Borišov is another top of the desertic Velká Fatra range. Despite 1508m high, it is a remarkably sharp and beautiful summit.
The neighbour Ploská, larger and higher, could have pretended being instead of the present page, but so flat and round, it doesn't overlook anything and consequently barely allows panoramic views, "boring" to summarize.
Borišov, on the contrary, is far more prominent, complex, also more excentred from the main ridge. Geographically closer to the Velká Fatra epicenter, far from everywhere, Borišov provides uncommon views and an uncomparable feeling of being in the centre of an immense wilderness.
Spelled "Boriszów" on Polish old maps, it has no specific translation in German neither Hungarian. The name might derivate from some "Boris" patronym.
On its foot is located a fantastic mountain hut: Chata pod Borišovom: in the early morning or in the sunset, a short steep climb of 20mn allows contemplating the reddish lights of these moments of the day, caressing the softly undulating and desertic relief of the wild Velká Fatra.
In winter, Borišov, like the mentioned neighbours and the rest of Velká Fatra, make excellent winter excursions, by ski or snowshoes.
Necpaly, Belá and Liptovské Revúce, located all around the Velká Fatra range, respectively west and east, are the most convenient trailheads to reach this mountain. All three are serveb by bus if needed.
By car, these points can be reached via Martin, Banská Bystrica or Ružomberok. Martin is best reached from Žilina and the D1 motorway that links it to Bratislava. Banská Bystrica might be convenient for those coming from Budapest and the R1 road. Ružomberok is best when coming from East, or Poland, but only the Zakopane region. Reaching Velká Fatra is usually problematic (small roads, etc etc) if we come from places more west in Poland or Czech Republic (small roads, etc).
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On most maps, Borišov is marked as served from the hut by the yellow-marked trail. However on some maps it appears unmarked, which is wrong.
The reality is actually none of this. From the top, the yellow trail continues on the other side to the NW in the direction of Prierastlé. No idea where this trail actually starts at the other end, probably some point in the valley Necpalská Dolina, it needs to be verified.
Anyway, using the drawn trail on the map, the hut and top can be reached :
- The most simple, from Liptovské Revúce (SE), via Ploská and the yellow trail. The top of Ploská can be circumvented by the green trail aside north.
- From Belianská Dolina (NW) using the green-marked trail
- From Necpalská Dolina (NW) using the blue-marked trail
- From Ľubochnianská Dolina using the red and yellow trails (very long, but the approach can be made by bike)
- From the Rakytov ridge (E), with the green-marked trail
- From the Ostredok ridge (S), with the red-marked trail
* Wildcamping, bicvouacquing :
Beware, Velká Fatra is one of the areas most populated with bears in Slovakia. Only over the tree-line. At your own risk !
* Mountain huts :
The massif has three guarded mountain huts of very various standard, and the best of them is just below the peak on the east. Chata pod Borišovom is a wonderful place with fantastic atmosphere.
* Huts, cabins, shelters ("Koliba", "Salaš", "Útulňa", etc):
Velká Fatra is probably the range in Slovakia, where one can find the highest density of unguarded huts of such types. They are all listed on this page of the site hiking.sk, and are almost 20. Beware, far from all are open (use Google to translate the Slovak description), and all of them belong to someone, mostly sherperds. They, and only them, decide if they want you to stay or not, if you are seen... Despite the existence of the fine guarded hut, many alternatives exist around Borišov : Prístrešok pod Medzijarkami and Salaš za Lyscom (NW), Salaš na Košariskách, (N), Salaš pod Ploskou and Salaš Sestričky (E), Salaš pod Borišovom, (SE). Click on "Mapa" for each of them to see the exact position.
* Hotels in the valleys:
In Vyšná Revúca is located a convenient basic hikers hotel : Chata Horec, where one can request to leave the car parked in front of it for a couple of days thanks to the kind owners.