Via Ferrata route at Karpenisi has it all. Forests, rivers, canyons, climbing and terrific scenery. We have never been at the area of Evrytania before. This time we were invited by Sofia Flegka of Lecadin Hotel (the hotel is situated at a hillside overseeing the city of Karpenisi) to enjoy what the area has to provide. Our adventures guide was Yiannis from Trekking Hellas Evrytania division (and a local), who also offered to take us through adventures.
Waking up at Lecadin
Rise and shine they say! Imagine getting out at the balcony of your hotel room, seeing this.
I know! Wow, right? Then going down at the breakfast room to savor some great Greek delicacies.
Arriving at Via Ferrata, Karpenisi, entry point
The whole area of Karpenisi and Evrytania is characterized from mountains choked with pine trees, rivers, multiple and well marked hiking routes, traditional villages and local delicacies. You will read more in our next articles regarding the villages and more adventures.
So, we arrived at Via Ferrata entry point and started suiting up of the adventure.
Heading towards the waterfalls where Via Ferrata is located
For those who don’t know, the term Via Ferrata means “iron road” and is not just a name of an area or place. So, it is actually a climbing route with installations of safety ropes made from steel wire, steel “staircases” and such. In that way there is a Via Ferrata in Germany, France, Italy, etc. You need climbing equipment to go through a Via Ferrata.
Before arriving at the Via Ferrata point where we would climb up, we had this perfectly nice walking through the forest that leads to the waterfalls.
The walk was great and we arrived at the feet of the rock/waterfall we would climb up. Yiannis explained a couple of things on safety and how to move and we started climbing up.
Climbing Via Ferrata
Here is Maria taking the first step. She is always connected with the main steel rope, through 2 different safety ropes. These need to be unhooked and hooked again every few meters, in order for the climber to be able to advance.
Taking a photo with Sofia, so to remember this moment.
We reached level 1 of this route and took a small break before continuing.
Here is where the thrills and chills begin. See the steel steps and ropes? Enjoy the photos from climbing up.
Descending from the top.
As you imagine we had a great time there. The water was rather cool (to cold) and we didn’t dive for a swim. Yet, we did that in the next adventure we had at Panta Vrehei canyon. Panta Vrehei is a popular destination in the area and just a couple of hours from Via Ferrata (the road leading there is a country dirt road and you need a 4-wheel car to get there).
Via Ferrata at Karpenisi was conquered. Stand by for our next adventure.