Via ferrata literally translates as “iron path”. The name refers to a route of steel rungs and steel cables mounted to the rockface. Secured to a steel cable, you climb step by step up the mountainside. In some places, you will come across bridges or steps.
A via ferrata is, therefore, a hybrid of mountain hiking and climbing. You will reach places that you could never get to just by hiking. There are via ferratas of many kids and sizes.
In the Esprit Montagne area, you will find two routes: the via ferrata of La Chapelle d’Abondance and the via ferrata of Thieré in Champery (Switzerland). But there are also many to be found just a bit farther drive away. An overview of the via ferratas in Europe.
What you will need:
- Good climbing boots
- Climbing harness
- Via ferrata set
These can be rented at one of the many sports shops in La Chapelle d’Abondance.
It is a true paradise here for the rock climbers, as well. Numerous routes are available with various degrees of difficulty and on various rock types, ranging from a single rope length to multiple rope lengths. You can find our favorite routes on Mont Chauffé and Cornettes de Bise.
In fact, all of the routes to be found in Portes du Soleil are described extensively on the Chablais Grimpe website.