High Tatras, Poland

Explore the High Tatras: Ski Touring and Freeride Adventure Across Poland & Slovakia

Join us for an exhilarating journey through the High Tatras of Poland and Slovakia, tailored for fit, intermediate freeriders with ski touring experience. This adventure promises unforgettable moments amid stunning alpine landscapes. Expect to use crampons and ice axes, making prior experience highly recommended. Splitboarders are welcome but are advised to contact our office before booking.

Throughout the expedition, we'll traverse both Polish and Slovakian sides of the High Tatras. While some days will benefit from ski lift assistance, the itinerary includes two significant days where we'll ascend up to 1200 meters, showcasing the region's diverse terrain and challenging slopes. 

This adventure is designed for those seeking a balance of adventure and exploration in one of Europe's most spectacular mountain ranges. Whether navigating off-piste trails or cruising through pristine powder, the High Tatras provide an ideal backdrop for an unforgettable ski touring and freeride experience.

Day Itinerary

  • Arrival to Poland

    Fly to Krakow Balice Airport, ensuring your flight arrives by 1:30 PM. Be ready for the airport pick-up at 2:30 PM.

    The bus journey to your destination takes about 2 hours. Upon arrival, you'll have an evening welcome meeting and briefing with your guides. Accommodation for the night will be at a guesthouse in Koscielisko. 


    Kasprowy Wierch, in Poland's High Tatras, is a top destination for freeride skiing, offering steep slopes, deep powder, and extensive off-piste areas accessible by cable car from Zakopane. Advanced skiers can enjoy breathtaking views and fresh tracks in untouched snow, with local guides available for safety and navigation.

    Resort skiing on Kasprowy. Ride up by cable car with access to 2 lifts. Group skiing, skills assessment, and possibly a short ski touring trip in the vicinity of the resort.

    07:30 - breakfast
    08:30 - transfer to Kuźnice by bus and equipment check
    09:30-15:30 - cable car ride to Kasprowy, skiing/ski touring around Kasprowy with a lunch break at one of the mountain huts
    18:00 - dinner at the guesthouse


    Your journey begins with a hearty breakfast before checking out from the guesthouse and leaving any unnecessary luggage in storage. We'll then head to Kuźnice, where our day of exploration begins.

    You'll spend the day ski touring in the stunning Gąsienicowa Valley, with plenty of time to take in the breathtaking scenery. After a full day on the slopes, we'll head to the Murowaniec hut for check-in, followed by a delicious dinner and some well-deserved free time to relax.

    08:00 - breakfast
    09:00 - check-out from the guesthouse, leave unnecessary luggage for storage, and departure to Kuźnice
    10:00-16:00 - ski touring in the Gąsienicowa Valley area
    16:00 - check-in at the Murowaniec hut
    17:00 - dinner at the shelter and free time


    Starting with check-out and breakfast at the mountain hut, we begin our ski tour from Hala to the Five Lakes hut, with options for extended activities including skiing in the Dolina Pięciu Stawów area. The day concludes with dinner and leisure time back at the hut.

    07:00 - Check-out, breakfast at the mountain hut
    08:00 - Departure into the terrain: ski tour from Hala to the Five Lakes hut (minimum plan: https://mapa-turystyczna.pl/route/pj5k - 740 m ascent / 8.1 km). Depending on the group's capabilities, extended activities may include skiing in the Dolina Pięciu Stawów area.
    16:00 - Late lunch at the hut and free time
    19:00-20:00 - Dinner at the hut


    Ski tour to Morskie Oko, descent and dinner celebration in Szatra guesthouse

    07:30 - Check-out, breakfast at the mountain hut
    08:30 - Departure into the terrain: ski touring from Pięciu Stawów to Morskie Oko (minimum plan: https://mapa-turystyczna.pl/route/3zwzi - 600 m ascent / 8.4 km). Depending on the group's capabilities, activities may include extended skiing around Morskie Oko
    14:00 - Descent from Morskie Oko via the "nartostrada" to the parking at Palenica Białczańska
    15:00-16:00 - Transfer from Palenica to Kościelisko
    17:00 - Dinner in the Szatra guesthouse and celebrating a successful traverse


    Spend a relaxing afternoon at Chochołowskie Termy, enjoying a 4-hour ticket to one of the largest thermal bath complexes in Poland, featuring numerous pools, saunas, and wellness facilities ideal for unwinding after a day on the slopes. Following your rejuvenating experience, embark on a guided tour of Zakopane Old Town with an English-speaking guide. Discover the unique charm of this mountain town, famous for its distinctive wooden architecture, bustling markets, and rich cultural heritage. Your guide will provide insights into the local history and traditions, making your visit both informative and memorable.

