Small circuit in Malá Fatra
A tip for more demanding tourists how to spend the whole day in Malá Fatra and experience both the grassy ridge and the rocks and easy climbing on one of the most beautiful mountains in Central Europe.
The route measures 13 km and can be reached with breaks in 7 hours. My friend and I chose the beginning of the journey from the village of Štefanová, following the blue sign to the Na Grúni cottage. After a small snack, they have good soup and beer, they follow our steps along the path in the ski slope. The hill is steep, here and there we see a yellow sign and slowly we have views of the countryside. In an hour or so we are on the main ridge of Malá Fatra in a place called Poludňový Grúň 1460 m. On one side you can see the highest peak, Veľký Kriváň 1709 m, on the other, the grassy hill Stoh 1608 m Then we descend along the red sign over the saddle below Stoh to climb a short distance to the signpost and turn to the yellow sign. Travez Stohu is not demanding at all, only when it is wet the stones are considerably climbed and slip. We come to the Medziholie saddle. Not far from here the map shows a spring, but it is very dry. Saddle reveals that in the summer months there are a lot of people who have the same goal as us. But we don't mind, it's still going well, only the sun is burning a bit. We are already where the chains begin. Nothing difficult for the average tourist, but for some some passages may be more airy. With a certain step and holding on to the chains, however, the progress goes up smoothly and after a while we are in the saddle below the top. There is another more airy passage with chains, a few steps down the sidewalk and we are upstairs. There are plenty of people here, but you can still find a place to sit and enjoy the views. The path to the Medziholie saddle is the same as the ascent route. Again, a certain step and holding on to the chain is enough and everything goes smoothly. We walk more carefully along a path full of gravel, but we are already in the woods and after a while we stop in the saddle. We continue down the green sign in the direction of Štefanová. The place just above the village when we leave the forest is very muddy in the wet and glides every step, but the sun wishes us all day and so it goes well to the village.
Above the cottage Na Grúni
beautiful views open above the cottage, Veľký Rozsutec from the left, the ski slope on Poludňová Grún in the foreground, Veľký Kriváň crouches to the right
also nicknamed the Hummingbird
On Poludňový Grún
beauty was in both flora and fauna
On the way to Rozsutec
view of Rozsutec from the beginning of the slope of Stoh
the place where the chains begin at Velký Rozsutec
Place under the top saddle
I'm a little longer there
there are plenty of people, but there is always room to sit
view from the top on the main ridge of Malá Fatra
below you can see the saddle of Medziholie
In the forest
this butterfly made us about 5–8 cm big during the descent
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