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Łomniczka Cirque

The largest and deepest post-glacial cirque in the Polish part of the Karkonosze Mountains is located just above Karpacz, between Kopa and Śnieżka mountains.

 Two tourist routes leads along the bottom – the red one (the Main Sudetes Trail) and the yellow one – which joins at the Shelter Nad Łomniczką, to continue to run towards Równia pod Śnieżką (vast plateau) and to the top of Śnieżka itself (due to the risk of avalanches in winter, crossing Łomniczka river cique is inaccessible to tourists). What distinguishes the route through the Łomniczka Valley are the picturesque cascades, i.e. nothing else than the waterfalls on Łomniczka, flowing from its source on the Równia pod Śnieżką to the western – very steep and rocky – wall of the boiler. At the beginning of the 20th century, there were a plans to open a shelter over the waterfalls, but the avalanches destroyed the building even before it was put into use. In 1986, a symbolic cemetery was opened in the upper part of the cirque, commemorating the victims of the mountains, according to the inscription attached to the rocks nearby, standing at an altitude of about 1,300 m above sea level next to cross: “remembrance of the dead – warning for thou living” (there are plaques here, to name few Waldemar Siemaszko, guide and longtime head of the Samotnia shelter, Jerzy Woźnica, a climber who died near the Kamieńczyk Waterfall, Czech rescuers Jan Mesner and Stefan Spusta, as well as Jerzy Pietkiewicz, Józef Koniar, Julian Ryznar and Wanda Rutkiewicz died in the Himalayas).

photo: FxJ / Public domain

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