A mountain climb in Poland's Tatras mountains is an experience never forgotten. The mountains are stupendous to view, the trails are safe and well traveled, but the weather can at times be inclement. Our leader, Teresa, did everything to guide us safely and well and bent over backwards to make our trip enjoyable. I can highly recommend this tour for any climber with stamina and experience.
I really enjoyed this trek. The group that completed the trek, including our super guide, Teresa, gelled really well and were all well up to the fitness level required. Two did not do the trek itinerary, as mentioned by Brendan McShane in a previous review. It indicates how essential reading the trip notes before you book your trip is!
This was my first Exodus trip and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. I went with two friends and we met up with the other eight members of the group plus the Guide in Poland. The five days of walking was sandwiched between a night in Zakopane and two nights in Krakow with a visit to the Salt Mines and Auschwitz on the last day.
Both the Mountain huts and the food exceeded my expectations. Apart from two members of our group who dropped out after the first day, the rest of us were of a similar level of fitness to enjoy the walking (and each others company) as well as the surrounding scenery which was very pretty.
This was a fabulous trip to see some great scenery, climb some mountains and get a sense of Poland. The huts are first class with great facilities and you won't go hungry with the food. You will need to be reasonably fit and not scared of heights.
A well organised trip and with a very good group leader. A very friendly bunch of people and everyone got along well. The Polish and Slovakian mountains are just beautiful and should be visited more by tourists (although it is heavily visited by locals during holidays). We were very lucky to have all days of sunshine and clear views during the trek, and even had the opportunity(!) to hear a wild bear on the second day of walking. Exploring Krakow at the end of the trip was a relaxing treat.
A well structured trip. Some sections of chain came as a surprise to some members of the group. The trip description mentions these sections however given the torrential rain that our group climbed in, for some this was a very serious undertaking. For those with experience of scrambling and exposure it was not too much of a problem but I did feel sorry for the ones with little of said experience. Grading may , in my opinion, be a shade low.
Huts were excellent as was the food.
The Tatras are very popular and on one day in particular it was estimated that 10,000 people had visited a central area. It is an exceptional area with adventures available for all levels. The period in Krakow was excellent. A beautiful city full of charming restaurants. It was great value for money.
The week started well with brilliant sunshine and great views but on the second day of walking the thunder clouds gathered and the rain started and the views largely disappeared. It continued on and off for the remainder of the walking. Despite this we all had an enjoyable time and the group gelled well. The walking did not seem quite as hard as stressed in the trip notes. Maybe it was because of the weather but the routes did not seem anywhere near as crowded as mentioned in some of the reviews I read before I went. It was nice to warm up and dry out in the sunshine in Krakow.
This was a great holiday, walking through and scrambling up some of Europe's lesser-known, but wonderful mountains on the borders of Poland and Slovakia. Beautiful scenery and the good company of a mixed and friendly group made it a holiday to remember.
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