1-Day Via ferrata on Kuklata peak, Rila Mountains

Join Nikolay, a UIMLA-certified guide on this via ferrata in the Balkans! At 2557 meters above sea level, you'll be climbing to great heights.




Trip Duration

1 day

Mountain Range

Balkan Mountains

People per Guide

6 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct

Type of Trip

Not specified



    If you have never been on a via ferrata and are interested in doing it in the Balkans, then this is the trip for you! Join me for this day-trip in the Rila Mountains, the highest mountains in the Balkan peninsula!

    The Rila Mountains, located at 2925 meters above sea level, are a unique and scenic landscape. The word “Rila” which is an old Slavic word, literally translates to “Water Mountain” and its mountains tower above deep gorges, 150 crystal clear lakes and is even a UNESCO heritage site. And our via ferrata is named after the Kuklata Peak (“The Doll”), which we get to climb up on our active day!

    This trip begins with a hike at the base of the Maliovitsa valley (1700m) all the way up to the Malyovitsa hut (1960m), where, upon arrival, we can start the via ferrata route. Using a combination of thick steel cables, metal bars, steps, ladders and bridges, this ferrata will take us all the way up to see the panoramic views of the valleys of Maliovitsa and the neighboring Urdina.  And we, too, will get some spectacular views of the peaks of Maljovitsa (2729m), atop of which we will get to enjoy a picnic lunch!

    This day-trip is open to anyone, including those who have no previous climbing or via ferrata experience. This ferrata is intermediate in terms of its difficulty, with us engaged in activity for about 4-5 hours. Moreover, there is a discount for people in groups of 2 or more, so if you are looking for something active to do in Bulgaria with your friends and family, this could be the trip for you!

    Come join me on this beautiful via ferrata in the Rila Mountains for a day of active exploring! And if you like the nature within the Balkan Peninsula, feel free to check out my other trip, trekking the 7 Rila Lakes.

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    Price per person

    Group of 1
    160 EUR

    Group of 2
    80 EUR

    Group of 3
    70 EUR

    Group of 4
    70 EUR

    Group of 5
    70 EUR


    Price includes

    • Guiding fee
    • Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back
    • Transport during the trip
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
     On top of the guide fee, the price includes: private transfer, Via Ferrata equipment (Helmet, Harness, Shock absorber), picnic lunch. The food included in the price is a small energy pack. The price excludes: additional food, drinks, insurance

    Other details

    Skill level required

    First time

    Fitness level required



    About the Guide


    I started snowboarding when only a few people were doing it. At the time, it was just an emerging sport. We used to experiment modifying our equipment by hand. We didn't know about first lines or powder days, we were simply having fun and enjoying amazing snow.
    As things got more serious, I gained experience and learned more about the mountains. I found so many new possibilities!
    From the mountains, I learned how to enjoy with just the essentials, to travel lightly and to cherish the company of a friend on the snow. But I also learned responsibility and learned from my mistakes.
    This passion led me in 1994 to the Himalayas, where the beauty of the scenery and the amazing peaks were almost overwhelming. In summer, I started exploring the mountain and in this way I discovered climbing.
    All of this inspired me to become a professional. Now I have a Ski Instructor Qualification Class C, a Professional Mountain Leader UIMLA Qualification and in 2009 I became the first Bulgarian snowboard guide. Since 2017, I'm a snowboard Instructor qualification Level “3” and international ISIA.



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    What People are Saying


    We had 2 very professional guides whom we enjoyed very much. But this is a medium moderated course and it\'s not for people with no experience. It was a full day trip.
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    Nitzan Orgal
    we approached Explore - Share to find a guide for the Via Ferrata Malyovitsa in Bulgaria. Nikolay Pavlov responded and from this moment remain in ongoing communication to make sure we receive a great service. he was very responsive and was kind enough to assist us in planning additional hiking days. on the July 31st we met one of his guides - Stoimaen (AKA - Bambita) and another guide - Elena which led my partner and myself through the Via Ferrata with a lot of good spirit and patience (and passion).they made the introduction to Bulgarian outdoors much enjoyable. The additional tips we received from this great team enhanced the quality of our Bulgarian adventure. much recommended. Regards Natasha & Tomer
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    Tomer Ash
    I only have good things to say about this day trip! Nikolay is a really good and experienced guide. We had such a great time in this via ferrata! Do not hesitate to book this :)
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    Laurence Marineau

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