    Charge the batteries before the big day tomorrow. Overnight in the guesthouse in Koscielisko. 

    08:00 - breakfast
    09:00 - departure to the thermal baths
    10:00-13:00 - Chochołowskie Thermal Baths
    13:00-14:00 - lunch
    14:00-18:00 - sightseeing in Zakopane
    19:00 - dinner in Szatra guesthouse


    After breakfast, you will go on a private transfer from Koscielisko to Roháče-Spálená in Slovakia for a day tour. Use ski lifts to gain altitude and explore the area. In the afternoon, return to your guesthouse in Koscielisko.

    7:00 - breakfast in the guesthouse
    08:00-09:00 - transfer to Slovakia
    09:00-15:00 - freeride and ski touring in the Rohace-Spalena area
    15:00-16:00 - return to Poland
    17:00 - dinner in the guesthouse


    After breakfast, enjoy a private transfer from your guesthouse in Koscielisko, located in the Tatra National Park, back to Krakow Balice Airport.

    We recommend booking flights that depart no sooner than 3:30 PM to allow ample time for travel and airport procedures.

    Alternatively, you may opt to extend your stay and spend an extra night in Krakow. Explore the city's charming Old Town, which boasts Rynek Główny, the largest medieval town square in Europe, surrounded by historic landmarks such as the Wawel Royal Castle and St. Mary's Basilica. Krakow, a UNESCO World Heritage site, offers a blend of cultural richness and vibrant atmosphere, with its cobblestone streets, lively markets, and renowned cultural institutions like the National Museum and the Jagiellonian University. This option allows you to further immerse yourself in Krakow's captivating history and architecture before continuing your journey.

    The train journey from Balice Airport to Krakow City Centre takes approximately 20 minutes. The airport train station provides direct access to Krakow Main Train Station.




Sat 22 Feb
- Sat 01 Mar
£1395 Book
Flexible From £1,395 PRIVATE GROUP Enquire

The price includes:

  • All guide fees and expenses
  • 5 nights HB traditional guesthouse accommodation in a dormitory-style room
  • 2 nights HB mountain Hut accommodation in a dormitory-style rooms
  • All transfers included
  • 4hr Spa & Wellness access in Chocholowskie Termy on a rest day
  • All lift pass costs
  • Zakopane guided tour on a rest day


The price does not include:

  • Lunches and beverage
  • Personal insurance
  • Equipment hire
  • Travel to/from Poland
  • Twin-room accommodation is subject to £25 supplement per person
  • Single-room accommodation is subject to £50 supplement per person


Accommodation in twin and single rooms is limited and will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Please specify your preference for room type during the booking process. All participants will be accommodated together in the same guesthouse.



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This is an extensive list of the recommended clothing and equipment you will need if you are coming to one of our Ski Tours.

During the tour you will be staying most nights in catered high mountain huts and will need to carry all the equipment and clothing you require for the duration of the tour. The huts are comfortable but basic with limited facilities. 

Any clothing or other items not required on the tour can be left in a travel bag at your first hotel ready for your return on the final night.

We recommend keeping the weight of your pack as light as possible. If you are new to alpine multi-day ski touring, try taking your pack out on the slopes before the tour to see how it feels. You quickly realise the benefit of ‘skiing light’.

If you are uncertain or need further information, don't hesitate to contact us.

  • For all touring trips it is essential you ski with an all-mountain/freeride type skis, ski touring boots and ski touring bindings. If you have your own skis but they do not have ski touring bindings then you will need to rent skis. The same applies if you have downhill ski boots, you will need to rent ski touring boots.


    This winter our lead guides are using Elan skis. Praised by magazine testers and professional skiers alike for its unique blend of lightweight performance, the Ripstick 96 is proven to be the ultimate freeride ski in all snow conditions. The Ripstick 106 is the ultimate freeride ski for any terrain. From boundary line to the base lodge, peak to the parking lot, and trailhead to tailgate this ski excels in all conditions. The new Ripstick Tour 94 is designed on a wider platform, enabling the skier to float better, ski faster, and turn easier in backcountry conditions.

