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NEW for 2018: Ski the Czech – Polish Border, Krkonoše Trail

Krkonose Mountain Trail

Ski the Czech-Polish Border

Sitting along the border of the Czech Republic and Poland are the Jizera and Krkonoše mountains. Boasting over 650 kilometres of well-maintained ski trails makes this a paradise for cross-country skiers. Skiing on prepared trails it’s possible to ski 150km’s ‘point-to-point’ whilst following the two countries’ border.

Crossing two ‘World Loppet’ race courses; the Jizerská Fifty and Bieg Piastow then finishing up on the Trans-Krkonoše Mountain Trail makes this the dream holiday for seasoned cross-country ski enthusiasts.

  • Ski the Polish - Czech Frontier
  • 150kms over 6 days
  • Experience two World Loppet race routes
  • Ski the Trans-Krkonoše Trail to the source of the River Elba
  • Visit mountain 'boudas & chatas' for lunch
  • Optional nights in Prague
  • Hotel accommodation with saunas
  • Luggage transferred while you ski
  • Airport Transfers Included
  • Single rooms available
  • Guiding by a qualified Nordic Ski Instructor

Experience panoramic mountain vistas and the secrets of the Krkonose on this wonderful 6 day mountain traverse.

Departures

Trip Departure date End date Price Status
KRK1 18 Sun 4 February 18 Sun 11 February 18 £1595 Places available | Make a Booking
KRK2 18 Sun 4 March 18 Sun 11 March 18 £1595 Trip Guaranteed | Make a Booking

Cross-country skiing is extremely popular in Poland and the Czech Republic. With the variety and quality of trails plus reliable snow conditions there is no wonder why. Many of the trails lead onto mountain ridges, above the tree line and to unspoilt countryside. Comfortable hotels, good food and modern ski rental all add to these first class cross-country ski destinations.

The most reliable snow conditions are found in the Krkonoše which in Czech means the 'Giant Mountains'. Situated in the north of the Czech Republic and South West of Poland they make up the Czech-Polish border, which divides the historic regions of Bohemia and Silesia. The highest peak along the ridge is, Sněžka, is the Czech Republic's highest peak with an altitude of 1603m. Further west of the Krkonoše is also the border of Germany and city of Dresden. Geographically the mountains have acted as the natural border but the history and culture exchange between these countries offer the visitor a rich and interesting past and present to explore.

Visit Prague

This trip can easily be extended with days either at the start or end of your trip to visit the Czech Republic’s capital, Prague.

Prague (or Praha in Czech) is well worth a visit. Known as the "Jewel in the Crown" of Central Europe or city of a Hundred Spires, and a UNESCO monument it is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Tourism has driven the regeneration of Prague, transforming run down buildings into fine restaurants, vibrant bars and stylish hotels.

For more information about visiting Prague visit: The Prague Experience, Prague Tourism and the 10 Top Things to Do in Prague.

Trip Level 

The Czech-Polish traverse is designed for those that can confidently get on their skis and go! Due to the distances, ascent and descent we grade this trip as Advanced. On our first day we will spend time to find our ski legs, but we do expect participants to be able to ski a variety of terrain and longer journeys of 20-30km per day. Participants should be able to ski at a good pace and have mastered a controlled snowplough for both undulating and any steeper descents and turns. You should be at a very good fitness level and be able to ski up to 6 hours per day.

Ski Conditions

‘Krakanos’ (the Czech mythical mountain creature) says he can't promise anything, but in Jizerka due to the continental climate they begin to prepare the tracks as soon as they have enough snow in December and continue until mid-April.

Itinerary

We always aim to complete the itinerary as outlined below. However it will be followed only when conditions and weather make it appropriate, both in terms of safety and enjoyment. Your guide will make a decision on your route based on those conditions.

Day 1 Arrival to the Czech Republic

We meet in small town of Bedrichov in the Czech Republic where your guide will be available to discuss the itinerary and answer any questions about the week ahead. A group transfer from Prague airport is included in your trip. This will be at approximately 17h00 from Prague airport to Bedrichov. The transfer time is 2 hours. We have chosen a Sunday arrival to allow for those wishing to have extra nights in Prague before the trip starts.

Day 2 Jizerka ‘Highlights’ Tour

The first half of our tour crosses the central part of the Jizera Mountains (part of the Krkonoše massif). Bedrichov is the starting point and home to the World Loppet Jizerská Fifty race. After collecting our skis we plan to tour these perfectly managed trails as our warm up day. There are over 180kms of track in this one area. Leaving the ski arena we plan to tour along some of the Jizerka 50 race route winding our way through pine forests, around mountain lakes to reach the charming Šámalova chata for our lunch. A larger tour via the mountain plateau and around the Jizerka 'summit' (1122m), brings us back to our accommodation for a second night in Bedrichov. Distance: 25km.

