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The Trail to the Babia Góra – the Beskid Żywiecki Mountains

The walk to the top of Babia Góra Mountain can start on the green trail, going from the bus stop in Zawoja Markowa (there is also a car park). Starting the trek you will cross the border of the Babiogórski National Park. The approach to the shelter on Markowe Szczawiny is quite steep and tiring, that is why it is a good idea to rest a moment before approaching the summit. Those more experienced and confident in their abilities can follow the yellow trail from here, going through the Perć Academików. Remember, though, that in the final stage of the approach to the Diablak (a peak of the Babia Mountain Massif) is very steep in the north and you need to use chains to help yourself. You will be rewarded for the difficult ascend with beautiful views from the top of the mountain (in good weather, of course). As the Babia Mountain is the highest peak in the Beskidy Mountains, from its top extends a splendid panorama of the Tatras in Slovakia, the Beskid Śląski, the Beskid Żywiecki, the Beskid Mały, the Makowski Beskid and the Gorce mountains. From there, you can return to the hostel on the Markowe Szczawiny by going along the red trail, back through the Brona Pass and then go to Zawoja along the black trail. If you turn left on the edge of the national park to the blue trail, then after a short walk you will reach the starting point in Zawoja Markowa.


The Babia Mountain - a mountain range lying in the Babiogórski Range of the Beskid Żywiecki in the Western Beskidy Mountains, with the altitude of 1725 m above sea level. It is the highest peak in the whole of the Western Beskidy Mountains, Poland’s highest peak outside of the Tatra Mountains and the second, after the Śnieżka Mountain, in terms of prominence. It is included as part of the Crown of the Polish Mountains.
The summit has some outstanding viewing qualities, offering a very wide panorama of the Beskid Żywiecki, the Beskid Śląski, the Beskid Mały, the Beskid Makowski, the Beskid Wyspowy, the Gorce Mountains, the Orawsko-Nowotarska Valley, the Tatra Mountains and the mountains of Slovakia.
In 1954, The Babiogórski National Park was created on the massif of Babia Mountain. In recognition of its unique natural values, in 1977 the ​​Babiogórski National Park was included by UNESCO in the list of the World Biosphere Reserves.
In 1995, the municipalities on the Polish and the Slovak sides of the Babia Mountain established the Association of the Babia Mountain Municipalities, whose aims are to preserve the folk culture, the folklore and traditions of the area and the people living there (Highlanders of Babia Mountain), as well as to promote tourism on the Babia Mountain.
At the top of the Babia Mountain there is e.g. a stone obelisk commemorating the visit of Archduke Josef, the Palatine of Hungary.
Source: Wikipedia, photo: Derbeth

Time required to cover the whole route: 6h 0m
Length of the entire route: 14,3km