This is an inconspicuous summit on the main ridge of the High Tatras, overshadowed by its big neighbour Mięguszowiecki Szczyt Wielki / Veľký Mengusovský Štit, but very important in terms of Tatra geography – here begins a big lateral ridge with Kôprovský Štit / Koprowy Wierch, Hrebeň Bašt / Grań Baszt with Satan / Szatan, Hrubý Vrch / Hruby Wierch, Soliska / Grań Solisk and Krivaň / Krywań at its end. Moreover, the main European watershed between the Black Sea and the Baltic Sea leaves the main ridge of the Tatras here and turns south.
But not only for its geography is Cubryna featured here. It is one of my favorite Tatra mountains, because of a very nice panorama from its summit. In winter Cubryna's walls are a climber's paradise.
Cubryna rises over Rybiego Potoku / Rybiho Potoka Valley in the north-west, its branch Za Mnichem Valley in north, Piargova / Piarżysta Valley in the east and Mengusovská / Mięguszowiecka Valley in the south. By the north-west ridge connects with Zadni Mnich / Druhý Mnich (through Przełączka Pod Zadnim Mnichem / Štrbina za Druhým Mnichem), to the south-east connects with Wielki Mięguszowiecki Szczyt / Mengusovský Štit through Hińczowa Pass / Hincovo Sedlo and to the south-west with Kôprovský Štit / Koprowy Szczyt.
The name comes from the highlander dialect: “Cubryna” means a crop of hair. Why? Well, its crest is said to look dishevelled :)
The view from the top is beautiful and extensive. Only in the south-east direction it is obscured by the neighbouring Mięguszowiecki Szczyt. From Cubryna you can see all of the Western Tatras, the north and east parts of the High Tatras including the Krivaň group.
When To Climb
The best time is summer and early autumn (July to September). But Cubryna is available all year.
1. Via Galerie Cubryńskie to Hińczowa/Hincovo Pass. At the pass turn right and follow a distinct path up the rather broad here Cubryna’ south-east ridge. Bypass the first crag on the ridge, then come back onto the main ridge, rocky and pretty narrow, to the summit (big exposure, rock difficulty about UIAA I).
2. Right Abgarowicz - not so interesting as the previous route, but in winter the safest (but it does not mean that it is safe under any conditions!)
3. From Hincova Valley – the most popular route from the Slovakian side
4. From Piargova Valley – from Morskie Oko via Wrota Chałubińskiego or Pod Zadnim Mnichem Pass
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.