The Ferrata di Chiaronto is a particular ferrata. The Ferrata is composed of 4 suspension bridges of which the longest is a good 70 meters. There are no technical sections, however, a wall - which can be circumvented if you do not wish to follow it - is particularly challenging with at least two athletic passages that require good arm strength to pass very pronounced bellies.
The starting point of the itinerary is the Borgata di Chiaronto above Frassino in the province of Cuneo. From Frassino after the bar La Spada Reale, turn right and immediately left following the sign for Borgata Chiaronto which is reached on 3 km of paved road. You park near the church.
Directions for Google Maps available here.
From the center of the village follow the white red signs and the "Adventure Trail of Chiaronto" signs. The path is very well marked and leads us to the first stretch of the Via Ferrata di Chiaronto (15 'from the parking lot).
Climb up a first vertical section with abundant brackets up to a small terrace where a first singular bridge starts, surrounded by a wire mesh. We did not walk on one or more ropes, but on a braid we saw metal cables. At the end of the bridge there is a stretch of path that leads us to a network of intertwined cables that this time must be climbed inside. It comes out on top after using some brackets. At this point we face the second suspension bridge, this time with 3 strings, quite a dancer.
At this point, an overhanging wall of about twenty meters (key passage) is to be tackled. It is physically demanding. In particular, a couple of strokes noticeably bulge and require, despite the brackets present, to use the legs appropriately to keep the balance and not to find ones legs dangling over the void. This wall is not long but should not be underestimated. After passing the two bellies the difficulty of the wall decreases and after a while it ends. You reach the third bridge, different from the others. This bridge with pegs for the feet is decidedly more stable than the others even if more exposed and longer (about 60 meters). The bridge ends and a sloping ramp is climbed.
You will soon reach the fourth suspension bridge. This last bridge is similar to the first one, therefore with a wire mesh. In short we reach a small terrace where this particular via ferrata ends.
At the end of the road follow the perfectly marked return path. This path is initially very steep and steep. Gradually it becomes easier and leads to the parking lot in the township from where we started our tour (30 'from the end of the via ferrata - 2h 30' total).
This ferrata, as appropriately indicated, is more like an adventure park. In fact it does not reach a peak and extends mainly on adrenaline and non-technical traits. The overhanging wall (key passage) deserves a separate discussion. This is particularly demanding from a physical point of view and it may be a good idea to have a quick draw with you to rest your arms.
The Ferrata di Chiaronto presents a route that is not particularly long but tiring from a physical point of view due to the presence of a very overhanging wall. If you are well trained you could combine it with your neighbor (1 hour drive) Ferrata Camoglieres. One aspect to take into consideration is that both via ferratas are athletic and it takes a lot of good training and good arms to cover them both. Among the others aided routes in Cuneo which we suggest to deepen there are also the Ferrata to the Rocca dei Corvi, the Ferrata dei Funs in Entracque, the Ferrata degli Alpini with Oronaye and the Ferrata of the Bec Valletta in Limone Piemonte. Wanting to move to the south instead you can reach the beautiful Via Ferrata of the Artists.
Approach: 0:15 h
Ferrata: 1:45 h
Itinerary: 2:30 h
Via Ferrata gap: 240 m
Route difference: 458 m
Max altitude: 1277 m
Length: 4 Km
Mountain Group: Maritime Alps