Expedition to Mount Kazbek: Day 6 - Impressions after climbing Mount Kazbek

Winter hike to Kasprowy Wierch, 1987 m.

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Green hiking track Kuźnice – Kasprowy Wierch.

Vertical climb – 977 m. Horizontal distance ~7.5km. Climb up 3-5h. Climb down 2-3h.

Kuźnice, 1010 m

The hiking route to the Kasprowy Wierch starts at Kuźnice, following upstream of a mountain creek Bystra. The path leads to the upper forest where only conifers can grow.

Upper forest, 1250 – 1550 m

Here in Tatra mountains at 1250 – 1550 meter altitude lies region called upper forest, where the only flora is conifers and mosses.

Tree line, 1550 m

At elevation known as the “tree line”, after this point a forest cannot grow due to a lack of a moisture.

Kuźnice cablecar

You can get to the top of the mountain by a cablecar from Kuźnice. It was built in 1935-1936 and is one of the oldest of it’s kind in the Europe. But don’t be afraid to use it, cablecar was modernized in 2007.

Subalpine area, 1550 – 1800 m

In this area in Western Tatras near Kasprowy Wierch, Poland all of the flora at this time in a year is frozen. Even at these conditions some plants some plants can produce antifreeze proteins, which protects it’s water from freezing in subzero temperatures. A beauty of an adaptation.

Tatra mountains

Tatra mountains started to form when two continents collided into a supercontinent Pangea. These events took place 380-280 million yars ago, it took 40 million years more for the first known dinosaurs to appear.

Sucha Czuba, 1696 m

Natural border
The Tatra mountains is a natural border between Slovakia and Poland. Walking on a ridge makes you feel like a coin landed on its edge.

Natural border

The Tatra mountains is a natural border between Slovakia and Poland. Walking on a ridge makes you feel like a coin landed on its edge.

Kasprowy Wierch, 1987 m

On the top of Kasprowy Wierch, 1987 m. Sadly due to bad weather conditions we didn’t see too much, but the journey itself was amazing and at some points really challenging. Kasprowy Wierch gets a lot of tourists, as it one of the most popular ski areas in the Poland. There is a hut with warm food and normal toilets.

Journey downhill

At first we were afraid to go down as there was a lot of ice and we didn’t have equipment for that. But in the end it turned out quite an easy climb down and not as dangerous as it seemed.

Safe return down

On a shortcut down. Carelessness and fatigue are the main reasons why way more accidents happen while descending from the mountain than climbing up. After all we were lucky with our weather going down. Western Tatra mountains proved to be really beautiful during a winter, you don’t need to climb 4000 m+ to see a mountain world covered in ice and snow.