About Via Ferrata
Via Ferrata means ‘iron way’ and they were invented by the Italians to get their troops across the steep mountains safely and quickly. It has now become a sport in it’s own right with hundreds of via ferrata routes set up on cliff faces around Europe.
A via ferrata route is made up of iron bars and holds strategically positioned in the rock to help you climb the route. The course is followed by a wire cable which you are attached to all the way round. To get across chasms and gorges, bridges are used which are sometimes no more than a precarious wire and other times include wooden boards.
In the Southern French Alps there is also a via ferrata with giant tyrolean zip line descents to get back down from the top.
Choose Your Via Ferrata Adventure
All these via ferrata adventures are bookable online and are our most popular in the Southern French Alps. If you are looking for a different via ferrata experience not featured here or would like to book a private via ferrata guide for your group on a particular day, please contact us. If you would like to combine via ferrata with a range of other activities, have a look at Undiscovered Mountains fully customisable summer activity holiday packages
Via Ferrata Map
Have a look at the location of all the via ferratas proposed on our website. There are other via ferratas in the area, but these are our most popular ones. Most of these are currently bookable online with different time slots available throughout the summer. If you would like to arrange a private guided trip please contact us
What You Need to Know
All the guides and companies proposing via ferrata adventures on our website will provide you with a specialist climbing harness with shock absorbing cows-tails attached and a helmet. These are what you clip on to the safety wire with, unclipping one at a time to get around obstacles. Our guides will also rope you together with an additional safety rope. For the via ferrata with tyrolean zip lines, they also provide the pulleys for the zip lines!
Best Time of Year for Via Ferrata in the Alps
Via ferratas can actually be done at almost any time of year except when there is a lot of ice and snow, but even then, as they are often on steep cliffs where snow doesn’t gather many via ferratas are actually possible all year round – you might just need a few extra layers!! The busiest time is June – September during the summer months. Spring and Autumn are great with slightly cooler temperatures on the rock and that spectacular spring and autumn light on the mountain scenery.