Via Ferrata, a family-friendly combination of rock climbing and hiking, originated during the First World War as an aid to manoeuvring troops safely across the Italian Dolomites.
A ‘vie ferrate’ is a mountain route pre-equipped with fixed cables, ladders and bridges that allow walkers and climbers to experience routes that would otherwise be the sole domain of expert rock-climbers .
Walkers are permanently attached to the mountain via a harness and cables giving them the confidence to achieve climbs well beyond their expectations!
There are a number of via ferrata options within a few minutes drive of Samoens although the most famous is the Via Ferrata du Mont where the climb reaches high above the fabulous Tines Gorge on the outskirts of Sixt Fer à Cheval.
For those with prior via ferrata experience then equipment can be rented locally and the attached guide provides details of the vie ferrate route. However, for those looking to experience via ferrata for the first time then we would recommend taking one of the local guides in order to ensure your safety.
Tel : +33 4 50 89 56 45 ou +33 6 89 11 27 46
Tel : +33 6 89 35 02 03
La Compagnie des Guides et Accompagnateurs du Haut Giffre (Samoëns)
Tel : +33 4 50 34 43 12