    It is built to blend high performance at a low weight, for the perfect mix of freeride downhill performance and efficient ascending capability. With Ripstick Tour 94, the confidence to conquer long ascents and charge challenging descents is the name of the game.

    There are many ‘all-mountain/freeride’ skis to choose from and we also recommend skis from Salomon, Dynastar, Movement, Black Crows, Trab Skis, Scott and Volkl.  Look for a ski that is the right size for your height, typically the tip of the ski should be somewhere around your nose height.  As for the width of the ski or “side cut” a mid-fat ski – 90-110mm under the foot is a good place to start; this offers plenty of flotation off-piste while remaining suitable for day tours and they should also handle reasonably well on piste and mixed terrain.

    Elan Skis: www.elanskis.com

    Dynastar Skis:  www.dynastar.com

    Movement Skis: www.movementskis.com                                       

    Black Crows Skis: www.blackcrows-skis.com/

    Trab Skis: www.skitrab.com/en-us/

    Scott Skis: http://www.scott-sports.com

    Volkl Skis: http://www.voelkl.com


    There are plenty of other great skis to choose from so if you’re planning on buying skis for ski touring or general skiing and have any questions do not hesitate to call us, or Lockwoods, to discuss the options available.

    If you are planning on buying skis for ski touring and general skiing and have any questions do not hesitate to call us to discuss the options available to you.


    It is essential that you have ski touring boots for these trips as walking uphill is much more comfortable in these types of boots with a walk mode and great flex; a dedicated touring boot or a hybrid hike & ride boot is best. 

    Our guides are using ROXA boots. They recommend R3 ski boots, the lightest high-performance alpine ski boot in its class. The 110 TI is geared for big mountain chargers who may use “Tech” and/or Alpine bindings and often hike or skin to find their lines. The RX Tours is targeted toward skiers who prefer to blaze their own trail and leave the lift lines behind.

    Scarpa has led the way in touring boots for many years but they have been joined by other manufacturers like Dynafit, Salomon, Scott, Black Diamond, Dalbello and K2; all producing their own versions of ski touring boot.

    ROXAR3 and RX Tour ski boots provide a range of models suitable for all sorts of terrain and snow conditions. It is a family-owned company located in Italy, focused on advanced materials, and ultralight compounds and one of the first companies to use

    • Scarpa’s Freedom boots are their Hybrid offerings, with great ski performance, a walk mode and Vibram sole. Their Maestrale (men’s) and Gea (women’s) boots are also highly recommended.
    • The Scott Celeste and Cosmo boots have stood the test of time and are good all-around choices.
    • Salomon’s Quest Max series offer boots with a walk mode in various flex’s with good downhill performance.
    • Dynafit offer the Mercury or Vulcan boots plus a range of lightweight options like the TLT6.

    The best of the rest are:
    Fischer - Transalp
    Black Diamond – Quadrant and Factor
    K2 – Pinnacle boot
    Dalbello – Lupo or Sherpa
    Langue – XT series offer a ski boot with a walk mode in various flex options

    Boot Liners
    These days many manufacturers offer ‘thermo-fit¹ liners as standard equipment. You may also want to consider a custom liner as these are heated and molded to your foot and boot for a perfect fit. They can make all the difference especially if you have trouble finding really comfortable ‘off-the-shelf’ boots. Zipfit liners are a great option for anyone seeking total customisation in fit and comfort. They will replace the original liner.

    Custom Footbeds
    Essential kit – to provide additional comfort and ski control. If you want to get footbeds made or a pair of new boots fitted then we suggest you visit somewhere like Profeet for a professional fitting. Don’t forget if you have footbeds in your downhill boots but need to rent touring boots then you can bring the footbeds with you and put them in the hire boots.

    For all ski touring trips ski touring bindings are essential. Fritschi and Marker both make excellent ski-touring bindings and you have a few different options to choose from. Many more people are seeing the advantage of the “pin” binding system now offered by a number of manufacturers as these are light and offer ever-improving security despite their minimalist looks!

