Giewont Mountain
Giewont Mountain
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JustDiveIn
Miami, FL1,034 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Couples
We started out our hike from Kuznice along the blue trail that leads to Giewont. The hike is not too hard, its appropriate for all ages. The hike to the top took us about 3 hours, you can make it to the top sooner but we were not rushing, we were enjoying the views. Along the way you will encounter water that is flowing out of a log, natural spring water, you can fill up your water bottle. The final 50 meters at the top are the most difficult part of the hike, "the area of the chains". The chains were placed to help hikers climb to the top, the granite rock at the top is very slippery, hold on to the chain at all times. I would not attempt if the rocks are wet or its raining. Once you climb to the top you will be directly under the Giewont cross, which is a 15-meter steel cross built in 1901. At the peak, you will be at 1,895 m (6,217 ft). Be very cautious at the top, there aren't any guard railings or fencing, one misstep or a shove from someone when the area is crowded and you can plunge to your death. If you get to the peak early you will not have to put up with the crowds and you can enjoy the views of Zakopane. Coming down from the peak, always hold on to the chains, it makes coming down a lot easier.

Luckily we were staying at Willa Lesna, which was around a 2.5k walk to the gondola station at Kuznice. There isn't any onsite parking, the only parking we saw in the area was on Mieczyslawa Karlowicza street and it is limited, there was one parking lot and the rest is street parking. Best option is to get here by bus.

Tips:
Make sure to wear hiking boots with all the rocks along the trail it is easy to twist an ankle.
Hiking poles are very helpful, when using them you put less stress on your knees.
Bring gloves, they save your hands while you're pulling yourself up on the chains near the top.
Keep an eye out on the weather while you are hiking it changes very quickly in the mountains.
If there is rain or thunderstorms in the forecast do not head to Giewont, the cross at the top frequently gets hit by lightning.

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Written April 30, 2019
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oliverd
Sydney, Australia622 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Solo
Apparently, Giewont can gery VERY busy... I went off-season (October) on a weekday, and it was not busy. There was a school group just ahead of me on the last steep section of the summit, but otherwise I did not see many other people. I would agree with other comments - go very early or choose a different walk during busy periods.

Rather than just going up Giemont and back the same way, I woud recommend doing a circuit from Kuźnice to the Giemont summit, then continuing up the ridge to Kopa Kondracka and across to Kasprowsky Wierch. From here, you can walk back down to Kuźnice. Or you can take the cable-car down. (You could, of course, do the hike in reverse and catch the cable car up, which would make it an easier walk.)

This circular walk also means if there is a queue to the Giemont summit you can skip the peak, and you'll get equally good views from the high elevations as you ascend from the saddle below Giemont to Kopa Kondracka.
Written November 24, 2018
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andrewT3625DL
Warsaw, Poland55 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Solo
Although I've been to the Tatra Mountains many times, during my last visit I climbed Giewont for the first time. Perhaps it's because I visit mountains to find tranquility and I often look for places that are not popular. Giewont is extremely popular and in a way iconic. The mighty silhouette of Giewont stands out in the landscape of the Tatra Mountains that can be seen from Zakopane.

As Giewont is pretty close to Zakopane the hike takes about 6-7 hours and it is not much. Many hikes in the High Tatras take 10 hours or more and are far more strenuous.

I started my hike near the train station in Zakopane at 8 am. It really makes sense to start earlier (even at 6am) to avoid crowds. It took me about half an hour to get on foot to the National Park's entrance gate where the red trail starts. I chose the red trail that leads through the Strazyska Valley to ascend the mountain, then the blue trail to climb the peak of the mountain and finally the yellow trail that leads through "Dolina Malej Laki" valley to descend. Hiking through the valleys is very relaxing. Spruce forest provides shadow and has an intense and fresh scent. I enjoyed the sight and sound of mountain creeks. Above the forest were meadows blooming with purple flowers and green grass.

