Chochołowska Valley

Chochołowska Valley is the largest valley in the Polish Tatra Mountains. Thanks to its mild nature and its length is about 10 km, it is suitable for all-day walks, also with children, and is also a great starting point to the upper parts of the Western Tatras.

Nature lovers can observe the blooming in the Chochołowska Valley in spring crocuses. You can admire them even without leaving your home, thanks to the cameras located in the Chochołowska Valley.

Chochołowska Valley with crocuses

In winter, you can meet many cross-country skiers in the Chochołowska Valley.

Due to the need to preserve the natural nature in the Chochołowska Valley, cultural sheep grazing is carried out, and in sheephouses you can also buy original oscypek cheese.

The name of the valley comes from the nearby village of Chochołów. The large spaces of the local glades and halls meant that it was in the Chochołowska Valley that the largest shepherding center in the Tatras was created. About 4000 sheep were grazed here before the war.

In the Chochołowska Valley, mining and metallurgy was carried out from the 16th to the 19th century. Iron ore was mined here, which was smelted on site and later brought to the steel mill in Kuznice.

first tourists they appeared in the Chochołowksa Valley in the 19th century.

During World War II, numerous hostels and huts in the Chochołowska Valley became the base of Polish and Soviet partisans.

In the years of 1951-1953, new ones were built on the site of the German-burned shelter  PTTK shelter in the Chochołowska Glade.

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To reach the Chochołowska Valley, you can come from Zakopane by your own car or by bus on the route Zakopane - Chochołowska Valley.

When you start your journey, you should buy in the parking lot in front of Polana Siwą tickets do Tatra National Park.

Before setting off on the route to the Chochołowska Valley, it is absolutely necessary to check weather forecast.

Also visit: Chochołowskie Baths


- The "Rakoń" tourist train in the Chochołowska Valley stylized as a train, runs from Siwana Polana to Hana Glade in summer and takes 50 people once. The ride on the 3,5 km section costs 5 PLN.

-Niżnia and Wyżnia Chochołowska Gate

- Kmietowicz Rock, named after the leader of the Chochołowski Uprising of 1846.

- two small caves (Shelters)

- medallion reminding about the visit of John Paul II in 1983 in the Chochołowska Valley

-Wywierzysko Chochołowskie, fed by the waters of Chochołowski Potok and the karst cave system. The water here has a temperature of around 5 ° C.

-The Blaszyński hut

-shepherd's huts, where traditional highlander cheeses are made

- crocuses that appear as soon as the snow cover subsides

-The Chapel of John the Baptist, located in the place where a small chapel built earlier by the highlanders stood, and for the purposes of the film shot here "Janosik", expanded.

-The PTTK shelter on the Chochołowska Glade is the largest hostel on the Polish side of the Tatra Mountains, with 121 beds.

- hydroelectric power plant on Chochołowski Potok, which also produces electricity for the shelter.

How do you get around Chochołowska Valley?

-on foot
- the "Rakoń" tourist train
-by bike
- mountain horse-drawn carriage


The greater part of the Chochołowska Valley is covered with spruce forest, although they also occur in the lower part beeches, firs and relics of Scots pine.

Here you can find clumps of blueberries, heathers, canine grass and of course dwarf mountain pine.

Crocuses bloom in the halls in spring, and cold and bitterness in autumn.

In the Chochołowska Valley, deer, bears and marmots live.


- green trail - a walk along the bottom of the Chochołowska Valley

(from Siwej Polana to Kir: 50 min. round trip, then to the hostel: 1: 55 h, ↓ 1: 30 h)

There is a tourist train to Polana Huciska from Siwą Polana.

The clearing under Jaworki - 1:10 h - a small clearing with picturesque rocks

-on the left side black trail (Path over the Regla) to the Kościeliska Valley through Niżnia Polana Kominiarska and Chimney sweep

-on Wonderful Glade: 2: 05 h, back 2 h

-Wiznia Chochołowska Gate: 1: 25 h

There are two routes to the left:

-yellow to the PTTK hostel at Hala Ornak through Iwaniacka Pass (2: 20 h, back 2: 25 h)

-black to the Siwy Pass through the Old-Moroccan Glade and the Old-Moroccan Equation (2: 30 h, ↓ 2 h)

Polana Trzydniówka: 1: 45 h

on the left route:

- red trail through Krowiniec and Kulawiec to the Trzydniowiański Wierch (2 h, return of 1: 45h), then the Dolina Jarząbcza to Polana Chochołowska (shelter PTTK 2: 10 h)

-yellow Bobrowiec Żleb on Grzes (1: 30 h, ↓ 1 h)

- extending the green trail Dolina Chochołowska Wyżnia to the ridge between Rakoń and Wołowiec (2: 15 h, ↓ 1: 45 h)

- red trail on Trzydniowiański Wierch through Higher Creepy Glade, descent through Kulawiec and Cow Żleb to the Trzydniówka glade (2: 20 h, ↓ 1: 55 h)

-yellow-white Papal Trail to the Jarząbcza Valley through Wyżnia Jarząbcza Polana, running along the red trail (50 min, ↓ 45 min)

Chochołowska Valley - map

It presents the best route from the Chochołowska Valley map.

Chochołowska Valley - map


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