Ferrata Kyseľ has been one of the most popular activities in the Slovak Paradise in recent years. Thanks to the members of the Mountain Rescue Service in Slovak Paradise, crossing this gorge, which burned down more than 40 years ago, is possible again. Due to nature protection, the via ferrata is only accessible from June 15 to October 31.
To enter this gorge, you need a special harness called a via ferrata set (helmet, harness, fall arrester), which you can rent in several rental shops in Čingov, Podleskok, Kláštorisko or possibly in other sports equipment rental shops (e.g. sportrysy). The price for renting a via ferrata set ranges from €5 to €15.
Entry to the Kyseľ via ferrata is charged according to the following price list:
- basic entry fee €5.00
- basic entry fee after applying the regional discount €2.50
- SMS entry fee €6.00
- SMS entry fee after applying the regional discount* €3.00
- entry fee purchased directly at the via ferrata €10.00
*regional discount applies to:
a) holders of the Slovenský raj & Spiš tourist card issued only to guests staying at accommodation facilities in the destination Slovenský raj & Spiš (more information about the discounted tourist card is available at vraji.sk)
b) residents of the region with permanent residence in the cities of Spišská Nová Ves and Dobšiná and the villages of Smižany, Spišské Tomášovce, Letanovce, Hrabušice, Betlanovce, Spišský Štiavnik, Hranovnica, Spišské Bystré, Vydrník, Arnutovce, Mlynky, Dedinky, Stratená, Vernár, Telgárt, Hnilec , Hnilčík.
You can find more information at npslovenskyraj.sk.
How to get to the start of the via ferrata
You can get to the start of the via ferrata from the Čingov tourist center by following the blue sign to the intersection "Biely potok, ustie", from where you will continue following the green sign past Biely potok in the direction of "Kyseľ, ustie". Another option is to go down from Kláštorisko following the yellow sign to the intersection "Kyseľ, ustie".
Crossing the gorge
The via ferrata has a difficulty level of C (moderately difficult) and the transition is possible exclusively from the bottom up. You just need to put on the ferrata sets before entering the gorge. Pay particular attention to your own safety and make sure you have a properly fastened helmet, as these helmets have saved hikers from falling rocks on more than one occasion. Ferrata Kyseľ is also known for the fact that, in addition to unforgettable experiences and memories, you will also take with you soaked socks, sometimes even pants. Therefore, we recommend always having a spare pair with you.
The via ferrata is 1.4 km long with a crossing time of approximately 2 hours and an elevation gain of 179 m. During the transition, you will find a lot of ladders, risers and waterfalls, thanks to which you will experience a lot of adrenaline. However, the greatest experience awaits you at the end of the gorge - the huge waterfall. In addition to the wonderful view of this massive waterfall, another experience awaits you in the form of climbing a set of ladders that lead alongside the waterfall. After overcoming this ascent, you will reach the bridge located directly above the Obrovský vodopád, from which you can enjoy the view of the valley.
After overcoming the huge waterfall, in about 10 minutes you will get from the bridge to the intersection, which will take you directly to the Kláštorisko. However, people often overlook the possibility of continuing through the gorge, which will take you to the last, Karolíny waterfall. Therefore, if you plan to visit this gorge, be sure not to miss this waterfall.
After crossing the via ferrata, you have several options for where to continue. After the blue tourist sign, you can return to the Kláštorisko tourist center or continue further through the Malý Kyseľ or Veľký Kyseľ gorges.
Parking and public transport
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