Via Ferrata 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.
After a transfer to Malyovitsa 1700m we start our hike to Malyovitsa hut 1960m. From the hut we have another 15 min. hike towards the rock face and then we start our climb of Kuklata by the via Ferrata route. Our descent from the peak takes us back to Malyovitsa hut by a trekking path.
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; 3-4 pers: 70 Euro pp.
The price includes: Private transfer, English-speaking mountain guide, Via Ferrata equipment (Helmet, Harness, Shock absorber), picnic lunch.
The price excludes: Food, drinks, insurance, other personal expenses