Introducing Malá Fatra National Park
Sentinel-like formations stand watch at the rocky gorge entrance to valleys filled with pine-clad slopes and wave after wave of crescendoing peaks. Vitajte (welcome) to the Malá Fatra National Park (Národný Park Malá Fatra), incorporating a chocolate-box-pretty, 200 sq km swathe of its namesake mountain range. The Vrátna Valley (Vrátna dolina), 25km east of Žilina, lies at the heart of the park. From here you can access the trailheads, ski lifts and a cable car to start your exploration. The straggling, one-street town of Terchová at the lower end of the valley has most services; Chata Vrátna is at the top. The village of Štefanová lies east of the main valley road, 1km uphill from Terchová.