Via Ferrata

The term Via Ferrata derived from the Italian language which in English translation mean “Iron Routs” or in Albania “Shtigjet e Hekurta”. Based on its origin in many countries of the world, this term is still used today and at the same time it has been internationalized as a term.
This touristic attraction as offer which now is very requested was born as a product of war and was developed by the military. It is the product of the First World War when Italian troops developed these kinds of trails along the rocky massifs of the Dolomite Mountains to create an easier and safer access to these rocky areas for army troops and to achieve the goal of war. Thus, by creating these paths they (soldiers) accessed into places where they could control the territory more easily and were safer from the enemy.
Now Via Ferrata is used as a tourist attraction and is requested as offer by many nature lovers and adrenaline lovers. Almost in many mountainous countries there are Via Ferrat’s and are used as tourist products which affect the enrichment of the tourist offer and attract visitors to that destination.
The construction of a Via Ferata takes place mainly in rocky places which are difficult to access. A steel wire is placed along that path, fixing it to the rock every 1 to 10m depending on the terrain and placing the iron scale to cross the obstacles. Nowadays through Via Ferrata activity it is possible to create the opportunity to cross those dangerous parts of path without risk and to enjoy great experiences and adrenaline.
The construction of Via Ferrata can be done in different rocky areas which have different configuration therefore their difficulty may be different. Different countries use different elements to describe the difficulty but the most important ones are the use of numbers 1 to 5 or letters A to E.

1 A Easy
2 B Moderately Difficult
3 C Difficult
4 D Very Difficult
5 E Extremely Difficult

Difficulty rate of Via Ferrata

VIA FERRATA “ARI”

It is the first Via Ferrata which is being built in Kosovo and the first Via Ferrata in the Balkans with the latest standards that have been applied.
The first-ever Via Ferrata in Kosovo was developed in 2010 in Peja. This Via Ferrata came right after intensive training of the members Marimangat e Pejes which was realized in Trentino – Italy, offered by Societa Alpini Tridentini (SAT) an association for mountaineering and climbers in Italy.
Via Ferrata “ARI” belongs to the vertical type Ferratas and has a length of 450m while in terms of difficulty it is ranked in system 2 or B (Moderately Difficult) which is ranked by Ferratas with medium difficulty and can be used by all nature lovers and ordinary tourists. Climbing this trail takes 2 to 3 hours. To achieve this, it is necessary to use adequate basic safety equipment such as helmets, harnesses, and carbines. Via Ferrata “ARI” was developed under the supervision of an Italian expert and is certified for safety and now inspected annually by trained members of the Marimangat association.

VIA FERRATA “MAT”

It is the second Via Ferrata which was developed in the year 2016 in Rugova Gorge or in the place known as “Bridge at the 3rd km”. Also like via Ferrata Ari this was built with the applying of the latest standard for Via Ferrata.

Via Ferrata “MAT” belongs to the horizontal type of Ferratas and has a length of 510m while in terms of difficulty it is ranked in system 2 or B (Moderately Difficult) which is ranked by Ferratas with medium difficulty and can be used by all nature lovers and ordinary tourists. To achieve this, it is necessary to use adequate basic safety equipment such as helmets, harnesses, and carbines. Via Ferrata ARI was developed also under the supervision of the Italian expert and is certified for safety and is now inspected annually by trained members of the Marimangat association.

VIA FERRATA “MARIMANGAT”

It is the third Via Ferrata which was developed in 2018-2019 in Rugova Gorge or in the well-known place “5th kilometer”. Like other Via Ferrata, also in this has been applied latest standard.
Via Ferrata “MARIMANGAT” belongs to the horizontal type Ferratas and has a length of 1000m while in terms of difficulty it is ranked in system 3 or C (Difficult) which is ranked as Via Ferrata with medium difficulty and can be used by all nature lovers and experienced tourists. It is more special as it passes through altitudes up to 300m where below can see the river Lumbardhi and the panoramic part of the Rugova Gorge. It has a length of 1km and it takes 3 to 4 hours to finish. To start climbing in this Via Ferrata you have to cross the most attractive bridge in Kosovo “Tibetan Bridge” which is unique of its kind in Kosovo. This bridge is an attraction in itself and has a sense of experience from all the visitors who cross it. This bridge is located at a height of 60m and its length that connects the two sides of the Rugova Gorge is 40m. To achieve this Via Ferrata, it is necessary to use adequate basic safety equipment such as helmets, harnesses, and carbines. Via Ferrata Marimangat was developed by the experts of the Marimangat e Pejes association and the same expert tests the safety every year.

VIA FERRATA “SHPELLAT”

It is the fourth Via Ferrata which was built in 2020 in the Rugova Gorge or in the famous place “At the 3rd kilometer”. Like other Via Ferrata’s, also in this has been applied latest standard.

Via Ferrata, CAVES belongs to the combined (horizontal and vertical) type of Ferrata and has a length of 510m while in terms of difficulty it is ranked in system 2 or B (Moderately Difficult) which is ranked by via Ferrata with medium difficulty and can be used by all nature lovers and ordinary tourists. It is even more special as the trail passes along a system of 9 caves that were once inhabited. The maximum height that they reach is 900m, while below all the time you can experience the flow of the river Lumbardhi and the panoramic part of the Rugova Gorge. To achieve this, it is necessary to use adequate basic safety equipment such as helmets, harnesses, and carbines. Via Ferrata CAVES was developed by the experts of the association Marimangat e Pejes and the same expert tests the security measures every year.