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From Korytnica to Veľká Chochuľa

Korytnica, crossroad – Hiadeľské sedlo - Malá Chochuľa - Veľká Chochuľa (1753 m.a.s.l.) and back
Type: Alpine hike, Mountain ridge climbs
Difficulty: 3 - medium difficulty
Route length 24 km
Climb: 1302 m
Sinking: 1302 m
Duration 7.5 h
Lowest point: 735 m
Highest point: 1753 m
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Detailed route description:


Nízke Tatry

Starting point

Liptovská Osada

End of route:

Veľká Chochuľa

Detailed route description

The route starts at the former Korytnica Spa, where you can refresh yourself with water from one of the springs before the walk. The water from the healing springs has a positive effect on stomach as well as digestive and metabolic problems. Jozef, Žofia, Antonín, Vojtech I a II springs all have highly mineralised water rich in calcium, magnesium and iron.

Follow the green way markers. The route leads along an asphalt road and on to a forest logging track. In less than an hour of pleasant climbing, you will get to a saddle under the Baba mountain, from where you are rewarded by views over the massif of Zvolen (Nová hoľa), a mountain located over Donovaly. After about three quarters of an hour of walking along the logging track, the forest begins to thin out, with the ridge of the Veľká Fatra (from Mt. Krížna to Mt. Suchý vrch) coming into view. On reaching the Hiadeľské sedlo saddle, the route turns left up the track marked by red waymarkers, ascending steeply through the forest, which gradually gives way to dwarf pines. It then continues along the tops of Mt Prašivá and Mt Malá Chochuľa, leading right to the summit of Mt Veľká Chochuľa.  Veľká Chochuľa (1753 m.a.s.l.) is the highest peak of the western part of the Ďumbierske Tatry mountain range, offering nice views to all directions. It lies on the main ridge of the Nízke Tatry mountain range, with Cesta hrdinov SNP (the Path of the Heroes of the Slovak National Uprising) running along its summit.

Until 1974, there used to be a narrow-gauge railway running from Ružomberok to the Korytnica spa. In 2016, the disused railroad was turned into the Cyklokorytnička cycle path, which also serves as an educational trail for families with small children.

Mt Veľká Chochuľa can also be reached from Liptovská Lúžna by following the yellow markers, taking you through the Sedlo pod Skalkou saddle and Mt Košarisko straight to the summit.

Access and parking

You can park the car in the Korytnica village. The route is also accessible by bus – get off at the Liptovská Osada, rázcestie stop.

Accommodation and dining ožnosti ubytovania a stravovania

There are no mountain chalets on the way but there are many accommodation options available in Korytnica, nearby Donovaly and Liptovská Osada. You can have refreshments at the Penzión Svätopluk guest house in Korytnica and, of course, try the water from one of the springs in Korytnica or go to a shop and buy it in a bottle. The beneficial effects of the water were noted already in the 17th century.

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