European Summit Challenge
Czech Republic - Snežka 1602m

GETTING THERE AND AWAY

Fly to Prague and take a coach directly to Pec pod Snežkou. Alternatively, if you are coming from elsewhere in Europe, catch a train to Trutnov. From Trutnov you can take a local bus or Taxi to Pec pod Snežkou. There is also a private railway from Trutnov as far Svoboda nad Upou.

ROUTES

Footpaths are way marked by colour codes paint marks on trees and rocks.

The easiest route to the summit is to follow the green trail northwards out of Pec pod Snežkou. This will lead you close to the top of the ridge where it joins a yellow trail. Follow the yellow trail northwards to the summit. This is the route I took during winter in waist deep snow. Once above the tree line a line of posts show the way.

There is a second route from Pec pod Snežkou that follows a blue trail northwards along the Upa river, and later climbs to a col on the Polish border. At the col, take the red trail (in Polish territory) eastwards to the summit. This route is avalanche prone in the winter, and the final scramble to the summit looked pretty exposed if taken in bad weather.

ACOMMODATION

Hotels and Guest Houses - Travel.cz is a commercial travel agency able to locate accommodation through out the Czech Republic.

MAPS AND BOOKS


Krkonoe

Klubu Ceskych Turistu publish a 1:50,000 map of the Krkonoše Mountains (No. 22). It has an overlay showing footpaths, cross country ski routes, and indicates avalanche prone slopes. Czech speakers can visit Klubu Turistu's Website.

Rough Guides publish a useful book for those wishing to travel to "The Czech and Slovak Republics". There is a section covering the Krkonoše Mountains. ISBN No. 1-85828-529-1.

Buy from Stanfords, London, UK.



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USEFUL LINKS

The Czech Tourist Board Website has useful fact about travelling to the Czech Republic.