With mountains located throughout the south of the country and its island territories, France is an incredible place to enjoy all sorts of via ferrata climbs.
Outside of the aforementioned spots in the French Alps, the Sallanches Valley is a great location for more experienced via ferrata climbers. Crossing gorges and clambering along cliff walls, great views of Mont Blanc and Aiguille du Midi. Trois Vallees and Les Mottets also offer excellent climbs with phenomenal views.
Aside from the Alps and the Pyrenees, via ferrata options may also be found in the mountains of Corsica. Bavella, in the center of the island, is one of several excellent via ferrata options. To get here, you’ll head to Ajaccio where, more often than not, you will meet with your guide heading into the mountains.
In France, average daily summertime temperatures range from 18 ºC to 28 ºC and get slightly cooler the higher up you go in elevation. Summer and autumn are also the wettest seasons of the year, with spring being slightly drier.
There are various starting points for Via ferrata trips in France. For the Alps, flying into Geneva International Airport (GVA) and transferring to Chamonix by car, bus or train is the best option. If you are headed to the Pyrenees, then you’ll fly into the international airport in Toulouse (TLS) before heading to the mountains by car, bus or train.
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