Ultimate Traverse of the Tatras

The High Tatras is one of the most rugged and spectacular mountain ranges in Europe, combining dramatic alpine scenery, beautiful lakes, good trails and comfortable refuges. We trek hut to hut through valleys, past lakes and over ridges before the final test, a tough ascent of Rysy (2499m), the highest mountain in Poland.

5 days
height 2499M
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price SALE - 895
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Seeing the mountain lakes and the landscape from a peak is simply stunning – I never knew that Poland was so beautiful.” – Scott

Ultimate Traverse of the Tatras

We’ve done the Traverse of the Tatras – now join us on our ‘Ultimate Traverse of the Tatras’!



This trip is very much ‘learn as you climb’. It’s a short intense experience, taking in lots of interesting and challenging scrambling terrain on top of what’s considered as the Tatras’ most dangerous and difficult route – Orla Perc, followed by a tough ascent of Rysy (2,499m), the highest mountain in Poland.

Traverse the Tatras is an exciting expedition to the Polish High Tatras, an area that is still relatively remote. The High Tatra is one of the most rugged mountain ranges in Europe. There are over 25 summits above 2,400m, combining dramatic alpine scenery, beautiful lakes, good trails and comfortable refuges.

Over the course of few days, you will cross two countries – Slovakia and Poland, working your way through northern Slovakia on pulse-raising routes via high cols, ridges and fixed chain scrambles. The landscape is home to the legendary Slavic equivalent of Robin Hood – Janosik and was also the base of partisan unit ‘Wilk’ during WW2. You will follow the steps of many mountaineers who used these mountains as training ground for many Himalayan ascents, such as ‘Jerzy Kukuczka’ – a fierce rival of Messner in the quest to conquer all 8000m peaks.

In the evenings you will get to enjoy the charismatic traditional mountain huts and the traditional local cuisine such as pierogi (dumplings), placki ziemniaczane (potato pancakes) and the famous apple pie.

The scrambling is hard but rewarding, the terrain tough but beautiful, and the mountain huts basic but friendly, clean and hospitable.


Fitness requirements and experience

The journey follows marked ground in exposed mountain terrain, high cols and ridges. The ascent of Rysy involves some easy scrambling, protected by chains and may include the crossing of patches of old snow. A reasonable degree of fitness is essential; most days involve around 8-10 hours walking plus with some quick rest stops, and will involve 1000+m of ascent. There are lots of sections of steeper ground where good a head for heights will be essential. If you are used to regular multi day hill-walking in the UK with confidence at Grade 1 scrambling, you will have the right level of fitness to fully enjoy your time on this trek.

More Info

If you would like more information on this expedition you can download the full PDF trip details or drop us a line with your questions!


Although the Tatras have a very remote feel, all trekking sections are accessible by the road or ski lifts. This gives us extra flexibility if people need an easier day.



We have provided a kit list on these pages, but we are here to answer any questions and help you choose the right equipment. Our pre-expedition training course is designed to give you time to get to know your equipment before setting out on your trip.



We provide nutritious expedition food for each participant for all the days trekking. It will be enough calories for the trip, but if you feel like having some extra snacks, please feel free to bring it. We provide locally sourced fresh food cooked by the mountain hut staff. There is a range of choice depending on your preferences. Please let us know if you have special needs or concerns regarding food or nutrition, we will do our best to help.


Training Course:

While all of our itineraries have an emphasis on skills and personal development, we regard training in the pre-expedition phase as highly important. This is why it is part of our trip package. Helping our clients gain confidence in themselves and their abilities is something we take very seriously. Our training courses are the reason why our groups are strong and close-knit, and have a strong track record of reaching the expedition goals. The pre-expedition training course is designed to provide you with all the skills and information necessary to succeed on your trip and enjoy the experience. The training course will take you out into the mountains of the Lake District or the Cairngorms, where you have the opportunity to test and get to know your equipment.

You will get to know your guides in person on the training course. Mark is the main guide on most expeditions, but he has teamed up with a handful of other guides who form part of the Exped team. All of our guides are capable and dedicated. They have the right attitude – both towards reaching the goal and towards their expedition teams. We strive for safety and mutual support in our teams, as well as having a bit of banter. All of us love adventure, but most of all we want to pass on our knowledge, share amazing experiences, and inspire others to be ambitious.


Mark is the director of Exped Adventure and the head guide on many of our expeditions. Mark is a highly experienced Expedition Leader and Mountaineering Instructor with over 20 years of mountaineering experience. Mark grew up in the English Lake District and has been climbing, running and walking in the mountains all over the world since he was a small child. He knows the Lake District, North Wales, Scotland and the Peak District like the back of his hand.

