Overview for Krkonose: Giant Mountains of Czechia
The Giant Mountains, or Krkonose, are not exactly ‘giant’ as their highest peak Snejka, which is also the highest point in the Czech Republic, has an elevation of only 1,609 m. But do not be misled by this – our Krkonose: Giant Mountains of Czechia walking holiday offers great hiking opportunities in the heart of Old Europe, only 150 km from Prague, beautiful alpine meadows, bare stone ridges, picturesque waterfalls and fairy-tale villages. And maybe you will have a chance to meet the mischievous but friendly guardian goblin Krkonos (Rubezahl) himself!
Your walks will take you along the trails of the Krkonose National Park and your holiday will start and end in Prague.
- Jánské Lázně spa town
- Černá hora mountain
- Sněžka – highest Czechia peak
- The spring of Labe
- Špindlerův Mlýn town
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Day 1: Prague – Janské Lázně
Upon arrival at the international Václav Havel Airport in Prague, you can use the city public transport to get to the central bus station and take a coach from there to Janské Lázně (not included). Alternatively, you can pre-book a private transfer with us.
If you arrive during the day you will have time to explore the picturesque spa town of Janske Lazne. This quiet town with extraordinary history is located at the foot of Černá hora (The Black Mountain) (1,299 above sea level). The town is connected with the top of themountain by a cable railway. Or you can opt for a circular skywalk in the nearby forest.
- Accommodation: a 3+ star hotel in Janské Lázně (Luční dům or similar)
Day 2: Černá Hora
Walk to Černá Hora hilltop, or take the cable car. There is a viewpoint on a former cable car mast, which offers spectacular views over the Krkonose. Descend to Pec pod Sněžkou.
- Walking for the day: 10 km (4 hours, 100 m elevation gain) if using the cable car; 14 km (6 hours, 700 m elevation gain) if walking to the hilltop.
- Accommodation: 4-star hotel – Hořec pod Sněžkou
Day 3: Sněžka Peak
Today you are summitting Chezhia’s highest peak (1,609m). As on Day 2, you can either walk to the peak, or take the cable car to the top and then walk down to your next destination. Following the Polish border, walk to Luční Bouda, where you can have a refreshment. After a short rest, descend to Špindlerův Mlýn.
- Walking for the day: 11 km (4 hours, 300 m elevation gain) if using the cable car; 16 km (6-7 hours, 1,150 m elevation gain) if walking to the peak.
- Accommodation: 3-star hotel – Start
Day 4: Zlaté Návrší and Labe (Elbe) Source
Take the cable car to Medvědín hill. Then walk to Vrbata hill, pass by Harrachovy kameny rock. Enjoy the views from Ambrožova viewpoint and reach the Labe (Elbe) springs ). Then walk to Mužské kameny rocks and reach Špindlerova bouda. Then take the local bus to return to Špindlerův Mlýn.
- Walking for the day: 14 km (4-5 hours, 800 m elevation gain)
- Accommodation: 3-star hotel – Start
Day 5: Rokytnice nad Jizerou
Walk to Labský důl, then reach Dvoračky hut. From there descend to the resort town of Rokytnice nad Jizerou.
- Walking for the day: 20 km (6-7 hours, 800 m elevation gain)
- Accommodation: 3-star hotel – Krakonos
Day 6: Departure, Extra NIght in Prague or Onward Travel
Departure to Prague during the day according to the bus schedule (not included). Private transfer is also available upon request and at additional charge.
You will have the opportunity to get to know Prague in person: the City of a Hundred Spires, a UNESCO monument and one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Take advantage of one of the many free walking tours offered in Prague, or explore the city on your own – the choice is yours. You can book an extra night in a 3 or 4-star hotel in Prague.
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3-star and 4-star hotels, as indicated in the itinerary. All places have been carefully handpicked by us and their quality is regularly monitored. We have tried to choose accommodation that offers friendly service, clean and comfortable rooms and local flavour. All hotels offer wireless Internet connection.
*Hotels are subject to availability. In case a particular hotel is fully booked for your desired dates, we will replace it with a hotel of equal value and quality level. We will provide exact accommodation details to you upon booking confirmation.
Breakfast is included. When no restaurant location is available en route lunches and snacks should either be bought from local shops, or packed lunch can be pre-ordered from your hotel the night before. Dinner is available either from the restaurant in your hotel or from restaurants and taverns in the village nearby.
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Recommended airport: Václav Havel airport Prague (https://www.prg.aero/en/)
Terminal 1 is used for flights outside the Schengen Area.
Terminal 2 is used for flights within the Schengen area.
Transfers to/from Airports
Private transfers via taxi are available at an additional cost (please choose when booking):
- Arrival on Day 1 (Prague Airport to Janské Lázně)
- Day 6 (Rokytnice nad Jizerou to Prague)
Please note that only one airport transfer per party is included, though additional transfers can be arranged. It is advisable therefore that all party members arrive on the same flight or at least at a similar time. Night transfer extra charges may be applicable on private transfers in case of late night arrivals.
