Saint Dalmas, Village of Valdeblore

Discover the Mercantour massif in a sporty way with the Via Ferrata of La Colmiane. Set off to climb the Baus de la Frema at an altitude of 2,246 m from Saint Dalmas, a village in Valdeblore.
Enjoy a sporty route while taking in the scenery.
A 4.5 hour escapade, perfect for pushing one's limits with the suspended footbridge and the sealed ladder in front of the void.
At the end of the route, a panoramic view of all the mountain ranges.


What is the Via Ferrata?

The via ferrata is a sporty itinerary between a stopover and a hike.
A fun way to discover the mountain landscape.
This activity is very similar to climbing, you move on the rock faces thanks to cables, ladders...
The practice of this exercise requires specific equipment and a good physical condition


Via Ferrata of Baus de la Frema

The Baus de la Frema Via Ferrata is located near La Colmiane, in Saint Dalmas, a village in Valdeblore.
For 4 and a half hours, you can climb the various peaks to reach an altitude of 2,246 m. The route offers you the opportunity to climb the Baus de la Frema and admire the landscape of the Mercantour massif.

Via Ferrata of La Colmiane

Via Ferrata of La Colmiane

The itinerary is made up of complex slopes with cliffs, rocky towers and pine woods. Via Ferrata de La Colmiane owes its popularity to the suspended footbridge between the Monts Aiguillettes and its ladder sealed at the top of the Balm. On the upper part of the route, there is the Calanques ridge formation.

This route is mainly for sportsmen. Alternatives are offered to the less athletic or in case of bad weather to facilitate the circuit.

Technical description

Length of the route: 1600 m
Duration: 4h30 to 5h00
Level of climb: 500m
Difficulty: High
Starting altitude: 1 745m
Finishing altitude: 2 246m
Nature of the rock: Limestone
Exposure: South
Alternatives: 2


The course

The stages of the journey

  1. Le Pas du Chamois
  2. Les Aiguillettes
  3. The Miejou
  4. The Grotto
  5. The Calanques
  6. Pillar of the Sun
Via Ferrata of La Colmiane Suspended footbridge

Via Ferrata of La Colmiane Suspended footbridge

During your journey you will pass through and carry out

  • Up and down
  • Wired rock passage
  • Trail crossing
  • Passage under an arch
  • Passage through landslide areas
  • Raise a spur
  • Needles course
  • Aerial traverse with rope
  • Sealed ladder facing the void
Via Ferrata of La Colmiane

Via Ferrata of La Colmiane Sealed ladder facing the void

The possibilities of escape

  • Instead of the aerial crossing, shortcut to the foot of the balme via a path
  • At the place of the ladder, cross the path to the edge of the creeks on foot

At the end of the route, at the top of the Baus de la Frema, a panoramic view of the entire Mercantour massif.

Discover La Colmiane

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Opening period of the Via Ferrata

The Via Ferrata of the Colmianeis open from May onwards.
However, this discipline can be practised when the weather is mild and pleasant.
We recommend summer to early autumn.

Our safety tips

  • Take a jacket

The altitude cools the temperatures. Remember to take a jacket to protect you from the wind.

  • Hire a mountain guide

The practice of this discipline remains nevertheless dangerous in spite of the reliability of the equipment. You evolve on the course under your own responsibility. We advise you to call on a mountain professional for more security.

  • Recommended attire

Hiking boots, comfortable sportswear covering sensitive areas, helmet, harness, lanyards with energy absorber.

Via Ferrata of La Colmiane

Via Ferrata of La Colmiane


Practical information


Going: free parking and 5 minutes walk from the start of the trail.
Return: From the summit, count 1 hour to go down the marked path to get back to the car park

La Colmiane Via ferrata price

Ticket 5,50€ for an adult to be obtained at the Tourist Office or at the car park reception during the summer.

Condition of access

  • At least 1.45m tall
  • Have the necessary equipment: harness, helmets, lanyards

If you don't have the equipment, you can pick it up from Ferrat sport at the parking lot. Reservation is mandatory. Call 04 93 03 80 56. Prices start at 18 €.

  • Call on a mountain guide if you are a beginner

High Mountain Guide brings you a safer experience. Click here for more information.