Krakow and Zakopane - too rushed in 5 days?
Replies: 17 - Last Post: Apr 8, 2012 10:53 AM Last Post By: meczko
Apr 8, 2012 10:46 AM
15If the weather is fine it won't be cold at Morskie Oko itself (alt. 1393) but the point is that the walk is 9 kms one way (18 kms in total) along an asphalt road inside a forest and it will be really crowded. In my opinion it makes sense only if you plan to hike somewhere further belong Morskie Oko (like the Świstówka hike proposed by WaterhazardJack, or Rysy, Poland's highest peak), which is usually feasible from early/mid June onwards.
The hikes I proposed are certainly more diverse and the nature is less spoilt, although (agreed on this one) the scenery of Morskie Oko itself is spectacular. But again, to Morskie Oko you'll be making a long boring crowded walk to see one spectacular spot and turn back for a long boring walk down.
Hike #1 would take ca. 6 hrs, hike #2 ca. 5 hrs, in each case add ca. 1hr if you want to walk to the lakes (respectively: Czarny and Smreczyński Staw). You can easily do it as a day trip and take a bus back to Krakow in the afternoon/evening - there are buses every ca. 30 minutes at least until 9 p.m.
The link you posted is just under a half of walk #2 and back to the starting point, whereas my proposed walk is circular.
I would propose the following - after arrival to Krakow buy a good map (indicating walking times), check your options and check the weather forecast. Then you would know enough to decide, leaving it until Zakopane wouldn't change much anymore.
Have fun planning!
Apr 8, 2012 10:49 AM
Apr 8, 2012 10:53 AM
17PPS. Hike #2 actually combines the hike under the link you have posted with another one described here: http://www.zakopane-online.eu/80,stunning_beauty_of_the_koscieliska_valley.htm and includes crossing a medium-high pass (ca. 1450 mts) between them.
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