Giant Mountains (Krkonoše) trails

€655 per person

The hiking route leads you through the best part of the Czech Republic’s highest mountains, only 150km away of the capital Prague. Despite their small size, the Giant Mountains (Krkonoše) have really varied and diverse nature, rich in history and culture, and are easily accessible and well suited for self-guided walking holidays. This area was the first in the Czech Republic declared a national park (1992) and the mountain itself is included in the international network of biosphere reserves of UNESCO. Steep glacial corries contrast with bare-stone ridges, vast alpine meadows dotted with timber cottages in the picturesque valleys give way to murmuring waterfalls and silent peat bogs as you make your way through the mountains.

  • Destination
  • Duration
    6 Days I Level: 2/3 (of 5)
  • What is included
    Accommodation in 3* hotels (en-suite rooms) incl. breakfast (dinners are optional; check the Rates & Remarks tab for details); Roadbook (1 set per booking (itinerary description in English and detailed walking maps); Luggage transfers between the hotels; Emergency hotline;
  • What is not included
    Drinks and other meals (optional halfboard available upon extra payment; check the Rates & Remarks tab for details), entry fees, transfers from/to Prague (payable extra if required)
  • Best period
    June, July, August, September
Day 1. Arrival in Jánské Lázně
Catch a bus from Prague or order a private transfer already from Prague Airport to your first accommodation in Jánské Lázně (check the Rates & Remarks tab for private transfer rates). Time permitting in the afternoon you can opt for a skywalk in tree canopies of the local forest. Jánské Lázně is a small spa town in the Czech part of the Giant Mountains with an extraordinary, famous for its history and hot mineral spring.
Day 2. Over Černá Hora to Pec Pod Sněžkou (10km, 4hrs,+100m/-100m or 14km, 6hrs, +700m/-700m)
Climb the Black Mountains (Černá Hora hill) by cable car and check the viewpoint from the top (the predecessor of today's view tower there was built back in 1896). Explore the nearby peat bog, spanning over more than 70 hectares and housing a variety of endangered plants. A true creation of nature, the latter is 6000 years old, and 2,50m deep. Walk the educational trail to learn more about the features of this area and then descend to Pec pod Sněžkou - a popular mountain resort, located within the area of the national park.
Day 3. Sněžka Peak to Špindlerův Mlýn (11km, 4hrs, +300m/-300m or 16km, 6-7hrs, +1150m/-1150m)
Board again a cable car up to Sněžka - the highest peak in the Czech Republic (1602m). Located on the border with Poland, this is the most prominent point of the Silesian Ridge in the Krkonoše Mountains. Follow the ridge to Luční Bouda (Meadow hut) - the oldest mountain hut in the Krkonoše Mountains and one of the largest in Europe. Gradually through the centuries it became an important economic, commercial, research and tourist center. Check the gardens of Krakono (housing rare mountain plants), then cross the Kozí Hřbety (Goats Ridge) erosion ridge and descend to Špindlerův Mlýn - one of the most frequented ski resorts in the country.
Day 4. Zlaté Návrší and Labe (Elbe) River source (circuit) (14km, 4-5hrs, +800m/-800m)
Today you will make a circular hiking trek to Zlaté Návrší (Golden Hill) and Labe (Elbe) River springs. This is a real Ice-age educational and history trail full of places of interest. Take a cable car to Medvědín hill and spend some time to climb the scenic lookout of Šmídova vyhlídka and admire the views from there. Next on the list as you walk are Vrbata hill, the chalet of the same name, Hanč and Vrbata monument (built in memory of the tragic event in a skiing contest on 24 March 1913) and the tallest in the Czech Republic Pancava Waterfalls (148m). Walk past the Sněžné jámy (Snow pits) deep corries and Dívčí kameny rocks (Maiden Rocks) - one of the most popular rock formations in the Krkonose mountains. They emerged during the Mesozoic and Tertiary eras, when erosion removed the less resistant surrounding rocks away of the bare granite core blocks that had been hidden deeper underground. The walking trail proceeds towards the Harrachovy Kameny rocks, the Ambrožova viewpoint, the springs of the Labe (Elbe) River (the longest Czech river, and one of the longest in Europe at all), the Labe waterfalls, Mužské Kameny rocks (similar origin as the Maiden Rocks you past previously) and Špindlerova bouda hut, which was used as a prison for French, British and American officers during the Second World War. Your day will end by taking a bus back to Špindlerův Mlýn resort.
Day 5. To Rokytnice nad Jizerou (20km, 5,30-6hrs, +800m/-950m)
Today you will explore the upper parts of the glacial valley of Labský důl, the adjacent flat peak of the Kotel Mountain (1435m), and the Kotelné jámy corries. Next on the list is Dvoračky hut, a very old establishment from 1707, used originally as a mountain farmhouse for livestock inhabiting the surrounding vast meadows. The scenery in clear weather towards the nearby ridges is superb. Eventually you will descend into the mountain resort of Rokytnice nad Jizerou, dominated by the magnificent Lysá hora and Kotel Mountains.
Day 6. Departure day


655 Euro per person in twin/dbl room (triple rooms also available upon request)
Single room & Solo Traveler supplement
Single room supplement: 110 Euro
Solo traveler supplement: 385 Euro (incl. sgl. room supplement)
Halfboard supplement
90 Euro (5x dinners)
Daily departures between June and the end of September. Nearest аirport: Prague.
Transfer (1-3pax): Prague/airport - Jánské Lázně - 235 Euro;
3* hotels (en-suite rooms throughout); breakfast is included everywhere; 5x dinners (optional supplement on request): 90 Euro; Packed lunches you may order in most of the accommodations (appr. 13 Euros) or you can have lunch at the tourist sites you will be passing during the day hikes. Restaurants where you can dine are available inside the accommodations, where you will be staying, and in some locations you will have wider choice of restaurants nearby your accommodation.

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