Little Fatra (Malá Fatra - Slovak pronunciation: ; also Lesser Fatra, Polish: Mała Fatra) is a karst mountain range in the Western Carpathians in the north-west of Central Slovakia.
It lies between Nitrianske Pravno, Strečno, Martin and Zázrivá.
The mountain range contains one of the most iconic/photogenic mountains in Slovakia, Veľký Rozsutec. Several other mountains belong here too, such as Malý Rozsutec (1343m), Veľký Kriváň (1709m) and Malý Kriváň (1671m).
Flora and fauna
Bus from Žilina to TerchováBuses leave in Žilina from the main bus station southeast of the train station. The first one departs at 05:23 with several connections per hour. The last one departs at 20:25. From Terchová you can then walk 2 km to the entry to Jánošíkove Diery.
TerchováA tourist center of Malá Fatra, birth place of "Juraj Jánošík" - a famous Slovak highwayman.
Most people visit the park for its nature areas, such as the following:
Jánošíkove dieryA not too difficult, but picturesque ravine.
Veľký RozsutecMeasuring 1610m, the mountain provides great views from both summit and during the trip there.
Malý RozsutecThis small brother of the above is equally interesting and in some places technically even more demanding.
Vrátna valleyA valley, which is one of the most visited tourist and ski destinations in Slovakia.
Malý Kriváň and Veľký KriváňPair of nearby mountains, where "Veľký Kriváň" is the highest one in the mountain range.
Šútovo waterfall4th highest Slovak waterfall, a short hike away from Šútovo village.
LodgingHotels and guesthouses are available in the villages of Terchová, Belá and Zazriva.
CampingWildcamping and open fires inside the national park are not allowed in order to protect the nature and wildlife.
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BackcountryA few cabins (knowns as chata) are available inside the national park. Most have shared dorms at good value for hikers.
phone: +421 90586104230 minutes hiking from the chairlift station at Snilovské Sedlo. Reservation via email only, which is recommended in high season. If you intend to arrive after 18:00, let them know beforehand what time you will come. Open year-round.
phone: +421903524200address: on the trail between Vratna and StefanovaThis chata is at a convenient half-way point if you intend to visit the area around Velky Rozsutec as well as Velky Krivan, and definitely a good option if you intend on hiking the entire ridge.
phone: +421 907338871
phone: +421 918523200Reservation via email only. If you intend to arrive after 19:00, let them know via SMS.