Crossing the southern part of the ridge
Velká Fatra National Park is a mountain range located in the heart of Slovakia. The highest point is Ostredok 1596m. The mountains are mostly forested, except for the highest part of the southern part, where the hills extend beyond the forest and the ridges are purely grassy. Thanks to this, the outlook is almost to the whole of Slovakia.
I start in the village of Staré hory, from where I follow the blue sign in the direction of Majerova skála. A large part of me walk along a paved forest path, which in about 1000 m changes into a hiking trail to Majerova skála. I enjoy the first great views of the region from the rock, sometimes a cloud travels, but the sun gains strength over time and does not give the clouds a chance. I continue along the red mark, already along the grassy ridge to the top of Križná 1574m. At the top, the Slovak army has a fenced transmitter. Spring is in full swing and crocuses are sprouting all around from the remnants of snow, so that in some places the brownish grass after winter seems to be replaced by a kitschy purple carpet of these flowers. I walk along a grassy ridge and in some places I feel like somewhere in Mongolia, where there are only grassy steppes. I reach the highest point Ostredok 1596, so that I narrowly missed Suchý vyrch and descended again to the level of the forest, where he rested at a small mountain hut. The shelter offers beautiful accommodation, in the form of a bunk bed, a slightly equipped kitchen with a stove and a sitting area at the table. There is a spring of water behind the cottage, I am replenishing supplies and I continue to the Chyžka signpost, where the forest is opening again to show me the sprawling Ploská 1532m hill. From the top you can see the highest part of the ridge of the Great Fatra with a transmitter to Križná and also the top of Borišov and the cottages below it. Enough joy, I still have a nourishing descent after such a nice day. After accommodation in the cottage, I make a small trip to the top of Borisov 1510m. Unfortunately, at the end of the day, the clouds were attracted, so from the promised sunset, it's just a time when I'm alone on the hill and I can fully enjoy the silence of the mountains. At the cottage Pod Borišovom they have great cuisine and after a soft bed I have enough strength for the next day. The morning after breakfast is a beautiful day without clouds. I continue back over the Ploská hill to the Ploská saddle, from where I traverse the Čierny kameň hill to the Pod Čiernym Kameňom saddle along the green mark. I have the opportunity to continue along the ridge to the top of Rakytov 1567m. Finally, I decide to descend the red mark to the village of Stredná Revúca, to be sure that I will catch a bus to Ružomberok and back to the Czech Republic. On the way down, I stop at the local mountain hut, love the landscape and then descend again almost directly down to the village.
the village where I start
the first important point on the route with beautiful views
life awakens in the spring and I can observe everything beautifully in the mountains
Križná peak with a military station
after the receding snow, there are crocuses everywhere I look
the ridge of the Great Fatra is completely grassy
she had a cottage for sleeping after descending from Ostredek
equipment in the mountains is above standard :-)
From the descent from Ploská I have the top of Borišov and the cottage in the palm of my hand
In the cottage
Chata pod Borišovom is really beautifully furnished and the kitchen is worth it
Cottage pod Borišovom
view from Ploská to the highest part of the Great Fatra ridge
even though it is already May, there is over 2 m of blown snow under Ploska
Great Fatra in the palm of Čierný kameň
thanks to the limestone subsoil, mountain gentian thrives here
black stone is not so black
along the way I manage to take a picture of a cuckoo
the village that ends my trip for me
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