Via Ferrata Andorra: Unforgettable Adventures in the Pyrenees

Located in the heart of the Pyrenees, Andorra is a perfect place to stay for adventure enthusiasts. Among the many thrilling activities it offers, Via Ferrata stands out as an unforgettable adventure. In this blog post, we’ll delve into what Via Ferrata is, explore the best routes throughout Andorra, discover the providers who can guide you through this exciting experience, and provide essential tips for preparing for your trip.


What Is Via Ferrata?

Via ferrata, meaning “iron path” in Italian, is an exhilarating outdoor activity that blends rock climbing and hiking. Originating in the Alps and now offered in Andorra, it provides a unique adventure in the heart of the Pyrenees.

Andorra’s Via Ferrata routes are equipped with steel fixtures like cables, railings, metal steps, hand cables, and suspension bridges, ensuring safety for climbers of all levels. This secured environment grants the sensation of scaling vertical rock walls without requiring advanced climbing skills.

Accompanied by a professional guide, you’ll experience the thrill of climbing with 100% safety. Andorra’s diverse via ferrata options let you connect with nature, explore stunning landscapes, and challenge yourself in a controlled and exciting setting. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned climber, Andorra’s Via Ferrata promises an unforgettable adventure that combines the excitement of climbing with modern safety measures and expert guidance.

The Best Routes for Andorran Via Ferrata

Andorra has 18 via ferrata routes, find the best one for your purpose below:

Via Ferrata: Cable 1
Distance: 80 m
Level: Moderate 2/5
Height: +60 m / -60 m
Duration: Way: 2 h 10 min. Return: 50 min.

Starting at 1,475 meters above sea level, the Cable 1 via ferrata spans 80 meters and offers a moderate challenge. Climbers should have some technical expertise due to its elevation and length. Please note that this route lacks an escape option and includes a challenging chimney section.

Via Ferrata Cable 2
Distance: 60 m
Level: Moderate 2/5
Height: +50 m / -50 m
Duration: Way: 2 h 10 min. Return: 50 min.

The Cable 2 via ferrata is also of moderate difficulty, covering 60 meters with a 50-meter altitude change. Climbers should be aware of a protruding spur in the final third of the route and the absence of an escape route. Located at an altitude of 1,495 meters, this route faces southeast.

Via Ferrata Racons 
Distance: 400 m
Level: Difficult 3/5
Height: +210 m / -210 m
Duration: Way: 2h 25 mins. Return: 40 mins.

The Racons via ferrata in Roc del Quer is designed for experienced climbers. It features a notably vertical and awe-inspiring route. Climbers will encounter sections with multiple steps and overhanging walls, providing a challenging experience throughout. No emergency exits are available on this route.

Roc del Gos Rappel Via Ferrata
Distance: 85 m
Level: very difficult 4/5
Duration: Way: +/- 30-40 mins. Return: 25 mins.

The Roc del Gos Rappel via ferrata can be accessed via various routes, offering an exciting adventure. You have the option to ascend or descend via the Roc del Quer viewpoint, complete with an additional 15-meter abseil to reach the Roc del Gos Abseil. Alternatively, you can follow the Via Ferrata del Roc del Gos or access it from Canals de la Mora 1 and 2.

Via Ferrata Roc del Gos 
Distance: 120 m
Level: Very Difficult 4/5
Height: +100 m / -100 m
Duration: Way: 1 hour 15 mins. Return: 25 mins.

To start the Roc del Gos via ferrata, follow the initial communal route of Canals de la Mora 1 and 2 until you reach its narrowest part, approximately where the Mora Canal 2 via ferrata begins. Be prepared for winter conditions with water, snow, or ice. Additionally, you can extend your journey with an optional 85-meter abseil, the Roc del Gos Abseil (not obligatory).

Via Ferrata Bony d’Envalira 
Distance: 350 m
Level: Moderate
Height: +200m / -200 m
Duration: Way: 4h. Return: 30min.

The Bony d’Envalira is a high mountain via ferrata on granite with free access. Facing northeast, it climbs from a minimum altitude of 2,414 meters to 2,664 meters. Although not particularly physically demanding, climbers may need to utilize the natural rock features.

