OverviewKasprowy Wierch ,Kasprovy Vrch 1985
Kasprowy Wierch - North Face
Kasprowy Wierch is a peak that rises in the main ridge of the Tatras on the Polish-Slovak border almost in the very centre of the Polish Tatras. It is surrounded by the valleys: Dolina Stawow Gasienicowych on the east, Dolina Goryczkowa on the west, Dolina Kasprowa on the north, and (in Slovakia) huge Ticha Dolina valley on the south. There is a meteorological observatory on the summit (1985 m), and slightly lower than the summit is the top station of the cable-car from Kuznice.
Kasprowy Wierch is the starting point for a number of mountain trails and climbs. In winter it is the principal ski centre. There are very fine runs from the summit, in several directions.
Getting ThereGetting to Kasprowy:
There are numerous routes that can be taken to reach the summit.
The most popular route that I recommend is going from the side of the valley (Hala Gasienicowa) which offers a beautiful hike through the valley and offers a walk along the mountain ridge once you climb the valley's steep wall. Walking down the ridge offers the opportunity to cross over to Slovakia because the ridge is located right on the border.
From Kasprowy Wierch there are several marked trails:
The red one leads to Swinica Peak(2301 m - approx. 2 h), and then as the Orla Perc (Eagles' Path), along the mountain ridge towering over Hala Gasienicowa in the south. About 1 hour from Swinica we come to a famous saddle of Zawrat Pass (2159 m), from which one descends, following the blue trail, to Hala Gasienicowa on the north, or to the Dolina Pieciu Stawow Polskich (Five Polish Lakes Valley) in the south.
The yellow trail from Kasprowy leads down to the Hala Gasienicowa (about 0.45 h) and then to Zakopane (approx. 2 h).
The green trail follows the ridge between the Dolina Kasprowa and the Dolina Goryczkowa, as far as Myslenickie Turnie, and then drops down to Kuznice (descent - approx. 2.30 h).
The red trail, holding to the main ridge of the Polish-Slovak border, leads from Kasprowy to Czerwone Wierchy (approx. 2 h).
Kasprowy Cable-CarThe Kuznice-Kasprowy Wierch cable-car was built in 1935-1936. The bottom station is at Kuznice (alt. 1051 m), the middle one at Myslenickie Turnie (alt. 1352 m), and the top one on Kasprowy Wierch (alt. 1953 m). The length of the lower section is 1973 m, that of the upper one 2208 m, which makes altogether 4181 m. The difference in altitude is as follows: lower section - 301 m, upper section - 607 m, altogether - 908 m. The biggest height above the ground is about 200 m, above the Dolina Kasprowa, near Kasprowy. Speed: approx. 5 m per second. Time: lower section - 7 min, upper section - 10 min.
In years 2006-2007 the oldest and most popular Polish cable car has been totallly modernized.
Marked Routes OverwievMarked Routes of Kasprowy area :
Kuznice - Dolina Kasprowa Valley - Myslenickie Turnie(1352) - Kasprowy Wierch(1985) .
Green marks ,7.5 km ,975 meters of height difference ,2 1/2 h
Kuznice - Boczan(1226) - Skupniow Uplaz(ca.1450) - Karczmisko Pass(1499)- Hala Gasienicowa .
Blue marks ,5 km ,550 m of HD ,1 1/2 h
Kuznice - Dol.Jaworzynka Valley - Karczmisko Pass(1499) - Hala Gasienicowa .
Yellow marks ,5 km ,550 m of HD ,1 1/2 h
Hala Gasienicowa (Murowaniec Chalet 1500) - Kasprowy Wierch(1985) .
Yellow marks ,3 km ,450 m of HD ,1 1/4 h
Kasprowy Wierch(1985) - Beskid(2012) - Liliowe Pass(1952) - Skrajna/Posrednia Turnia (traverse) - Swinicka Pass(2051) - Swinica(2301) .
Red marks ,3 km ,1 1/2 h (ridge route)
Kasprowy Wierch(1985) - Posredni Wierch Goryczkowy(1874)(traverse) - Czuba Goryczkowa(1913)(traverse) - Kondratowa Pass -
- Suche Czuby Kondrackie - Przel.Pod Kopa Kondracka Pass(1863) where Czerwone Wierchy(2122) ridge begins .
Red marks ,3.5 km ,1 1/2 h (ridge route)
Red TapeIn Tatra National Park the following are forbidden:
The managers of mountain shelters and other buildings
in the park are responsible for the cleanliness of
the nearby area, the transport of garbage, wastes,
ash, slag and the disposal of those which do not
fulfil the sanitary requirements.
2. Hunting, killing and catching wildlife. The park
superintendent can exceptionally allow the collection
of specimen and fishing.
3. Destroying or damaging the trees or other plants.
The tree felling or copping in the forests that are
not owned by state is regulated by separate rules.
4. Polluting the water.
5. Changing the watercourse, except the water fetching
of water for use by local population; constructing
the dams and weirs.
6. Damaging the soil, damaging and extracting rocks and
7. Extracting stones and gravel from the creeks without
the permission (based on the agreement of the
Provincial National Council) of park superintendent
8. Damaging the caves, damaging, transporting or
removing the remaining of animals and minerals,
extracting the fossils, silt or alluvium.
9. Breach of peace through the loud shouting, singing,
playing instrument, radio or listening to tape, etc.,
outside the mountain shelters or the other
permanently used buildings. The internal combustion
engine vehicles that operate in the park
permanently (stamp mills, concrete mixers, electrical
aggregates, ski lifts) must be equipped with noise
10.Setting fire in the park, except when it is connected
with rescue operation or is necessary for saving
11.Grazing the animals at the state owned area.
12.Constructing for the individual or community purpose
without agreement of the Park Council. In the case of
disagreement between the Park Council and land use
planners the Minister of Forestry and Wood Industry
makes the decision.
13.Reconstructing, extending and removing the existing
mountain shelters and grazing around operation
14.New communication, technical and medical devices
constructing, whose presence does not agree with
the principles of the national park.
15.Constructing and operating the industrial plants.
16.Camping outside the areas designated by the park
17.Trading and establishing the trading posts without
the permission of park superintendent
18.Shooting and bringing firearms or air guns into the
park. This rule does not apply to the officers of
the Polish Army, Border Rangers, Police and the park
workers who are on duty.
19.Bringing dogs into the park. Dogs near the mountain
shelters, houses and cottages, must be kept on leash.
The park officers are empowered to shoot the dogs
and cats that roam in the park.
20.Extracting ice from lakes and creeks.
On 21.12.2007 Poland and Slovakia signed Schengen Agreement and accessed to "open borders" Schengen Area, however one must remember that National Park regulations prohibiting crossing the border beside marked trails in the whole area remain in force.
When To ClimbBest Conditions but most crowded: June until October.
Climb it year-round, winter time requires equipment for freezing temperatures and the snow ,great area for ski touring .
CampingLots of accomodation possibilities in Zakopane and the area from expensive hotels and luxury pensions to hundreds of private rooms ,hostels and camp sites .
There are 2 mountain chalets near Kasprowy ,first of all Murowaniec Chalet at Hala Gasienicowa and Small TPN Chalet at Hala Kondratowa on the marked route to nearby Giewont Peak .
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