Day 3 Bedrichov to Jizerka Village

Skiing eastwards from Bedrichov our trail leads us around the lakes and across the granite plateau of the Jizerka National Nature Reserve. The upper part of this park makes up the state border with Poland. The name is derived from the Jizerka River that rises under the highest mountain of the range, Wysoka Kopa at 1126m, located on the Polish side. This varied natural beauty is home to many rare species of plant and animal life such as the red deer, lynx and pine martin.

We finish today at Jizerka the highest village of the mountains of the same name. This beautiful setting is steeped in history and has well kept examples of traditional style houses, an ancient well and chapel. The is known for it's 19th century glass works given to the people by the House Habsburg family during their reign. A short transfer takes us to Harrachov to our accommodation. Distance: 22km.

Day 4 Jizerka Village to Jakuszyce, Poland

We transfer back to Jizerka this morning where we soon cross the border into Poland. This vast plateau of granite rock and firm peat bogs makes for perfect Nordic ski terrain. After refreshments at the cabin at Orle our route winds it’s way around granite tors and through forests on world-class tracks to reach Jakuszyce and the biathlon ski stadium where the Polish Bieg Piastow world loppet is held. If time and energy allow we can ski further in this area as the network of track options are vast. Distance: 25km. We will spend a second night in Harrachov. Harrachov (now a small ski town) was once famous for it's 300 year old glass making tradition and gave home to Count Harrach’s family who were among the first to bring skis to the area.

Day 5 Part.1 Krkonoše Mountains: Harrichov to Horni Misečy

The second half of our route is a 75km 3-day crossing along the backbone of the Krkonoše mountains known as the ‘Krkonosska magistrala’ from Harrachov to Zacler in the east. The route leaves Harrichov and weaves its way up steadily past the Mumlavky waterfalls along by the river and after 7.5km reaches the open air Krakonosove cafe. The trail continues to rise then leaves the tree line. We stop at the traditional mountain hut ‘Vosecká Bouda’ for our lunch complete with incredible open mountain vistas. An easier ski takes us a little higher to reach the ridge line where we can view the impressive craggy cliff line of the plateau we are skiing over. We travel close to the highest peak of the Czech Republic, Sněžka at 1620m, our trail also passes the source of the river Elba. It’s here where we can stand truly with a leg in each country! We have reached the highest point of the trip at 1472m. After enjoying the view, north into Poland and South to the Czech Republic we begin to travel south first keeping our height and across the wide mountain plateau and pass the remains of WW2 snow covered military bunkers. We begin our descent then pick up the fun switch back forest tracks to reach Horni Misečy. Depending on availability our overnight will be in either Horni Misečy or Spinduleruv Myln. Distance: 26km Ascent: 900m Descent: 700m.

Day 6 Part.2 Krkonoše Mountains: Horni Misečy to Luciny

We start early to give us plenty of time to enjoy another full day in the mountains. A steady climb soon gains superb views of the foothills south of the Krkonoše massif. Leaving the forest we cross over fields and pass farms to reach the open mountain meadows of Klinovka Bouda at 1200m making it the perfect stop for our lunch. Our afternoon involves another climb to reach easier ground and yet another superb network of tracks. A fun descent takes us to Luciny where we are welcomed at the Kolinska Bouda for après ski drinks. Depending on availability our overnight will either be in Luciny or the neighbouring village of Pec Pod Snĕžkou. Distance: 28km Ascent: 1200m Descent: 1000m.

Day 7 Part.3 Krkonoše Mountains: Luciny to Žacléř

Our final day leaves Luciny where we ski woodland trails that roll up and down on excellent managed trails, passing the Cerna Bouda farm we reach Horní Maršov a village in the Trutnov District. After a short break we then regain the trail for our final climb to reach the Kutná summit at 1002m and the Rýchorská Bouda mountain hut. A fun descent through pine trees past the remote hamlet of Rýchory takes us to the historic town of Žacléř the end of the Krkonoše Trail. Discover what made this coal mining town important to traders and about the pre WW2 fortification line created to defend Czechoslovakia at the small town museum. Distance: 23kms Ascent: 1000m Descent: 1200m.

To allow for a shorter taxi transfer back to Prague the following day we will stay in the nearby town of Trutnov for our final night and celebrations.

