10 hour hike

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me in front of Lake Morskie Oko

The day before I had met Teo from Italy at the Goodbye Lenin Hostel and we decided to go hiking together the next day.

We woke up at 5.30am, took the first bus to the last stop called Polana Palenica. From there it is a 2-hour hike up to Lake Morskie Oko. Nothing prepares you for the beauty of this lake. It is the biggest lake in the High Tatras mountains and lies at about 1400 meter above sea level. The water is very clear and has a beautiful emerald green colour. Fortunately the wind was totally calm when Teo and me got to the lake so that the reflections in the lake were perfect.

marvelling

After munching a self-made sandwich we started circling the lake. This takes about one hour. On the other side of the lake there is a steep half an hour hike up to another lake from where you have a spectacular view of the lake and the surrounding mountains. After this we hiked back down and finished circling Morskie Oko and then took another turn to start the climb up to the Czarny Staw pass at 2172 m above sea level. It takes between two and three hours to reach the top, depending on your shape. It took me three and a half hours, hahaha, just kidding :-) From the top you have a view of five different Polish lakes as well as two lakes on the Slovakian side. Teo and me had lunch on the top and relaxed for a while enjoying the amazing view despite the so-so weather. Then we started the descent on the other side. There it is at times quite steep but there are chains on the rock which help you to climb down. The descent took us another hour and a half. We walked around another lake and then made our way back past the lakes and waterfalls and through the forrest which took us another three hours to get back to the bus station.

All in all it was an exhausting 10 hour hike but definitely worth it. The lake Morskie Oko is one of the most beautiful I´ve ever seen and the views from the top of the mountain pass were really nice. And the best thing about hiking is always the part when you get back to your hostel, when you drop down on the couch and feel absolutely content with what you just achieved and happy with yourself and the world in general.

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me in front of Lake Morskie Oko
me in front of Lake Morskie Oko
marvelling
marvelling
up to Morskie Oko
up to Morskie Oko
Morskie Oko with its amazing refle…
Morskie Oko with its amazing refl…
Lake Morskie Oko
Lake Morskie Oko
reflection
reflection
Morskie Oko
Morskie Oko
me at Morskie Oko
me at Morskie Oko
Teo from Italy, my hiking buddy
Teo from Italy, my hiking buddy
me at Morskie Oko
me at Morskie Oko
relaxing at Morskie Oko :-)
relaxing at Morskie Oko :-)
Morskie Oko
Morskie Oko
balancing
balancing
beautiful green
beautiful green
what a reflection!
what a reflection!
Morskie Oko
Morskie Oko
Lake Morskie Oko
Lake Morskie Oko
me in front of Lake Morskie Oko
me in front of Lake Morskie Oko
Lake Morskie Oko
Lake Morskie Oko
me at Lake Morskie Oko
me at Lake Morskie Oko
the two lakes
the two lakes
the two lakes
the two lakes
hiking up
hiking up
up
up
Teo and me on the top, 2172m
Teo and me on the top, 2172m
me and the view
me and the view
view from top
view from top
me
me
jump
jump
me climbing next to abyss
me climbing next to abyss
me climbing next to abyss
me climbing next to abyss
me hiking
me hiking
looking down
looking down
stones and view
stones and view
lake
lake
Teo taking a nap
Teo taking a nap
signs
signs
Teo using chains to climb down
Teo using chains to climb down
me and lake
me and lake
nice flowers in front of lake
nice flowers in front of lake
16:9
16:9
waterfall
waterfall
Goodbye Lenin Hostel
Goodbye Lenin Hostel
Goodbye Lenin Hostel
Goodbye Lenin Hostel
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photo by: ela82