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The Canal de Grau Via Ferrata
Distance: 350 m
Level: Difficult 3/5
Height: +90 m / -90 m
Duration: Way: 1h 30min. Return: 15 minutes.

The Canal de Grau Iron Way is characterized by its mainly horizontal path with hanging bridges and a climb up the unique ‘agulla vermella.’ There are no escape routes on this high mountain via ferrata, which stands at an altitude of 1,745 meters and faces southeast.

The Canal de la Mora 1 i 2 Via Ferrata
Distance: 400m
Level: Easy 1/5
Height: +200 m / -200 m
Duration: Way: 1h 35min. Return: 25 minutes.

The Canal de la Mora Iron Way offers two routes: Canal de Mora I and II. Depending on the season, you may encounter water or ice. This iron route, free to enter, faces southeast at an average altitude of 1,700 meters and lacks escape routes.

Via Ferrata Clots de l’Aspra 
Distance: 150 m
Level: Easy 1/5
Height: +70 / -70 m
Duration: Way: 1h 45min. Return: 25 minutes.

The Clots de l’Aspra is a beginner’s via ferrata designed for children. The initial section includes a slightly overhanging but not entirely vertical ascent, with numerous steps to make it accessible for children. This free-to-enter iron way faces northeast, with a summit at 2,200 meters.

The Coll dels Isards Via Ferrata (left slope)
Distance: 70 m
Level: Moderate 2/5
Height: +50 m / -50 m
Duration: Way: 2h 10min. Return: 1h.

The left-slope via of the Coll dels Isards Via Ferrata is slightly easier than the right slope and requires less technical skill and knowledge. However, it’s still a high-mountain via ferrata, ascending to 2,700 meters. It’s advisable to attempt this route in the summer months. The approach involves a 400-meter ascent over an hour.

The Coll dels Isards Via Ferrata(right slope)
Distance: 70 m
Level: Moderate 2/5
Height: +50 m / -50 m
Duration: Way: 2h 10min. Return: 1h.

The Coll dels Isards Via Ferrata (right slope) starts at an altitude of 2,153 meters and reaches 2,700 meters, making it a high-mountain via ferrata. Once at the top, you can enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of Most Beautiful Valleys of Andorra.

Via Ferrata Creu del Noral
Distance: 350 m
Level: Easy 1/5
Height: +150 m / -150 m
Duration: Way: 1h 55min. Return: 35 minutes.

Via Ferrata Creu del Noral is located at the end of the vertical route of the Segudet Adventure Forest, adjacent to the canyon and iron way of the same name. Easily accessible and open year-round, this iron way faces southwest and reaches an altitude of 1,550 meters.

The Roc de la Coma d’Erts Via Ferrata
Distance: 435 m
Level: Moderate 2/5
Height: +200 m / -200 m
Duration: Way: 2h. Return: 35min.

The via ferrata Roc de la Coma d’Erts features long sections equipped with chains on the left side of the route. It also offers thrilling airborne and somewhat sporting segments. Access to this iron way is free, and it faces southwest, reaching an altitude of 1,650 meters.

Via Ferrata Roc del Quer
Distance: 500 m
Level: Moderate 2/5
Height: +350 m / -350m
Duration: Way: 2h 55min. Return: 40 minutes

The Roc de Quer is a prominent stone wall overlooking Canillo’s entrance from Escaldes-Engordany. This iron way offers a thrilling climb up the center of the wall without an escape route. A spectacular flank awaits in the middle of the route. Access is free, and it faces southeast, with a summit at 1,920 meters.

Via Ferrata Roc d’Esquers 
Distance: 350 m
Level: Moderate 2/5
Height: +250 m / -250 m
Duration: Way: 3h 50min. Return: 1h 40min.

The via ferrata Roc d’Esquers spans 350 meters in length and 250 meters in height, offering a moderate challenge. Popular among climbers, this well-equipped iron way features quality vertical passages, making it ideal for hiking enthusiasts. It includes a small Tibetan bridge at the end and reaches an altitude of 1,780 meters.

