Polish mountain trekking: ZAWRAT and Dolina Pięciu Stawów (Valley of the Five Ponds)

small black pond below Zawrat

small black pond below Zawrat

We arrived from Krakow that morning and set out on foot from Kużnice up through the Hala Gąsienicowa, stopping for a nourishing cabbage soup at the Murowaniec Refuge before making our way further along, past the Black Pond and up towards and across Zawrat.

Our initial intention had been to take the cable car up from Kuznice to Kasprowy Wierch and start our trek from there, but due to bad planning (we hadn’t checked that it was closed for maintenance that week) it meant we had to add a few hours more to our day’s trek. We started our trek at 10 am and got back to our hotel at 8.30pm..

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Once we climbed across Zawrat we made our way down the other side through the Valley of the Five Ponds and turned down towards the Roztoki Valley before making our way down to the park entrance at Palenica Bialczańska and catching a bus back to Zakopane.

It was one long day and the trek, including a couple of stops, took us about ten hours.

Boy were our legs aching the next day! Still, we then had a day’s break and then went up to Giewont which you can read about here.
Here are some photos of that trek up across Zawrat.

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One response to “Polish mountain trekking: ZAWRAT and Dolina Pięciu Stawów (Valley of the Five Ponds)

  1. ania Regan Olsen

    Stupendous views and just reading about the trek exhausted me !!!!

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