Beautiful and prominent, pyramidal in shape, the highest peak of Polish Western Tatras.
Starorobocianski Wierch - SE Face
Starorobocianski Wierch is situated in the main Tatra ridge line on Polish/Slovak border between Bystra(Blyszcz point) massif in the east and less prominent culmination of Konczysty Wierch peak in the north-west.
It is the highest peak of Polish part of Western Tatras and the 5th highest one in whole Western Tatras.
Rather easily accessible Starorobocianski stays very popular and frequently visited mountain for the whole year round with the greatest intensity through summer season period. Marked routes enable reaching the summit by the ridge from the north-west and eastern side. Wonderful ski touring area in winter.
The peak was climbed since time immemorial by huntsmen and sheperds from both sides of Tatra mountains but the first known winter ascent(on skis) was made by Henryk Bednarski, Jerzy Cybulski, Stefan Jaworski, Gustaw Kalenski and Jozef Lesiecki in 1910.
The old, Polish name of the peak was “szczyt” (a peak) what mention 18th and 19th century mining documents and old prints. The name “Starorobocianski” comes from the sheperd’s pasture area on the northern side called “Stara Robota”. The Slovak name is connected with characteristic massive, southern ridge of the mountain.
There are some old reports about mineral exploration works in northern slopes of Starorobocianski from the 2nd half of 18th century. In 1813 the summit was visited by Goran Wahlenberg – world famous Swedish botanist.
The massif is bulit of metamorphic and migmatic granitoid rocks. Interesting, 200 meter long tectonic trench intersects along the lower part of Starorobocianski’s north-western ridge.
Wonderful summit panorama in all directions.
Starorobocianski Wierch 2176
Starorobocianski from the West
Starorobocianski Wierch rises above valleys of: Starorobocianska on the north and Rackova on the south. At the southern foot of the massif, Rackova valley branches into 2 highest floors reaching the main ridge. These are: north-eastern Gaborova valley and north-western Rackov zadok valley with 3 lakes in its highest section(marked routes).
Starorobocianski peak is situated in the main Tatra ridge line. The ridge from the summit towards north-west falls first steeply then rather gently to Starorobocianska Przelecz/Rackovo Sedlo pass(1967) which separates the massif from nearby Konczysty Wierch/Koncista peak(2003).
The eastern ridge goes down to Gaborowa Przelecz/Gaborovo Sedlo pass(1959) above which just a few steps to the east rises a small culmintaion which is a point where the extensive Ornak ridge going to the north begins. East to Gaborowa pass, the ridge rises gently through Baniste and then climbs to high point of Blyszcz/Blyst(2158) which is the northern tip of Bystra(2248) summit ridge. South side of the peak is formed by short, wide ridge which divides Rackova valley into 2 branches mentioned above. North face is undercut by impressive 500 meter high grass-rocky cliffs falling to Starorobocianska valley.
The key thing is to get to the town of Zakopane easily accessible by car, bus or train from Cracow City(nearest international airport). The bus ride from Cracow takes only 2 hours.
All bus lines start their courses at Cracow's Central Railway/Bus station where you can also choose train connection but it will take you much more time - about 3,5 hours and the difference in costs is none. As far as costs are concerned - you have to pay 20 zlotys (4,5 Euro) for single, one way ticket.
Cracow - Zakopane distance is 98 km. The road usually very busy at weekends of summer or winter season is still being modernized.
Chocholowska nad Koscieliska – two greatest Polish Western Tatra valleys where one usually starts hiking in this part of the mountains are easily accessible from Zakopane by numerous PKS and private buses.
The major town of Slovak Western Tatra area is Liptovsky Mikulas.
There are direct trains and buses from all major Slovak cities to Liptovsky Mikulas, then, when planning mountain trips one can get by car or bus to all major entry points like Ziar, Jalovec, Zuberec or Podbanske. Everyday service is provided by SAD bus lines.
About 11 km, 1200 meters of altitude difference, from Ornak chalet following yellow(to Iwaniacka pass), then green(along Ornak to the main ridge) and finally red marks.
Siwa Polana – Chocholowska valley – Wyznia Chocholowska Brama(0,3 km further to the point where valley branches out) – Starorobocianska valley – Siwa pass(1812) – Gaborowa pass(1959) – Starorobocianski Wierch(2176).
About 12,5 km, 1200 meters of altitude difference, green, black(Starorobocianska valley to Siwa pass), shortly green again and red(from Gaborowa pass) marks to the summit.
Mountain chalet at Polana Chocholowska(1146) – Jarzabcza valley - Trzydniowianski Wierch(1765) – Konczysty Wierch(2003) – Starorobocianska/Rackovo pass(1967) – Starorobocianski Wierch(2176).
About 6 km, 1050 meters of altitude difference, red(to Trzydniowianski Wierch), green(to Konczysty Wierch) and finally red marks.
Autocamping at the entry to Uzka valley(Jamnicka-Rackova valley system) – Nizna Luka - Rackova valley – Gaborova valley – Gaborovo/Gaborowa pass(1959) – Klin/Starorobocianski Wierch(2176).
About 11 km, 1300 meters of altitude difference, Blue, yellow, green and red marks.
Autocamping at the entry to Uzka valley – Rackova valley – Nizna Luka - Rackov zadok valley – Rackovo/Starorobocianska pass(1967) – Klin/Starorobocianski Wierch(2176).
About 11 km, 1300 meters of a.d., Blue, yellow and red marks.
These are the most popular routes to Starorobocianski Wierch, there are some more, interesting possible route comibinations. The peak is very often climbed while climbing the main ridge from West or East(red marks).
Starorobocianski Wierch area - Map
Starorobocianski Wierch map(click to enlarge)
Tatry Zachodnie (Western Tatra) map, in scale 1:25 000, description in 6 languages, ISBN 83-87873-36-5, available in all shops and book stores in Zakopane . Here you can check the net version
It is Tatra National Parks – Polish TPN and Slovak TANAP area, one can hike only using marked trails. According to TANAP regulations hiking in Slovak part of the mountains is available from 15th June till the end of October, then all the routes are officialy being closed. No entry fees to National Park on Slovak side, some little fees on Polish side.
Watch out for strict rules of wildlife conservation.
Stay always respectful to mountain nature !
On 21.12.2007 Slovakia along with Poland signed Schengen Agreement and accessed to "open borders" Schengen Area, however one must remember that National Park regulations prohibiting crossing the border beside marked trails in the whole area remain in force.
The best hiking season: August - October
In July rather frequent t-storms and heavy rainfall periods though it’s not a rule(July 2006 hot and full of sun) as simply nothing in Central Europe’s weather…you just never know, just watch forecasts carefully.
In winter the area is seriously endangered by avalanches, but if the conditions are stable for longer time (usually not earlier than April) it would be great to climb(crampons, ice axes can be very useful) Starorobocianski or other beautiful Western Tatra peaks.
Severe and extremely changeable Tatra mountain climate, be always prepared for sudden weather breakdowns !
Lots of accomodation possibilities of different standard and price in towns and villages on both sides of Tatra Mountains. Zakopane, Koscielisko, Witow and Chocholow on Polish side, Liptovsky Mikulas and Pribylina on Slovak side.