Połonina Wetlińska and Chatka Puchatka - routes, where to get out, how to get there, parking, bus timetable, weather

Połonina Wetlińska - view from the Silver Pass

Połonina Wetlińska (next to Połonina Caryńska) it is the most visited place by beginners from Bieszczady. It is here that most of the Bieszczady lovers become infected with love for them. Połonina Wetlińska is easily accessible and can be reached in several ways. I will try to describe them all, but I would especially recommend one that should appeal to those who are just starting to get to know the Bieszczady Mountains.
I will also add a lot of specific information, from which I had a problem finding myself and answers to many questions that I asked myself as a beginner amateur of the Bieszczady Mountains.

Połonina Wetlińska - weather

Before we go to the mountains, however, the most important thing is the weather. Below you can find information about the weather for the next 7 days. The data is updated in real time, so whenever you enter here you will get the current weather. However, to be precise, I must add that these are weather data for Wetlina. Połonina Wetlińska is located about 600 m higher, so the temperature difference, taking into account the change in altitude, is about 3-4 degrees Celsius. At the summit of Połonina Wetlińska, expect the temperature to be about 3-4 degrees lower than that indicated in the forecast below.

Połonina Wetlińska WEATHER

How to get to Połonina Wetlińska?

The answer to these questions is difficult because the routes leading to the meadows are not closed. This means that it is not possible to climb the mountain pastures by one trail and return to the starting point by another. You have to go back the same road you took, or if you still want to go back a different road, the only choice will be a few kilometers walk along the edge of a busy road with no shoulder (no pleasure - I do not recommend it).
Fortunately, the need is often the driving force behind cool solutions and this is the case in the Bieszczady Mountains. The solution is small private buses that run around the area without any schedule, according to more or less known but nowhere described rules. Thanks to these buses, you can quite neatly organize a pleasant visit to the entire meadow, without having to go back the same way and unnecessary driving kilometers in the mountains or, even worse, on the asphalt.

A fragment of the descent from the Silver Pass towards Smerek.

How do buses run in the Bieszczady Mountains?

To understand the functioning of buses, you need to look at the map. On the map I have marked the route of the buses (blue arrows), the location of the route leading through Połonina Wetlińska and the routes that allow you to get to this mountain pasture.

Map of routes related to Połonina Wetlińska and the mini-bus traffic and the location of parking lots for tourists.
Of course, the buses go both ways, not only in the direction of the arrows.

As you can see, there are several starting points for the mountain pasture.
The most popular of them are:
- Kalnica - the red trail leads from here, it is the main trail leading through the entire meadow from its western end towards Brzegi Górne
- Wetlina - the yellow trail leads from here, and after reaching the mountain pasture itself, we go to the red trail
- Upper Wetlinka - the black trail leads from here, which first turns yellow and then red
- Wyżnia Pass - the yellow trail leads from here, which then turns into the red trail
- Brzegi Górne - the red trail leads from here, it is the main trail leading through the entire meadow from its eastern end towards Kalnica.

The main bus stop is in Wetlina iw Brzegach Górne (in Kalnica, unfortunately, I did not notice any increased bus traffic, rather single courses). Stops where buses are waiting for tourists are marked on the map with large blue letters "BUS". Buses therefore run mainly between these two points, stopping if necessary at intermediate points, i.e. in Górna Wetlina and Wyżnia Pass.
By organizing a trip to Połonina Wetlińska, you can go by car, for example, to Brzegi Górne, where you leave the car in the parking lot. Then, in Brzegi Górne, you immediately jump on a bus that will take you, for example, to Wetlina, then from Wetlina take the yellow trail to Połonina Wetlińska and return along the mountain pasture to the starting point, to the parking lot in Brzegi Górne, where your car will be waiting in the parking lot. .
I do not recommend the reverse order, i.e. first walking the assumed route, and then searching for a bus to return to the starting point next to the car. Buses run only when there is tourist traffic. If nothing happens, they just go home. In the second part of the day, or with little traffic, you may find that you have nothing to get back to where you started.
Therefore, it is better to first take the bus to the starting point of the hike and go back on the planned trail to the starting point.
I also marked the location of large parking lots on the map (with the letter P on a blue background), where you can leave your car for the duration of your trip. GPS coordinates of all parking lots visible on the map are placed at the end of the entry.

