November 19th, 2013 in Trips, Trails, & Tours
A high point of my recent trip to the Czech Republic was an overnight stay in the mountains bordering Poland in Krkonose National Park. I went with Jirka’s parents Jirka Sr. and Jarka. We drove to Spindlenov Mlyn, a ski town, and parked our car there. Then we carried our clothes in backpacks and hiked to Labska Bauda, a chalet at the headwaters of the Elbe River about 9 kilometers in. As we gained in elevation the temperature dropped and we were hiking in light snow.
The chalet is a huge concrete structure that is teeming with people during high season, both winter and summer. It is very quiet during our stay since it is the shoulder season. Jirka Sr. worked in these mountains in 1963 skiing in supplies to the high chalets. The old Labska Bauda burned down in 1964. Jirka Sr. remembered the beautiful old wooden building, the new concrete structure is cold and modern.
We had a great dinner with local beer and dumplings! The next morning breakfast was rolls with salami, cheese and ham, scrambled eggs, coffee and tea. Delightful. We packed up the leftovers for our lunch and headed out for our loop return trip. We climbed up to the Polish border, then followed the ridgetop. We passed old chalets along the way. There were incredible rock formations crowning the ridge. We dropped down through ski areas to our car, stopping for coffee and cake at a little lodge along the way.
The entire trip was 25 kilometers, mostly in snow. The low temperature was -2 degrees Celsius. The highpoint was about 1450 meters.
I could get used to this chalet trekking!