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Bike packing in the Pieniny Mountains - Szczawnica, Poland

Bike packing through the Pieniny mountain range allows bush craft expert, Marcin Surowiec, the chance to explore new ground in an area seldom visited by tourists.

Squeezed between the Tatras, Pieniny and Beskid Sądecki mountains, this area remains somewhat over looked by travelers but the remarkable views and natural wild trails are all the more special for being a little unknown.

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Marcin Surowiec first saw the Pieniny mountain range when he rode the Carpatia Divide ultramarathon, a 600km non-stop, unsupported solo adventure into the Carpathian mountains. The relentless pressure of the race meant he was unable to savour the views that rolled around him, but he promised himself he would return for a more leisurely exploration of the region, the result of which he has shared with us.

Starting from Szczwnica, a small mountain resort, the route heads first towards the slopes of Szafranówka before tracing the edge of the Polish-Slovak border. From the mountain peak Durbaszka there is a spectacular panoramic view of three great mountains; Tatra, Pieniny and Beskid Sądecki and it was this impressive sight that lured Surowiec into returning to the area.

Bike packing offers the freedom to stay away for many hours, or even days, and for those of an intrepid nature Surowiec suggests heading deeper into the mountains to visit Beskid Sądecki for a longer wilderness adventure. However, for those planning a shorter ride, who wish to return to Szczwnica, he proposes a return route via the charming Biała Woda Valley.

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Poland, Szczawnica

Enticing views draw you deeper into the Pieniny mountain range for a remote bike packing experience in this little known part of Poland.
Marcin Surowiec |

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