The Ferrata Bethaz Bovard is a beautiful itinerary, long and demanding even though it does not present single passages of high difficulty. It is a via ferrata with 4 sections, the last of which is in a ridge area.
The starting point of the itinerary is Valgrisenche. It is reached along the SR25. You park in the village. Directions for Google Maps available here.
We pass along the inhabited center in the direction of the obvious dam. Pass the church going up the meadows towards a warehouse originally a military building. On the left side of this building you can see the first rocky steps with the metal equipment and the sign of the beginning of the ferrata (10 'from the parking lot).
The Bethaz Bovard Ferrata consists of 4 sections with escape routes at the end of each section.
There are a couple of descent options. The easiest is to continue slightly uphill along trail 18 to the Rifugio degli Angeli and follow the uphill slope to the hill from which you descend (path 16) to Arp Vieille and then follow the military mule track (trail 17) which shows in the village (2h 30 'from the end of the ferrata - about 7h total).
Alternatively you cross a stony (slippery) and trying to orient yourself in the absence of signs intercepts the path 18 with which we will return to the car. In circa 2 hours we will reach the village of La Bethaz. Reached the village we follow the paved road towards right until we reach the parking place in circa 2 Km.
The Bethaz Bovard Ferrata is a challenging itinerary, without exaggerated technical difficulties but exposed, tiring and long. So it should not be underestimated even in the light of the altitude in where it develops.
Pay attention to the connection sections and at the end of the trip on the return path where the path signs are scarce or absent. Along the ridge, at some point, the equipment will end. Follow in sight in the direction of the receiver. The equipment will start again.
Along the climb we find the exit routes: one about 1930 m reaching the 17 path, one at about 2200 again towads the path 17 and one at 2350 towards the 18 path.
A little less than an hour's drive in the valley parallel to the southeast is the Via Ferrata Casimiro. Among the other ferratas in the western part of the Aosta Valley we also report the Via Ferrata Marguerettaz, the Aided path to the Dalmazzi Hut, the Ferrata at the Gran Paradiso and the Ferrata to the Borelli Shelter.
Approach: 0:10 h
Ferrata: 4:00 h
Itinerary: 7:00 h
Ferrata height difference: 800 m
Route difference: 903 m
Max altitude: 2603
Length: 13 Km