Timezone: GMT +1
Language: Czech. In big cities many, people speak English but in remote areas this, might not be the case. Young people speak English and the elderly understand Germans or Russian. Hotel personnel speaks English and are always available to assist. You can always call our 24/7 help line if there are any problems.
Population: 10.5 milion.
Electric supply and plugs: 220V, 50hZ, two-pin round plugs.
Phone code: +420
Currency: Czech koruna, sometimes referred to as Czech crown (CZK), pegged to the Euro (1 Euro equals 27 CZK, 1 £ – 28 CZK) and therefore fluctuates directly with Euro/GBP rate. We strongly advise taking sufficient cash for your daily requirements. CZK Bank-notes are 50, 100, 200, 500, 1 000, 2 000 and 5 000 CZK.
Coins are 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 CZK.
Banks and ATM are available and credit/debit card payments are widely accepted in towns and cities and in big petrol station chains, but might be limited at some of the villages we visit. You can withdraw money from ATMs Jičín, Sobotka, and Turnov.
British Embassy’s address in Prague:
Thunovská 14, CZ – Praha 1
phone: +420 257 401 111
fax: +420 257 402 296
Important telephone numbers: Emergency 112
Cost of living: Czech Republic’s costs are much lower than the ones in UK and the rest of Western Europe. Some sample prices follow:
- 3-course meal in a standard restaurant: CZK 200 (£ 6.30)
- A flask of mineral water from a street shop: CZK 20 (£ 0.63)
- A cup of coffee: CZK 30 (£ 1)
Detailed travel information and hints will be provided in your holiday information pack.
Up-to-date travel advice on Czechia is available here.
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Difficulty Grade: Moderate
Appropriate for regular walkers. Requires reasonable level of fitness. The trip covers an average of 15 km (5-6 hours) of hiking per day, with a possibility of shorter walks (read more about our difficulty grades).
You will walk mostly on paths and gravel roads. All trails are well-marked.
We strongly advise you to follow only marked trails and never try to shorten the path through the unknown and unmarked terrain. We will provide you with detailed road notes and maps and you can call our 24/7 local assistance phone number anytime. More detailed info on route navigation will be included in your holiday information pack.
When to Go
This trip as available from May until October.
Weather is best in June – September, and most stable in September. As July and August are the busiest months, it is preferable that you book as early as possible. Prague can become overcrowded in summer months.
The flexibility of self-guided holidays means that there are no fixed dates and you can start your holiday on any date in the season, therefore please indicate desired starting date when booking.
The climate is typical for Central Europe. Humid summers with occasional hot spells, and cold, cloudy and humid winters. Summer in the Czech Republic typically covers the period from June through mid-September. Czech summers are usually mild (20-27°C/70-80°F) and somewhat humid, with the highest temperatures up to 30-35°C/85-95°F (occasionally higher) for short periods. Such heat waves can be expected in July and August. Sudden showers and thunderstorms are common, so bring an umbrella or be prepared to dash for cover.
What to Bring
We recommend that you travel as light as possible because airlines might charge you an extra fee, and during ground transfers place might be limited. Ideally, you should bring one piece of luggage weighing not more than 25 kg (to be checked in) and a daily pack (15 – 20 l rucksack) for your daily essentials (snacks, drinking water, camera, etc). Below is a non-exclusive list of what you should bring to this trip. More detailed info will be included in your holiday information pack. If you need further advice, please contact us or a reputable outdoor retailer.
- Good hiking boots
- Hiking socks
- Several t-shirts (cotton or preferably breathable/fast drying)
- Packable Waterproof and windproof jacket with hood
- Synthetic mid layer or warm fleece
- Trainers and/or sandals – to relax and wear inside accommodation
- Sunglasses, sunscreen and lip salve
- Hat/Baseball cap
- Personal First Aid kit (wet wipes, flu remedies, stomach remedies)
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- Detailed pre-departure holiday information pack including gps-checked and regularly updated route descriptions and road notes; maps with daily routes and optional hikes marked
- Accommodation for 5 nights in hand-picked 3 to 4 star hotels
- 5 Breakfasts
- Daily luggage transport to next hotel of 1 bag of up to 25 kg per person
- All baggage transfers as listed in itinerary
- 24/7 phone assistance by our local office
Single Room & Solo Traveller Supplements
- Single room supplement: Where individual members of a group require a single room, a single room supplement is applicable
- This holiday is available for solo travellers. As costs are not shared, a supplement is payable on the standard trip cost.
(please click the CHECK AVAILABILITY button above to see the price of the holiday and the different options and supplements for your desired dates)
Options and Extras
- Private transfers from/to Prague airport or city
- Flights and connecting land transfers to first / from last accommodation in the mountains
- Lunches, dinners, drinks & snacks
- Travel insurance
- Personal expenses such as phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
- Any items not explicitly mentioned in the program
- One extra night in Prague after holiday end date
Other Trip-Related Costs
- Castles & museum entrance fees
- Cable car and local bus fares: 25-30 Euros pp total, due only if using the cable cars on walking days