Batizowský Štit (left) and Kačaci Štit (right) from the north
It ascends over Batizovská / Batyżowiecka Valley from the south and Kačacia / Kacza Valley from the north and is separated from Kačaci Štit / Kaczy Szczyt through Nižné Kačacie Sedlo / Kacza Przełęcz (in the west direction) and from Zadný Gerlachovský Štit / Zadni Gerlach through Batizovské Sedlo / Batyżowiecka Przełęcz (in the east direction). Batizowský Štit has two summits – the main east: Vel’ký Batizowský Štit / Wielki Batyżowiecki Szczyt and the lower west: Malý Batizowský Štit / Mały Batyżowiecki Szczyt.
The name comes from Batizovská Valley and this one from a village Batizovce on the south side of High Tatra, which was the owner of this area.
Karol Jurzyca with a guide Józef Galko-Rusnak reached the summit as the first in 1900 year. In winter the first ascend belongs to
FROM SLOVAKIAN SIDE:
The major city in this area is Poprad, where you can get by bus or train. From Poprad there is a lot of buses and trains to Starý Smokovec (13km) at the foot of Tatra:
train time table
bus time table
train time table from Poprad to Starý Smokovec Tatranská elektrická železnica
FROM POLISH SIDE:
The best point to stars the journey is Zakopane – the biggest town on Polish side of Tatra Mountains. You can get there from Kraków by bus (most recommended), car or train:
By bus: there are a lot of buses from Kraków to Zakopane - time table of PKS and private lines Frey and Szwagropol.
By train: the road is much longer and dearer than by bus - time table from Kraków 0.00-11.59 a.m., 12.00-11.59 p.m. and from Zakopane.
By car: from Kraków take a road number 7 to Chyżne and follow it to Rabka. Here this road turn right to Chyżne, but you follow still straight a head in south direction by road number 95. In Poronin 5 km before Zakopane turn left (east) to border crossing point in Łysa Polana.
From Zakopane: Take a bus to Polana Palenica (time table of PKS, in high season there are a lot of private buses, too – a station is opposite to PKS) and get off in Łysa Polana / Lysá Pol’ana (Attention! private buses sometimes has a direction-board “Morskie Oko”). Cross the polish-slovakian border . Bus station on Slovakian side is about 100m after border crossing point on the right. Take a bus to Poprad, which goes through Starý Smokovec (time table).
From Starý Smokovec take a Tatranská elektrická železnica (better) or bus to Tatranská Polianka or Vyšné Hágy.
From Tatranská Polianka: take a green-marked trail leading to Sliezsky Dom Chalet (about 2 h 30 min). When you reach this hotel turn left (west) on the red-marked trail leading to Chata Popradské Pleso and follow it to Batizovské Pleso (1 h 15 min). Go round the lake and climb up Batizovská Valley on its left side, through scree, to the end untill the foot of the south wall of Batizowský Štit. (about 1 h)
From Vyšné Hágy: if you want directly climb Batizowský Štit (without night's rest in Sliezsky Dom) take a yellow-marked trail leading to upper part of Batizovská Valley (to Batizovské Pleso about 2 h). Go round the lake and climb up Batizovská Valley on its left side, through scree, to the end untill the foot of the south wall of Batizowský Štit (about 1 h).
South wall: general TOPO
1. S. Bernadzikiewicz, A. Kenar (UIAA III) 3h.
2. Tatarkova route (UIAA IV+), TOPO
3. Kuttove platne (UIAA IV+) 2 h, TOPO
4. F. Gažo, I. Gálfy (UIAA V) 2h.
5. J. Koršala, P. Vavro (UIAA V-VI) 5h.
6. Čihul’ pillar (UIAA V, A1,RP V+) 4h, TOPO
7. R. Kubín, V. Roland (UIAA V) 3,5h.
8. Komarnický’ route (UIAA IV) 3h.
9. South pillar - Kuffa (UIAA V) 3h.
10. V. Tatarka, J. Michalko, (UIAA IV+,A1,A2) 4h, TOPO
11. South-West route (UIAA IV+,A0)
12. A. Puškáš, T. Tóth, (UIAA III-IV) 1,5 h.
13. Pytlákův expres, (UIAA VI+) ?h, TOPO
South-West wall: general TOPO
1. By left peripheral depression (UIAA V) 5h
2. By depression (UIAA V) 5h, TOPO
3. Čiernobiele sokolíky, (VI+) 1,5h, TOPO
4. Variant stokom vody (V+,A0) 2h.
5. Josemicka, (IV+,A0) 4h, TOPO
6. L. Lapúnik, B. Čiernik (VI), TOPO
7. H. Przedpelska, M. Czachor (V+) 5h, TOPO
8. M. Griesel, V. Petrík (IV+,A1) 4,5h, TOPO
9. S. Bernadzikiewicz, A. Kenar (III) 3h.
Map of Batizowský Štit’ area
Tatry Wysokie, in scale 1:25 000, description in 6 languages, ISBN 83-87873-26-8, available in all shops in Zakopane. Here you can look at net version.
A high quality maps in scales 1:25 000 and 1:50 000 are produced VKU Harmanec, too. They are available at all chalets and shops in cities under Vysoke Tatry.
The “High Tatra” is a National park, UN Bioheritage area and a European BioHeritage - if you are not a member of any climbing club you can move only on marked trails - so you can visit Batizowský Štit only with tatra guide.
In winter time (from November the 1st – June the 15th) The Tatra Mountains in Slovakian part are closed for normal tourists (not for climbers). In Polish part you can move the whole of year.
Sliezsky Dom - a huge mountain hotel situated by a mouth of Velická / Wielicka Valley on the south shore of Velické Pleso. The dearest chalet in whole Tatra Mountains (one night about 20-25 euro) and one of the most ugly. But sole in this area.
1. Tatranská Polianka – green-marked trail, 2 h 30 min
2. Tatranské Zruby - blue/yellow/green marked trails, 2 h 30 min
3. Starý Smokovec – yellow/green marked trails, 3 h
4. Hrebienok – red-marked trail, 2 h
5. Chata Popradské Pleso – red-marked trail, 3 h 45 min
adres: Chalet Sliezsky dom, 059 82 Tatranská Polianka, Slovak Republic, EU
There are plenty of cheap hotels and pensions in the area of Stary Smokovec and Štrbské Pleso: accommodation
On Slovakian side acts HZS (Horska Zachranna Sluzba)
Starý Smokovec 23, 059 60 Vysoké Tatry
phon.: 052/4422820, fax: 052/4422855,