Połonina Wetlińska

Itinerary through Połonina Wetlińska

Out of all the possibilities of passing Połonina Wetlińska, I would like to highlight and propose one route. There are several reasons for her choice.
First the direction of the march is such that we still have views to the more attractive side of the mountain pasture. Going in the opposite direction, we would still have the most beautiful views behind our backs. Of course, you can always turn around, but why keep turning when, going in the right direction, we can have the best views in front of us all the time.
Secondly The layout of the route I propose makes it much easier than the other versions. There is the least amount of going up and a lot of going down. We cover 511 m up the hill, and a total of 761 m to go down. This is the easiest and least demanding version of the climb of Połonina Wetlińska.
Thirdly All buses on this route run between the points I have chosen, so there should be no problem with moving to the right starting point.
Fourthly a cheap, large and convenient car park where you can leave your car is just a few steps from the place where the return route from the mountain pasture comes out, and the bus stop to our starting point is literally across the street. It couldn't be more convenient.

The plan of the trip to Połonina Wetlińska is presented in the drawing below. There you will also find information about the planned time of the trail crossing, the length of the trail and the total height difference to be covered.

Step by step plan of Połonina Wetlińska crossing

As shown in the picture above, you need to start with arriving at the parking lot in Wetlina. The coordinates of the car park are given below. The cost of a full-day parking, without time limits, is PLN 15 (price from July 2021).

Parking in Wetlina, GPS coordinates:
49°09’30.4″N 22°27’52.5″E
49.158444, 22.464583 - click and route

After leaving the car and paying for the parking, we go to the other side of the street, where there should be buses waiting for tourists in a small parking lot. Facing this car park, buses should be waiting at the right end of the car park (near the toilet building), as in the photo below.

Bus stop in Wetlina

To be sure, ask if they are going to Wyższa Pass. If so, we get on (PLN 7 per person in July 2020) and go. We get off at the parking lot at Wyższa Pass.
From here, we set off on the trail that begins after crossing the street. The trail is yellow.

Get off at the car park on the Wyżnia Pass
The beginning of the yellow trail to Połonina Wetlińska

After 1,4 km, the yellow trail joins the red trail. We turn left into the red trail and from that moment we continue our walk along the red trail.

Connection of the yellow trail with the red one. We turn left, up the hill

The red trail runs along its entire length Połoniny Wetlińska (next Pooh's huts, by The Silvery Pass i Gray Berdo).

View of Połonina Caryńska from the red trail approach
We go above the tree line and we are greeted by characteristic rocks. This is the edge of the meadow. There are only a few steps to the top.
Beginning of Połonina Wetlińska. On the right, Hut of the Pooh.
Połonina Wetlińska
On the left, the Silver Pass, Połonina Wetlińska in the background
View of the Smerek from the Silver Pass
Szare Bedo and the trail to Smerek

We follow the red trail to The M. Orłowicza Passwhere the yellow trail goes down to the left. We turn into the yellow trail and march down to the main road in Wetlina.
The parking lot where we left our car is about 100m to the left of the place where the yellow trail opens onto the main road. This is the end of the journey.

The beginning of the yellow trail goes down towards Wetlina

Other versions of the journey through Połonina Wetlińska

If the route suggested by me is too easy or too short for you, you can always modify it. Crossing can be included in the route Smerek do Kalnica or reverse the direction of the transition, then the heights to be overcome up will be much more than those to be climbed down.
If you are going to include crossing through Smerekthen it is best to leave the car in Brzegach Górne, where it will be easiest for you to find transport to Kalnica, to the starting point of the red trail.
It also makes the start a bit more difficult and lengthens the route Brzegów Górne.
Below I present two variants of the route with an increased scale of difficulty. With the attached maps you will find information about the approximate time of the trip, the length of the route, the total sum of altitudes and the altitude profile graph.

