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Via Ferratas in Serre Chevalier

Via Ferratas in Serre Chevalier

For those that enjoy the outdoors, Serre Chevalier is the ultimate playground in summer. From rafting to mountain biking, paraponting to hiking there is an activity for every taste.

One of the regions most popular summer pastimes and an activity that draws in many visitors every year is Via Ferrata, which translates from Italian to mean 'road of iron'.

A Via Ferrata is a steep mountain route that is equipped with fixed cables, stemples, ladders and bridges. Climbers of all levels are welcome to use the routes mapped out across some of the regions most inaccessible terrain.

Via Ferratas are found across Europe and are known in Germany as klettersteige, however it is in Serre Chevalier where many have tried and fallen in love with the sport.


Serre Chevalier's routes offer fantastic variation. Whilst experienced climbers will enjoy some of the most challenging routes in France, Serre Chevalier also offers beginners routes to understand the basics on easily. Once at the top both experienced and novice climbers alike will enjoy the satisfaction of completing their climb and be rewarded with some stunning views.

climbing in Serre ChevalierRoutes in Serre Chevalier and across France are graded for clarity, starting from beginner routes to expert -

  • F - Facile : Easy, suitable for initiation into the sport.
  • PD - Peu Difficile : Slightly difficult, suitable for beginners and possibly children.
  • AD - Assez Difficile : Moderately difficult, suitable for accompanied beginners.
  • D - Difficile : Difficult, for those accustomed to the sport.
  • TD - Très Difficile : Very difficult, physically demanding, for regular participants.
  • ED - Extrêmement Difficile : Extremely difficult, very physically demanding, and suitable for experienced practitioners with a high level of fitness.

Below are listed the Via Ferrattas within an easy drive of your accommodation in Serre Chevalier. For further details on any of these climbs please just enquire and we will be happy to help in any way we can.

Saint Chaffrey

Le Rocher Blanc: Located 20mins from top of Chantemerle cablecar
Via ferrata: 105m height gain
Total time: 2hrs.

Two levels of ability are provided for on two routes. On completion climbers are given a stunning view over Serre Chevalier from an altitude of 2475m.

La Salle les Alpes

Le Rocher du Bez: 
Located 30mins from Villeneuve
Via ferrata: 75m height gain
Total time: 2hrs.

Really nice little via ferrata, suitable for everyone (equipment spaced close together make it an ideal route for children). One section of the route actually goes inside the cliff itself.

Monêtier les Bains

L’Aiguillette du Lauzet: ‚Ä®Located 1hr from Le Pont de l’Alpe
Via ferrata: 500m height gain
Total time: 5-6hrs.

Great vertical hike thatmakes for a great day out and finishes on top of an elegant 2600m summit. Your descent takes you through a veritable marmot playground.

Other via ferrata routes accessible from your apartment in Briançon are La Grande Falaise (Fressinières), Les Gorges de la Durance (l’Argentière), Le Colombier (Les Vigneaux), Tournoux (Puy St Vincent), La Croix de Toulouse (Briançon), Les Mines du Grand Clôt (La Grave).


For further details on accommodation in Serre Chevalier available this summer to stay in please visit our main website.

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