Via ferrata delle Guide 2001
from 01/06 to 31/10
Departure:Gressoney-La-Trinité (1640 m)
Arrival:Alpeggio Tache (Tache Mountain Pastures) (2030 m)
Difference in level:390 m
How to get there
Tollbooth of Pont-Saint-Martin. Follow the directions for Gressoney. Pass Gressoney-Saint Jean. As soon as you reach sight of the town follow the road that enters the village and you will reach a huge parking area close to the cemetary.
It is not only one but three ferrata intelligently obtained between the vertical plaques that overlook Gressoney-La-Trinité. The first is a very beautiful but difficult ferrata. The two lines that pass the last sheer wall leave from that ferrata. According to a few experts this link makes up the current most difficult ferrata of the western Alps.
Description of the route
From the huge clearing go left where you will find a wooden sign indicating the ferrata to the right. Follow the mule track that goes up to the right. In 2 minutes you reach the wire ropes of the ferrata. You climb up a series of nailed plaques and footholds which are difficult because there are a few sheer drops. You reach a big ledge. Go towards the woods to the left, continuing vertically. You overcome plaques and hangingwalls and a slight dihedral of about twenty meters. You reach a metal ladder and continue on other plaques, with sheer falls until you reach a repeater. (It is possible to go down following a trail to the right, somewhat steep, that takes you to the bottom, losing altitude in the woods with numerous bends).
From the exit of the Vecchia (or Old) ferrata proceed to the left and you will reach a 35 meter bridge in only a few minutes. Cross it and reach the fastenings of the Nuove (New) ferratas:
the ferrata to the right (ED) begins with a 2 meter wall and a sheer plate with good footholds. Continue by crossing right with a 7 meter passage first in a sheer fall and then vertically. You can catch your breath for a few meters to then continue on the last 15 meter sheer wall that takes to the exit at the beautiful Tache mountain pastures.
-the ferrata to the left (ED) begins with a 5 meter wooden beam that goes down and connects with a Tibetan bridge of about a dozen meters. Go up a sheer plate overcoming a ledge and then continuing on a vertical wall. Then continue on another sheer wall that takes to the final exit that is well supported.
From the building continue right into the woods on trail 11 that soon becomes trail 10 which you will take until you come to a second fork. Continue right on a very steep trail until you reach the downhill path that leaves the old ferrata.
To safely cross the ferrata we recommend that you be accompanied by a mountain guide.