Self guided hut to hut trekking tour in the highest mountains of Czechia with 2 overnights in traditional mountain huts
A three-day self guided hike along mountain huts in the Giant Mountains National Park. This approx. 30 km long 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. You reach the mountain ridge, but the length of this trek is adapted to those walkers, who wish to enjoy the views, relax or explore the silent surroundings of the chalets. Simple, but attractive mountain huts have good facilities (showers, toilets, bar, dining room, restaurant, wi-fi), accommodation is provided in private family or private more bedded rooms with their own facilities. The starting point is easily accessible by car or by bus, there is also direct connection from Prague several times a day.
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Day 1: from Špindlerův Mlýn to Szrenica refuge (1362 m)
Today the trekking starts: on to the “Giants”. For the first kilometers you have two options: the lift or a tough climb. We recommend taking the lift to Medvědín (bear mountain), with which you cover about 480 meters in height in 15 minutes. For the real die-hard there is of course the possibility to cover this height difference on foot from Špindlerův Mlýn.
Option one: “the easy route with the chair lift”
Once you step off the chair lift on Medvědín 1235 m, you take “Bucharova cesta” up towards Verbatova bouda. After a few hundreds meters you pass Šmídova vyhlídka (Šmídova viewpoint) and soon you reach Vrbatova bouda (Vrbata chalet), suitable for small refreshment. Make sure to continue west from here following the green marked path leading over Harrachovy kameny to a junction called “Růženčina zahrádka”. From here you continue on red marked path called “Ceská cesta” to a place called Labská louka (Labe meadow). Here you join again the green marked path to reach the Vosecká mountain hut and soon the mountain ridge with beautiful panoramic views to polish side of Giant mountains. From the ridge it is only short way to Szrenica mountain refuge in the Polish part of the Giant Mountains National Park for overnight.
- Distance: 10 km
- Climbing: 331 m
- Descent: 219 m
- Overnight: Szrenica mountain hut (1362m)
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Option two: “the challenging route with a tough climb steep uphill”
Take the red marked path from the centre of Špindlerův Mlýn direction Horní Mísečky mountain village about 3,5 km uphill. The route is called “Vodovodní cesta” (the waterfall route). Make sure to find the right way further up north west direction (the route is called “Stará vozová cesta” to junction “Nad kotelní jámou” approx. 3km from Horní Mísečky. From there you continue on a green marked path over Harrachovy kameny and copy the route of option 1 till the end – Szrenica mountain hut in the Polish part of the Giant Mountains National Park for overnight.
- Distance: 12,6 km
- Climbing: 790 m
- Descent: 163 m
- Overnight: Szrenica mountain hut (1362m)
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Day 2: Over the ridge to Moravská bouda (1225 m)
The second day you will walk a part on the Czech – Polish border the path of Czech – Polish friendship. This is truly one of the highlights of this tour! The Polish side is steeper and rougher, while the Czech hills are more gentle and green. 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. You continue the walk east to Petrovky ( newly reconstructed complex of mountain chalets). In the distance you can already see the mountain peaks Śląskie Kamienie (“Silesian Rocks” 1417 m) and Dívčí kameny (“Maiden Rocks” 1413 m) with separate rock formations up to 8 m high. At the end of this day trip you descend from Petrovka until you reach Moravská Bouda.
- Distance: 10,3 km
- Climbing: 323 m
- Descent: 445 m
- Overnight: Moravská bouda chalet (1225 m)
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Day 3: From Moravská bouda via Špindlerova Bouda (1199 m) back to the valley (800 m)
Today is an easy day of effort. After breakfast you will take a short light walk on the ridge to the mountain hut Špindlerova bouda (1199 m) where you have the choice to do the descent to the valley with scooters (suitable for adults and families with children from 6 years, available every day 9-16 with direct payment on spot), or you can take the shuttle bus to the valley. You can of course also choose to do the entire descent on foot. You then have a long descent of about 6 km ahead of you, which largely goes through the seamount forests of the slopes.
Once again in Špindlerův Mlýn, the hike has come to an end, the Giant Mountains have been explored.
- Distance: 2,6 km (alt. 6 km)
- Climbing: 26 m
- Descent: 56 m
- Overnight: none
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What's included and excluded?
- 2 overnights in mountain huts - private 3-5 bedded rooms with own bathroom
- 2 x full board (breakfast, lunch packet, dinner)
- Map with detailed routes (topographical 1:40.000) and separate detailed route description
- Information package
- Emergency hotline
- Luggage storage (only if extra night is booked preceding the tour)
- ATOL comparable security by SGR (Dutch)
- Tour extension: extra stay prior or after the tour
- Parking fee in the public parking area in Špindlerův Mlýn
- Luggage storage ( included in the package price if extra night prior to the tour is booked)
- Scooter downhill ride from Špindlerova bouda to Špindlerův Mlýn on day 3
- Public shuttle bus from Špindlerova bouda to Špindlerův Mlýn on day 3
Mountain cottage Martinovka is located on the border ridge of the Giant Mountains at an altitude of 1288 meters.there are 12 rooms with a total capacity of 42 beds, from double to five-bed. Each of all modest but cozy rooms has its own bathroom with sink, shower and toilet. The restaurant premises are fully covered by a high-speed WiFi signal.
