On this morning we were awoken by birds singing, rivers burbling, horses neighing and sheep bells ringing. And by the silence.
We opened the window and from the first breath of fresh air, we were enveloped by the smell of the forest, freedom, inspiration, and excitement.
Two hours later we stood at the start of a half-marathon in Terchová.
We and 400 other runners.
We didn't know the route.
We didn't know what awaited us.
Running through the mountains
The first kilometers beyond Terchová led through an impressive entrance to the valley Vrátna, the canyon of Tiesňavy, under the bizarre rock formations named The Stony Monk, The Camel, Jánošík's Bed, and The Crocodile.
We continued to Štefanová, greeted Mount Rozsutec, which returned the bow. The road declined again back to the Vrátna valley and rose to the Rozsutec Hotel and Vrátna cable car station leading to the Snilovské saddle.
And then we repeated it.
The yellow fallen leaves showed us the way, along with the burbling stream with the small waterfalls.
The curving Rebel's Trail ("Zbojnícky chodník") in the forest, home of the wolf, lynx and bear, circled above our head.
Until we finally returned to Terchová.
"It wasn't very demanding, you look fresh," a young man dressed as Juraj Jánošík told us.
Why you should visit the Malá Fatra
If we had to choose only one region in Slovakia to visit, the Malá Fatra Mountain Range would be number one.
We love this region.
Let's explore the fairytale gorge, Jánošík's Holes, using mountain ladders and steel cables. Let's hike to the stony siblings, Malý Rozsutec Mountain and Veľký Rozsutec Mountain.
Let's climb up and down one of the most attractive ridge tours in Slovakia, through rounded Stoh Mountain, tangles of blueberries and raspberries to the Poludňový Grúň Mountain, through rolling stones to the Chleb Mountain and to the meadow mountain Veľký Kriváň.
Where the wind steals your breath and words.
Where the view is never-ending.
Where your journey could very well turn into a discovery of the treasure found within.
In Paulo Coelho's novel the “Alchemist” an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of a treasure buried in the Pyramids.
Let's hike the Malá Fatra Mountains and discover the same treasure just outside your doors.
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11. Nov 2019 at 12:30 | Gabriela Psotková, Valéria Polovková