Ski the Czech – Polish Border, Krkonoše Trail
Ski the Czech – Polish Border, Krkonoše Trail
Ski the Czech – Polish Border, Krkonoše Trail
Ski the Czech – Polish Border, Krkonoše Trail
Ski the Czech – Polish Border, Krkonoše Trail

Ski the Czech Polish Frontier: Krkonoše Trail


Trip Overview

Sitting along the border of the Czech Republic and Poland are the Jizera and Krkonoše mountains. Boasting over 650 kilometres (406 miles) of ski trails makes this a paradise for cross-country skiers. Skiing on prepared trails it’s possible to ski 150km’s (94 miles) ‘point-to-point’ whilst following the frontier between the two countries.

Highlights

  • Ski the Polish - Czech Frontier
  • Ski 150kms (94 miles) over six 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
  • Hotel accommodation with saunas
  • Luggage transferred while you ski
  • Guiding by a qualified Nordic Ski Instructor
  • Optional nights in the beautiful city of Prague
  • Airport transfers included
  • Single rooms available

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 skiers. Experience panoramic mountain vistas on this wonderful mountain traverse.

Cross-country skiing is very popular in Poland and the Czech Republic. With the variety and quality of trails plus reliable snow conditions it 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, the Czech Republic's highest peak with an altitude of 1603m (5257ft). 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 cultural exchange between these countries offers the visitor a rich and interesting past and present.

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. 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.

 


Using Tracks and Trials provided an excellent no-hassle way of skiing an unusual and interesting area. I had used the company twice before and was confident they would deliver. Our guide, Pascal, was knowledgeable, expert and considerate. The accommodation, food and skiing were all excellent. What more could one want?

Itinerary

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  • We meet this evening 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 fee. 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.

  • 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 (113 miles) 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 lovely Šámalova chata for our lunch. A larger tour via the mountain plateau and around the Jizerka 'summit' at 1122m (3680ft), brings us back to our accommodation for a second night in Bedrichov.

    Ascent: 469m (1538ft) Descent: 446m (1462ft) Distance: 24km (15 miles)

  • 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 (3693ft) 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.

    Ascent: 350m Descent: 350m TBC Distance: 22km (13.7 miles)

  • 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.

    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 was home to Count Harrach’s family who were among the first to bring skis to the area.

    Ascent: 1123m (3683ft) Descent: 794m (2604ft) Distance: 28.5 km (17.8 miles)

  • The second half of our route is a 75km (47 miles) 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 (4.7 miles) 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 (5313ft), 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 (4828ft). 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.

    Ascent: 1123m (3683ft) Descent: 794m (2604ft) Distance: 28.5km (17.8 miles)

  • 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 (3936ft) 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.

    Ascent: 1025m (3362ft) Descent: 1287m (4221ft) Distance: 32km (20 miles)

  • Our final day leaves Luciny where we ski woodland tracks, which 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 (3286ft) 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. 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.

    Ascent: 740m (2427ft) Descent: 1352m (4434ft) Distance: 25km (15.6 miles)

  • Today is departure day and 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 09h00 for flights from 11h00.

It is always our aim to complete the proposed itinerary outlined above, however, it may be necessary for our guides/instructors to adjust the daily itinerary based on the weather conditions, group safety and enjoyment.

Accommodation

On all our trips we aim to accommodate our guests in well-situated, clean, characterful, family run accommodation. We are painstaking in our research to give you the best option possible and one that is good value. Our suggested accommodation, listed below, is subject to availability at the time of booking. We have given details of our favoured venues and those we intend to use. If unavailable we will book alternative accommodation of a similar standard.

Our trip fees are based on two people sharing a room. If you are travelling on your own your booking will be based on a twin bedroom sharing with someone of the same gender. 

However, on many of our trips single rooms are available on request for a supplementary fee. We recommend booking as early as possible to secure a single room as these are always limited in number. Please contact us for details. 

