Discover the Via Ferrata of Roc du Cornillon on Dent du Chat.

Via Ferrata: a sportive adventure on Dent du Chat and Roc du Cornillon


Via Ferrata is a sportive activity that involves climbing rocky walls equipped with specific equipment. It is accessible to everyone and represents a unique mountain experience. Two major Via Ferrata sites are available in the region: Dent du Chat and Roc du Cornillon. By reading this article, you will discover everything you need to know to make the most of this sportive adventure.


Dent du Chat is located in Savoie, half an hour from Chambery. Roc du Cornillon, on the other hand, is located in Isere, an hour and a half from Grenoble or two hours from Lyon.


Both Via Ferrata sites are accessible to everyone, no need to have prior climbing experience. However, a good physical condition is required.

Difficulty Level

The Via Ferrata of Dent du Chat is classified as difficult, while that of Roc du Cornillon is more accessible, with a medium level of difficulty.

Part 1: Course Description

The course of the Via Ferrata of Dent du Chat extends over about 700 meters of elevation. It is composed of several sections, each with a different level of difficulty. Roc du Cornillon’s course is shorter, with about 400 meters of elevation. It also consists of several sections.

The Different Sections

The sections of the Via Ferrata include ladders, monkey bridges and zip lines. The sections of Dent du Chat are more aerial and difficult than those of Roc du Cornillon, which are more accessible to beginners.

Points of Interest

Both Via Ferrata sites offer breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. The ascent of Dent du Chat offers a panoramic view of Lake Bourget. The course of Roc du Cornillon offers a view of the Belledonne and Chartreuse mountains.

Tips and Recommendations

It is important to wear robust and comfortable mountain shoes for practicing Via Ferrata. In addition, it is strongly recommended not to go alone and not to underestimate the difficulties of the course.

Part 2: Equipment to bring

For the practice of Via Ferrata, it is necessary to wear a helmet, harness, and specific ropes. These equipment items equip the mountains for more safety during the ascent. They can generally be rented from local guides.


Safety is paramount in the practice of Via Ferrata. It is recommended to always respect the safety instructions given by local guides and never stray from marked routes.

Rules to Follow

The rules to follow are the same as for the practice of any mountain sport: respect for the environment, respect for other practitioners and safety instructions, etc.

Local Guides

It is strongly recommended to be accompanied by a local guide when practicing Via Ferrata. They know the routes perfectly and can provide safety advice.


Practicing Via Ferrata is a unique mountain experience. I personally experienced this and came out fulfilled. If you are looking for a sportive and fun experience to practice in the mountains, Via Ferrata is an activity worth trying. The region offers two must-see sites for practicing this activity: Dent du Chat and Roc du Cornillon. With beautiful landscapes and sections adapted to all levels, Via Ferrata is a sportive experience not to be missed.

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