Via Ferrata Sant Vicenç d’Enclar 
Distance: 270 m
Level: Moderate 2/5
Height: +190 m / -190 m
Duration: Way: 2h. Return: 40min.

The via ferrata Sant Vicenç d’Enclar  is 270 meters in length and 190 meters in height, offering a moderate challenge. It is located in an ilex forest surrounded by steep crags and is well-equipped. Approach the way via the 12th-century hermitage of Sant Vicenç d’Enclar. It faces east and reaches an altitude of 1,190 meters.

Via Ferrata Segudet 
Distance: 250 m
Level: moderate 2/5
Height: +75 m / -75 m
Duration: Way: 1h 15min. Return: 25min.

Located alongside the Creu del Noral Iron Way at the end of the Segudet Adventure Forest vertical route and the canyon of the same name, it provides an entertaining experience, making it suitable for children and beginners.

The Tossal Gran d’Aixovall Via Ferrata
Distance: 150 m
Level: Easy 1/5
Height: +40 m / -40 m
Duration: Way: 1h 25min. Return: 25min.

The Tossal Gran d’Aixovall Via Ferrata is a short and urban route. Located at the foot of the river Gran Valira, it climbs the walls of the Tossal Gran and includes a more challenging variant with an athletic overhang. The via ferrata is free to enter and faces east, with a summit at an altitude of 990 meters.

Guides and Via Ferrata Providers in Andorra

All the Via Ferrata Routes have free access, however, we strongly advise to hire a professional guide to bring you along on your Via Ferrata adventure in Andorra. According to the National Tourist Office of Andorra, the professional guides for this activity are:

  • Andorra 3000 Mountain Guides
    • Phone: (+376) 623 148
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  • Boscúria
    • Phone: (+376) 639 389
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  • CM – Experience
    • Phone: (+376) 355 131
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  • Epic Andorra
    • Phone: (+376) 323 089
    • Email:
  • Ensagents Aventures
    • Phone: (+376) 330 720
  • Experiència en muntanya
    •  Phone: (+376) 847 888
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  • Guies Muntanya Adictes
    • Phone: (+376) 343 812
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  • Isard Wildland
    • Phone: (+376) 653 769
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  • Natura i Aventura
    • Phone: (+376) 349 542
  • Of. Turisme Escaldes-Engordany
    • Phone: (+376) 890 881
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  • Pas a Pas
    • Phone: (+376) 358 399
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  • Peu de Gat
    • Phone: (+376) 322 993
  • Roc Roi
    • Phone: (+376) 687 734
  • Xavi Bonatti
    • Phone (+376) 338 198

Some Tips and Tricks in Preparation for Your Trip

Before embarking on your via ferrata adventure in Andorra, here are some essential tips and tricks to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience:

Gear Up

  • Climbing Harness: Standard harness for security.
  • Safety Helmet: Specifically designed for climbing protection.
  • Sturdy Gloves: To safeguard your hands from burrs on the Via Ferrata cable and rough handholds.
  • Hiking Boots: Provide the necessary traction and support.
  • Layered Clothing: Be prepared for temperature changes at different altitudes.
  • Lightweight Backpack: Convenient for carrying your essentials.
  • Hydration: Bring at least a liter of water and energy snacks like protein bars or gels.

Check the Weather: Always check the weather forecast before your trip and be prepared for sudden changes in mountain weather.

Physical Preparation: While via ferrata is accessible to many fitness levels, it’s a good idea to be in decent physical shape for the climbs.

Follow Safety Instructions: Pay close attention to your guide’s safety instructions and use all safety equipment correctly.

Where to Stay During Your Trip to Andorra

In conclusion, Andorra’s Via Ferrata adventures are a perfect way to explore the stunning Pyrenean landscapes. With the right preparation, gear, and local expertise, you can embark on an unforgettable journey through the iron paths of Andorra. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced climber, the country’s diverse routes and breathtaking scenery will leave you with memories to last a lifetime. After a day of thrilling adventures, you’ll want a comfortable place to relax and rejuvenate. Andorra offers a range of Airbnb´s and Ski Chalets for this.

From the KOKONO team, we hope to see you explore the Andorran via ferrata paradise!

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