Hala Gąsienicowa became pink and purple thanks to the luxuriantly blooming willowherb. The brightly colored plant attracts crowds of tourists.
Wandering in the area of Hala Gąsienicowa in Tatra Mountains, you can admire pink and purple carpets of flowers. Willowherb is blooming. As noted by the Tatra guide and educator of the Tatra National Park, Tomasz Zając, this plant is particularly fond of Hala Gąsienicowa, where sheep were grazed in the past.
– On former shepherd’s pastures, willowherb grows exceptionally luxuriantly, because it is a nitrogen-loving plant. Due to sheep grazing, these grasslands are rich in nitrogen – explained Zając.
The flowering time of the willowherb at this altitude is from the end of July to mid-August.
You can get to Hala Gąsienicowa, for example, by hiking from Zakopane, Kuźnice, along the yellow trail through the Jaworzynka Valley or the blue trail through Boczań. A wider and slightly longer route marked in black leads from Brzeziny to the Murowaniec mountain hut located on Hala Gąsienicowa.
Hot long weekend in the Tatras
The long August weekend in the Tatras promises to be very sunny and hot. – The conditions for mountain hiking will be perfect, both for short walks in the valleys and for high mountain trips – said the Tatra guide and educator.
– Before setting out on the trails, pack your backpack properly, which should include a meal and the right amount of water. In addition, it is worth packing warmer clothes, gloves that can be useful on chains, and a mandatory first aid kit – reminded Zając.
Mid-August is the peak of tourist traffic in the Tatras. In order not to stand in a queue for an admission ticket to the trail, it is worth buying a ticket to the TPN in advance via the website. If you are going to Morskie Oko, you should also book a parking space at least one day in advance via the TPN website. You can also leave your car at the hotel and use public transport.
Main photo source: PAP/Grzegorz Momot