The Malá Fatra (Little Fatra) Mountains stretch 50km across north-western Slovakia; Velký Kriván (1709m/5605ft)) is the highest peak.
At the heart of the national park is Vrátna
, a beautiful mountain valley with forested slopes on all sides. Hiking possibilities vary from easy tourist tracks through the forest to scenic ridge walks; in winter the valley transforms into a popular ski resort. There are plenty of places to stay and eat, though midsummer accommodation is tight.
The Malá Fatra is an easy day trip from Zilina, Central Slovakia’s pleasant, untouristy main town.