Just don’t tell dad (Przełęcz pod Chłopkiem trail, Poland – is it dangerous?)

Uphill. Again.

Tatras *. Again.

Rysy ** on the left. Everybody goes there

You turn right.

Green trail. Mięguszowiecka Przełęcz pod Chłopkiem. It looks at you.

They say – less crowds.

they say – even more beautiful.

they say – harder than Orla Perć


You’re going.

Just don’t tell dad.

My Orla Perć’s obsession is not a secret. About how I freed myself you can read here. You can also find there how difficult and dangerous this trail is. But Mięguszowiecka Przełęcz pod Chłopkiem (Pass Under the Little Guy – if you want to know the meaning!)… came to my head like an intruder. My well-kept, obsessive thoughts about Orla were often interfered with strange clatter ‘Mięgusz’ and ‘Chłopek’…Why?

Cause someone said it’s hard,

and almost unprotected,

and steep

And I like green.

Only that pass…

I’m not a fan of passes. You probably aren’t as well. If you do the effort, you want to reach the top, don’t you? And will there be chains, buckles or not? And the views? Will you have enough space to sit? You will SEE these answers below. There is only one question that remains – is Mięguszowiecka Przełęcz pod Chłopkiem trail dangerous?

Just don’t tell dad.

What? That I was there and:

1. I didn’t feel adrenaline (even if I could)

But maybe it’s just me. When I see the chains I get the momentum, a touch of rock is sensation not from this earth, and serotonin boost is like after a piece (or a bar, hm …) of a good chocolate. With the attitude of ‘can’t wait, can’t wait – I am on the second most difficult trail in the Polish Tatra mountains! “I expected maybe something more. I admit, there are physically demanding sections (and a few buckles), and you should be familiar with mountain hiking, but … I reached the pass and was surprised that’s the end. Don’t get me wrong – I’m afraid of many things, but I didn’t feel fear and not even this addictive half-pleasant, half-not feeling in the stomach. But I met people who said it’s more difficult than Orla. And maybe in your opinion it is / will be? Check and see.

Just don’t tell dad.

2. I chose too good weather

I bet the trail becomes very dangerous in much worse conditions. Perhaps even you did it in the bad weather. How was it? I can imagine how difficult these sections become then:

So we can imagine that. Hopefully we won’t experience the bad weather in real.

I luckily came across a blue sky

Just don’t tell dad.

3. I stared and admired views

Cause it’s definitely what you can’t avoid on this trail. OKAY. I know every trail is beautiful, but just have a look at this one … maybe it is the greatest danger on Mięguszowiecka Przełęcz pod Chłopkiem? You look and look and …

Just don’t tell dad.

4. I didn’t form a snowman

Even if I could. At least a small one. I’ve mentioned before, in Tatras you can encounter snow at any time of the year … and voila!

Just don’t tell dad. He will come with sledges…

… And what if he slips? It’s good to use your imagination again and think if even this time of the year (summer, late August) you can see the snow… maybe it’s better to be alert and not underestimate the trail? In the mountains it’s not hard for an accident.

5. I Past ‘galeryjka’ (gallery)…

..and didn’t even notice. I localized the famous section while going down.

Just don’t tell dad!

For those who don’t know, the so-called ‘galeryjka’ is a craggy path traversing the peak of Mięguszowiecki Szczyt Czarny just before the pass. There are lots of legends how narrow and dangerous this path is. In good weather, it didn’t cause me any difficulty.

So what can I say? I highly recommend the trail in a good weather. It wasn’t crowded at all, perhaps because I was there early in the morning, but while going back I passed more and more groups. It’s worth to add, that for many trail ends on Kazalnica – the summit you pass on the way (2159 m a.s.l.), so if you don’t feel strong enough to walk to the very end of the trail try to reach Kazalnica at least. From there you’ll see how little left … (but hey, Kazalnica is beautiful as well!):

Remember about mountain preparation, common sense and if the height is something you don’t bother… I look forward for your opinion and impressions!

