One day trip to Kościelec (2155 m - 7070 ft) in the High Tatras in Poland. We started in the morning from the parking lot in Brzeziny (1007 m) to Hala Gąsienicowa. From there through Czarny Staw Gąsienicowy, Mały Kościelec, the Karb Pass to Kościelec. Returning, we went to dinner at the Murowaniec shelter. The whole route is about 20 km, time less than 8 hours, the total number of approaches and descents: 1251 m. Link to our trekking trail to Kościelec.
Forest in the Tatras
We entered the black tourist trail leading to Hala Gąsienicowa at the Brzeziny parking lot. At the beginning we walked the path in the valley through the spruce forest.
Trail to Hala Gąsienicowa
The trail in the Sucha Woda Valley to Hala Gąsienicowa. From the car park to the Murowaniec hostel it is 6.5 km, over 2 hours walk and 500 m approach.
Dry Water Valley
Dolina Suchej Wody (Dry Water Valley) and a mountain river without water ... Giant boulders in a dry riverbed look apocalyptic ...
This small wooden building at Hala Gąsienicowa is Betlejemka - the Central Training Center of the Polish Mountaineering Association (PZA) in the Tatra Mountains.
These pink flowers growing in summer in Hala Gąsienicowa are the Rosebay willowherb (fireweed). In the background, slightly to the left, this almost perfectly triangular pyramid is Kościelec.
Kościelec, due to its shape, is often called the Polish or Tatra Matterhorn, although sometimes some also call it the Mountain of Fear.
Czarny Staw Gąsienicowy
Czarny Staw Gąsienicowy (located at 1624 m - 5328 ft high) is a large glacial lake in the High Tatras. Its depth is 51 meters (167 ft).
We're going there...
Kościelec Peak seen from below at maximum zoom (200 mm) ... this rock is so big and the people are so small ...
Variable weather in the mountains
The weather is changing every moment - sometimes the sun, sometimes rain. Once the mountain is visible, and in a moment you cannot see ...
Czarny Staw and Orla Perć
The sun came out from behind the clouds and it got warm. View from the trail to Mały Kościelec. In the picture: Czarny Staw Gąsienicowy and Orla Perć.
Nature in the Tatra Mountains, Mały Kościelec
Nature in the Tatras is amazing - rocks, mosses, mountain pine ...
Trail to Kościelec
We pass through Mały Kościelec (1863 m). There is the Karb Pass (1853 m) in front of us. And then the last ascent along the black trail to Kościelec. The trail is not very difficult as long as it is dry, in trekking shoes there is no problem with climbing up and down. The problem starts when some rain appears.
Sudden change of weather in the Tatra Mountains
If it can be harder then why shouldn't it be... Just 15 minutes before the sun was shining, suddenly black clouds came and it started to rain. The weather in the Tatras can change very quickly so you need to have clothes for every occasion in your backpack. There is no better rainwear than a foil cape - ideally waterproof, windproof and very light.
Climbing in Kościelec
There are no artificial facilities such as chains or buckles on the trail. There are 2 or 3 places along the way that require little climbing. As long as the rocks are dry, there is no problem. After rain, the rocks get very slippery and you have to be very careful.
16 Szczyt Koscielca
At the summit of Kościelec (2,155 m a.s.l. - 7 070 ft). We went to the top although the end of the trail after the rain was not easy. Now a moment to admire the cloudy Tatra mountains. At the top of Rysy we had similar weather.
Mountain view from the slopes of Kościelec
The mountain sceneries and the energy you get when you reach the summit compensate for all your hardships.
Going down is harder than climbing
Sometimes you go down the mountain is much more difficult than climbing.
We descended from the Karb Pass along the blue trail through the Zielona Gąsienicowa Valley towards the Murowaniec hut.
Mountain shelter PTTK Murowaniec
We went to the PTTK "Murowaniec" Hostel on Hala Gąsienicowa for dinner coming back from the mountains. After a short rest, we still had a 6.5 km walk down to the car.
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