    It’s essential you have ski touring bindings on your skis. Although Pin bindings have been around since the Dynafit Low Tech bindings over 30 years ago since their patent expired the technology has advanced substantially. Salomon, with their Shift Binding, are at the forefront; they’re ‘multi norm compatible’ so fit a selection of boots and are lighter than most freeride bindings. Our lead guides are using the Shift binding this winter, so if you’d like to know more about them give Lockwoods a ring.

    Ski Poles
    We recommend telescopic poles. They must have wide powder baskets (4-5 inches/100-120mm diameter) otherwise you’ll be up to your armpits on the ascents. Go for an alloy rather than carbon poles which are lighter but have a nasty habit of snapping near the basket due to ski edge nicks.

    For most ski tours especially multi-day hut-to-hut tours you will need a 35 - 40 litre rucksack. You might get away with a big 30 liter pack if you are an experienced ski tourer and know what to pack. Most people will find a 35-40 liter pack is a good size for touring.

    Key features of a good ski touring pack:

    • a method of attaching your skis in either an A-frame (one either side) or both together on a diagonal ski carriage
    • easy access into the main compartment without having to empty the sack to get something at the bottom
    • separate pocket for avalanche shovel, handle and probe
    • small top pocket for items like wallet, sunglassed/goggles etc; an ice axe loop
    • built-in rain cover and a secure method of attaching/stowing a ski helmet 
    • good hip/waist belt and adjustable shoulder straps

    Ortovox Haute Route 40 rucksack will be a good choice for ski touring trips. 

    Avalanche airbag rucksacks can be used for touring but they are heavy, adding somewhere between 5-8kg just for an empty pack plus canister. So unless you are sure you can carry it and fit all you need in, we do not recommend you use one. 

    Over a long multiday tour, every gram of weight is important as you have to carry and move it yourself. Carrying a heavy pack will hinder and tire all but the most experienced and fit ski tourer.


  • When choosing clothing for ski touring you want to think light, warm and versatile. During the trip weather conditions will change and you’re likely to go from warm afternoons where you’ll be carrying most of your gear in your rucksack, to icy-cold mornings when you’re wearing everything to keep warm! Getting hold of the best and lightest kit available is always worth it and most of the major brands will be able to supply a suitable kit.

    This season, we’ve partnered with Ortovox to provide us with the very best safety kit and clothing. Our guides will all be decked out in the latest Ortovox jackets and trousers and will keep warm, dry and comfortable thanks to their technical wool base- and mid-layers. Our guides couldn’t recommend their kit more highly.


    • Roll neck rather than a scarf. We use and recommend the ‘Buff¹ ¬ a light, stretchable tube. Excellent despite the name! They do both a fleece/cotton version for warmth or just a cotton one (to keep the sun off).
    • Headwear to include warm hat and sun-cap or wide-brim hat for extra protection from the sun. Mountain Tracks fully supports the wearing of helmets for skiing, although not mandatory for any of our trips we do recommend them.
    • An outer shell jacket made of waterproof and breathable material like Gore-Tex or similar with a built-in hood. The lighter the better and so a shell is recommended rather than an insulated jacket.
    • 1-2 thin fleeces - rather than a thick layer between your skin and the outer shell - an approach which gives better heat retention and good flexibility. These tops are known as ‘mid layers’. The principle of ‘layering’ e.g. allowing you to easily add/remove layers depending on the temperature and the activity is recommended to ensure comfort on the mountain.
    • Insulation layer like a down or Primaloft jacket is a good item to have ready to wear in the event of cold weather, it can live in your rucksack as a spare layer and can come in very handy for sudden changes in the weather.
    • For the lower half it’s essential that you have a pair of thermal base layer pants (long johns).
    • These can then be combined with either:
    • (a) a good pair of ‘technical shell’ pants in a waterproof and breathable fabric like Gore-Tex (b) a pair of mountain or alpine pants in a softshell material together with a pair of lightweight, breathable over trousers with long side zips.
    • Top and bottom underwear made of a synthetic, wicking material. Very popular at the moment are the wool based layers from companies such as Ortovox. They are comfy, breathable and warm when needed and can be worn for days without your friends catching a whiff!
    • Good quality Gore-Tex gloves or mitts and a thin pair of softshell or fleece gloves for when it is hot and for ski touring in. Silk inner gloves can be useful if the weather is cold and you suffer from cold hands.
    • Technical Socks - Investing in good quality ski socks will improve fit, warmth and feel when skiing for long periods. Bring along a few pairs.
  • The “Safety Trilogy” - required on all our ski tours and off-piste courses.