Day 8 Departure Day from Trutnov

Today is departure day our private transfer will collect the group after an early breakfast. The transfer time from Trutnov to Prague is 2 hours. We plan to arrive at 9h00 for flights from 11h00.

Price

Included: The price includes half board accommodation (breakfast and 3 course evening meal), use of hotel facilities including the saunas and local taxes. This is based on two people sharing in comfortable hotel accommodation. Transfers as part of the itinerary and luggage transfers (1x bag per person), the fees of a qualified BASI Nordic Ski Teacher/International Mountain Leader and their expenses are also included.

Single rooms maybe possible to arrange on this trip but will incur an additional fee. Please ask if you would like this option.

Not included: Insurance, flights, drinks, lunches and snacks. It does not include ski hire, nor the return of the skis to the hire shop after the trip has ended.

Skis Type & Rental

For this tour you will be using 'classic' track skis. You can use either a fishscale ski or 'skintec' ski. Ski rental can be arranged at the trail head at Ski Servis Ma’ra and will normally be 'fishscale' skis. We would only recommend ‘waxing’ skis if you are already comfortable with waxing techniques. The ski bindings are normally Salomon but they do have some NNN compatible bindings too. The shop also has a small selection of hats, gloves and waxes

Please advise us if you wish to hire skis, poles and boots. The price in 2017 was 250Kr / 10€ per day. The cost to return the skis from Trutnov back to the Bedrichov ski rental will be between 25€-40€ per person. The price varies as the taxi cost is in accordance with the number in the group needing this service. Please pay the rental shop directly in cash on collection of your skis.

Insurance

Please note that you must have the appropriate insurance for your chosen activity. You must be covered for helicopter rescue, repatriation and medical costs. With regard to this please be sure you have read the Insurance section in our Terms and Conditions.

Further Information

This trip requires a minimum of 4 clients to book before it can be guaranteed to run. We will take a maximum of 7 guests on this point-to-point tour. Upon booking, a full list of the necessary suitable kit and clothing will be provided.

Our overnight accommodation will all be in the Czech Republic. Wifi is normally available at each lodging.The currency in the Czech Republic is the Koruna and in Poland is the Zloty however Euros are accepted in both countries. We recommend that you have a some Czech Koruna with you for ski rental, lunches and drinks. There are currency exchange facilities/banks in Prague airport. Credit cards are also accepted in the larger hotels, shops and restaurants.

Typically younger people speak English in both Poland and the Czech Republic where as older generations will speak German.

Maps and souvenirs can be bought in the Bedrichov and Harrachov tourist offices.

There is no charge for the use of the ski tracks in either Poland or the Czech Republic.

Getting there

To reach the start of the tour we recommend that you travel to and from Prague 'Vaclav Havel' International Airport. It is 12km from the city centre. One group transfer from Prague airport is included in your trip. This will leave at approximately 17h00 from Prague Airport to Bedrichov. The transfer time is 2 hours. We have chosen a Sunday arrival to allow for those wishing to have extra nights in Prague before the trip. At the end of the tour a transfer will collect the group after an early breakfast from Trutnov to return to Prague Airport for 9h00. The return transfer time is also 2 hours.

It is also possible to reach the start and leave the end of the tour by public bus. From Prague travelling first to Luberic and then to Bedrichov and back from Trutnov direct to Prague. Please contact us for further details on this or visit the: www.studentagency.cz

Private Airport Transfer are reasonably priced with the services of Airport – Transfer – Prague

Accommodation & Luggage Transfers

On this tour you will stay in a mix of characterful hotels and private pensions. Most of which have saunas and comfortable lounge areas. You will only need to carry a daysack whilst skiing and your main baggage will be transferred every day between accommodation points. Luggage will be mainly transported in cars and small vans, so we would ask that you keep both size and weight of luggage to a reasonable limit of around 15kg (and only one bag per person). It is worth noting that you will be required to carry your own bag up and down from your accommodation every day.

Weather

We run our Czech /Polish border tour at a time of year when the snow is usually reliable and the tracks are well maintained. However, in the event of poor snow conditions, we will offer an alternative ski itinerary offering the same quantity of kilometres per day.

Our Partners

As our niche trips such as the Czech / Polish border tour are of a specialised nature, we work with our partner companies to attract sufficient clients to reach the minimum number of participants to allow these trips to go ahead. This means you are more likely to have your chosen holiday 'guaranteed'. Tracks and Trails in these instances may, in collaborating with our associates, make use of their guiding services. If you have any queries with regard to this please contact us.

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