Trip to the summits of Tlstá and Ostrá in Veľká Fatra

Trip to summits of Tlstá and Ostrá in Veľká Fatra
Trail: Blatnica, Valley of Vápenná, Cave Mažarná, Tlstá, Ľubená, Bágľov kopec, Zadná Ostrá, Ostrá, skalné bralo Muráň (rock cliff), Konský dol, Blatnica
Attractions: Mažarná Cave, view of the entire Turiec Basin, ascent to the Ostrá summit through the rocky window on stone step with helping chains and views to all directions
Trip difficulty: moderately difficult
Trip duration: about 6 hours

Trip plan:
08:00 – 09:30 Trek to the Cave Mažarná
The trip begins at the end of Blatnica, from where we walk past the Slovak National Uprising memorial along  the yellow trail to arrive at the Vápenná Valley in about a half an hour, where our steps will lead us along the blue trail to the Mažarná Cave.
The cave's total length is 130 metres, and behind its broad entrance hall it branches off to two side caves. In the past it was inhabited by people - as proved by the findings of bone remains from the neolithic period, as well as the cave bear. Currently it is the wintering site for bats.
09:30 – 11:00 Ascent to the summit Tlstá
Tlstá (1 373.3 m asl)is a distinctive mountain in the western side of the Veľká Fatra mountain range.  Along with the Ostrá  it forms the dominant feature of Upper Turiec. The forest margin runs under its peak and the summit is made of meadows and occasional cliffs. As its name suggests, the peak is not sharp, but gradually sloping. It offers a view the entire Turiec Basin.
11:00 – 12:00 Moving on to Zadná Ostrá
From Tlstá we continue along the green trail over the hills of Ľubená and Bágľov kopec to the back summit of Zadná Ostrá.  This part of the trip could be called a descent, as you go down 229 metres and climb up only 110 metres.
12:00 – 12:30 Ascent to Ostrá
The ascent to Ostrá includes a few metres through the rock window where you must be helped by chains.  However, the summit offers tourists views all over the area.
12:30 – 14:30 Descent to Blatnica
From Ostrá we descend down the yellow trail to the Muráň Rock and from there, we follow the blue trail to Blatnica.  The Konský dol trail is lined with rocks and cliffs of various sizes
14:30 – 15:00 Refreshments in the Gader village
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