Via ferrata tour in Ticino

Out and on exciting paths: Via ferrata tours in Ticino

In the sunny canton of Ticino, the best elements of Switzerland are combined with the southern charm of Italy. Lake Maggiore invites you to enjoy water sports and relax, the wooded areas attract hikers to extensive tours and the Ticino Alps and canyons are of course magical attractions for climbers and canyonists.

If we are drawn down into the canyons of Ticino during canyoning, our via ferrata tours in Ticino take us to light heights. The effort is rewarded with wonderful views of the landscape and especially of Lago Maggiore and Lago Ceresio in Lugano. But first of all, you have to conquer the via ferrata on your own - a great experience for everyone who appreciates challenging outdoor experiences.

Via ferrata are special ascent routes in the mountains that are secured with iron ladders, handles and steps (brackets) and steel ropes. Due to the iron aids that are inserted directly into the rock face this routes are called via ferrata.

Every Via Ferrata in Ticino allows us to climb uphill well secured. Depending on the level of difficulty, the via ferrata tours in Ticino are marked with the letters A to F, where A corresponds to the classification as "not very difficult" and F indicates a via ferrata at an "extremely difficult" level that can only be climbed by professionals.

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Via ferrata tours in Ticino for beginners and families with children

On our basics and family tours, we follow easy-to-manage via ferratas in Ticino, such as the via ferrata dei Tre Signori. A total of three via ferratas, which are suitable for tours of varying degrees of difficulty, have been built into the rugged rock face of the Cima d’Erbea, which extends around 2340 meters above sea level.

For beginners and families with children, we follow the Via Media with levels of difficulty B to C, at the end of which a 15-meter-long suspension bridge awaits us as the last adventure.

To reach the Via Ferrate dei Tre Signori, we first meet at the cable car station, where you will receive your equipment. The fee for the via ferrata tour in Ticino already includes the rental costs for helmet, harness and via ferrata kit. You only have to provide the right footwear yourself and the ticket for the cable car is at your own expense.

The cable car ride is followed by a short walk on which we can enjoy the breathtaking panorama. When you arrive at the actual via ferrata in Ticino, your licensed guide will give you a final introduction so that you know how to use the climbing equipment safely. Finally it starts and we move slowly, focused and with a lot of joy in this wonderful outdoor experience in Ticino.

Everything at a glance

For beginners and the cautious

  • Tour duration: 4-6 hours total time, start time to be agreed individually
  • Period: March – November (depending on weather conditions)
  • Number of participants: min. 2 persons
  • Event languages: German & English & Italian & French
  • A general state of health in good health is required
  • Minimum age: approx. 10 years

For sporty beginners and repeaters

  • Tour duration: 4-6 hours total time, start time to be agreed individually
  • Period: March – November (depending on weather conditions)
  • Number of participants: min. 2 persons
  • Event languages: German & English & Italian & French
  • A good fitness level is required
  • Minimum age: approx. 14 years
  • Planning and implementation of the program
  • Coordination of the event on site
  • Support from certified purelements employees (state-certified and multi-qualified guides)
  • No time pressure!
  • Special equipment required for the event
  • Photo service

We meet in the morning at the cable car station, where we distribute the equipment. Then the cable car takes us quickly to the heart of the mountains. (Of course there is a possibility for sporty athletes to cross the valley through the famous Ponte Tibetano.)

After a short walk we stand under a big rock wall. It doesn’t look climbable, but not for us! After a short safety briefing and practicing with the via ferrata kit, we are already on the way up!

We offer tested and safe Edelrid equipment, a comfortable helmet, a universal harness and an easy-to-use via ferrata set. If you have never used such equipment, our colleagues will be happy to advise you.

We also have a limited number of children’s harnesses and helmets available so you can bring your adventurous kids too.

Recommended routes:

The via ferrata tour has an easy and a difficult version.
Our guide ensures that you spend the day safely and only have to focus on the climbing and the breathtaking views!

What to bring:

  • Enough food and drinks
  • Hiking shoes or approach shoes
  • Rain jacket

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Increase the challenge: via ferrata tours for advanced climbers in Ticino

Those who are careful to avoid any exertion will probably view canyonists and alpinists with a bit of skepticism. Why are they doing this? For us the answer is obvious: because we love a challenge as much as we love being in the great outdoors. Because we are looking for the kick, but also the deep feeling of satisfaction when we have mastered a higher level again.

On our via ferrata tours in Ticino, which are designated for advanced climbers, you all have the opportunity to try out routes of difficulty levels C to E. On the aforementioned Via Ferrata dei Tre Signori, we choose the more challenging variant.

If you like it even more extreme, book a via ferrata tour that takes us to the San Salvatore. The mountain itself is only 912 meters high, but the via ferrata has it all. Incorporated into the north face, it allows us a wonderful view of Lake Ceresio in Lugano and on nice days we look forward to going for a swim after our exertion.

But now it is first of all to dare the ascent. It begins on a steep face that demands our first effort. But shortly afterwards we can relax again. In general, the via ferrata tour on the San Salvatore is fascinatingly varied. Gullies and crags, easy-to-climb terrain and steep rock face passages form exactly the right sequence, so that the via ferrata tour in Ticino can also be mastered well for climbers with little previous knowledge.