Sněžka in the Giant Mountains – highest mountain of Czech Republic
Sněžka (Sněžka) is located in the famous Krkonoše (Czech Krkonoše, Polish Karkonosze). At 1,602 meters, it is the highest mountain in the Czech Republic. South of the mountain lies in the Czech Královéhradecký the city Pec pod Sněžkou (Petzer) and north in the Polish Lower Silesian Voivodeship, the city Karpacz (Karpacz).
On the southern slope of the mountains flows the Úpa (Aupa), which has its origin in Równia pod Śnieżką (Koppenplan), runs through Pec pod Sněžkou and finally flows into the Elbe. In the north, the Łomnica (Great Lomnitz) banned their way. It rises from the same plateau, flows through Karpacz and flows into the Bóbr (Bober).
At first still leisurely, but then …
After purchasing a hiking map in Pec pod Sněžkou we first looked at the start of the intended hiking trail. This was already completely snowy and icy at the entrance.
Therefore, we chose the ascent of the parking lot at the valley station (about 800 m) on the Riesengrund, which we should then make as a way back.
The first section climbed pleasantly past the ski facilities to a small chapel (Kaple v Obřím dole) and tavern. What followed after that was already another gait.
There are ramps that are really extremely steep and under normal conditions are very exhausting. With a layer of snow and sometimes slippery ice sheets but then pose an even greater challenge.
On the height profile, the steepness is not so good, but there are certainly some sections with more than 20% slope. Signs warn of avalanches, which, in my opinion, the snow depth is missing.
Arrival at the Schlesierhaus
At about 1400 m located is the Silesian House, which lies on Polish soil.
Here we encounter the phenomenon “Schneekoppe”, which, like then, resembles the mass onslaught on the Carrauntoohil on Ireland. Hundreds of people, most of them with the ski lift up, are literally tormented by the last ascent to the highest mountain in the Czech Republic.
Extremely iced, dangerous and high heels?
This is followed by a good 200 meters to the summit, which are extremely icy. Although there is a permanent protection along the path through steel chains, should you slip, but they do not help. On the contrary, one can rather hurt oneself while holding on.
In spite of the adverse conditions, some Poles and Czech women are actually up here, as if they were shopping in Prague: with high heels or high heels, no caps and no gloves.
Summit of the Schneekoppe
Finally we reach the summit of Schneekoppe (1,602 m) and the visibility is zero. Somewhat disappointed we take some snapshots, we do not discover a summit cross. The state border between the Czech Republic and Poland passes over the summit.
Now follows the arduous descent back to Schlesierhaus, which is safe under normal conditions, but so a veritable slide.
Recharge your batteries in the Silesian House
Done, hungry and thirsty, we return to the Schlesierhaus, which offers a good variety of food and drinks. The prices are completely in order, I always find the cost of the toilets a bit outrageous.
Climbing this peak in winter is a real challenge. In better conditions, the circular walk with the other descent is certainly very great.
For training or as a preparation for heavy climbs a recommended mountain.
What happens at the height of the Silesian House, however, is absolutely not my case.
Apart from the strong tourism, I can only warn against wrong equipment or carelessness. Here you should have sure-footedness and proper footwear. Several times the mountain rescue team had to recover injuries.
It is therefore essential to climb the Snezka in the Giant Mountains during the week.