The National Park of Malá Fatra is situated in the westernmost Slovak high mountains Malá Fatra. Amongst its attractions, you can expect Gorges, rock peaks and an attractive ridge tour. Heightening the region's popularity and appeal is its association with Slovakia’s Robin Hood, the righteous outlaw Juraj Jánošík, who is said to have prowled these hills and gorges.
The Krivánska part of the Malá Fatra Mountains was designated the Protected Landscape Area in 1967 for its unusual abundance of natural assets as well as many plant and animal species that can be found here. It was then re-classified in 1988 to National Park Malá Fatra. It covers an area of 226 square kilometres, however, the area of its protective zone stretches to 233 square kilometres.
The protected area is of high importance due to its varied geological history including dissected relief forms. An exceptional amount of forest and mountain compounds with precious dwarf pinewoods can also be spotted throughout the park. It is common to see wild animals such as the wolf, lynx or bear.
The waterfalls Šútovský vodopád, Horné Diery and Dolné Diery and the tops such as Malý Rozsutec, Veľký Rozsutec or Veľký Fatranský Kriváň are all popular tourist destinations to visit.
The recommended starting points for trips throughout the Park are the areas of Terchová, Vrátna a Štefanová.
Travel to Terchova - Biely Potok village. Meet up with the rest of the group and your Mountain Tracks guide at the hotel usually around 6pm. Guides will do a briefing, check equipment and finalise preparations for tomorrow’s start. Group dinner. Overnight in the hotel.
Set group transfer from Poprad airport therefore please arrive to Poprad no later than 1PM. Transfer will take around 2-3 hours.
The tour starts after breakfast.
The trip will start with a kick as it will be the longest day, however one of the most rewarding at the same time!
You will start a hike from Biely Potok village towards Velky Rozsutec (1610m) and Maly Rozsutec (1344m) through the picturesque and unique river valleys of Janosikove Diery & Dolne Diery. You will climb fixed stairs and scramble through narrow rocky passages with views of surrounding beautiful waterfalls. Janosikowve Diery is one of the most striking hiking trails in Central Europe!
To get to the summit, some scrambling with fixed chains/ropes assistance will be required. You will get a feel for real mountaineering!
From there you will begin a descent to Sedlo Medziholie (1185m) and then continue further down to Stefanova village where you will stay overnight.
The third day will be around 10km and 4,5 hours of walking. The group will start after breakfast with a long ascent which can be assisted by a ski lift (depending on a group's decision).
From Smetanova village, you will hike to Chata na Gruni (mountain hut "Na Gruni") where you can have a lunch break and enjoy some local food. From there, there is another ascent to Poludnovy Grun (1460m).
The rest of the day is a relaxed trek through Sedlo za Hromovym (Hromovy Col) (1595m), Chleb summit (1647m) and Chata pod Chlebom (mountain hut under the Chleb summit)(1415m).
You will spend the rest of the day in Chata pod Chlebom where you will stay for the third night.
Depart after breakfast from Chata pod Chlebom.
This is another multi summit day at a relaxed pace. A short walk will take you to Snilovske sedlo (Snilovske Col)(1524m) and Velky Krivan (1709m), one of the highest points during the trek. Next you will walk to Maly Kryvan (1671m) where you will start decent to Suchy (1468m).
From Suchy you will proceed to Chata pod Suchym (mountain hut under Suchy)(1070m) where you will spend the fourth night.
This day will include around 12 km and 4.5 hours walking.
This is the last trekking day.
Departure after breakfast. You will head back towards Suchy summit passing Javorina (1139m), Sedlo pod Suchym (col under Suchy)(1309m) and descent to Chata pod Klacianskou Magurou (mountain hut under Klacianksou Magurou)(1137m). Here you can have a lunch break and enjoy local food.
The rest of the day is a final descent to Tourcianske Klacany village, where you will spend the rest of the day and stay overnight.
The final day will include around 13km and 4.5 hours walking.
This is the first leisure day.
You will depart after breakfast from Turcianske Klacany and travel by car to Cracow (Poland), where you will spend the rest of the day.
Overnight in a hotel in Cracow's old town.
This is the rest day in Cracow, where you can enjoy a beautiful and full of history old town, try local mouth-watering cuisine and visit many interesting places within a short walk from your accommodation.
You will spend a second night in the same hotel.
