Via Ferrata in Chamonix
Via Ferrata literally means 'iron path' and is a thrilling way of climbing the edge of a mountain in relative safety. Chamonix has a variety of via ferrata from easy to challenging, making it the ideal place to climb and see spectacular views.
These 'iron paths' originated from the metal ladders used by the military in WW1 to assist them in navigating the mountains. Most of the ferrata have been replaced with newer hardware but they follow the original military routes high into the mountains. They are equipped with metal cables and steps, ladders or sometimes bridges attached to a system of anchored cables. Climbing these routes means you can enjoy breathtaking vistas normally reserved for mountaineers.
The variety of routes from short and easy to longer and more challenging ones means there is something for everyone (recommended minimum age is 8 for the easier routes).
A mountain guide is recommended for this activity.