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Choč Hills are placed in north of Slovakia, in Region of Žilina, in Ružomberok, Liptovsky Mikuláš and Dolný Kubín districts. This hill range belongs to Fatra-Tatra area, which forms a part of Internal West Carpathian Mountains.

Extent:

117 square kilometres

The highest hill:

Velky Choč (Great Choč – 1611 metres above sea level).


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Short characteristics:

Choč Hills are situated in the teritory of Liptov and Orava. This mountain range is more than 24 kms long and 4-8 kilometres wide. The massif is created with limestones and dolomites. Choč Hills are the only nucleus mountain range of Slovakia, where their crystalinic nucleus does not appear on the surface. This mountain range has extraordinary variegated relief, including many rocks and karst forms. Asymetrical structure is its characteristic sign.

Incoherent ridge of Choč Hills is divided through deep valleys. Local tourist walks are expressively different from walks in surrounding hills, where classical ridge walking tour cannot be made. It is really worth to visit Velký Choč (Great Choč). From the top, you can enjoy marvellous views. On the other hand, Kvačianska Valley is interesting with its typical rock relief. You are also recommended to visit Prosiecka Valley, 450-600 metres deep karst valley.

The mountain range belongs to cold climatic area. Predominating part of the surface is covered with forests. In lower areas, you can find beech-woods, in higher situated areas, pine-trees and in the highest levels, dwarf pines. In places, where the forest are missing, you can finf meadows and pasture-lands, and also fields, sporadically.

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