Králický Sněžník (KS)

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The Králický Sněžník Mountains are an expressive range bordering on the Czech, Moravian and Kłodzko regions. With an elevation of up to 1,424 meters above sea level, they are third in elevation, after the Krkonoše and Hrubý Jeseník Mountains. A large area of the mountains is located inside Poland. The Czech side has two ridges (Malosněžnický and Podbělský). In the north, the Malosněžnický and Podbělský ridges merge into a mountain knot, of which the dominant peak is Králický Sněžník. The Morava River originates here and flows southward between the “horseshoe” formed by the two ridges. From a geological viewpoint, the mountains are faulted domes. The major rock types are gneiss, migmatite and mica schist interspersed with quartz and limestone. One point of interest here is the convergence of three river basins on the slope of Klepý (Known in Polish as the Trojmórski Wierch. Literally, the three sea peak), rain that falls here flows to the Baltic, North and Black Seas. The source of many springs can be found in the faults here. The climate of this range is similar to that of its corresponding position in relation to the Krkonoše and Hrubý Jeseník Mountains. The environment here is protected by the large Králický Sněžník National Nature Reserve, comprised almost only of forest communities. Rarer are the alpine tundra (only 0.6 km2), peat bogs, rock fields and limestone mini-karst with caves. The whole massif is populated only at the foot and in the valleys, on the ridges there are only a few cottages, mostly for the hunting purposes. Therefore, travellers need to carry their own food. With a length of over 30 kilometers, a complete circuit of the whole “horseshoe” makes for a demanding single day trip. During such a hike you can conquer the range’s 12 principal thousand-meter high peaks, which are interesting due to their high elevation. In the other Czech ranges, most of the thousanders are usually lower and there are fewer peaks with higher elevations, but here you can find only three peaks under 1,200 meters above sea level (the lowest one measuring 1 093 meters above sea level). For the majority of the public, the Králický Sněžník Mountains are still largely unknown, but experienced mountaineers appreciate in particular its beauty, majesty and solitude.


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