The secrets of Mala Fatra National Park

The secrets of Mala Fatra National Park

Slovakia » Self-guided (independent) hiking tours

  • Diverse landscapes of Mala Fatra National Park
  • Adventurous trail along the Diery canyons
  • Traditional Slovak villages and old castles
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From 495 €

Duration (days): 7

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The National Park of Mala Fatra is situated in the westernmost Slovak high mountains Mala Fatra. Gorges, rock peaks and attractive ridge trails are among its attractions.
The Krivanska part of the Mala Fatra Mts. was declared protected area for the abundance of dissected relief forms and numerous natural assets, with many rare plants and animals among them. The national park nowadays spreads over 226 sq. km. The waterfall Sutovsky vodopad, Horne Diery and Dolne Diery as well as the summits Maly Rozsutec, Velky Rozsutec or Velky Fatransky Krivan are the most popular hiking destinations in the area, all of them within easy reach of the neighbouring villages. During this hiking tour you will walk through the whole national park to see its most wonderful places. This tour is suitable for those who visit the park for the very first time and want to spend a tranquil week exploring its unique fauna and flora without spending unnecessary time for transfers between the villages. In addition you will visit cultural monuments like castles and traditional Slovak villages with wooden houses.

Day 1: Arrival day.
Arrival to Slovakia, meeting with our representative in Martin (Vrutky). Pick up from the train station and transfer to your accommodation in Bystricka for a tour introduction. During the welcome meeting we will discuss the options for a variety of walks for the following days.
Day 2: Bystricka – Martinske Hole - (4 hrs)
Your hiking tour will start from the western parts of Mala Fatra Mountains - Lucanska Fatra. Czechoslovak President Tomas Masaryk Garique (1850-1937) with remarkable love to this region chose this area for his summer residence. Overnight in Martinske hole.
Walking route: Bystricka - Lazky - Martinske hole (8km; uphill/downhill hiking: 800m)
Day 3: Martinske Hole - Strecno (4-5 hrs)
Today’s trek will take you through the Lucianska Mala Fatra Mountains. You will follow the main ridge of the mountains and the woods surrounding it. Here you will enjoy great views of the main ridge of Krivanska Mala Fatra and its highest peak Velky Fatransky Krivan. The walk ends in Strecno, where you will stay overnight.
Walking route: Martinske hole - Mincol – Strecno (14km; uphill/downhill hiking: 300m)
Day 4: Strecno (3-4 hrs)
In the morning you will have a chance to explore Strecno castle, set on a spectacular limestone cliff that plunges into the Vah River. It was built in the 14th century to collect tolls and serve as a watchtower. Then the trail leads you to the eastern parts of Mala Fatra - Krivanska Mala Fatra. You will pass ruins of Old castle on the other side of Vah River. Car transfer to Terchova village.
Walking route: Strecno - Old castle - Strecno (6km; uphill/downhill hiking: 700m)
Day 5: Terchova - Velky Rozsutec - Stefanova (4-5hrs)
Terchova has the best location for the beginning of many walking trails to Mala Fatra Mountains. You can enjoy gorges of Dolne Diery and Horne Diery and Mala Fatra ridge with monumental top of Velky Rozsutec peak during one day tour. Overnight in Terchova.
Walking route: Terchova - Dolne Diery - Velky Rozsutec - Vratna – Stefanova (12km; uphill/downhill hiking: 1050m)
Day 6: Terchova - Velky Fatransky Krivan and back (6-7 hrs)
This is your ast day in this beautiful mountain. For those who loves spectacular views is the best choice to climb on the top of the Velky Krivan peak - the highest peak of Mala Fatra Mountains. You will get by cable car to Snilovske saddle, the starting point of the hike and from there - an easy hike leads you to Velky Krivan peak.
Walking route: Terchova - Vratna - Snilovske saddle - Velky Krivan and back (7km; uphill/downhill hiking: 950m)
Day 7: Departure day.
Morning car transfer to Zilina bus or railway station

Accommodation and luggage transportation:
Comfortable family-run pensions and hotels, en-suite rooms. Half board (breakfast and dinner included; lunch packs can be ordered in advance (50 Euro/person). Luggage transfers between accommodations are included.

Price: 495 Euro
(min. group size required is 2 persons)
Single room supplement: -

The price includes:
Accommodations and meals as mentioned; Luggage transport; Meeting with our partners’ representative on the first day who provides you all necessary information about the tour; Maps; Mountain rescue insurance; Ground contact in Slovakia; Timetable of trains and busses around the Mala Fatra; Transportation on days 1,4 and 7 as per itinerary.

The price does not include:
Meals and drinks not listed above; airport transfers (private transfers could be booked upon request); tips; personal expenses; travel insurance.

The tour is available for booking between May and October. Information about trains and buses you can also check online at: