Nerves of steel, like the cable you hang on, plus courage, stamina, strength and skill, these are all needed by the climbing enthusiasts on the vie ferrate around St. Anton am Arlberg. The holiday region is surrounded by pastures and lush meadows, but also nestles in a rugged mountain world, attracting climbers from throughout the world every year between June and October who look for and find challenges here.
The Arlberg via ferrata is one of the most demanding Alpine tours
Great physical fitness and inner calm are required by mountain climbers who take on this Arlberg via ferrate. The ca. three kilometres long and up to just under 2,500 metres high route in St. Anton am Arlberg is one of the five prettiest but most difficult Alpine tours. At dizzy heights, the climbers venture along steep rock faces and over narrow ledges, scramble up vertical rock faces and cross craggy ridges. This calls for not just a head for heights but also full climbing equipment including a helmet. The aerial route leads over the Knoppenjochspitze, Lisunspitze, Haizähne and the Weißschrofenspitze. Four to six hours are required for the route, depending on the weather and level of fitness. A 2,000-metre steel cable, 1,050 rope clamps and 500 hooks help to ensure safety as you work your way along the rocks.
The via ferrate is always a treat for experts since, apart from the high Alpine adventure, you are rewarded by terrific views. The breathtaking panorama stretches from the Lechtal and Allgäu Alps in the north over the Stubai and Ötztal Alps as far as the Verwall and Silvretta. The easiest access to the Arlberg via ferrate is from the Vallugagrat cable car station or from the mountain station of the Kapall chairlift. Important information: for less experienced Alpine climbers, it is recommended that you climb in the company of a local mountain guide.