The Chochołowska Valley is the longest and the largest in size valley in the Polish part of the Tatra mountains, covering about 35 square kilometres. In its lower part it forms a 4 kilometres long deep gorge with two narrowings referred to as gates: Niżnia Brama Chohołowska and Wyżnia Brama Chochołowska. The upper part is later subdivided into three main valleys of Dolina Starobociańska, Dolina Chochołowska Wyżnia and Dolina Jarząbcza. In 2/3 the valley is covered with thick spruce forests. The name of the valley comes from the nearby village of Chochołów.
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