Hotel Premier, Bedrichov

Hotel

Our first two nights are at the modern 4* Hotel Premier. From our hotel we can enjoy views across the Bedrichov hills of Bohemia. It is also perfectly situated directly by the nordic ski tracks. After our first ski day enjoy relaxing in the hotel spa and wellness centre.

Hotel Panský dům, Jizerka

Hotel

The historic hamlet of Jizerka is made up of a few traditional farmsteads, cottages, church and a glass blowing factory. It lies amidst the rugged countryside of the Jizera Mountains. Hotel Panský Dům offers comfortable accommodation mainly in double rooms or quad rooms in this renovated yet traditional building.

We strive when possible to acquire double rooms at this location, but the nature of the accommodation means that sometimes we are in rooms for 4 people. In this case we aim to have 4 people of same gender sleeping together, but cannot rule out that there may be occasions when the sleeping arrangements are 'mixed'.

Hotýlek u hraběte, Harrachov

Hotel

We finish our ski day in Jakuszyce, Poland, but after a short transfer again sleep in the Czech Republic in Harrachov. The 3* Hotel and Spa "Hotýlek u hraběte Harrachov” is well positioned for the start of our three day ski traverse of the main Krkonose trail and is a 5 minute walk from the shops, bars and tourist office. The hotel has lovely ensuite rooms, a hearty breakfast and good range of evening meals. And,of course, we must not forget to mention the spa and swimming pool.

Hotel Idol, Horni Misecy

Hotel

At the end of our Part 1 of our Krkonose Mountain Trail we descend down to the small ski village of Horni Misecy and the 3* Hotel Idol. This family run mountain hotel is again equipped with a spa and is proud in offering regional cuisine and local Czech beers.

Prazska Bouda, Luciny

Hotel

Part 2 of the Krkonose Trail ends in Luciny when we will stay in a bouda where the trail runs past the door. Our accommodation was designed for like minded skiers wanting to make the most of their time in the hills. The hotel was originally built in 1850 and has since been modernised offering accommodation in stylish double rooms and hearty mountain meals. 

Originally the word 'bouda' referred to a hut or shack in the Czech language, but do not worry because today's boudas are much more luxurious and are usually traditional buildings that have been converted to very comfortable accommodation.

Hotel Pohoda, Trutnov

Hotel

We finish our last day of skiing in the Polish border town of Zacler and after a 20 minute transfer we arrive in the city of Trutnov for our last overnight. Trutnov, still in the Krkonose valley and on the Úpa River, is conveniently located for onward travel back to Prague. Our hotel is in the heart if the city with its own restaurant and has a variety of rooms and small ‘suites’ available, all with ensuite facilities.


  • To reach the start of the tour we recommend that you travel to and from Prague 'Vaclav Havel' International Airport. It is 12km (7.5 miles) 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.

  • Please note that you must have the appropriate insurance for your chosen activity. As we will be travelling in the mountains, you must be covered for helicopter rescue, repatriation and medical costs. We also advise you to take out Trip Cancellation/Curtailment Insurance in the event of you being unable to join the trip for whatever reason. NB: The insurance referred to below should only be purchased AFTER we have confirmed that your trip is guaranteed to run. 

    For ease of reference the clause relating to Insurance as set out in our Terms and Conditions is given below:

    Insurance: It is a condition of booking that you are insured against medical expenses, injury, illness, death, cost of repatriation, and personal accident risks. This must include cover for the activities to be undertaken during the trip. For tours taking place outside the United Kingdom you must ensure that your insurance covers rescue from the mountains, including helicopter rescue. It is the right of the leader to make a decision to call for helicopter rescue if such assistance is needed. Costs incurred by you, the client, due to an evacuation, rescue or other emergency event shall be your responsibility. Any subsequent costs incurred for expenses not limited to but including such costs as hotels, food, transport etc shall be borne by you, the client. You are responsible for ensuring insurance cover is adequate for the particular needs of your chosen activity. You must be fully aware of the implications involved in arranging your own travel insurance and understand the limitations and exclusions of the policy. By agreeing to our Terms and Conditions you are authorising Tracks and Trails Ltd or the person employed to lead the trip for Tracks and Trails Ltd to instigate rescue and/or helicopter evacuation procedures without previously obtaining the permission of the company issuing your insurance policy. We reserve the right to cancel your booking at any time if we are not satisfied you have the necessary insurance policy covering your activity. Please ensure that your insurance covers you to the maximum altitude given on your trip itinerary. If you are unsure or are joining a bespoke trip then please contact us for specific details. Most of our trips have a maximum altitude of 3,000 metres, except the Tour de Monte Rosa which reaches 3316m. You must bring all insurance documentation with you at the time of the activity. We also recommend your insurance covers you for trip cancellation and baggage loss/damage. Tracks and Trails Ltd are unable to accept responsibility for the loss or damage to any client equipment or luggage.

