Page Type Page Type: Mountain/Rock
Location Lat/Lon: 49.09800°N / 20.03100°E
Additional Information Elevation: 7979 ft / 2432 m
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Satan is the one of the most outstanding summit in High Tatra and the highest summit in Hrebeň Bašt / Grań Baszt Group (“Ridge of Dungeons”) – huge rocky wall ascending between Mengusovská / Mięguszowiecka Valley and Mlynická / Młynicka Valley. It is a part of the longest lateral ridge of High Tatra, which culminates in Kriváň. Except Hrebeň Bašt and Kriváň there are following summits such as Štrbský Štit / Szczyrbski Szczyt, Hrubý Vrch / Hruby Wierch, Soliska / Grań Solisk and Ostrá / Ostra (don’t mislead with Ostrý Štit!).

Hrebeň Bašt with the highest Satan from Mięguszowiecka Pod Chłopkiem Pass

Even though there is no marked route leading on the top this summit is much often visited by tourists than by climbers, first of all for a beautiful view which spreads on a whole Mengusovská Valley with its all branches in the north-east direction, Gerlachvský Štit in the east and Kriváň Group in the west. For climbers Satanova Galéria / Galeria Szatana is interesting with a few aid routes of a difficulty’s middle grade (see “routes overview”).

Satan has two summits: the north and the south with similar altitude. It is separated from Predná Bašta / Pośrednia Baszta by Sedlo nad Červným Žlebem / Przełęcz nad Czerwonym Żlebem in the south and from Diablovina / Diablowina massif by Satanovo Sedlo / Szatania Przełęcz in the north.

The Slovakian and Polish name means “satan” and refers to a legend about devil, which hid gemstones in Satanov Žl’ab / Szatanowy Żleb (Devil’s Couloir) (falling down from Satanovo Sedlo). A shepherd, which pastured sheeps in Mengusovská Valley, prompted a wizard to find this treasure. But when they started to look for in the couloir the devil stoned them. And till today when climbers want to reach the summit by this couloir stones fall down. Really! :).

First ascend

Jan G. Pawlikowski with a guide Maciej Sieczka and Johann Strompf reached the summit as the first in 1880 year.
In winter the first ascend belongs to Ernst Dubke and guides Johann Breuer junior and Johann Franz senior (1906).

Summit view

It is excellent! See yourself :)

Getting There


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

Maps of Starý Smokovec and Tatranská Lomnica

From Starý Smokovec take a bus (time table) or train (more recommended) (Tatranská elektrická železnica) Popradské Pleso (it is only a little station among a forest) or Štrbské Pleso.


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 bus (time table) or train (more recommended) (Tatranská elektrická železnica) Popradské Pleso (it is only a little station among a forest) or Štrbské Pleso.


Approach to Popradské Pleso Chata:
From Popradské Pleso: take a a blue-marked trail leading to Chata Popradské Pleso (about 1 h).
From Štrbské Pleso: follow a road (blue-marked trail) leading to the lake (Štrbské Pleso) as you reach a shore and turn right and take a red-marked trail leading to Chata Popradské Pleso (about 1 h 30 min).

Routes overview


From Mlynická Valley – it is the easiest and the shortest route on the top (from Štrbské Pleso about 4 h 30 min – 5 h)


Satanova Galéleria
general TOPO
Approach: From Chata pri Popradskom Plese take a red-marked trail in Štrbské Pleso direction and follow it till a blue-marked trail (1 h 15 min). Here leave marked trail and follow a distinct path through grass and scree in Červný Žl’ab direction (photo). The Galeria is a vertical wall on the left from Červný Žl’ab (30 min).
1. Pilier (IV) 8h.
2. Bez boja neodídeš (M6,VI,A0) ?h. TOPO
3. Vodný žľab (V+,A0) 8h. TOPO
4. Prostriedkom čelnej steny (VI,A0) 12h.
5. Magická línia (V+,A3) 8h. TOPO
6. Direttissima (VI,A0) 6h. TOPO
7. Popradská strecha (VI,A2) 6h. TOPO
8. Popradská cesta (V,A0) 5h. TOPO
9. Zeman - Žaček (V+,A2) 17h. TOPO
10. Stredom steny (V,A2) 12h. TOPO
11. Pravou stranou steny (V,A2) 10h. TOPO
12. Cesta pre Kašpara (V,A2) 14h. TOPO
13. Jackovič - Skokan (VI+,A1) 6h. TOPO

West rib of Satan UIAA II-III, one pitch IV+, TOPO


Map of Satan’s 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.

When To Climb

The best time is a summer and early autumn (June - October).

Red Tape

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 Satan 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.

For more informations look at High Tatra/Vysoke Tatry GROUP page.
For climbing regulations look at
Gerlachovsky Stit page.


There is only one chalet near by Satan:

The mountain hotel Chata pri Popradskom plese - situated in Slovakia in the picturesque surroundings of Mengusovská Valley on the bank of mountain lake Popradské Pleso. To the south from chalet, by the yellow-marked trail is located a memorial of victims of the High Tatras and other mountains Symbolicky cintorin which is worthy of visit.
Access from:
1. Štrbské Pleso via the red-marked trail “Tatranská Magistrála” (1 h 30 min)
2. Popradské Pleso (TŽE station) via blue-marked trail (1 h)
3. Sliezky Dom via the red-marked trail “Tatranská Magistrála” (3 h 30 min)
4. Chata pod Rysmi via red/blue – marked trail (1 h 45 min)
phone: ++421-52-4492177 or ++421-52-4492765

Absolutely no camping is permitted in the nature park. The nearest camping in Slovakian side is in Stara Lesna and Tatranska Lomnica.

There are plenty of cheap hotels and pensions in the area of Stary Smokovec and Štrbské Pleso: accommodation

Mountain Conditions

Web forecast:
situation at this moment and forecast

Information of avalanche danger:
TOPR (in English) and HZS

On Slovakian side acts HZS (Horska Zachranna Sluzba)
Starý Smokovec 23, 059 60 Vysoké Tatry
phon.: 052/4422820, fax: 052/4422855,
mobil: 0903624869

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desainme - May 25, 2013 10:15 am - Hasn't voted

Satan is in the details

Mountain should be moved to 49.1622 N by 20.054 E to be consistent with google earth.

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