South- East Ridge

Page Type Page Type: Route
Location Lat/Lon: 49.11100°N / 20.03700°E
Additional Information Route Type: Mountaineering
Additional Information Time Required: Most of a day
Additional Information Difficulty: UIAA II+/III-
Sign the Climber's Log


The starting point for the route is Mięguszowiecka Przelęcz pod Chłopkiem /2307 m/- a wide pass between Mięguszowiecki Szczyt Pośredni and Mięguszowiecki Szczyt Czarny. It may be reached from both sides: Polish and Slovakian.

Miêguszowieckie Peaks  Massif...Mięguszowiecki Szczyt Pośredni /center/ from Polish side

From Polish side:
To reach the pass from Polish side, first of all, you have to go to Morskie Oko /1395 m/. It could be done within 1,5- 2 hours from parking place at Palenica Białczańska by an asphalt road /in season really crowded/.

Looking into Eyes of Tatra...Morskie oko and Czarny Staw
Czarny Staw pod RysamiCzarny Staw pod Rysami

From the hut go down to the lake and choose the shorter left variant of red marked route that goes around the lake. It takes 15 minutes. After that the path is steeper and goes up the threshold of Czarny Staw pod Rysami with nice views of the stream /left/. From Czarny Staw pod Rysami /1585 m, 45 minutes from Morskie Oko Hut, nice views to famous wall of Kazalnica/ take green marked path. Zig- zagging through bushy pinus- mugo branches gain 200 meters of height and enter to the Bańdzioch Cirque. Traverse on the left side /danger of stonefall/ and after crossing a stream turn left /last running water/. By easy rocks /in some parts secured by chains/ reach the summit of Kazalnica /2159 m/. From here take and exposed grassy ridge to the summit dome of Mięguszowiecki Szczyt Czarny and then traversing right go straight to the visible pass /this part is often covered by snow/. From Morskie Oko: 3h.

Attention: the road to Morskie Oko is now closed because of roadworks. There are several other possibilities to reach Morskie Oko by marked paths but there are longer and more fatiguing. The shortest:
Palenica Białczańska- Dolina Roztoki- Dolina Pięciu Stawów Polskich- Swistówka- Morskie Oko: 4,5 h.

From left: Cubryna and...Mięguszowiecki Szczyt Pośredni /center/ from Slovakian side

From Slovakian side:
Mieguszowiecki Szczyt Wielki...Mięguszowiecki Szczyt Pośredni /right/

Marked route /blue/ which leads to Mengusovská Valley starts at Popradské Pleso /1494 m/. It can be reached by marked trails from Štrbskié Pleso /red or green, 1,5 h both/ or by road froam a railway station ‘Popradské Pleso’: 1 h 15 min. The trail /crowded because at the first part goes the same way as route to Rysy/ leads by a wide valley with nice views to Gran Baszt with the highest summit- Satan to the bottom of threshold. After few zig- zags you reach Vel'ké Hincovo Pleso /1946 m, the largest lake in Slovakian Tatras/.
There you leave the marked path /see red tape at main page of Mięguszowiecki Szczyt Pośredni/ and take the old path that leads to the direction of Mięguszowiecki Szczyt Czarny. Here you find the ramp, follow it left straight to the saddle of Mięguszowiecka Przelęcz pod Chłopkiem.

Mieguszowiecki Szczyt...Mięguszowiecki Szczyt Pośredni and Mięguszowiecka Przelęcz pod Chłopkiem

Route Description

From the pass turn west and go up by a grassy slope to the first rocks. Climb the first steps of the ridge trying to stay a little left /south/. When the ridge turns narrower stay on it and follow to the first difficulties: a gap between two little rocky towers- the easiest way is to jump from one to another. Continiue straight on the ridge /almost horizontal at that part/ to the base of smooth slab: climb directly up /very exposed, II/II+ if dry/.

South- east ridge of Mieguszowiecki Szczyt  PosredniThe smooth slab- climb directly up

After that ridge becomes a little wider, and the route follows it bypassing some crags on the right /north side/.
South- east ridge of Mieguszowiecki Szczyt Posredni
Summit ridge of  Mieguszowiecki Szczyt Posredni
Gearing up

Reach the central summit of Mięguszowiecki Szczyt Pośredni and then climb down to the little pass betwen the central and the main summit where you make an easy traverse on the north side of summit block and go as high as possible on rugged terrain. From that point climb few meters up on the left side of the wall, then traverse on a narrow crack /a little overhanging, difficult with heavy backpack/ and when the crack ends climb up to the ridge /II+/III-/. Follow the ridge to the main summit /I/.
Western Tatra from...Summit view


The easiest way is to descent by Droga po Głazach: strictly by the ridge in western direction. After few minutes you reach the top of a rocky step.
Rapelling the first step
On the top of Posrednia Mieguszowiecka Lawka
Rapelling the first step.

Place a sling on a little rock tower /or use some old ones placed there/ a rappel down the whole crag /about 27 meters high/ to the uppermost part of Pośrednia Mięguszowiecka Ławka- a rocky/grassy ramp that goes across south face of the peak. Follow the ramp down /easy/, connecting with Droga po Głazach. From the end of the ramp by loose rocks up to the pass /0+/I/.

Posrednia Mieguszowiecka lawkaOn Pośrednia Mięguszowiecka Ławka

Another possibility /i.e. when icy/ is to get back by the same route. Two hardest passages may be done by rappels.

Essential gear

In summer:
Rope /preferable 60 meters for the rappel/.
Quickdraws /set/
Few medium sized nuts or friends /optional, can be done without them/
Slings /a lot, all lenghts/
Helmet /recommendable/
Mountaneering boots are sufficient.

The ridge offers plenty of posibilities for belayng from natural rock formations. Good parties do it simul-climbing.

In winter:
All you need for rock alpine route rated AD in winter.
Check the avalanche danger: both approaches are avalanche- prone.

Additional info

For problems like 'getting there', 'accomodation', 'red tape' and 'mountain conditions have a look at main page of Mięguszowiecki Szczyt Pośredni.



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