The peak of Giewont is rocky and steep. There are iron chains to help people to climb. Because of the queues the climb to the rocky peak and descent took me over one hour. If there had been no queues, it would have taken about 30 minutes.

Unfortunately, one woman got injured by a falling rock. She was evacuated by a mountain rescue helicopter. The difficulty of the trail near the peak is three stars in five star scale (Five stars have few of the most difficult hiking trails in Tatra mountains ), so climbing Giewont isn't a walk in the park. At the peak of Giewont you will see a huge iron cross and stunning view reaching far beyond Zakopane.

This hike was very interesting and varied in spite of short duration.
Written August 9, 2017
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BanatiBarna
Budapest, Hungary353 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
Definitely not the easiest trips you'll ever have, but it gets gradually harder as you get closer to the top, and gets you pumped for the amazing view awaiting you at the peak. DO NOT try the last part in rain, or thunderstorm, because the stones you need to grab onto are really slippery, also thunders like to struck this mountain top in specific.
Also, make sure you wear strong tour boots, because some stones can be be really sharp and can damage your feet.
Written June 23, 2018
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Manvsfoodie
Cheshire, UK109 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Couples
This is the one you must climb! if your only going to climb one during your stay! It’s steep an has a rocky part at the top with chains as long as treated with respect it’s a great climb, always a queue coming down from the top, first time we went my brother in law had to carry a young woman down on this back ( he’s a fireman ) as she froze and refused to move coming down creating a massive queue.

Just bear in mind that the cross on top that’s the symbol for zacopane isn’t that of religious significance, it was up there as a symbol of respect to the people who lost there lives climbing it.

We have done it 4 times an my wife is scared of hights an she managed it twice.

Well recommended

Get climbing
Written October 5, 2017
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jaaandy
London, UK16 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Friends
This mountain is by far the busiest climb (except the walk to M.Oko) in the Polish Tatras - there are literally queues of people waiting to climb, and there are much nicer climbs in the area! Unless you're planning to begin hiking before sunrise (and even then there will be rubbish lying around) you should avoid this.
Written August 9, 2017
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Best choice
England, UK197 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Family
All I can is what a wonderful place every stunning views, great food, and great value at 5.6 zloty to the pound.. a secret place that gets missed out on. Don't be fooled by what you read or hear about poland it's a stunning country.
Written August 1, 2016
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Headcammer
Edinburgh, UK6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Couples
The climb to Giewont from Kusnice is similar to a Munroing expedition in Scotland in terms of distance and height climbed, but the path is engineered every step of the way, it is likely to be as busy as the Ben Nevis donkey path and, hey, there are 2 pubs en route. Watch out for the black quartz which I believe is named after Giewont. Boulders of this rock are very slippy, especially those near the summit where they have been polished to a shine. Since Giewont is quite precipitous at the summit, care is needed. Fabulous views in all directions (Zakopane to north, Tatras on other 3 sides).
Written July 4, 2016
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Family
Since everyone here said to avoid the crowds, we started at the trailhead at 7am. Hiking not fast, we arrived at the summit after about four hours, and there were plenty of others by then, but it was not terrible for us.

Did anyone say the final ascent and descent is with chains?

After that, we ascended a steep incline for another hour, reaching and CROSSING the Slovakian border at Kopa Kondraka before a long return to Kuznice.

A great experience!
Written July 9, 2015
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johnfitzy
4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Solo
Brilliant views and a sense of accomplishment do not displace the number one rule for serious hiking: R-E-S-P-E-C-T for N-A-T-U-R-E. Nature will always win ! My advice for a winter ascent is: full crampons, hiking poles, at least two layers plus wind proof, waterproof shell, timing ( do not start from Kurnice any later than 10 am), waterproof and ankle height boots. Plus if you are unfamiliar with the Tatras; a local guide: try Tatra Adventure (+48) 501 616 039. The hike is worth it and within the abilities of people with intermediate fitness provided they have the right equipment and the right attitude.
Written December 16, 2014
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