Połonina Wetlińska on the left, in the background the Caryńska mountain pasture
Połonina Wetlińska: route from Brzegi Górne to Wetlina
The view from the Silver Pass to Smerek
Połonina Wetlińska: the route from Kalnica to Brzegi Górne
Połonina Wetlińska

Połonina Wetlińska - the best accommodation

Połonina Wetlińska area is a perfect place to stay and a starting point for other routes of the Bieszczady Mountains. From here it is close to everywhere.
You should start looking for accommodation for your vacation in February. March is the peak of booking accommodation on holiday dates and interesting offers disappear very quickly. In April, only the less attractive, less situated or the most expensive ones are available.

See: accommodation in the Bieszczady Mountains (Bieszczady National Park) - [click]

Below are some accommodation suggestions that I found interesting.

Hotel Solny - [click]

Chata Pod Ryczywolem - [click]

Gata Negra - [click]

Kyczyrka - [click]

GPS coordinates of car parks at the routes to Połonina Wetlińska

Parking in Kalnica, GPS coordinates:
49°11’05.5″N 22°25’54.0″E
49.184871, 22.431664 - click and route

Parking in Wetlina, GPS coordinates:
49°09’30.4″N 22°27’52.5″E
49.158444, 22.464583 - click and route

Parking at the Wyżnia Pass, GPS coordinates:
49°08’28.2″N 22°32’53.3″E
49.141154, 22.548148 - click and route

Parking in Brzegi Górne, GPS coordinates:
49°08’29.9″N 22°34’06.5″E
49.141650, 22.568478 - click and route


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12 thoughts on "Połonina Wetlińska and Chatka Puchatka - routes, where to get out, how to get there, parking, bus timetable, weather"

  • 10 September 2020 about 16: 03
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    This is the best post I have read about the journey through Połonina Wetlińska 😉 I can't wait to go this route myself!
    I'm only concerned about these buses - do they also run in September? This lack of decomposition scares me a bit 😉

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    • 10 September 2020 about 16: 09
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      Natalia,
      In September they will be 100%… in Bieszczady it is still a high season.
      I wish you beautiful weather and views to the horizon !!!
      Best wishes!

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  • 21 September 2020 about 07: 24
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    At the end of August, I set off for the first time in Bieszczady. Thank you for such a helpful route description. It made the hike truly delightful.

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    • 21 September 2020 about 08: 08
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      Super!
      Greetings! 🙂

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    • 10 October 2020 about 14: 59
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      Great description, very well compiled data.
      I will be in Bieszczady again. But now with the person who is taking the first steps, so this blog found for me.
      Congratulations Jack
      Miriam

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      • 10 October 2020 about 15: 28
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        Thank you very nice to meet you.
        I wish you a pleasant stay, beautiful views and perfect weather!

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  • February 20, 2021 at 06:57
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    Great description !! Really! 🙂 He helped me a lot!

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  • March 27, 2021 at 20:05
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    I greet all supporters of the Bieszczady Mountains ...

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  • 8 July 2021 about 19: 13
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    Today we have been on the trail for the first time in 10 years. The first time in Bieszczady and the first time I used this blog - It's all love at first sight. Great descriptions, very detailed photos of places - I never looked at the map. Very good job….

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  • 8 July 2021 about 19: 45
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    I used the description on Tarnica and the Przełęcz. Thank you for a lot of information important to me (I was driving 3 teenagers and a 9-year-old girl). In July 2021, the BUS cost PLN 10 per person.

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  • 12 July 2021 about 10: 37
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    Parking in front of the shop abc 15 PLN per day.

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    • 12 July 2021 about 14: 50
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      Thanks for updating the price!

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