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Via Ferratas of the French Alps

66 routes between Geneva and Briancon

This guidebook covers 66 varied via ferratas in the French Alps. The routes are spread over six areas: Geneva and the Northern Alps, Chambéry, Tarentaise and Maurienne valleys, Grenoble and Briançon, amid the Mont Blanc, Vanoise and Queyras ranges. Difficulty ranges from easy, protected routes through to exposed, technical challenges.


the bulk of the routes are open from early summer to mid-autumn, with a fair number being open from early spring to early winter depending on local weather conditions


Geneva, Chambéry, St Jean de Maurienne, Grenoble, Briançon as well as numerous mountain resorts


a wide range of routes from straightforward protected walks ideal for beginners to highly strenuous, massively exposed endeavours suitable only for the most daring. All routes graded for difficulty, exposure and the seriousness of the environment. A full explanation of the techniques and equipment required is given

Must See

Routes on or near the Mont Blanc Massif, Lac Bourget, the Beaufortain Massif, the Vanoise Massif, the Chartreuse Massif, the Écrins Massif, the Queyras Massif and many other scenic highlights of the French Alps
20 Jan 2014
5 Jan 2024
17.20 x 11.60 x 1.90cm

A guidebook to 66 via ferrata routes in the French Alps. Covering the region between Geneva and Briançon the routes range from very easy, protected routes suitable for children, through to extremely exposed and technical routes for experienced ferratists only.

  • Routes can be enjoyed in 1-9 hours
  • Routes are graded by technical difficulty, exposure and seriousness
  • Routes from keys areas including Chambery, Grenobe, the Tarentaise and Maurienne valleys
  • Local points of interest are featured including the Mont Blanc, Vanoise and Queyras massifs
  • Perfect June through to September although some routes are open from early Spring to early winter
  • Sketch maps and topos included for each route

Table of Contents
Richard Miller Cicerone author MILLER

By Richard Miller

Born on Jersey, Richard Miller first discovered a love of high places among New Zealand’s Southern Alps. His passion for travel and exploring has since led to walking, scrambling, mountaineering and climbing across the globe. Latterly, having discovered the pleasures of continental Europe, he has focused on the Alps and Pyrenees.

Like many Brits, his first experience of a via ferrata was in the towering spires of the Italian Dolomites. Having found it much to his liking, he set about visiting as many via ferratas as he could and soon discovered a burgeoning number of new routes across Western Europe.

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