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1-Day Trek to Rysy from the Polish Side

1-Day Trek to Rysy from the Polish Side
Rysy, Polish side
Rysy, Polish side
Rysy, Polish side
Rysy, Polish side

Let UIMLA-certified mountain leader Marcel take you on an epic day hike up the Polish side of Rysy in the High Tatras mountain range.

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1 Day

Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct




Let me take you to the highest point of Poland on this day-trek to Rysy in the High Tatras! Hike through some of the most picturesque mountain scenery on your way to the summit on the border of Slovakia and Poland.

Rysy is located in the main ridge of the High Tatras mountain range, right on the border of Slovakia and Poland. At 2,499 meters, Rysy claims the tallest peak of Poland, and even has an additional peak on the Slovak side.

It is a popular hike for adventurers and travelers, and during the summer offers multiple paths to get to the summit that vary in time and difficulty. Being surrounded by the lakes and wildlife as you climb makes this a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

And of course, the views from the summit expose the immense beauty of two countries – you couldn´t ask for a better vantage point.

Our program will start in Palenica Bialczanska at 1,000 meters. We will travel up to the largest lake in the High Tatras, Morskie Oko, and on to the second-deepest lake, Black Lake. The scenery around the lakes will give you a rare chance to explore the remote nature of Poland first hand.

The next leg of our ascent is a technically difficult hike, and will include a long section of path that is aided by chains. The reward for our hard work is reaching the summit of Rysy and its unparalleled panoramas, making the climb all the more satisfying.

After a small rest at the peak, we can choose to return to Palenica Bialczanska using the way we came, with a break at a mountain hut by Morskie Oko. Or we can also choose to hike down the Slovak path through Popradske Pleso to Strbske Pleso to experience both sides of the mountain.

This is a difficult hike, spanning 10-12 hours of trekking. You should be an experienced hiker and be in great physical shape.

Book now and spend your day on an unforgettable trek to the top of Rysy – one of Poland´s most incredible adventures!

I can also take you on a program to ascend Rysy from the Slovak side! Or I can take you on a day trek to one the best spots in the High Tatras – Krivan!

Price includes

- Guiding fee

Price details

Price does NOT include transportation to/from the starting point, nor does it include your required mountain insurace. If applicable, it does NOT include the price of the horse carriage ticket.


Day 1: Hike to Rysy

We will begin at Palenica Bialczanska at 1,000 meters. Here you may choose the optional horse carriage up to Morskie Oko.

We will travel up to the largest lake in the High Tatras, Morskie Oko (1,400m), and on to the second-deepest lake, Black Lake.

Our ascent increases in difficulty as we climb to the summit. It includes a long section of path that is aided by chains. Once we reach the summit of Rysy (2,499m), we will have a small rest.

We may choose a descent back to Palenica Bialczanska and stop by a mountain hut near Morskie Oko. Or we may choose to descend via the Slovak side of the mountain and climb down to Strbske Pleso (1,350m).



More info

You have an optional horse carriage that will take you to Morskie Oko. This is not included in the price.

You will need to purchase mountain insurance for Slovakian Mountain Rescue Services. Any international mountain insurance will suffice.

Meeting point

Palenica Bialczanska.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Is it also possible to hike up to Rysy from Slovakia?

How experience do I need to be? How difficult is the hike?

What equipment do I need to take with me?

I'm alone, is it possible to join a group?

When is the best period to climb up to Rysy?

How many hikers can you take with you?

Are you offering other outdoor/adventure guided tours in & around the Tatras?

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I’ll be in Krakow, how can I come to the starting point of the hike?

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About the guide

I'm a UIMLA mountain leader and national tourist guide (for cultural and historical heritage trips).

I was born in Poprad in 1969. From my early childhood, I often looked out my bedroom window into the distance of the picturesque High Tatras, which fascinated me even then. In high school I started going with my friends to a small climbing "expedition" on the surrounding rocks, and later to the High Tatras. Mostly I went with a friend whose father was a member of the Mountain Rescue Service. During my studies at Comenius University in Bratislava, I loved coming back to the mountains.
In 1999 I started actively volunteering paramedic of the Tatra Mountain Rescue Service, and then I was hired there.
Precisely because of my relationship with the mountains I began working as a tourist guide with a focus on mountain areas.
Since 1998 I accompany tourists from around the world to the mountains and surrounding towns.
In 2011 I got certified as mountain leader.
Besides, I have been working as a member of the Council of the Slovak Association of mountain Leaders since it was established in 2011.


Slovak | Polish | English



What people are saying about this trip

Darren Breen


August, 2023

Marcel and Ondrej were fantastic- incredibly friendly helpful and supportive- another fantastic hook up courtesy of Explore-Share. Definitely endorse this platform and the super high calibre guides they recruit.

Liane Wright


July, 2023

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Dave Laurie


June, 2023

A wonderful trip, trek & experience with Explore-Share mainly due to Marcel our guide, the/his service & communications ahead of our overseas travel were second to none. Marcel provided us with confidence during the tough day & his knowledge & background history/stories associated to the area, changing of borders, etc made our day very interesting & rewarding. I would certainly recommend Explore-Share with Marcel’s services to anyone who is looking to summit Mt. Rysy, very professional & reassuring during the trek. Thanks Marcel, your company & guiding was exceptional making our trip so memorable, top man 🏔️👌🏽

Victoria Bryant


November, 2022

Marcel has a professional but friendly approach to hiking. His love of hiking, climbing, Slovakia, history, and of course the mountains is obvious and contagious. I would recommend him to anyone from beginner or advanced outdoor person.

Richard Scrivener


July, 2022

Hello! I have been thoroughly impressed by the service and assistance that explore-share have provided the past couple years in helping to plan my trip to the High Tatras in Poland. I really appreciated the flexibility that they provided in allowing me to rearrange my trip twice owing to covid. They were responsive and communicative throughout. This trip was part of my Stag weekend celebrations and explore-share connected me with an outstanding guide in the form of Marcel - he was an excellent recommendation and we really enjoyed our guided hike in the High Tatras with him. Marcel was an outstanding professional, placed a high focus on preparing well and staying safe, and was also a great guy! Highly recommend. Many thanks and best wishes - Richard

Reza Mahmoudi


June, 2022

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Alicja Robson


October, 2020

Great service and very knowledgable; also an excellent motivator!

Madhura Sawant


September, 2020

The hike was much more difficult than I was prepared for but it was worth every view! Marcel is a very experienced guide and very patient, and has a lot of knowledge about the Tatras mountains and surrounding regions. I would recommend Marcel to anyone who is looking for a guided trek or tour in the Tatras / Carpathian ranges, either in Poland or Slovakia :) P.S. Hiking poles are good to have while descending from Rysy peak. Thank you very much!

Janice Yeong


December, 2019

Marcel is a very experienced and knowledgable guide who shared with us a lot of interesting facts of the region. He also took his time to explain a lot of details to us and helped us to take wonderful photos during the hike. Being a 1st timer to hiking, he has exceeded our expectation and is a highly recommended guide to engage.



November, 2019

A truly great guide Marcel Kubinsky, helpful and patient, he was prepared for different situations throughout the climb. Nice interlocutor, we spent the whole time talking about mountains, life at the mountains, mountaineering etc. We are happy about this climb.

Claire Hammontree


October, 2019

Marcel was an awesome guide! The hike was the highlight of my trip to Poland

Viviane Fonseca


July, 2019

The guide Jakub was the best!  He is an excellent guide and a great person, always with a smile on his face, even when I was slow ... He told me about the local nature and history. Very smart guide and good person, I felt very safe with him.


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