Mark has led a variety of expeditions to the far corners of the globe. He specialises in technical mountaineering and remote trekking expeditions. Mark grew up in the English Lake District and knows the area inside out.

Mark has put up new routes in the Lake District, Scotland, and Kenya. Climbing in all disciplines remains his passion.

Mark’s Expediton experience is broad and vast, including expeditions to Ethiopia, Malawi, Morocco, Jordan, Egypt, Israel, Peru, Kenya, Tanzania, India, Nepal, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Norway, Svalbard, Russia, and more.

Marks high altitude climbing experience includes; Kilimanjaro, Mount Kenya, Mount Elgon, Ama Dablam, Aconcagua, Kyajo Ri, Elbrus, Tharpa Chuli, Singu Chuli, Mont Blanc, The Matterhorn, Monte Rosa, and much more!

Mark lives in Windermere in the Lake District with his young family.

Mark is a certified ML, WML, IML and MIA.


Matt is an experienced outdoor instructor and has been in the industry for 12 years. He has worked with clients all over the UK, Peru, and Europe and has mountaineering experience in America, North Africa and Western and Eastern Europe. Matt’s personal interests include multi-day mountain marathons, ultra marathons and triathlons.

Matt is a certified ML, WML and MIA.


Rich has 30 years experience of climbing and mountaineering, with 15 of those years as a professional Mountaineer and Climbing instructor. He has climbed and led clients extensively over the breadth of the UK and in the Alps.

With climbing and mountaineering experience over Italy, Switzerland, France, Austria, Canada, Slovenia, Greece, random islands and North Africa.


Gary has been working as Group Captain and Training Expedition Leader in the Royal Air Force for 25 years before taking on his current freelance work as Outdoor Instructor. He has led numerous White Water Kayaking expeditions to the French Alps and New Zealand, as well as Sea Kayaking expeditions in Scotland. He has been on expeditions to the High Atlas Mountains and Nepal, including Gokyo Ri (5357m).



Tracey is a highly experienced International Mountain Leader and also holds the Mountain Instructor Certificate. She has Alpine experience on touring and cross country skis, including summits of Weismeis, Pigne d’Arolla, Grand Paradiso and Mt Leone. She has lead mountaineering expeditions to Mt Kenya, including ascent of Diamond Couloir, Kilimanjaro, Bolivian 6000m peaks and Mont Blanc. She has extensive personal snow and ice mountaineering experience in New Zealand, the Alps and Scotland.
Currently, she is working as a maths teacher at an International school of Aiglon College, Chesieres, Switzerland where she assists with the Outdoor Ed programme throughout the year.

Outdoor national qualifications British Assoc of Snowsport Instructors Alpine Level 2, Cross Country Ski Leader; Mountain Instructors Certificate (winter climbing instructor); International Mountain Leader.


Start Date End Date Days Price Availability
14th Aug 202118th Aug 20215£895


28th Aug 20211st Sep 20215£895


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What is included:
• All meals and accommodation on the trek (excluding drinks and excluding extra nights in Krakow): 5 nights huts, 2 nights 3-star hotel
• Park fees as appropriate
• All road transfers in country
• Medical safety equipment and supplies
• Expedition Team Leaders
• Access to our RMS team of doctors (please see website information for more details) • Training Course

What is not included:
• Travel to and from UK airport
• International flights and taxes
• Personal equipment
• Travel Insurance
• Drinks and personal spending
• Tips for local staff
• Visas (if required)
• Taxi from Krakow hotel to airport at the end

Booking – What happens next:
• The deposit reserves you a place on the trip. It is non-refundable according to our Booking Conditions. You will receive a confirmation of booking and further details about the trip.
• We will also supply you with more information on the training weekend and a complete equipment list.
• If you require a payment plan, get in touch with us as soon as possible so we can discuss the options.
• We will need you to fill in a Client Booking form for our records, regarding any health issues, your experience, insurance and next of kin details.
• The remaining balance will be due 8 weeks prior to departure (unless you arranged a payment plan). Any cancellations at this point are subject to our Booking Conditions.

Bespoke option:
We can organise this expedition on a ‘tailor-made’ private basis for groups of friends, families, clubs, charities or any other group. Please contact us to discuss the itinerary and your preferred dates. We will then send you a quote, with no obligation.

You will need a travel insurance policy that caters for the activities you will undertake on your trip with Exped Adventure. It is a requirement of our booking conditions that you have such a policy. For advice on best policies get in touch.