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- Address : Martinova bouda, 543 51 Špindlerův Mlýn, Czechia – Špindlerův Mlýn
- Elevation : 1288 m
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- Address : Zadní Rennerovky 111, 543 52 Strážné, Czechia – Strážné
- Elevation : 1317 m
General travel information
Difficulty Grade: Easy to Moderate ( )
Appropriate for regular walkers. Requires reasonable level of fitness. The trip covers an average of 18 km (5-7 hours) of hiking per day, with a possibility of extended walks (read more about explanation of our difficulty grades). Minimum ages depends ofcourse per kid but we recommand from 12 years.
Route Navigation in the field
You will walk mostly on rocky roads and even some paved roads. All trails are well-marked in the field. We advise to follow only the marked trails and never try to shorten the path through the unknown and unmarked terrain. Off trail walking is strongly forbidden. We will provide you with detailed navigation instructions and maps (1:40.000 or 1:25.000). You can call us 24/7 for assistance (however preferably during working hours only).
More detailed info on route navigation will be included in your booking documents.
Best time to go
This trip as available from April until October. April you still will find some remnants of snow on the ridges. The weather for walking is optimal in June – September. However July and August can sometimes be quite warm and weekends can be busy at some hot spots.
The busiest months are july and august. If you want to travel in that specific term, it is preferable that you book as early as possible. 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. If you are planning a trip to the Czech Republic, weather will probably be one of your concerns. Czech Republic’s climate is comparable to that of southern inland Canada. 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.
Recommanded weather information: yr.no
What to bring
We recommend that you travel as light as possible because airlines nowadays charge larges fees for luggage above 15kg. 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 backpack) for your daily essentials (snacks, drinking water, camera, etc). Below is a indicative list of what you should bring with you on this trip. More detailed information will be included in your booking information documents. If you need further advice, please contact us or ask at you local outdoor retailer.
- Good hiking boots (we have seen hikers on sneakers though)
- Hiking socks (at least 2 pairs or 3 pairs on the longer trips)
- Several t-shirts (cotton or preferably breathable/fast drying)
- Waterproof and windproof jacket with hood
- Synthetic mid layer or warm fleece
- Shoes/slippers – to relax and wear inside accommodation (shower / toilet)
- Sunglasses, sunscreen skin protector and lip salve
- Hat/Baseball cap
- First Aid kit (aspirine, diaria profilact)
- A good book 🙂
Welcome to the guide and map of organic producers – meaning organic farmers and organic food producers who sell their products directly to us, the end consumers. You will also find farms that offer agritourism, excursions and educational programs for schools.
The guide only lists registered organic entrepreneurs – farms, family farms, fruit growers, beekeepers, farm processors and producers who have an BIO certificate for their production and voluntarily pass an annual inspection so that we can assure customers that they are really farming and producing according to the rules of organic farming.
The directory has been compiled and managed by PRO-BIO LIGA with the aim of making it easier for you to buy organic quality home products directly from the yard or from the manufacturer throughout the Czech Republic.
The use of winter tires is mandatory from November 1st to March 31st if the road is covered with snow or ice and if the temperature is below 4°C while there is a risk of snowfall or ice. This period can be brought forward and/or extended if weather conditions so require.
The use of snow chains is mandatory if this is indicated by a round, blue sign with a white car tire with a snow chain on it.
If you are unable to start hiking before 12 noon, we recommend booking an overnight stay in advance. This can be done in the online booking form, but you can also just send us an email about this.
No, you can leave sleeping mats and sleeping bags at home 🙂 Bed linen is included in all mountain huts in the Giant Mountains. There are sometimes hikers who like to bring their own sheet bag and pillowcase. That is of course everyone’s own choice.
No, in the Czech Republic they use the European type C and E, unlike here in the UK where they use type G. You will need to purchase a travel plug.
Yes, this package is covered by the SGR guarantee.
As of February 1, 2021, SGR participants will charge a contribution of €5 per person per booking. Because you as a traveler undoubtedly want more information about this, we have prepared a number of frequently asked questions. All questions are answered on the SGR website.
More information about the SGR contribution: see the website of SGR
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Climate Czech Republic
The Czech Republic has a temperate continental climate. The temperate is mainly in the summers. They are warm, but not extreme. In the capital Prague, the average temperature in the middle of summer is 23°C. In winter it is cold. In January, the coldest month, the mercury rarely rises above zero. Because the ocean is fairly close, there is plenty of winter fun to be had in winter due to the moist, cold air. There are more than enough winter sports options in the Bohemian Forest and the Giant Mountains.
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Dogs are very welcome at most mountain huts in the Giant Mountains. However, at some of the standard accommodations we use, dogs are not allowed (e.g. at Horský hotel Štumpovka and at bouda Dvoračky). Will your dog be traveling with you? Then we adjust the standard tour in parts so that you can go anywhere with your dog. It is possible that we have to charge an extra surcharge due to the adjustments (e.g. if we have to move to mountain hotel Luční bouda or Labská bouda). The dog fee is largely based on additional cleaning fees. Dog food is usually not included, please bring your own.
Yes, all mountain huts have WiFi
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