Winter mountaineering course (advanced) will teach you all the necessary skills for advanced trekking or scramble in winter and alpine conditions. You will use crampons and an ice axe and rope when required, practice avalanche awareness and rescue techniques as terrain and weather are usually challenging. Our winter mountaineering course covers advanced skills like travelling on glacier terrain and crevasse rescue.

Winter mountaineering advanced course in the Tatra Mountains. winter mountaineering course in the Tatra MountainsProfessional climbing instruction for an affordable price in breath-taking mountains.

Course price: €500*

(*if only one person booked the price will increase to €650).

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

Dates in 2021:

18th January – 22nd January

25th January – 29th January

8th February – 13th February

15th February – 19th February

1st March – 5th March

8th March – 12th March

22nd March – 26th March

29th March – 2th April

Winter mountaineering advanced course program:

Day 1 Early meeting in Zakopane, 2 hours hike to the Morskie Oko hut, outdoor workshops how to use avalanche detectors and avalanche rescue procedure, evening lecture and workshop about avalanche awareness.

Day 2 Crampons and ice axe skills, self-arrest, winter climbing knots and ropework techniques, building stances for belaying using different snow and rock anchors, evening lecture about planning an alpine trip.

Day 3 Moving together (simul-climbing) on steep and exposed ridge or gully at grade I/II, abseiling off, team arrest practice, movie at the evening. 

Day 4 Top rope ice climbing and dry tooling climbing, moving on fixed ropes, winter emergency shelters, evening lecture and workshop about crevasse rescue.

Day 5 Hike down and return journey.

winter mountaineering course

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

I offer as well course/tuition in winter climbing. This will prepare you for any serious alpine or 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, PolandThe 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 Tatra Mountains are quickly becoming a super popular destination for climbing and must-see places amongst all mountaineers!!! “

The “Morskie Oko” hut is our main base 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.

winter mountaineering course

Important information:

Mountain hut: I’m happy to assist you in booking a friendly mountain hut. I don’t collect monies upfront for the hut. You will pay directly for the hut after your stay. The average price is €12 for a night (bedding, towel and local green tax included). You can buy breakfast (€5), dinner (€8) and snacks at the hut. Since this is a bunk bed style hut, you will share the room with others.

Flights and transport. You are responsible for booking your own flight to the place where we run our course. Flights to Poland are at the average price of €120 return (check budget airlines Wizzair and Ryanair). Please book your flight to Kraków airport. From Kraków central train/coach station, you can take a regular coach to Zakopane where we will meet you for the course. To maximize your time and have a stress-free journey I strongly recommend coming a day before the start of your course and fly back the day after the course (day 5). There is plenty of good hostels/hotels in Zakopane.

Experience needed: To be able to take part in this course you should have summer walking experience, outdoor climbing experience, ability to belay and tie knots would be desirable. Good fitness level required.

The course is run by a very experienced Polish Mountain Guides or Instructors of Alpinism (read about us more). Instructor to student ratio is only 1:6 on the first 2 days and 1:3 on the following days. It means that you are benefiting from low ratio and small group and therefore excellent instruction.

Required personal clothes for winter mountaineering course: mountaineering boots suitable for C1 or 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).

(*all prices are subject to exchange rate fluctuations)

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