    For further details, please read the Insurance section on our website.

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

    We run our Czech/Polish frontier 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 (miles) per day.

  • 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 2018 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 when you collect your skis.

  • On this trip we require a minimum of 4 guests before we can guarantee the trip to run. We take a maximum of 8 people. 

  • You will only need to carry a day sack 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 respectable limit of around 15kg (33lbs), and only one bag per person. It is worth noting that you may be required to carry your own bag up and down stairs at your accommodation.

    Team safety items

    Please note that you may be asked to share in the carrying of a safety item such as a survival bag or group shelter. This will be passed around the group each day so that you may only have to help out on one of the ski days. 

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • We feel strongly about protecting the environment and do not encourage the use of single-use plastic items. We would ask that you arrive with a ‘water bottle’ or ‘hydration system’ that can be used repeatedly. We would point out that we operate a ‘zero tolerance’ for rubbish, and would ask you to remove all your rubbish items from the mountain even those you consider to be bio-degradable. You can read our full policy here.

  • Due to the specialised nature of many of our holidays, we co-sell a number of our trips with 'partner' companies. Our partners are carefully selected to ensure they reflect our own ethos and standards in terms of the service we offer to our guests. By encouraging our partners to sell our trips it means that your chosen holiday may reach its 'minimum' number earlier, allowing us to guarantee the trip and to give you the go-ahead to book your travel arrangements.

    There may be occasions when our partners have helped to book your accommodation and organise the logistics for your trip. On these occasions your hotel may have recorded your room reservation in the name of our partners. 

    We guarantee that any partners with whom we work will offer the same package as Tracks and Trails. The price will be the same, though occasionally our partners may be operating in a different currency. Your itinerary and the items that are included, or not included in your trip fee will also be the same. 

    We believe in team work, and enjoy working with other small high quality companies. If you have any questions about this policy please contact us and we will be happy to discuss it with you. 

     


Prices may vary depending on date.

2019

Sun 17 Feb - Sun 24 Feb
Code: KRK1 19
Price: £1695 Book
Sun 24 Feb - Sun 03 Mar
Code: KRK2 19
Price: £1695 Book

What's Included

  • Half board accommodation; Breakfast, and 3 course Dinner, based on two people sharing 
  • Use of hotel spa/saunas
  • Transfers to/from Prague airport
  • Free use of the ski tracks in Poland and the Czech Republic.
  • Daily luggage transfers (1x bag per person)
  • Fees and expenses of a qualified BASI Nordic Ski Teacher/International Mountain Leader
  • Tracks and Trails memento - a gift to take home!

What's Not Included

  • Insurance
  • Flights
  • Ski hire
  • Drinks, lunches and snacks
  • Return of the skis to the hire shop 

Using Tracks and Trials provided an excellent no-hassle way of skiing an unusual and interesting area. I had used the company twice before and was confident they would deliver. Our guide, Pascal, was knowledgeable, expert and considerate. The accommodation, food and skiing were all excellent. What more could one want?

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At a Glance

From Price £1695
Holiday Type Cross Country Skiing
Duration 8 Days
Group Size 8
Minimum Age 17
Countries Visited Poland, Czech Republic
Meet In Prague airport, Czech Republic
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