Departure after breakfast.
You will have a shared airport transfer booked, which will take you from the hotel to Balice airport.
The price includes:
5 nights in a mountain huts/guest houses accommodation and 2 nights hotel accommodation, all on HB basis; guides fees & expenses.
Travel from Poprad airport and to Cracow and Balice airport.
The price does not include:
Flights; Lunches and drinks; uplift costs.
We are proud to offer all of our returning customers and the Ski Club of Great Britain members a £50 discount.
The promotion is valid for qualifying bookings made before the end of October 2023.
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This is an extensive list of the equipment you should bring if you are coming to one of our trekking holidays.
During the trip, you will be staying most nights in a mountain huts or hotel/guesthouse accommodation on a half board basis. You will just need to carry a rucksack with all items you will need for a duration of a trip. We highly recommend packing as lightweight as possible.
You will be accompanied by an English speaking Slovakian mountain guide who will assist with any language barriers you may come across.
Base Layer Top – a few base layer tops. A short sleeved top is worth bringing for hot days.
Mid-layer fleece tops – a couple of fleece type jacket or tops that can be worn between your base layer and outer layers. The “Layering” approach offers the best heat retention and flexibility in warm and cold weather.
Walking shorts or a pair of trousers with zip-off legs. Useful for walk-ins to huts on hot days.
Light waterproof and breathable jacket, ideally Gore-Tex
Gore-Tex Pants - Gore-Tex or other waterproof breathable trousers.
Sun hat – bring a wide-brimmed sun hat or baseball cap.
It is a condition of booking that you are insured for your chosen activity and the cover must include medical expenses, personal accident, personal liability, third party risks and rescue (including helicopter rescue). You are strongly advised also to take out cover against cancellation and curtailment.
For more details and to purchase a policy online visit http://www.skiclubinsurance.co.uk/
If you need assistance arranging your personal insurance please let us know.
We include in the price of the trip 2 shared, group airport transfer from Poprad and to Balice airport. This is at set times so we ask you to arrange your flights accordingly.
On the arrival day, the transfer will depart Poprad airport at 3.30pm, you should book a flight that arrives no later than about 1.45pm so you have time to collect your luggage and make your way to the meeting point. On the departure day the transfer will pick everyone up from a hotel at approximately 10 am, this means you will be dropped off at Balice airport at approximately 11 am; this should be suitable for flight departures from 1.30pm onwards. So we ask you to book a flight back that leaves no earlier than 1.30pm.
If you have to arrive/depart outside of these times then you will need to make your own arrangements to get to Poprad and from Cracow.
All our trekking trips are run by a team of Mountain Guides. For this trip, you will be accompanied by a local Slovakian, English speaking Mountain Guide.
For a duration of a trip, you will be staying in a mix of mountain huts, guesthouses and hotels.
All of them will have running water and toilet facilities, however, in a mountain huts, you might need to use a shared bathroom.
Accommodation will be on a half board, hence only lunches should be arranged at your end. Usually, you will come across mountain huts where you can buy local food or resupply.
I have little or no alpine experience but I enjoy hill walking and trekking. I am competent trekking on rough, rocky footpaths. I would like to use crampons, understand basic rope work and glacial travel. Any snow patches encountered are crossed without too much fuss. Carrying a 30 litre rucksack with my daily equipment is no problem.
I am an experienced trekker, used to walking between 6-8 hours per day, carrying a reasonably heavy rucksack (8-10 kg) with all I need in it for the trip. I am confident in my foot placement on all terrain, particularly on rocky exposed paths. I enjoy the challenge of more technical treks and don't mind some sections of scrambling on steeper ground.
On our Wild Blue Trek in Sardinia, we require participants to be at at least this level with a good head for heights, sure-footedness and happy to "climb" and abseil in exposed situations.
I have excellent cardiovascular fitness and plenty of endurance to cope with several demanding days in a row. I can climb 5-6 hours most days, and on summit days up to 10-12 hours. I have enough upper body strength to pull myself up short sections of fixed rope or ladders. Endurance fitness is gained through longer training periods of walking, running, cycling and swimming. These climbs can be strenuous with the need for upper body strength gained through, gym sessions, scrambling or in/outdoor rock climbing.
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Nick, Olly and Matt are all fully-qualified UIAGM Mountain Guides and members of the British Mountain Guides Association.
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