    • Avalanche Transceiver/Beacon
    • Snow shovel
    • Avalanche probe

    We recommend Simple and intuitive ORTOVOX AVALANCHE RESCUE KIT 3+ 


    Remember it is not enough just to carry this equipment; you have to know how to use it. 

    How about joining one of our specialist avalanche courses – check out www.mountaintracks.co.uk/activity/avalanche-training

    • Ski Skins – these are skins which, now made of artificial fabric, stick to the bottom of your skis and allow you to walk up hill. They must be cut to fit your skis exactly, so if you are bringing your own skis you must provide your own skins.
    • Ski Crampons (aka couteaux) - most ski touring bindings have ski crampons specifically designed for the binding. We always carry these just in case. Again if you are bringing your skis and touring bindings you must provide your own ski crampons. 
    • Ice Axe - general lightweight mountaineering / alpine pick. Ideally this needs to be short enough to fit in your pack.
    • Boot Crampons - ideally lightweight aluminum ones although steel crampons are required for more demanding tours
    • Climbing Harness - a simple lightweight harness. The key feature is that it should have fully adjustable leg loops for putting on over ski boots, crampons, etc.
    • Helmet - Some people choose to ski tour with a helmet, this is up to you. If you bring a Normal ski helmet they are heavy to carry. Many manufacturers now have lightweight ski touring helmets that work well.

    On some tours in non-glaciated terrain, an ice-axe, boot crampons and climbing harness may not always be required. However, as conditions and itineraries can change, we generally recommend bringing these items with you. If you do not own these items they can be rented to you by our guides or via one of the local sports shops.
    • Good pair of ski goggles with a lens for low light is essential in the event of snow and poor visibility
    • Good quality sunglasses with 100% UV protection
    • 35 – 40 liter rucksack
    • 1 – 1.5 Liter water bottle – we don’t recommend hydration systems (e.g. camelbak) in winter as they can freeze.
    • Food – bring some of your favorite hill nibbles (chocolate, energy bars)*
    • Suncream and lip salve
    • Camera with a large capacity memory card!
    • Money – most hotels, shops and restaurants accept credit cards, but not all the alpine huts do. You should allow about 30-40 Swiss Francs or 20-30 Euros per day for lunch and drinks (amount approximate and depends on consumption)
    Please note that your guide will have a few “spares” and other safety items that he or she will ask the group to carry between them; so leave a small space in your sack for an item e.g. spare skin, spare ski pole, emergency shelter.

    For a hut night:
    • Lightweight sleeping bag liner – now compulsory in most huts.
    • Wash kit with small personal first aid items – should include:
    • Toothbrush and paste - a mini one is ideal
    • Soap
    • Anti-bacterial hand cleaner
    • Wet wipes – essential to try to maintain hygiene
    • Tissues and toilet roll
    • Plasters – of various sizes and possibly some adhesive wound dressings.
    • Pain Killers – aspirin or Paracetamol/Nurofen
    • Antiseptic cream or wipes
    • Blister kit – compeed and elastic tape to hold it in place (essential)!
    • (Note: Guides will have comprehensive first aid kits and are qualified in mountain first aid)
    • Small light quick dry towel e.g. a Lifeventure Soft fiber towel
    • Most huts have limited washing facilities
    • Earplugs – it can get quite noisy!
    • Headtorch - lightweight and carry spare batteries.
    • Book, pack of cards and or Ipod/MP3 player – It’s nice to have something to read or listen to when you are in the huts or to challenge your fellow travelers to a game of card. These items are not essential but if you have space you might appreciate them.
    What to wear in the hut
    We are often asked by people what they should wear in the hut. It's a good question as you don't want to carry many or any extra clothes with you if they are not required. In the winter you will probably end up wearing your base layer thermals (top & bottom) or you can carry a lightweight pair of loose trousers to wear around the hut in the afternoons/evenings. Your base layer top is what you will probably wear on your top half or you can carry a t-shirt to wear in the hut that can double to sleep in. 

