Veľký Bok (1727 m.a.s.l.) is a prominent mountain situated in the central part of the Kráľovohoľské Tatras. The mountain juts out of the main ridge and is higher than the ridge, so once at its summit, you can enjoy a wonderful all-round view. There used to be a mountain chalet called Veľkoboká chata in the saddle under Veľký Bok until the Second World War when it was burned down by fascists. The chalet was a part of a network of mountain chalets, lying between the Štefánikova chata pod Ďumbierom chalet and the Štefánikova chata pod Kráľovou hoľou chalet. It is still a missing link in the chain of mountain chalets in the Low Tatras. A small hunting lodge has been built on its foundations, but it is not open to the public.
Veľký Bok is not one of the most visited mountains, so if you are someone who likes wilderness and enjoys the challenge of wandering off the beaten track, this is the hike for you. It takes the whole day. The hike from Malužiná to the top takes around 4-5 hours and its 14 km long. First, follow the blue trail markers and when you reach the saddle under the Veľký Bok, follow the yellow trail markers.
The top can also be reached by following the route from Svarín (Svarín – Pod Chmelincom – Veľký bok and back), marked yellow. Similarly to the Malužiná-Veľký Bok and back route, the total length of this route is 28 km. This hike can also be done as a one-way hike from Malužiná to Svarín or vice versa.
You can park in both villages. The route is also accessible by bus – Malužiná, rázcestie (crossroad) bus stop.
There are no mountain chalets on the way, but there are several places offering refreshments in both villages. There should also be a spring above the hunting lodge.