This year we decided to visit the Kysel gorge (or valley) in the Slovak Paradise. It’s the place which was closed in 1976 after a huge fire and re-opened just in 2016. The most of paths in the Slovak Paradise are equipped with ladders, chains and other supporting elements which helps tourists to go there.
The Kysel is different as there is a via ferrata. So some equipment is required here. But it’s not so hard (in my opinion it’s A/B level).
We decided to start in the Píla and go through the Piecky gorge and then to Kláštorisko (there is a pub and they offer also an alcohol-free Radler). Then we dived to the start of Kysel (yellow path to the Biely Potok) and entered the ferrata. There is a big board with instructions (the same as on the http://www.npslovenskyraj.sk).
But some time after the start the actual ferrata starts (with a steel rope and a steel steps which are similar to the ones used for other paths). And there is a lot of old wood:
One has to climb through the wood. But it’s easy on all such places. There are two small waterfalls (its said that they are much bigger before the fire) and after many nice places there is a close part of the gorge – it’s called Temnica (“a dark place”):
This part is not very short and there is a creek at the bottom (sorry for image quality but there wasn’t enough light and my 14-years old camera had problems here):
There is still a lot of space, actually (I wasn’t able to take picture of the tightest place):
After some time, there were sighn of sunlight:
And then, there was a light part. Just a nice walk along the creek. We thought that it was the end:
But the final part is climbing by the Obrovsky Vodopad (the Giant waterfall) which is probably the biggest one in the Slovak Paradise (only the lower part is on the picture):
Higher part of the waterfall is here:
The bridge at the top includes also a warning that this is on-way path only (from the bottom to the top) and the doors that can be easily opened only if person goes in the right direction.
Even there, one is still not at the end of the gorge:
We continued to go through the Maly Kysel gorge (which is smaller and shorter). There is even a geocache but I forgot about it. Then we continued to Palc place and back to Píla.
I have tried to prepare a map of the walk and the result is here:
Show on the map (Hiking.sk)
Unfortunately, the Hiking.sk application ignores the via ferrata so it connected some points outside it. If you see the map on the lik then you can find the via ferrata between the places “Kysel, ustie” and “Obrovsky vdp. mostik”. An the yellow path to the “Kysel, ustie” is a rather descent path (not very comfortable one). We needed under 10 hours for the whole path (including the via ferrata). The linked schedule does not include about 2,5 hours which are needed for the ferrata.
Fortunately, there was a nice refreshment place in the Pila village in the place where the path enters this village.
Next time I have to find the cache at Maly Kysel…