With the spectacular peaks of Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn and the Monte Rosa calling the Aosta Valley home, the region is a real draw for mountaineers.

The landscape of the Aosta Valley lends itself perfectly to mountaineering – with mighty peaks including the Matterhorn, Monte Bianco (Mont Blanc) and Monte Rosa. It is a popular activity in summer and in winter, with numerous certified guides and excursions available.

In recent years, Via Ferrata – solid structures and vertical ladders some 20 or 30 metres long – has become an exciting new adventure activity in the Aosta Valley, with routes available from Valtournenche, Val de Lys, Valgrisenche or Val Veny. Rock climbing is a popular summer past-time and ski mountaineering is available in the winter months.


The alpine guides of the Aosta Valley boast a long and proud tradition of climbing expertise. If you are thinking of a mountaineering trip in the valley the guides association should be your first port of call.

For further information on mountaineering itineraries, climbing walls and Via Ferrata please look further on the English language version of the Italian Aosta Valley website.

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Aosta Valley is a favourite destination for ski mountaineering enthusiasts, with it being possible for seven months a year from November to June. The large variety of routes present means everyone is sure to find a trip suited to their particular skiing and athletic skills: from climbs of a few hours on open slopes to routes on the glaciers lasting two or more days. A number of peaks can be reached on skis, including the Gran Paradiso, the only one of the Four-Thousanders entirely on Italian soil. 

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A via ferrata (Italian for “iron road”) is a protected climbing route found in the Alps. The essence of a modern via ferrata is a steel cable which runs along the route and is periodically (every 3 to 10 metres (9.8 to 32.8 ft)) fixed to the rock. Using a via ferrata kit, climbers can secure themselves to the cable, limiting any fall, making for a safe yet thrilling walk. Check out some of the varied Via Ferrata routes that are on offer in the valley.

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