Giewont is the most famous, most frequently climbed and probably the most crowded mountain in the Polish Tatras. You can go to Giewont along several tourist routes that connect at the Wyżnia Kondracka Przełęcz. There is only one one-way route from the pass to the top, with several chains to facilitate climbing over slippery rocks. Giewont is not a difficult mountain but it should not be underestimated and go there with sneakers or without additional clothes and a jacket. Because these are the Tatra Mountains and the weather can change very quickly. I would not recommend climbing Giewont in the rain either - the rocks are very slippery then, and the metal cross on the top can attract lightning.
I did not climb Giewont until the third time - I turned twice from the Wyżnia Przełęcz Kondracka because a storm was approaching. The summit was very close, but you had to withdraw. The mountain will not disappear - it will wait. You will climb on it next time.
I called our trip "Tour de Giewont" because we made quite a nice circle. We left Zakopane in the morning from Rondo Jana Pawła II Rondo and through Dolina Białego, Sarnia Skała, Polana Stążyska, Grzybowiec we went to Giewont, we returned through Kondratowa Dolina and Kuźnice. Trail length: 19 km, walking time: 9 hours, ascents and descents sum: 1,525 meters. To make it easier, here's a link to the map: trail to Giewont.
The Giewont massif with the characteristic silhouette of a sleeping knight. The head is Wielki Giewont with a height of 1894 m, the neck is a deep pass called Szczerba (1810 m), and the body is the Dlugi Giewont (1868 m).
We followed the yellow trail through the Białego Valley from Zakopane. fter about an hour we reached Ścieżka nad Reglami and turned right and along the black trail we reached the Red Pass (Czerwona Przełęcz).
We turned right on the pass and after about 10 minutes we climbed Sarnia Skała.
A moment of rest, a few photos and admiring the landscapes on Sarnia Skała (Sarnia Rock).
Zakopane is beautifully visible above the forest and we only reached 1377 meters in height.
There, you can take a break at the Parzenica Tea House after going down the black trail to Strążyska Polana. It is not a hostel but rather a bar - you can drink and eat local food there. After the break, I recommend a short walk along the yellow trail to the Siklawica waterfall.
We followed the red trail to Giewont from Polana Strążyska. According to the map, the walking time to the Wyższa Kondracka Pass is 2 hours and 20 minutes. The sum of the ascents is 765 meters. The trail is in the forest for the first hour.
We keep going up and we can see more and more. Here is the view from the red trail to Wielka Polana in the Little Meadow Valley (Dolina Małej Łąki).
Such landscapes always amaze me: mountains, rocks, grasses, mountain pines ... in such places I feel like in the most beautiful botanical garden. It's hard to resist taking pictures ... but you have to go, because it's still a bit to the top. Getting to the mountain peak is only half way. We still have to go back down before dark.
You can enter Giewont from different sides. The easiest and shortest trail to Giewont is the blue trail from Kuźnice through the Kondratowa Valley. I do not recommend this trail because it always has the most people. You can also climb Giewont along the yellow trail through the Mała Łąki Valley and the Kondracka Pass. However, my favorite path is the red trail from the Strążyska Valley through Grzybowiec. In my opinion, this route offers the most beautiful views.
We reached the Wyżnia Kondracka Przełęcz. During the rest, we could see the glider's flight right next to the top of Giewont. The glider came almost silently from Zakopane, made a large arc around the top and flew away ...
The iron cross on top of Giewont is 15 meters high and weighs 1,819 kilograms. The cross was installed on August 19, 1901 to celebrate the 1900th birthday of Jesus Christ. Thanks to this, the peak of Giewont is extremely dangerous during a storm. Tourists and pilgrims have been struck by lightning many times.
A view to the east from the slopes of Giewont to the Kondratowa Valley, Goryczkowa Czuba, Kasprowy Wierch and Świnica.
We descended from Giewont along the blue trail through the Kondracka Pass, Kondratowa Valley to Kuźnice. According to the map, the descent time is about two and a half hours, total descents: 895 m, distance: 6 kilometers.
Somewhere there should be visible the cable car from Kasprowy Wiech ...
On the blue trail on Hala Kondratowa there is a PTTK mountain hut. You can rest for a while, drink and eat something good... It's only about an hour's walk to Kuźnice from here and it's downhill almost all the time :-) so there's no rush anymore.
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