    Food and Water
    We suggest you bring with you or buy in resort snack food that you can take out on the hill with you each day. Things like cereal bars, dried fruit and nuts, chocolate, sugary sweets or your favorite hill snacks. When you’re staying overnight in huts its best to take supplies for the days you are away. Huts do sell food but it’s expensive and sometimes stocks run low.
    If you have any food allergies or dietary requirements especially if you are a Coeliac (Gluten free) or have a dairy allergy we strongly recommend you bring some food with you that you can supplement your dinners with. The huts are fairly good at providing for vegetarians but less so for other dietary needs.
    You have to buy bottled water in the huts as usually any running water is non-potable. Bottled water is expensive in French and Swiss huts; you can be paying upto 12-16CHF per 1.5L bottle of water. So please ensure you budget for this cost.

  • Most resorts have ski shops that hire ski equipment and we try to provide relevant contact details for all our courses and tours.

    Prices do change by resort/country, but here’s an approximate guide to hire costs for 6-days hire:

    Touring Skis plus skins and ski crampons €150-180
    Touring boots €80-90 
    Boot Crampons €45-50
    Ice Axe €30-40
    Harness €20-30
    Helmet €20-30
    Transceiver/shovel/probe €75-80

    Our guides also generally have additional sets of safety equipment (transceiver/shovel/probe) which they hire out to clients for €65 for 6 days hire. Must be booked in advance.

High Tatras

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The Republic of Poland, located in Central Europe, is a diverse and scenic country with the High Tatras, part of the Carpathian Mountains, as a major highlight. This region, along the Polish-Slovakian border, is a prime destination for winter sports enthusiasts, offering a range of activities like skiing, snowboarding, and freeride adventures.

High Tatras: Winter Sports Paradise

Geography and Climate

The High Tatras, often called the "Polish Alps," feature peaks over 2,500 meters high. The alpine climate ensures cold winters and ample snowfall, creating perfect conditions for winter sports from late November to early April.

Top Ski Resorts

  1. Zakopane: Known as Poland's "Winter Capital," Zakopane offers slopes for all skill levels, modern ski lifts, and vibrant après-ski options.

  2. Kasprowy Wierch: Accessible by cable car, this peak is ideal for advanced skiers and freeriders with its challenging terrain and breathtaking views.

  3. Białka Tatrzańska: A family-friendly resort with well-maintained pistes, combining skiing with thermal baths and wellness facilities.

Freeride and Off-Piste Adventures

The High Tatras are renowned for their off-piste and freeride terrain, attracting thrill-seekers globally. The Tatra National Park ensures these areas remain pristine, offering numerous unmarked trails and deep powder runs. Guided tours are available for safety and to explore the best routes.

Tatra National Park

Established in 1954, Tatra National Park is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, balancing recreation with conservation. It features glacial lakes, dense forests, and diverse wildlife, offering winter activities like hiking, snowshoeing, and ice climbing alongside skiing.


Poland's High Tatras are a premier winter sports destination, offering family-friendly resorts and challenging off-piste terrain. The combination of natural beauty, modern amenities, and environmental conservation makes the High Tatras an unforgettable winter adventure. Whether skiing in Zakopane or exploring Kasprowy Wierch, the High Tatras promise a thrilling and scenic winter escape.

  • It is a condition of booking that you are insured for your chosen activity and the cover must include medical expenses, personal accident, personal liability, third party risks and rescue (including helicopter rescue). You are strongly advised also to take out cover against cancellation and curtailment.

    For UK residents Ski Club Travel Insurance may be a suitable option.

    For more details and to purchase a policy online visit http://www.skiclubinsurance.co.uk/
    If you need assistance arranging your personal insurance please let us know.

  • To travel from the United Kingdom to Krakow Balice Airport in Poland, you can typically find direct flights from major airports such as London Heathrow (LHR), London Stansted (STN), London Gatwick (LGW), Manchester (MAN), Bristol (BRS), and Birmingham (BHX). Flight durations vary depending on the departure airport, but generally, direct flights range from 2 to 3 hours.

    1. London to Krakow: Direct flights from London airports (Heathrow, Stansted, Gatwick) to Krakow Balice Airport have a flight duration of approximately 2 to 2.5 hours.

    2. Manchester to Krakow: Direct flights from Manchester to Krakow Balice Airport typically take around 2.5 to 3 hours.

    3. Birmingham to Krakow: Flights from Birmingham to Krakow Balice Airport usually have a flight time of about 2.5 to 3 hours.

