Via Ferratas, also known as Klettersteigs, have been around for centuries, but are only recently being sought after as the ultimate high alpine adventure! These death defying adventures span the entire globe with one the most exciting Via Ferratas being on Mount Hua Shan. The “Heavenly Stairs”, or Chang Kong Via Feratta, in China traverses rope bridges and sacred lands leading you to an ancient Taoist temple and teahouse.
If visiting Italy, you will find Via Ferrata galore through the Dolomite Mountains as it is becoming extremely popular in the area. While in the area, you will not want to miss out on three separate historical routes which were constructed in World War I specifically for “safe” travels through these walloping mountains.
For those in the southern hemisphere, don’t feel left out, as the Sacred Valley Via Ferrata in Peru offers a near 1,000ft metal rung climb that isn’t for the faint of heart! Once summiting Sacred Valley, climb you can rappel down or join the high speed zipline for the ride of your life.
Additionally, the highest altitude Via Ferrata is also located in the Southern Hemisphere, specifically in Kenya, and reaches heights of 16,355ft. Mount Kenya Via Ferrata will give you an opportunity join a Safari at the beginning of your travels and take you 16,000 plus feet, where, if you hurry, you can view one of the last remaining glaciers in the region by the end of your trip.
If you are situated in North America like we are, don’t fret as you will not need to cross any oceans for a high adventure thrill. The Rocky Mountains offer two unguided Via Ferrata courses, one being in Ogden, Utah while the other situates itself in Telluride, Colorado. These courses may be close to home, but they do not skip out on amazing fauna and flora and neither should you!