Giewont peak, with its contour resembling the profile of a sleeping knight (and such referred to as by the locals), is the most popular massif in the Polish Tatra mountains in terms of hiking. Following the famous blue trail allows for admiring a breathtaking view of the scenic panorama of the Tatras. A wooden hut in Hala Kondratowa at 1,333 metres above the sea level is where tourists satisfy their appetite with traditional highlander's meals after having climbed the most legendary Polish peak there is.
Hike your way through the scenic blue trail to reach the top of iconic Giewont summit that crowns Zakopane, the winter capital of Poland. Travel to Kuznice district, start your trip and admire the views of Kondratowa Valley on the way. Pace the last chain-secured section of the route to see the beauty of the Tatras straight from the top of Great Giewont, at the impressive altitude of 1,895 metres above the sea level.
Travelling to Zakopane usually means setting off from Krakow via a route that covers the distance of 110 km southwards. Giewont peak will be well seen from the most famous commercial street of Zakopane – Krupowki, with its gems of wooden architecture densely placed around this pedestrianised area. Climbing Giewont will require having a bus taken to reach the place where the blue hiking trail has its starting point: Kuznice. This charming district of Zakopane, stretching at the altitude of 1,010 m.a.s.l., is also where the bottom station of Kasprowy Wierch Cable Car is located, just as the headquarters of Tatra National Park, operating in the court-park complex of Count Zamoyski.
A hiking trip to the peak of Giewont takes 2:45 hours to complete, with further 2:00 hours required to return to Kuznice. The overall distance is approx. 6 kilometres of a hiking route, encompassing about 900 metres of height difference. The blue trail is regarded as semi-hard, while mostly in terms of the time it consumes to traverse it. The beginning of it leads through a path surrounded by dwarf pines near the charming wooden monastery of Albertine Sisters. After you pass the serene Kalatowki Glade, the vegetation will become scarcer and the chances to spot a Tatra chamois will skyrocket near the vast Kondratowa Valley. The lovely wooden hut where a refuge run by PTTK (Polish Tourist and Sightseeing Society) operates is where you can decide to have a local snack at as your return. The last part of the trail is the most demanding: the trail turns into a one-way route and there appear chains to support the hikers in reaching the summit. Reaching the top of Giewont will be rewarded with the stunning and wide-ranging panorama of High Tatras, the valleys of Kondratowa, Malej Laki and Strazyska. The 15-metres high Iron Cross, erected on the top of Giewont to commemorate the 1900 anniversary of the birth of Christ, will also be something truly memorable.
Giewont massif is divided into three distinctive peaks: Small Giewont (1,728 m.a.s.l.), Great Giewont (1,895 m.a.s.l.) and Long Giewont (1,867 m.a.s.l.). This impressive mountain has its structure composed of dolomite, gneiss, granite and limestone, being covered by richly present mountainous vegetation species. The silhouette of the mountain, bringing the image of a sleeping knight into mind, is associated with a popular legend that has been passed down from generation to generation in the region of Zakopane. It says that the knights sleeping in the Tatra mountains will awake when Poland is in danger to raise the spirit in the whole nation in the face of upcoming menace. You can be sure to hear more legends surrounding Giewont during your trip to the beautiful region of Zakopane, where folklore is still cultivated.
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