5 out of 5

Really enjoyed this trip on the Tatras. The scenery is stunning from the valleys that appear as you come over a col to the views of lakes from the peaks. Jamie and Exped made this trip by taking us to the real highlights of the area. I particularly liked the extensions Jamie led for some of the group looking for extra challenges. This included exploring a few caves around Ornak hut and climbing to the top of Świnica. Jamie and Filip did a fantastic job looking after the group and ensuring the different abilities were catered for. Everything was run really well and I would recommend this trip and Exped to anyone looking for an adventure in the mountains.

Wayne McQuaig
5 out of 5

I’ve always wanted to go to Poland and love mountaineering so this seemed like the best way to do it. The price is a great compromise to getting a led trekking tour in a stunning landscape. Starting in Zanopane (equivalent to Chamonix) is a great town to get a glimpse and atmosphere of the Tatras. The transfers give the journey troublefree relaxation during the trip. Jamie has a bounding enthusiasm which excites the expectation for the following day all worthwhile going to bed for. He leads the group with professionalism that you’d expect from someone twice his age, unless he’s just sponsored by Nivea. With his competent assist Fillip, he was able to manage the different abilities in the group by splitting it, concentrating on more needing individuals and using stronger members to help others leaving no one out. Back to the venue, the huts were amazing, in location and facilities. The walks varied from out of the way back to the popular Rysy assent, which was taken at first light to avoid a busy time and full sun exposure. My highlights were; running off with Jamie and another to assend Svinica, a tricker summit with chains; assisting some stuck walkers who were struggling to descendthe Peak; exploring an optional cave route; helping the group up and down Rysy which requires everyone to consentrate and fall in line to make the seriousness of the environment a safe and pleasurable experience I’d recommended staying extra nights to explore Krakow.

5 out of 5

We’ve been on a couple of excellent trips with Jamie/Exped before, and on this occasion we asked for a recommendation for something which combined a sense of holiday and adventure. This trip fit the bill perfectly – awesome mountain days, but with comfortable accommodation and great food each night. The Tatras really were spectacular (helped by amazing weather), and really not that far from the UK. We were treated to superb accommodation at the start and end of the trip, and the five days of trekking in between were expertly led by Jamie and Fil. Both worked really hard to look after us and to ensure that everything ran smoothly, which it did. The final summit day was tough – an early start and hard terrain in high temperatures. However, by then we were well prepared, and the sense of achievement at the summit was well worth it. For a proper mountain adventure just a couple of hours away from the UK, I couldn’t recommend this trip highly enough.

Mark House
5 out of 5

I knew very little about the Tatras before I went on this trip – but they are a beautiful, varied mountain range. We were blessed with constant sunshine at the end of August and the lakes, forests and jagged mountains are as beautiful as any in the Alps. The days are long, but with plenty of stops. The last day is an epic – the climb is relentless, with some exposure – but with Jamie’s expert support we all managed just fine and the view from the pinnacle summit was epic. A couple of us were quite emotional at the summit! Jamie and Fil were a brilliant team throughout. We bumped into another group from a more mainstream company a couple of times during our week and it just highlighted how good Exped are! Highly recommend.

Peter Walter
5 out of 5

An excellent trip with Exped to the beautiful Polish Tatra mountain range. Jamie has designed the trip to escalate in difficulty, with him supporting the group through each stage to ensure just the right level of individual challenge. Logistically the trip ran like clockwork and nothing was too much trouble for Jamie and fellow guide Filip. The mountain huts (more like hostels) are basic but comfortable with a bar and a menu choice of food. Climbing Rysy using the well-maintained chains is hard for those with a fear of heights, but Jamie was there to direct and provide coping strategies at the right points meaning the whole group reached the summit. This was a great personal achievement. I thoroughly recommend the trip with Exped Adventure.

David Mobbs
5 out of 5

What an amazing trip! This was my first trip with Exped Adventure and what an experience it was. The trip is as explained on the website and more. The mountain huts we stayed in throughout the trip were to a much better standard than I imagined. All the rooms were basic but comfortable and the food provided was extremely good. We had 2 days of disappointing weather during the trip but this didn’t spoil the fun. Fortunately the weather was good for us on the best days and seeing the mountain lakes and the landscape from a peak is simply stunning, I never knew that Poland was so beautiful. Jamie was a fantastic guide, who is friendly, fun and extremely knowledgeable. He was very flexible with the itinerary and tailored our days to how the group was feeling. Jamie also had another guide with him called Fillip who is Polish and naturally proved invaluable throughout the trip and was a credit to the company. If you have a reasonable level of fitness and haven’t done anything like this before then this trip is for YOU!




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