Via Ferrata de Thônes

Via Ferrata de Thônes

The via ferrata of Thônes is located in the rock of the Calvaries in-above Thônes, otherwise known as the capital of Reblochon Fermier, famous cheese from the Aravis Valley. This via ferrata is of intermediate difficulty between the Via Ferrata of Clusaz and the Via Ferrata of Grand-Bornand. It features an air monkey bridge from the start, and many steep and athletic sections where you have to climb on metal bars. The atmosphere is ethereal above Thônes and the landscape is bucolic facing the Tournette mountain.
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A via ferrata between lake and mountain

A via ferrata between lake and mountain

The via ferrata of Thônes gives you the opportunity to enjoy a vertical activity surrounded by nature in the Massif des Aravis. Easy access by car, bus or bike from Annecy (approximately 25 min driving) and of an intermediate level, this via ferrata (also named Roche à l’Agathe) is aimed at sportive people with a good physical condition who reach thrills! The course is built on the rock face : it offers you a perfect concession between thrills and physical effort in front of the beautiful view of the valley.

Meeting point with your guide at the bus station in Thônes for a brief rundown and a reminder of the safety instruction during the activity. Once equipped with your harness, leads via and helmet, let’s go for 15 minutes walk before beginning the difficulties with a  rope ridge and then an athletic overhang. The course is teaming with climbing passages, crossings and obstacles.

This via ferrata also named Roche à l’Agathe is very ethereal and vertical. Fortunately equipment allows us to safely climb up.The ascension is spreaded in 3 steps and difficulty progresses gradually.  Two ways out allow to shorten activity. The last step is the most impressive part of the course because there is a passage with a vertical ladder called “Echelle des sapeurs de l’Empire”. You have to throw it across the drop! But do not stress, your guide will lead all along the course.

On the site, maybe you will see chamois who cross the rock, reaching mountain flowers to eat. This incredible climber will most likely impress you by its agility. Once arrived at the top, the descente takes around 1h and is done using cables.

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Via Ferrata de Thônes

The price includes
Supervision by a high mountain guide
Loan of via ferrata safety equipment (harness, helmet and via lanyards)
The price doesn't include
Transportation, catering and drinks.
Anything not indicated in the "price includes" section.
Hours and meeting point
The appointment is at 7:30 in the morning at the parking of the bus station. The guide will be waiting for you there.
Other schedule available on demand.
A google maps link is available from Annecy to Thônes (around 25 min driving)

Duration: approximately 3h00

Period: April to November, depending on weather conditions
Gear
You bring up shoes or very good running shoes with good crampons on the sole.
A backpack
A bottle of water of 1.5 L, as well as what to feed you (Bars of cereals, fruits etc ...)
The guide will provide you the safety equipment: Harness, Helmet and Absorbent Lanyard
Required level
Level : Difficult. It's essential to be in good physical condition and not to be subject to vertigo for this activity.

Activity possible from 13 years old (children accompanied by an adult)
Group
COLLECTIVE OUTING: Confirmed outings with a minimum of 4 participants booked. Groups can be formed up to a maximum of 5 participants per guide.
Topo
Vertical drop : 895 meters
Height of the via ferrata : 600 meters
Approach : 15 minutes
Journey time: 3 hours
Return by the footpath: 45 minutes
Orientation: South-west (sunny from 10 a.m. in summer)
Access
From Annecy by the RD909, follow Thônes-Les Aravis, arriving at the bus station, park in the via ferrata car park, there is often room.

You can also come by bus from Annecy (regular line) or by bike on the cycle path.
Cotation
First part to the "Dry Pine" escape route Difficult
Second part to the overhang of the Hermit: Very difficult
Part Three to the Top: Extremely Difficult
Via Ferrata de Thônes
Via Ferrata de Thônes
Via Ferrata Roche à l'Agathe
Via Ferrata Roche à l'Agathe

Activities guides Via Ferrata de Thônes

Jérémy Janody
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Jérémy Janody

Mountain Guide

Sophie Moritz
Rock climbing
Ski Touring
Via Ferrata
Ice Climbing
Mountaineering
Security training
Ski Freeride
Sophie Moritz

Mountain Guide

Franck Sportiello
Rock climbing
Ski Touring
Via Ferrata
Ice Climbing
Mountaineering
Security training
Ski Freeride
Franck Sportiello

Mountain Guide

Philippe Geiben
Rock climbing
Ski Touring
Via Ferrata
Ice Climbing
Mountaineering
Team Bulding
Ski Freeride
Philippe Geiben

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Meeting place
Thônes
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