart from its neighbours by the distinctive shape. The mountain has two separate summits – 1339 and 1.46 metres. The southern part is a steep rocky wall, while the other side offers less steep rocky fields.

  • Walking for the day: 15.5 km, 6 hours, ↑939 m ↓861 m
  • Accommodation: Guesthouse CPL Muczne (Muczne)

Day 7: Muczne Circular Walk (17.5 km) or Day Tour to Lviv in Ukraine

Enjoy your free day in Muczne, stroll along the valley of river San or extend your visit to the Bieszczady National Park. Optional day tour to Lviv in Ukraine (not included).

  • Walking for the day: 17.5 km, 5 hours, ↑450 m ↓452 m
  • Accommodation: Guesthouse CPL Muczne (Muczne)

Day 8: Departure

Morning transfer to the Krakow airport or individual stay extension.

What to Expect

Accommodation

Accommodation is in charming centrally located 3***/2** hotels (2 nights) and guesthouses (4 nights). All places have been carefully hand-picked by us, and their quality is regularly monitored. We have tried to choose accommodations that offer friendly service, clean and comfortable rooms and local flavour.

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*Hotels are subject to availability. In case a particular hotel is fully booked for your desired dates we will replace it with a hotel of equal value and quality level. We will give you the exact accommodation details upon booking confirmation.

Meals

Breakfast is included. Picnic lunches can be pre-ordered locally. Dinner is available either from the restaurant in the hotel or from the restaurants in towns and villages where the accommodation is located. Most restaurants offer local specialities as well as international cuisine.

Difficulty & terrain

Moderate level suitable for fit hikers. On some days it is possible to modify and shorten the itinerary for the less experienced walkers (read more about difficulty grades).

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.

When to go

The tour is available from May to September. Weather is best in June – September, and most stable in September. As July and August are the busiest months, it is preferable that you book as early as possible. The climate is mostly of a mountain and alpine character. Windy weather is typical, and during summer afternoon rainstorms are usual. The average temperatures vary from 14°C in May to 20°C in August. Highest precipitation occurs in June.

Getting there

FCO up-to-date travel advice

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By plane

Recommended arrival and departure airport: Krakow (KRK).

By train or bus
  • Krakow Airport is the largest regional airport in Poland. The airport is located 11 km west of Kraków. The train is considered the best solution from the airport to Krakow’s city centre for its travel time and cost. The train is available from 5:18 am to 12:15 am and has services every 30 minutes. The journey from Krakow airport to the city centre will take 20 minutes, and the ticket fare is €2.5. Cost of taxi from/to airport to the city centre would be approx. 70 PLN (€17).

Included

Included

  • Accommodation in en-suite rooms (as described in the itinerary) with breakfast included
  • Welcome meeting
  • Luggage transfers between the accommodations – one bag per person up to 25 kg
  • Private transfer from Krakow to Wetlina on Day 2
  • Departure transfer to Krakow airport
  • Detailed journey documentation and practical information
  • GPS tracks
  • 24/7 phone support by our local office/representative

Excluded

  • Airfare and arrival airport transfer
  • Lunches, dinners, drinks and snacks
  • Travel insurance (required – get a quote online)
  • Personal expenses
  • Any items not specifically mentioned as included in the programme

Options, extras & supplements

  • Single room supplement for members of a group
  • This holiday is available for solo travellers upon request only; a supplement will be charged as accommodation and luggage transfer costs are not shared (we never mix and match – solo travellers will be accommodated in single rooms)
  • Guided tour of Wieliczka Salt Mine near Krakow with return transport
  • Guided tour of Auschwitz-Birkenau memorial museum near Krakow with return transport
  • Day tour to Lviv in Ukraine on Day 7 with return transport
  • Extra nights in Krakow, Wetlina, Ustrzyki Gorne and Muczne available upon request

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