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Szpiglasowy Wierch

Szpiglasowy Wierch

Szpiglasowy Wierch

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Poland/Slovakia, Europe

Object Title: Szpiglasowy Wierch

Activities: Hiking, Scrambling

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Elevation: 7126 ft / 2172 m


Page By: badyl

Created/Edited: Sep 7, 2007 / Nov 23, 2007

Object ID: 334053

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Szpiglasowy Wierch (2172m) is located in the main ridge of High Tatra. Neigbouring summits are Kopa nad Wrotami (separated by Wrota Chałubińskiego) and Wyżni Kostur.
The summit of Szpiglasowy Wierch is the highest point of Liptowskie Mury, which in turn are the lowest part of the main ridge of High Tatra.
Szpiglaswoy Wierch has got in fact two summits, the main connects the main High Tatra ridge with side ridge, including Miedziane and Opalony Wierch. The second summit in the south-east is less important and is called Szpiglasowy Kopiniec.
The summit is surrounded by Dolina Pięciu Stawów in the north-east and Dolinka za Mnichem in the north-west from the Polish side. On the south, Slovakian side, lies Dolina Ciemnosmreczyńska.
The summit had a different name in the past, Gruby Wierch, but in the 1951 it was changed by Witold Paryski. The name is similar to nearby Szpiglasowa Przełęcz (2110m).
The first ascents date back to XIX century, but no names were recorded. The first recorded and successfull winter attempt was made by Adam Karpiński and Wilhelm Smoluchowski on 8 April 1925.
Szpiglasowy Wierch (2172m)
Summit of Szpiglasowy Wierch seen from Szpiglasowa Przełęcz.

Getting There

As for all Polish Tatras the best starting point is Zakopane. The nearest big town is Crackow, from there you can get to Zakopane by bus, car or train. The last one is not recommended as it takes the most time, but on the other hand there might be traffics. The bus and railway station is in the center of Crackow, you can get there all the timetables.
From Zakopane you need to get to one of these two chalets, either nad Morskim Okiem or in Dolina Pięciu Stawów Polskich. Taking the bus to Łysa Polana (Poland-Slovakia border) and than hiking is probably the best solution. From those chalets there are marked routes to Szpiglasowy Wierch.

The Marked Routes

There is a marked route to Szpiglasowy Wierch from both mentioned Chalets, nad Morskim Okiem and in Dolina Pięciu Stawów Polskich. Either route is marked with yellow. They connect on Szpiglasowa Przełęcz to lead together to the summit. From Morskie Oko it takes about 2h15 to get to Szpiglasowa Przełęcz, the other route is a bit quicker (about2h) but more difficult with fixed chains for support on the last part. From Szpiglasowa Przełęcz it is about 15minutes to the summit, there you can enjoy beautiful views of High Tatra range. It would be nice and wise to start the trip on one chalet and finish in the other. In winter due to snow it takes of course more time.

Szpiglasowa Przełęcz (2110m)
Up to Szpiglasowa Przełęcz and then left to Szpiglasowy Wierch.

Red Tape

Entrance to Tatras on Polish side costs about 0,70€. On Slovakian side it is free.
However in both countries it is a National Park, and so it is forbidden to disturb the nature in any way. Tourists are allowed to move only on the marked routes. Climbing is restricted and requires permits.
TPN - Polish Tatra National Park


Camping is forbidden, the only one is near Włosienica on the way to Morskie Oko. It is opened only in summer and is owned by PZA (Polish Alpinism Association). I'm not sure, but it is possible it can only be used by members of PZA. Anyway don't keep any food in the tents, it must be locked in a specially prepared fo it storage roome due to bears danger.
If you choose a chalet, it would be wise to book in advance, especially in the summer.
Morskie Oko tel. 018/2077609
Dolina Pięciu Stawów tel. 018/2077607

When to climb

The summit can be reached on any season, in summer it is certainly the easiest option but there is risk of big crowds and storms. In winter it is more demanding, requires the use of crampons and maybe an ice axe but can be really enjoyable. Be careful of avalanches. Info about weather and snow conditions you may find on TOPR pages.
Anyway you can combine the trip with another one on same day, as it shouldn't take more than half a day.

Different names

Szpiglasowy Wierch in other languages:
Hrubý štít, Liptauer Grenzberg, Liptói-határhegy.


on the way to Szpiglasowy WierchHigh Tatra viewFrom Szpiglasowy Wierch, looking east to the Mięgusze peaksSunrise in the Valley of the Five Lakes, around 5am, absolutely aloneSzpiglasowa Przełęcz (2110m)Szpiglasowa Grań from ESzpiglasowy Wierch
Szpiglasowy Wierch (2172m)Szpiglasowy and KosturySzpiglasowy WierchDolina Rybiego Potoku and Żabia GrańOrla PerćA View from Szpiglasowy WierchThirst
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