Join UIMLA-certified mountain leader Marcel on a 1-day trek overlooking two countries – Poland and Slovakia – from Rysy in the High Tatras.
Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
Come see Poland and Slovakia in one awesome trek to Rysy, the highest peak in Poland (2,499m)! You will have perfect views of both countries as you make your ascent through the beautiful landscape on the Slovak side of the mountain.
The Rysy peak is located in the main ridge of the High Tatras Mountains, right on the border between Poland and Slovakia. It has a summit of 2,503 meters on the Slovak side, as well as the summit on the Polish side at 2,499 meters – the country´s highest point.
Its status as the highest point in Poland makes it a popular destination for climbers and tourists. It is one of the most visited peaks in the High Tatras, and it is even said that Vladimir Lenin climbed Rysy at some point in the early 20th century!
We will start from one of Slovakia´s most charming glacial lakes – Strbske Pleso (1,350m). After about an hour and a half, we will reach Mengusovska Valley and hike around the Frog Lakes. With the security of chains, we will make the difficult ascent to the mountain hut beneath the peak.
After a short breather, let’s head through Saddle Vaha and take in the sites of the summit. Enjoy the best views that both Poland and Slovakia have to offer, including the Tazka Valley.
This is no easy hike. You should be in excellent physical condition and have some experience hiking in the mountains.
Book now and don´t miss out on your chance to see Poland and Slovakia in one great day hike to Rysy!
If you want to take a harder ascent to the top, follow me to the summit from the Polish side! Or try my day hiking program in the beautiful Furkotska and Mlynicka Valleys!
- Guiding fee
Price does NOT include transportation to/from the starting point, nor does it include the required mountain insurance.
We start from Strbske Pleso and hike roughly 1.5 hours to the Mengusovska Valley and Frog Lakes.
We will then make a difficult ascent to the mountain hut below the summit of Rysy and take a short rest. The last part of the journey will take us to the summit.
Our descent will take us back down the way we came.
You will need to purchase insurance for Slovakian Mountain Rescue Services. Any international mountain insurance is sufficient.
Other gear: Hiking boots, socks, T-shirt, trousers, warm jacket, waterproof jacket, cap, gloves, personal medication, sunscreen, personal first aid kid, snacks, cell phone, camera.
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
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.
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Marcel wasn't able to complete this trip with us, but he provided another certified guide named Veronika who provided an excellent trip! The area was beautiful and the Via Ferrata was a lot of fun. We recommend being prepared for a long (but beautiful) hike before reaching the Via Ferrata and having your own snacks. Luckily Veronika had some delicious food to share with us :)
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
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If you find yourself in Slovakia do not miss an opportunity for a hike with Marcel in Paradise National Park. He is an amazing guide, and my hike with him was a definite highlight of my almost two week vacation in three countries. He is very experienced and knowledgeable, watched over me, and kept us moving at a comfortable pace with opportunities for breaks in between. He also speaks excellent English, and always responded promptly and was in touch frequently before the trip which gave me peace of mind. He also took wonderful pictures of me and surroundings during the hike which are such fun memories to have to look back on. Again, DO NOT MISS an opportunity for a hike in Slovakia with Marcel!!
Super guide, excellent knowledge of area, history and nature. Great with the kids. Gives a lot of confidence with to the point technical explanations on kids (8 and 10yo) level. Can make himself understandable to kids although they do not speak English. Would not hesitate to go again on a trip with him.
Marcel was an excellent guide for our trip. Not only did he speak fluent English (few people do in Slovakia), guided and helped us, but also was a dedicated photographer of the adventure. Highest recommendations.
Marcel is a great guide. We had a great day with him - both for the places but especially for his company. You can definitely see he loves his job, the places and showing them to people. Aside from being an expert of his own field, he has also been a great travel companion and he had many historical/anecdotical stories to share. Definitely recommended!
Great service and very knowledgable; also an excellent motivator!
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!
Very good trip, a mountain range offering a lot of opportunities, big diversity in small distance. Marcel, the guide of this trip was really a good promoter of his region : the high Tatras, very professional with high human values. In one word : great.
Given its lofty name, Paradise National Park could have been setting itself up to be underwhelming, but it didn't disappoint! It truly is a paradise if you, like me, can't get enough of primeval woodland, stunning waterfalls and a bit of adventure along the way! Marcel was the perfect guide, and his years in the business of guiding and also mountain rescue really shone through. As well as answering all my questions about the park from a nature point of view, he also gave me a fascinating overview of Slovakia's cultural/political history. This was my first-ever attempt at via ferrata and he gave me a great crash course on the equipment and safety procedures so I felt fully prepared. I am now a fully committed fan and will definitely be signing up to more via ferrata trips! Thanks for a fantastic day, Marcel.
Marcel is a great guide. He showed us the beauty of slovak paradise, told great stories about the Slovakian history and nature, made fun, and supported us well during the via ferrata trail. We would highly recommend this trip with Marcel as a guide.
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.
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.
Marcel was an awesome guide! The hike was the highlight of my trip to Poland
Absolutely brilliant day! Marcel is a great guide, knowledgeable and very safe as well as being really funny and a genuinely lovely guy. The via ferrata route was really interesting, different to Italy as it follows along the river and waterfalls. Beautiful. Marcel recommended other walks for us to do and how to get there via public transport. He was a real help. He picked us up from our accommodation and provided our equipment.
We had a wonderful trip with Michal. He met with us the evening before to go over the plan for the via Ferrata and answered all our questions. He took some wonderful photos of the trip and was so patient with our children. We felt completely safe the whole time and highly recommend the trip!
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.
I had a wonderful day and hike in the Tatras. I recommend this tour to anyone who would like to practice climbing safely and/or wishes to learn more about the surroundings.
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