Alpine preparation course in the Tatra Mountains will teach you all the necessary skills and tactics needed in alpine conditions. You will have big, long days, travel on exposed terrain, learn navigation skills, practice mountaineering rescue and crevasse rescue scenarios and learn advanced skills needed on alpine terrain.

Course price: €700*

(*if only two persons booked the price will increase to €850).

What’s included?: 6+ hours of activities every day, alpine instructions and workshops, all climbing equipment, harness, crampons, ice axes, helmet, full support of the local qualified instructors.

Dates in 2021: TBC (drop me an email)

Experience needed: To be able to take part in this course you should have winter mountaineering solid experience, traditional climbing experience, ability to work with ropes, climbing gear and winter equipment is essential. Very good fitness level required. This is a high level course.

The course is run by a very experienced Polish Mountain Guides or Instructors of Alpinism (read about us more). Instructor to student ratio is 1:3. It means that you are benefiting from low ratio and small group and therefore excellent instruction.

Required personal clothes for the alpine preparation course: mountaineering boots suitable for C2 (semi-automatic) crampons, gaiters, waterproof jacket and trousers, softshell trousers, insulated jacket, base layers, warm fleece, warm socks, warm external gloves, thin inner gloves, hat or balaclava, head torch, flask, good backpack (this is an absolute minimum).

Alpine preparation course program:

Day 1 Meeting in Zakopane and hike to the hut, workshops about avalanche awareness, crevasse rescue techniques.

Day 2 Alpine climbing and winter skills teaching day. Moving together, building stances, belaying.

Day 3 Alpine style ascent of the Cubryna peak.

Day 4 Unguided hike down and return journey.

Please note that the program is subject to change due to weather conditions or other factors.

We offer as well course/tuition in winter climbing. This will prepare you for any serious winter climbing.  We will have to place special protection like ice screw, use crampons and ice axes to ascend the route. You become a truly independent alpine climber when you learn those skills. To read more please go to this page WINTER CLIMBING COURSE.

Where: Tatra Mountains, Poland The Tatra Mountains are the highest range in the Carpathian Mountains and Poland’s alpine-type mountains. They form a natural border between Poland and Slovakia. The highest summits are Gerlach (2655 m, Slovakia) and Rysy (2499 m, Poland). Thanks to the relatively small area of the Tatras compared to the Alps, there’s a cosy atmosphere, but you can also feel like you’re in really high mountains. The landscape of the High Tatras is very interesting and is dominated by alpine type ridges, towering walls and rocky peaks, which is a testament to the strong action of glaciers.

The “Morskie Oko” hut situated at Morskie Oko Lake, in the Rybi Potok Valley. It is located at an altitude of 1410 m above the sea level on the bank of a glacial moraine. It was built in 1908 and has 78 beds mostly in bunk-style dormitories. It’s only 2 hours away on foot from the main car park and therefore, is a good and very popular place for trekkers as well as an excellent base to reach the best climbing routes in the Tatra Mountains.

The exact location and route would be decided base on the group experience and abilities, mountains weather and snow conditions.


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