Small Fatra (org. Mala Fatra ) is chain of mountains lying in the north-west part Slovakia  
approximatelly 70 km from the border with Poland. This mountains are quite easy, mainly covered by forest
and in higher parties by grass.
The highest top of Small Fatra is Great Krywań (org. Velký Kriváň )
- 1708,7 m. On the background of grassy slopes, two rocky tops: Great Rozsutets (org. Velký Rozsutec )
 and Small Rozsutets (org. Malý Rozsutec ) present very characteristically. When we are walking across  Small
Fatra, we have to remember about characteristic clayey ground. After few rainy days, we will have
a clay go underfoot and can easily lose our shoes.

Approach from Poland::

By train and by car, the best way of approach seems to be way from Żywiec (Poland) via Zwardoń -Skalite to Žilina.

For tourists traveling by the train, I'd recommed to buy a ticket to the border (= Zwardoń), to cross the border by walk (approx. 3 km) and to catch the train in Skalite Serafinov to Žilina  (we have to buy the ticket in train). Such way requires the additional effort , but, for example - the direct personal train Katowice - Žilina costs more than 100zł and variant with the passage of the border on on foot - the total cost is
25 zloty (Katowice -Zwardoń + Skalite -Žilina ). If we have some free time, it is worth stopping in Žilina. Paved, quite narrow streets in the neighbourhood of this city ( having above 85 tys. of the citizens ) old market, have  their unique charm. From Žilina we have to go to the chosen locality  by bus (approx. 30 km ) on Small Fatra - this can be small villages: Štefanová or Vratna. Tourists having the car can stop in the larger  touristic town: Terchowá, but from here, should drive about 10 kilometers to reach the routes.


For tourists valuing the silence and quiet,

the recommended place to stay is small village: Štefanová.  There are several boarding-houses and private lodgings here. Accomodation in private lodgings costs approx. 8 - 9 Eur and in boarding-house 12- 15 Eur. This is the also excellent location to the start on pathways ( in example on Rozsutse, South Gruń, Stoh ) . Writing about accomodation in Štefanova, is worth to say about characteristic bus stop. This place fulfils many functions: here are: toilet, shop with souvenirs, the mini bar (I recommend beer "czapowane" and stronger alcohol drink: borovicka ), here is also the place to the seat.

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