How do you think – is Mięguszowiecka Przełęcz pod Chłopkiem dangerous?

*Tatras – beautiful polish-slovakian mountains

** Rysy – the highest peak on polish side of Tatras


1. The exact description of the route can be found on polish blogs (if you don’t know polish you can at least look at the photos!) Wieczna Tułaczka or naTatry.pl.

2. If you don’t know how to reach the trail or have any other questions contact us.

3. Special thanks to JM – my companion, who was always ahead and is on the most of photos (not that I gave her a choice…)!

Comments: 20

Lisa October 2, 2016 at 10:17 pm

Your pictures area fabulous! I’m so jealous, I would love to hike there. Great mountain and lake views. Are there guides for these areas?

    Emilia Mlak October 3, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    Thanks Lisa! Don’t be jealous, just visit Tatras so you’ll see all those great views by yourself! 🙂 Of course, there are guides. If you are interested in this particular area look for Wysokie Tatry one. Any questions give us a shout!

Karla at GlobalETA October 3, 2016 at 2:19 am

That looks like quite a trail! And your photos are incredible. Thanks for sharing your experience; glad it all went well!

    Emilia Mlak October 3, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    Yes, it is ‘quite a trail’! 🙂 Thank you and see you there!

Kerri October 3, 2016 at 3:26 am

What an epic trail. The views from the top of mountains such as these can only really be appreciated if you do them yourselves. Well done, such a great experience.

    Emilia Mlak October 3, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    True! Especially when you see the changes of the same view while ascending. Sometimes the views from the trails are even better than from the top (I can’t count how many times a had such a good weather on the way up and suddenly on the top…clouds! :)) Happy hikes and see you somewhere in the mountains! 😉

Carmen's Luxury Travel October 3, 2016 at 6:42 am

Yeah I can’t imagine hiking that in bad weather. Stunning photos and great post, thanks for sharing 🙂

    Emilia Mlak October 3, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    Me neither, however I have some ‘bad weather’ experiences on similar trails – nothing pleasant! Thanks Carmen!

yenor October 3, 2016 at 2:47 pm

Photos are awesome. It does look a little dangerous, but hey, no risk, no fun right? Great!

Paul October 3, 2016 at 4:19 pm

Wow that sounds like it was an epic adventure, it would have been better if you could have felt the adrenaline you guys were craving, but it still looked incredible. We would love to have a crack at this mountain one day!

    Emilia Mlak October 3, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    It still was an adventure! We don’t complain as we had some adrenaline on second trail – Orla Perć which we recommend as well! 🙂 I hope you’ll do it one day and we can share experiences! 🙂

Christine | The Traveloguer October 4, 2016 at 10:04 am

Wow this looks like a really challenging climb, but really beautiful too!

    Emilia Mlak October 4, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    Thanks Christine, it was more beautiful than challenging this time but still required some effort 🙂 Hope you enjoyed the views!

Lindsay October 5, 2016 at 4:19 am

Wow – those views are absolutely stunning! I’m very scared of heights, but I would have to ignore that so I could see those views. Love your pictures – may have to visit there someday 🙂

    Emilia Mlak October 5, 2016 at 6:39 am

    Lindsay – if you’re scared of heights there are lots of less demanding trails over there with spectacular views 🙂 Tatras are really worth a visit!

Gypsycouple October 5, 2016 at 9:31 am

First time visitor to your blog and enchanted ! This trail looks incredibly beautiful .. and quite difficult, not sure our urban bodies will be able to take the punishment without some preparation for sure! Thanks for sharing

Emilia Mlak October 5, 2016 at 11:03 am

Thank you so much Gypsycouple! 🙂 I am sure you could try some easier trails at first and admire beautiful trails too. And then… The Pass is waiting! 🙂

Vivian Lee October 7, 2016 at 9:52 pm

I told my mom about this and she said “don’t ever think about it”. I guess, I’ll just go without telling my parents. hah!

    Emilia Mlak October 8, 2016 at 8:35 am

    Haha, greetings for mom! Maybe she wants to go, too? 🙂