Looking for sport adventures in magnificient places ? The via ferrata in Chamonix, ” iron road ” in Italian, is an intermediary between hiking and climbing that allows you to explore enchanting views of the Alps.
The Via Ferrata in Chamonix, what are we talking about ?
On a rocky wall, you’ll progress on cables, ladders, bridges, beams, rope bridges dedicated to facilitate the progression and optimize the safety of everyone. For more safety, you will be roped up with your guide along the course and linked to a cable with two lanyards attached to your harness. Wearing a helmet is mandatory. In Chamonix, you can overcome the fear of heights thanks to the majestic view on the Mont-Blanc Massif….
The origins of the via ferrata…
During the First World War, this practice allowed the Italian army access to inaccessible summits and ensure safe passage for the transporting of artillery in the Dolomites. It’s in the late 1980s that the first via ferrata was built in France in the Freissinière Valley. Over time, they appear in the Alpine valleys and in the hinterland of Nice. Today, there are more than 70 routes in France (in the Tarentaise Massif, Auvergne, Corsica, Isère…). This activity allows many hikers to discover the mountain differently
Where can you practice Via Ferrata in Chamonix ?
The first Via Ferrata in France was built in 1988 and it was in the 90s that the sport becomes popular in France and Switzerland. There are many via ferrata around Chamonix : Via ferrata of Mer de Glace, Col des Avavis near La Clusaz, Yves Pollet Villa in La Clusaz, Saix Tour in Avoriaz, Saix Miolène in Chapel / Abondance, Tower Jalouvre in Grand Bornand, Du Mont Sixt Fer à Cheval and La Roche in Thônes…
The Chamonix via ferrata starts at the Montenvers station, crosses the Glacier of Mer de Glace and from the Echellets, it rises to the refuge Couvercle (one-way about 4 or 5 hours). Many scales (30).
For a best practice of via ferrata in Chamonix, you have to choose a route adapted to your abilities, consult the high mountain guides, have athletic ability necessary for the practice of this activity (number of scales, drop .. .), learn about the dizzying aspect of the route. It seems important to mention that you are the only one who know your level. So, you must check with the professionals before you go on a such adventure. You should not present big concerns about the height and verticality : if you suffer from vertigo, this activity is not recommended.
Termmos Hotels invites you to stay in one of their comfortable rooms to rest before and after a such activity : Boutique Hotel Le Morgane and Les Aiglons Resort & Spa. These 4-star hotels have all the amenities for your wellbeing and the team brings all the attention for the success of your trip in the mountains.