Via Ferrata on Kuklata peak – one day

Via Ferrata Adventure on Kuklata peak (The Doll) 2257 m

Rila Mountains are the highest on The Balkan Peninsula with Mount Musala – 2925 m. Rila (an old Slavic word, meaning “Water Mountain”) looks like a rough sea of mountain ridges and peaks, deep gorges and 150 crystal clear lakes. A big part of the National Park is under the protection of UNESCO.

Tour on Via Ferata “Kuklata” passes on rock pillar located right on Kuklata peak (The Doll) 2257 m. The trail reaches panoramic ridge with wonderful views of the Maliovitsa valley and the neighboring Urdina valley and all peaks of Maljovitsa 2729 m.

Via Ferrata, ‘Iron Way’ in Italian, is a route with fixed protection that helps people move safely on routes that would normally be the domain of rock climbers. Protection on a via Ferrata includes a combination of thick steel cables, metal bars, steps, ladders and bridges. These are usually bolted and glued to the rock face allowing people to clip into the protection and be safe at all times.

No previous climbing or Via Ferrata experience is required. Trekkers or walkers who is not afraid of heights can complete a via Ferrata with a mountain guide.
The cables and ladders provide protection so that non-experienced climbers can easily ascend or traverse through the mountains safely.

ITINERARY
After a transfer to Malyovitsa valley 1700m we start our hike to Malyovitsa hut 1960m, where, upon arrival, we will take a short break and prepare for the via ferrata route. The guide will make a safety briefing will give instructions on how to use the via ferrata equipment. From the hut we have another 15 min. hike towards the rock face and then head up on the steel rocky route all the the way up to the top of Kuklata peak where we will enjoy marvelous 360 degree panoramic views of the surrounding peaks and valleys. Our descent from the top takes us back to Malyovitsa hut by a trekking path back to starting point. Transfer back to Sofia.

Technical difficulty: Medium
Transfers time: 3 hrs
Hiking time: 5-6 hrs
Best period: June – October
Price: 1 pers: 160 Euro; 2 pers: 80 Euro pp; 3-6 pers: 70 Euro pp.
The price includes: Private transfer, English-speaking mountain guide, Via Ferrata equipment (Helmet, Harness, Shock absorber), snacks.
The price excludes: Food, drinks, insurance, other personal expenses

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