via ferrata mont charvin

Via ferrata d'Ugine

Are you rather sporty and are you looking for a long itinerary that will take you to a beautiful summit with a view of the Mont-Blanc massif? The Via Ferrata d'Ugine is a route halfway between hiking and via ferrata, it takes place on the southern ridge of Mont-Charvin in the Aravis Massif, the route is not very difficult, unlike some via ferrata, you just need to be a good hiker and to have a mountain spirit to do it, it is not climbing where you have to pull yourself up by your arms along rungs and rungs. However, the aerial and vertiginous atmosphere is there, because this almost mountain race takes place on a vertiginous ridge in the middle of a wild and not very frequented framework: the first part passes by the golet de la trouye leading to the southern ridge (3h), then the summit of the Mont-Charvin (2409m), the descent is done by the ridge of the lake (2h), finally the return on foot to the collar in approximately 1:30 am, unless to have deposited a car or a bicycle! This makes the adventure less strenuous.
Col de l'Arpettaz (73)
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A long but not difficult via ferrata

A long but not difficult via ferrata

The Mont-Charvin is a mythical summit of the Aravis range! In winter, this 2409 m high pyramid attracts skiers and mountaineers who climb it via the lake ridge. Today, the guides offer you an adventure between earth and sky on this wild and bucolic side of the Aravis facing the Mont-Blanc, not so far! In the past, this route was only a vague chamois hunting trail, but the current developments have made it more practicable and above all less exposed, as you only have to pass through the golet de la trouye ("sow" in Savoyard dialect) to realise that falling was not allowed. 

This alpine route thus borrows the vestiges of the not so distant past, but will make you make a trip on the splendid south ridge of the Charvin which is now equipped for the great pleasure of the lovers of vertigo, at this level, one can even speak about via ferrata so much the equipment is of good quality

The panorama on the Aravis chain, the Bauges, the Mont-Blanc, and even the Beaufortain is spectacular, the atmosphere is airy and it is not rare to cross the vultures during the ascent, once at the top we take the lake ridge which offers us a view on the lake of the Mont-Charvin, a small blue jewel in the middle of the alpine pastures of Haute-Savoie! Then we continue the descent by the vire de la mène noire, an equally spectacular passage which goes through the middle of a schist cliff, there is just enough room for our feet! But fortunately, the cables are firmly attached to secure the last aerial passage of the adventure, the last hook allows us to admire the panorama from the "pas de l'ours". 

All that remains is to return along a mountain path to the Arpettaz pass, passing by the Merdassier chalet in the middle. A nice loop is completed (almost 10 kilometres), all that remains is to enjoy a good tome or a piece of Beaufort cheese at the Arpettaz refuge! 

Other via ferrata to discover:

Via ferrata "Yves Pollet-Villard" - La Clusaz
Via ferrata of the "Tour du Jalouvre" - Grand-Bornand
Via ferrata of the "Roc du Cornillon" (Dent du Chat) - Le Bourget du Lac 
Via ferrata of "La Roche à L'Agathe" -Thônes

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Via ferrata d'Ugine

Price includes
Supervision by a mountain guide
Loan of safety equipment in via ferrata
the price doesn't include
Transport to the via ferrata departure.
Acomodations, restaurant and other fees
Anything not indicated in the "price includes" section.
Required gear
Brings good running shoes with good crampons under the sole.
A backpack
A bottle of water of 1,5 L, as well as food (cereal bars, fruits etc...)
The guide will provide you the safety equipment: harness, helmet and absorbent lanyard
COLLECTIVE ACTIITY : Confirmed outings only from 4 people reserved / session. Groups can be formed up to a maximum of 4 participants / 1 guide.
Required Level
Intermediate level. It is essential to be at least athletic and not to be subject to vertigo for this activity.
You must be able to walk at a rate of at least 300m/hour uphill, be able to make a prolonged effort for more than 6 consecutive hours, and be able to hike or walk on foot.
Be able to carry a backpack of 6 to 8 kilos if necessary.
Via Ferrata Mont Charvin
Via Ferrata Mont Charvin
Via Ferrata Mont Charvin
Via Ferrata Mont Charvin

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Meeting place
Refuge du Col de l'Arpettaz
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