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Hike Česká budka - Pod Smělcem

March through the Western Giant Mountains

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Hike Česká budka - Pod Smělcem
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Krkonoše ridge crossing II: One of the most beautiful passages of the entire Krkonoše ridge crossing is the march from Česká budka through Violík, Sněžné Jámy, Vysoké Kolo to the crossroads Pod Smělcem. You will enjoy beautiful views, rock formations and amazing ice-worked rocks in Sněžné Jámy. The blanket of this stage is about 4 km.

View of Violet

This second stage of the Krkonoše ridge crossing begins at the crossroads at Česká budka (1,407 m above sea level). From here, a comfortable path ascends to the Violík pyramid

View of Violet
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View of the source of the Elbe

From the road you can see the besieged spring of the Elbe on the plateau formed by the Elbe, Mumlavská and Pančavská meadows. The horizon is dominated by the Czech ridge of the Giant Mountains with Kotle and the slightly lower Lysá hora

View of the source of the Elbe
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Pod Violíkem

The top of Violík is a nice rock. A well-trodden path leads to it. However, the signs prohibit climbing to the top, so it's up to you whether you respect it or not

Pod Violíkem
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View of the Wawel

From Violík you will find a slight descent into a shallow saddle and a slight ascent to Vysoká pláň (1,497 m above sea level) / own peak Vysoké pláně is the Krakonoš pulpit rock located on the Polish side of the border – this peak is taken as a side to Vysoké Kol).

View of the Wawel
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Looking back at Violet

The ascent to Wawel is pleasant and leads through a picturesque landscape, where you feel more like crossing the plateau somewhere in the Nordic countries than that you are in the highest parts of the western Giant Mountains. Apart from Violík, the peak of Szrenica and the Jizera Mountains on the horizon are also peeking out

Looking back at Violet
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High Plain and Wawel

Less than half an hour from the Czech booth, you stand on top of the High Plain. The biggest landmark of the peak is the former tourist cottage Wawel, today unfortunately inaccessible and serving as a transmitter. Next door is the Krakonoš pulpit rock.

High Plain and Wawel
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Snow Pits and High Wheel

There are always a lot of people at Wawel. No wonder there is probably the biggest attraction of the entire western Giant Mountains – the mighty snow pits with lots of views. Next to it is the highest peak of the western Giant Mountains – Vysoké kolo.

Snow Pits and High Wheel
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Views of the Snow Pits

There are a number of viewpoints around the Snow Pits, so you can enjoy the views of this dramatic part of the Giant Mountains to the full.

Views of the Snow Pits
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View of Śnieżne Stawki

At the bottom of the Snow Pits you will also see several lakes. There is also a hiking trail around them, so a possible alternative to the summit march.

View of Śnieżne Stawki
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Around The High Wheel

The former route through Vysoké Kolo is forbidden to enter and the official route traverses its northern slope. The large rocky sea crosses and there are distant views of Poland. The hike thus acquires a completely different character than on the high meadows a while ago.

Around The High Wheel
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Looking back at the Wawel

The actual path of the stones is absolutely amazing. Looking back you can see the Snow Pits and the Wawel

Looking back at the Wawel
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At the High Wheel

After you go around Vysoké Kolo, you can also see it nicely, from this side it looks more pronounced than from Sněžné Jam. The original path is clear. our path now rises slightly below another peak Smielec (1,424 m above sea level).

At the High Wheel
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Amazing view of the Giant Mountains

The road ascends a short distance from the Polish peak Smělec. the highest place on the Czech side of the border is called Velký Šišák (1,410 m above sea level). From here there is a wonderful view of a number of Krkonoše peaks.

Amazing view of the Giant Mountains
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View of the Men's Stones

Now you will descend to the shallow saddle between the bolder and Mužské kameny, where this stage ends. The path continues along the ridge or you can start descending to Martin's hut and further to Špindlerův Mlýn or Poland.

View of the Men's Stones
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