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Location – how to get there, paths, info.

Dolina Pięciu Stawów Polskich (the Five Polish Lakes Valley) is one of the most valuable areas of the Tatra National Park. It is a side valley to the Tatras’ biggest valley Dolina Białki (Bialka River Valley.) Its spectacular landscape is dominated by post-glacial features, most importantly, the eponymous lakes. Of those, the biggest – Wielki Staw (the Great Lake) is both the longest and the deepest tarn in the Tatra mountains. Out of it flows a stream – Roztoka, which leaves the valley by falling off 70m high cliffs, creating the waterfall called Siklawa. The valley is semicircular in shape and covers 7,3 km2 , surrounded by vast granite peaks. The spacious mountain meadows, the thickets of dwarf pine, vast scree slopes and shimmering lakes complete the landscape.
The location of the hut makes it a perfect tourist hub of the High Tatras, and a starting point for the most demanding trails, like the Orla Perć (Eagles’ Path) – the most difficult walking trail in the Polish Tatra Mountains.

How to get there:
There are numerous paths towards the hut. The easiest option is the green trail from the falls called Wodogrzmoty Mickiewicza. To begin with one has to reach a carpark at the entrance to the Park at Polana Palenica, and then follow a tarmac road for 30-40 minutes. At a big resting area by the falls (spectacular views from the bridge) the green path begins to climb along the bottom of the Roztoka Valley.

A list of paths from the hut:
•    To the hut in Dolina Roztoki (Roztoka Valley) through Wodogrzmoty Mickiewicza falls. In the upper part of Roztoka Valley it passes by the waterfall Siklawa
•    To Morskie Oko through Świstówka – this path is closed in winter season Dec through May
•    To Morskie Oko through Szpiglasowa Przełęcz pass.
•    To Hala Gąsienicowa through Zawrat pass
•    To Hala Gąsienicowa through Kozia Przełęcz pass
•    To Hala Gąsienicowa through Krzyżne pass
•    To Kozi Wierch peak
•    Through Zawrat pass onto Świnica peak, and further to Kasprowy Wierch peak
•    You can also use the last five trails as options of reaching Orla Perć – the most difficult trail.

In winter time we advise an optional access route, that is the least threatened by avalanches. It travels around the small hill situated behind the hut – Niżnia Kopa, as opposed to the summer version – a short but steep black path straight from the bottom of the valley towards the hut – in which you traverse right under the steep walls of Niżnia Kopa. The winter path is usually marked by poles.