P'tchi via ferrata (Bauges, Savoie)

Duration : ½ day

France, Northern Alps

Level : somewhat difficult

from 49 € / p. from 2 to 8 persons

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Come and discover the beautiful P'tchi via ferrata, located in Savoie, above the village of Saint-Jean-d'Arvey in the Bauges massif.

This itinerary offers a succession of vertiginous and slightly athletic passages with portions where you can rest... All along the route, which follows the cliffs of the Rocher de Charvettan, you will enjoy breathtaking views on Chambéry and the Mont Granier.

A pleasant approach walk in the undergrowth brings you in about an hour to the start of the P'tchi via ferrata. The route starts with a first 20 meters high vertical wall, followed by a second wall which precedes a quite vertiginous crossing to the right. Overhanging sections and a 10 meter dihedral allow you to reach a wide and comfortable grassy ledge. Then follows a long traverse to the left where technical and physical passages alternate with more relaxing ones. You then reach, thanks to an impressive ladder, the curiosity of the via: "l’œil à Carret" (Carret's eye), a cavity in the rock, in which it is possible to rest and enjoy the exceptional panorama. The following vertiginous and overhanging passages arrive at the footbridge of the Sappey, more than 30 meters long (not mandatory, as an escape route allows to finish the course more easily). You have then the choice to continue on the P'tchi route, with two balance beams and a last delicate and athletic wall, or turn to the Grotte à Carret via ferrata, rated ED (extremely difficult) and very vertiginous. All these variants end at the belvedere of the Charvettan rock, the end of the ascent.

If you like challenges, I can accompany you on the complete route of the Grotte à Carret, very athletic and impressive, which is located on the same cliff.

And if you like this kind of adventure, I also recommend the via ferrata of the Roc de Cornillon, on the other side of the Lac du Bourget.


  • Meet at the parking lot of La Doria, located in the hamlet of Les Déserts, above Saint-Jean-d'Arvey.
    It takes about 20 minutes to drive from Chambéry go get there.
  • One hour of approach walking to reach the start of the via ferrata.
  • Duration of the course: about 2 hours.
  • 30 minutes of return walking to go back to the car park.

The price includes

  • Supervision by the climbing instructor.
  • Loan of safety equipment necessary for the practice of the activity (harness, helmet, via ferrata lanyard with energy absorber).

The price does not include

  • Transport to the meeting point.
  • Personal insurance.
  • Anything not mentioned in "The price includes".
Next departures :

No scheduled departure, but you can contact me to book your dates.

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