Veľká Chochuľa & Prašivá

Veľká Chochuľa & Prašivá

Page Type Page Type: Mountain/Rock
Location Lat/Lon: 48.89348°N / 19.33136°E
Activities Activities: Hiking, Skiing
Seasons Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Additional Information Elevation: 5751 ft / 1753 m
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Veľká Chochuľa from NE
Veľká Chochuľa from NE

Veľká Chochuľa at 1753m is the highest summit in the west of the Ďumbierske Tatry. It sits on the main ridge and is the highpoint of a large massif made up of the following summits (from SW to NE): Prašivá (1652m), a nameless summit (about 1735m), Malá Chochuľa (1719m), Veľká Chochuľa, Košarisko (1695m) and Skalka (1549m). Veľká Chochuľa has a prominence of 277m but its most imposing feature is its isolation, which is over 11 km. The mountain looks similar to its neighbours, Malá Chochuľa to the SW and Košarisko to the ENE. Its north and northwest sides are steep and prone to avalanches. The top is covered with grass and patches of dwarf mountain pine.

Malá Chochuľa from SSW
Malá Chochuľa
Middle Chochuľa from Little Chochuľa
Middle Chochuľa
Summit of Veľká Chochuľa from S
Veľká Chochuľa

The area must have been intensely grazed in the past except for Prašivá, which is located between Malá Chochuľa and the west end of the Nízke Tatry, namely Hiadeľské sedlo. It is interesting that it is Prašivá, not Veľká Chochuľa, which gives its name to the southwest quarter of the Ďumbierske Tatry. Prašivá is the westernmost summit on the main ridge. It rises about 550m above Hiadeľské sedlo, the pass at the west end of the Nízke Tatry, and is an outstanding mountain in that it – due to its geology – has more patches of rocky ground and less grass than the other mountains in the Prašivá Group. The summit knoll of Prašivá is formed of talus and gives an excellent view of the main ridge of the Ďumbierske Tatry.

Prašivá from N
Prašivá from N

Views from both Veľká Chochuľa and Prašivá are extensive.

Malá Fatrá from Prašivá
Veľká Chochuľa summit view N
Veľká Chochuľa view ENE

Getting There 

From the North

he town of Ružomberok is easily accessible by both road (D1 motorway) and rail (one of the oldest railway lines in Europe; several Intercity and fast trains a day). The distance between Ružomberok and the trailheads (Korytnica-rázcestie and Liptovská Lúžna, both accessible by bus) is about twenty-five kilometres.

Liptovská Lúžna

From the South

The trailheads (Hiadeľ, Brusno, Pohronský Bukovec, Ráztoka) lie less than 25 km ENE of the town of Banská Bystrica, on or just north of a railway line and national road 66.

Trails & Maps

Veľká Chochuľa summit

The statistics in the following table refer to the waymarked trails to the summit of Veľká Chochuľa.

Start point Via Approx. total elevation gain (m) Approx. distance (km) Approx. time of hike upwards 
Korytnica-rázcestie Hiadeľské sedlo 1050 11.5 4.5 h
Liptovská Lúžna nocovňa SAD Sedlo pod Skalkou 990 8 3.5 h
Hiadeľ bus terminus Hiadeľské sedlo 1280 11.5 5 h
Hiadeľské sedlo main ridge 670 5 2 h 15 min
Ďurková Hut main ridge 620 13 4 h
Brusno train station Sopotnická dolina 1350 14 5.5 h
Pohronský Bukovec bus terminus Matúšová 1270 15 5 h 45 min
Ráztoka bus terminus Matúšová 1330 14.5 5.5 h



paper/waterproof map: 1:50 000 by Compass

Red Tape, Camping & Bears

On SE side of Prašivá
  • Most of the Lower Tatra Mountains is protected as a national park (NAPANT).
  • You are supposed to stick to the waymarked trails.
  • Camping for one night is allowed at Hiadeľské sedlo. There is also a decent shelter (year 2023) there. Nearby is a decent spring (by which I saw a bear paw print).
  • In recent years there have been several bear attacks on people. Most resulted in serious injuries. In June 2021 a local man was killed by a bear outside the village of Liptovská Lúžna: Bears
Hiadeľské sedlo shelter
Hiadeľské sedlo spring

Mountain Conditions & Rescue

  • In Slovakia those who do not carry commercial insurance have to pay for any rescue services rendered by Mountain Rescue Service (HZS)
  • HZS phone number: 18 300
  • Mountain conditions, including avalanche danger level, on HZS site
  • Weather forecast for Veľká Chochuľa on
  • Forecast for Liptovská Lúžna on
  • Forecast for Liptovská Lúžna on AccuWeather
Prasiva Massif
Veľká Chochuľa left, Malá Chochuľa centre, Prašivá right - by Konrad Sus



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