    For the most frequent flights, airlines such as British Airways, Ryanair, easyJet, and Jet2 offer regular services between the UK and Krakow. It's recommended to check with the airlines or travel booking websites for current schedules and availability. Upon arrival at Krakow Balice Airport, travellers can easily access Krakow City Centre via a 20-minute train journey directly from the airport station to Krakow Main Train Station.


    From Krakow, travellers can easily reach Zakopane, a popular destination in the Tatra Mountains, by various transportation options.

    The most convenient way is by direct bus or train, both departing frequently from Krakow Main Train Station (Kraków Główny). The journey by bus takes approximately 2 to 3 hours, depending on traffic, while the train journey can range from 2.5 to 3.5 hours. Both routes offer scenic views of the Polish countryside and the Tatra Mountains as you approach Zakopane.

    Alternatively, private transfers are available for a quicker and more personalized travel experience. Zakopane, known as the "Winter Capital of Poland," attracts visitors year-round for its skiing, hiking, and cultural attractions, making it an ideal trip starting from Krakow Balice Airport.

  • ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authorisation System) 

    1. What is ETIAS?

      • Starting in the first half of 2025, travellers from over 60 visa-exempt countries will be required to have an ETIAS travel authorisation to enter most European countries within the Schengen Area.
      • ETIAS enhances security by checking the details of travellers before they arrive.
      • It is similar to systems like the ESTA (USA) and eTA (Canada).
    2. Who Needs ETIAS?

      • Travellers with British passports or passports from other visa-exempt countries must complete the ETIAS process.
      • Holders of EU or Schengen Area passports or valid EU/Schengen Area visas are exempt.
    3. Application Details:

      • ETIAS costs a 7EUR processing fee, waived for those under 18 or over 70.
      • Validity: Three years from application, tied to your passport’s validity.
      • New passport = new ETIAS.
    4. Application Form Questions:

      • Basic personal details (e.g., passport info, name, address, citizenship, gender).
      • Additional questions during the process (e.g., criminal history, past travel, health).
    5. Application Fee:

      • 7EUR euros.
      • Electronic payment via debit/credit card.
    6. Approval:

      • Most applicants receive approval within minutes.
      • Valid ETIAS visa waiver for three consecutive years.

    Remember to apply for ETIAS approval to explore your favourite European destinations! More details will be confirmed by ETIAS authorities. You can find additional information at the following links:


    EES (Entry/Exit System)

    The Entry/Exit System (EES) is an automated IT system developed by the European Agency for the operational management of large-scale IT systems. Its primary purpose is to register travellers from third countries each time they cross an EU external border. Here are the key points:

    1. What is EES?

    2. Who Is Affected?

      • The EES applies to non-EU nationals travelling for a short stay (up to 90 days within any 180 days) to European countries using the EES.
      • Exemptions apply; for example, holders of EU or Schengen Area passports or valid visas are exempt from EES registration.
    3. Advantages of EES:

      • Saves time by replacing manual passport stamping.
      • Automates border control procedures for more efficient travel.
      • It helps identify travellers who overstay or use fake identities or passports.
      • Contributes to preventing, detecting, and investigating serious criminal offences.
     Remember, additional information about the EES system will be confirmed by authorities, including application acceptance details. For further resources, check out the ETIAS and the official EES website. 

  • To ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone, all participants must meet the specified skill and stamina levels required for each trip, as outlined on the trip’s page at the time of booking.

    Please keep the following in mind:

    1. Trip Requirements: Before booking your trip, please review and confirm that you meet the necessary skill and stamina levels. These requirements are in place to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all participants.

    2. Guides' Discretion: Our guides and instructors are dedicated to maintaining the highest safety standards. They have the authority to exclude any participant who does not meet the required skill or stamina levels or whose participation could compromise the group's safety. This decision will be made with the utmost consideration.

    3. Responsibility for Costs: Should you be unable to continue with the trip due to inadequate skill or stamina, any additional expenses incurred will be your responsibility.

    We appreciate your understanding and cooperation. Our goal is to provide a memorable and safe adventure for everyone. If you have any questions or concerns about the requirements, please do not hesitate to contact us.

    For further information please refer to the Terms & Conditions

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