If you are in search of adrenaline, in the province of Malaga, in addition to the Caminito del Rey An activity for those who love heights is close by: Via Ferrata El Chorro with a length of 650 metres and a gradient of 250 metres, which can be completed in an average of 3 to 4 hours and has three main points of interest:
- 1 zip line
- 1 Tibetan bridge
- 1 mono bridge
What is a Via Ferrata?
A via ferrata is an aerial mountain route with a vertical or horizontal itinerary, equipped with elements such as pegs, suspension bridges, clamps, chains or zip lines that allow you to advance and reach areas that are difficult to access for mountaineers.
Some of the technical materials that cannot be missing to make one of them is a helmet, harness, anchor line and energy dissipator, this dissipator has several carabiners that connect with the steel cable, also known as life cable, that you will find along the whole route and that will keep you safe when going along the route safeguarding the fall.
How difficult is the via ferrata El Chorro?
The via ferratas range in difficulty from K1, which is the easiest level, to K6, the most extreme level.
The via ferrata El Chorro has a K3 level, mainly because of its length rather than its difficulty, therefore, we can say that it is medium level although it can be adapted to any individual level.
No knowledge of climbing is required, although it is very important not to be afraid of heights. It is also not suitable for children under 15 years of age, people with reduced mobility and people with health conditions that prevent them from doing the activity.
What does the via ferrata El Chorro consist of?
The via ferrata El Chorro, also known as via ferrata Caminito del Rey, is a route of 650 metres with 250 metres of vertical drop, situated in one of the most spectacular surroundings of the Natural Park of the Gaitanes Gorge, in the area of Álora, starting at the El Chorro Station.
The activity lasts between 3 and 4 hours and starts with the ascent of a vertical section which, as you go upwards, is fully adapted so that you have no problems climbing.
After skirting along the flank of the K2 diagonal, you will find the 35 metre high zip line, one of the most fun moments of the experience, where you will climb the vertical wall to reach a viewpoint overlooking the beautiful landscape of the El Chorro reservoir. You will not be left indifferent!
Once you have passed these incredible views, get ready for the 15-metre Tibetan bridge, a fully equipped section that is easy to walk over until you reach a second vertical section, which after its ascent you will find the famous 30-metre monkey or Nepalese bridge. Don't worry about the heights, the scenery below your feet is breathtaking. Enjoy it!
After the most fun parts of this route, the descent begins, first down a steep slope and then down the cliffs of the route, be careful!
Once down, you will follow a path that lasts approximately 45 minutes where it is not uncommon to see mammals characteristic of the area, birds of prey and the wonderful surrounding landscape that connects with part of the Caminito del Rey under the train tracks.
What is the best time of the year to do the via ferrata del Chorro?
The Chorro via ferrata can be done all year round, but spring and autumn tend to be the most popular seasons due to the more moderate weather conditions. During the summer, temperatures can be very high, so it is advisable to avoid the hottest part of the day.
If you also want to live the experience don't hesitate to try the Via Ferrata El Chorro in one of the most amazing places in the province of Malaga: El Caminito del Rey, discover its origin.