For an excellent hiking experience in the HIgh Tatra Mountain National Parks of Poland and Slovakia, I highly recommend Piotr Konopka as your guide. Piotr is one of the area's premier mountain guides, with intimate knowledge of the terrain, and great skill as a guide. I had fond memories of hiking with Piotr as our guide 20 years ago, and decided to engage him when I had the opportunity to lead a group of 15 hikers from the Appalachian Mountain Club (USA) to the spectacular Tatra mountains in June-July 2012. Piotr developed our itinerary and provided expert guide services for our 11 day explorations, based in mountain huts and hotels. As with all mountain expeditions, safety is a primary concern, and Piotr's many years of experience in the mountain rescue service made us feel very safe and secure. In addition to his first rate guiding services, Piotr did an excellent job organizing all our lodgings, meals, luggage shuttle and round trip transportation between our Krakow hotel and the mountain resort of Zakopane, Poland, where our trek began and ended. Piotr was wonderful to work with -- his command of English made communication very easy, and his friendly manner made him popular with the whole group! We felt we were in very good hands from beginning to end! Thank you Piotr!