Mountain Hut Tour Giant Mountains

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Actief in Tsjechië

We are a team of Dutch and Czech with more than 50 years of experience in organizing active holidays in the Czech Republic for Dutch and Belgians. Since 2000 we have been the absolute number 1 in active trips to the Czech Republic. In addition to individual walking and cycling trips, we organize a wide range of outdoor and fun activities. In most situations you can opt for your own transport, but we also offer the option of (local) transfers. We have a number of our own accommodations at top locations and we also work together with both budget accommodations and luxury hotels.

  • 3 Days
  • Self Guided Tour
  • Czech Republic

A three-day hike along mountain huts in the Giant Mountains National Park. This trek goes through both the Polish and the Czech part of the Giant Mountains. The starting point and also the end point is Špindlerův Mlýn . From there you walk to the peaks, much across the Czech-Polish border. In the mountains you spend the night in simple but attractive mountain huts. There are good facilities in the huts (showers, toilets, bar, dining room, WiFi). During the trip, the participants in principle receive full board, but there are also options to eat à la carte.

The starting point is easily accessible by car or by bus (direct connection from Prague).

Price Includes

  • 2 nights in family rooms / multi-person rooms. The price of the package is calculated on the basis of overnight stays in family rooms / multi-person rooms.
  • 2 x full board (breakfast, packed lunch, warm meal)
  • Hiking map (topographic 1: 50,000) and directions
  • Information package of the area
  • Telephone help and support if necessary
  • Luggage storage (if you book an overnight stay in advance and afterwards)
  • SGR guarantee

Price Excludes

  • Overnight stay before and after the hike. For a price proposal use the reservation form.
  • Room upgrade to single or double room with private facilities.
  • Possible parking costs in Špindlerův Mlýn.
  • Any luggage storage costs. There are no storage costs if you leave luggage in your car.
  • Costs to use the chairlift to Medvědín. To be paid on the spot.

Day-to-day program

Individual hike, 50 km in three days, the tour is possible all year round, but the best time is from May to October, overnight stays in attractive mountain huts. The program from day to day is described below.

From budget to luxury, the choice is yours

There are various options regarding comfort while hiking in the Giant Mountains.

  • private family rooms or multi-person rooms with shared facilities in the hallway
  • single or double rooms with shared facilities in the hallway
  • private rooms with private facilities (luxury **** rooms)

You can indicate your choice in the booking form. A surcharge is then automatically calculated. Please note that not all room types are available with all accommodations. Rooms have limited availability. In some cases a route adjustment is necessary. We will inform you in advance about the availability of the room type you want and the related route adjustments.

Important Information

Here are some tips and important information we have gathered over the years.
  • During this mountain tour you will travel through both the Czech and the Polish state area. It is recommended to bring Czech crowns as well as Polish zloties. You don't need much, the mountain trek is on a full board basis, but if you want to grab a coffee somewhere in between or buy a lift ticket, you need the local currency. Euros are accepted in many mountain huts. You can exchange the Czech and Polish currencies at a Dutch bank before your trip or, for example, upon arrival in Špindlerův Mlýn at a hotel or exchange office.
  • We recommend an overnight stay in Špindlerův Mlýn prior to the tour, also with a view to storing the luggage.
  • All routes are suggestions. The customer decides for himself which route he walks and whether he takes lifts. The map material we provide and the availability of alternative routes makes route planning very flexible. Always have a topographic map of the area with you and not just a GPS receiver. The batteries of a GPS device can run out.
  • Consider different weather scenarios.
  • Good shoes are important.
  • We provide an information sheet to all participants about safety in the mountains.
  • Bring a good book, because entertainment in the form of TV in the room is not available on the standard tour. For the enthusiast there is a luxury variant of the mountain hut tour where you are fully equipped.

Insurances

Travel or cancellation insurance, price to be calculated online

We recommend that you take out travel insurance, which can be done at De Europeesche Verzekeringen. Would you like to take out cancellation insurance? This must be done within 7 days of the booking date. In our confirmation email we provide a direct link to the online module of the Europeesche with which the customer can directly take out the most favorable travel insurance.

Europeesche has developed the Bewust Verzekerd op Reis tool to allow travelers to increase their insight themselves. Since only 20% read the policy conditions, we are happy to work with you to bring this tool to their attention. This is based on the belief that more knowledge leads to better protection and even more pleasure in exploring the rest of the world. Take the test on the special site of the Europeesche.

Itinerary

Day 1Špindlerův Mlýn to Szrenica refuge (1362m)

Špindlerův Mlýn is located at an altitude of around 700m. From here the trek starts: on to the “Giants”. The first kilometers will be tough, because you have to climb considerably.

Possible alternative: take the lift from Špindlerův Mlýn to Medvědín, so you can cover 500m difference in height in 15 minutes. You then partly walk a different route.

From Špindlerův Mlýn you follow the river Labe, of course you walk against the current. The river becomes a brook, but then a wild brook. Along the Labe waterfall you climb up a steep gorge and you can take a look at the source of this European river. Once on the ridge, the mountains offer a beautiful view of both the Czech and the Polish state territory. In the distance on the ridge you see a small church. When you approach him you see that he is standing on a rocky cliff, you descend into a small part of Poland and there is already the first inn: Szrenica.

Distance: 13.26 km
Climbing: 723 m
Descent: 132 m
Overnight: Szrenica mountain hut (1362m) in the Polish part of the Giant Mountains National Park

Day 2Over the ridge to the Samotnia refuge (1200m)

On the second day you walk the path of Czech – Polish friendship on the Czech – Polish border for almost all day. In the morning you have to climb out of the valley to the ridge and there you keep walking all day at about the same height. Poland shows its deep troughs and on the Czech side you can see many horizons. Almost at the end of the day trip you can look down at two mountain lakes in one go: Wielki Staw (Big Lake) and Mały Staw (Small Lake). They are both crystal clear lakes where there is almost no life, because the water is too cold. In clear weather, the skies reflect beautifully on the water level. Next to the smaller lake is the accommodation for the coming night: Schronisko Samotnia.

This day is considered the toughest day by many hikers. The distance is about 20 km, with occasional scrambling over rocks and boulders. According to Runkeeper, the height difference is about 430 meters. In the end, it takes most hikers about 6 hours, rest times not included. When the sun is full or when there is a lot of wind, there is little shelter on the ridge, which makes the trip feeling more difficult.

The path of the Czech – Polish friendship is mapped out on the crest of the Giant Mountains on the border between the Czech Republic and Poland. Each time the border between these two countries is crossed. Both sides of the Giant Mountains offer a lot of appeal: the Polish side is steeper and rougher, while the Czech hills are more gentle and green.

  • Distance: 19.11 km
  • Climbing: 522 m
  • Descent: 637 m
  • Overnight: Schronisko Samotnia mountain hut (1200m) in the Polish part of the Giant Mountains National Park

Day 3 Via the top Sněžka (1602m) back to the valley (800m)

Eat well from breakfast, because a steep climb awaits you. From the valley where the Samotnia mountain hut is so beautiful, you climb to the ridge. Now you have the choice to continue to the top of Sněžka or slowly descend from the ridge to Špindlerův Mlýn. If you choose the top, you have to bridge an additional 450 meters in height. At 1602 meters, Sněžka is the highest mountain in the Czech Republic. The view at the top is well worth the climb! Then you descend gradually along the stream White Elbe with its waterfalls to Špindlerův Mlýn. The hike is over, the Giant Mountains have been explored.

  • Distance: 15.68 km
  • Climbing: 477 m
  • Descent: 958 m
  • Overnight: none
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