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Giewont is a mountain massif in the Tatra Mountains of Poland, and is 1,895 metres AMSL at its highest.Make Giewont Mountain part of your personalized Zakopane itinerary using our Zakopane road trip planner .
It comprises three peaks (all m/metres in AMSL): Small Giewont - of Kondratowa, Małej Łąki and Strążyska. Long Giewont and Great Giewont are situated at a higher altitude than the nearby town of Zakopane, making them clearly visible from that city.
On Great Giewont, there is a 15 m steel cross (erected in 1901) - the site of religious pilgrimages. The area is notorious for its hazardous nature during thunderstorms, so this should be taken into consideration when approaching the summit.
Geologically, Giewont is composed of dolomite and limestone caves, as well as gneiss and granite in the southern section.
The first recorded ascent to Giewont's summit was undertaken in 1830 by Franciszek Herbich and Aleksander Zawadzki (the 19th century explorer, not the 20th century communist). The first winter ascent of Giewont occurred in 1904 by a group of five mountaineers led by Mariusz Zaruski. Nowadays the climbing on Giewont is strictly banned. On the other hand hiking on the hiking trails is allowed and the access (except the winter) is not difficult hence Giewont is a very popular destination among amblers and Sunday tourists. In the summer up to few thousands tourists a day ascend the top.
Giewont Mountain Reviews
We started out our hike from Kuznice along the blue trail that leads to Giewont. The hike is not too hard, its appropriate for all ages. The hike to the top took us about 3 hours, you can make it to t... more »
Giewont czyli Śpiący Rycerz to najbardziej charakterystyczny szczyt w polskich Tatrach. Można sie tu dostać najłatwiej idąc szlakiem z Kuźnic, przez Halę Kondratową. Można też iść w stronę Giewontu z ... more »Giewont or The Sleeping knight is the most distinctive summit in the Polish Tatras. You can get here most easily by walking along the trail from Kuźnics, through the Kondratz Hall. You can also go towards Giewontu from Kopy Kondradzkiej or from Czerwone Wierchów. The trails are not very demanding, but you need a little stamina to do not fall asleep. At the end of the trail to the top is a little harder, because you have to climb the Slipper stone and chains. It is worth to choose, because the views are beautiful.
Very crowded in the summer. Perfect for winter afternoon trip!
If you want to reach the top, when theres snow. I'd highly recommend propper gear. I didnt have anything besides sportshoes and a wooden branch. Didnt get me as far as I hoped.
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