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Lake Tahoe | California

Half-Day Via Ferrata in Lake Tahoe

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May to November

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Nearest city

South Lake Tahoe is minutes away; Reno, NV, is an hour drive

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1 day

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A mountain adventure that the whole family can enjoy!

Via Ferrata, meaning “Iron Road” in Italian, is a protected hiking, scrambling climbing experience accessible to all skill levels. With its Continuous Lifeline System, this four-hour Via Ferrata is ideal for beginners, making sure that participants are connected to the rock 100% of the time, feeling secure throughout the whole experience! Choose one of the two possible routes, The Sundial Arête or The Skyline Traverse, and let your guide lead you through an outdoor adventure the whole family can enjoy. Summit the route and enjoy amazing views along the way, and finish the day off by hiking along the ridge!

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Half-Day Private Via Ferrata Tour in Lake Tahoe

From $760 · Half-day

The Tahoe Via Ferrata is located at Squaw Valley Resort in Olympic Valley, California. Start off your adventure with an introduction to the Continuous Lifeline System, practice basic skills on the Flamingo Buttress, and choose one of the two possible routes to tackle: The Sundial Arête or The Skyline Traverse. Tackle short verticals and airy sections leading to the top, and scramble along slabs, ledges, and rocky ridges with incredible panoramas. Adventurers that decide to try out the Skyline Traverse will also encounter two bridges and a narrow chimney feature climbing right through the mountain! Enjoy the amazing views from the top, take some photos, and hike back to your car. Relax hiking along the ridge that offers stunning views of Shirley Canyon, KT-22, and many other surrounding peaks!

Things you need to know

Covid measures in Lake Tahoe, CA

57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.

We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Lake Tahoe, please refer to the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority and Government of California websites.

Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

What’s included?

What you get in this adventure:

  • An AMGA professionally trained guide
  • A half-day Via Ferrata adventure
  • All technical gear (harness, helmet, gloves and lanyards)
  • Transportation to and from the climbing site

What’s not included:

  • Meals and snacks
  • Accommodation
  • Transportation to and from the guide’s office in Olympic Valley

How fit do I need to be?

If you can climb a ladder, you’re good to go. Participants on the Tahoe Via Ferrata should be prepared for the same exertion level as hiking for a couple of hours. Nearly anyone can participate in this activity.

What if I’ve never climbed before?

No prior climbing experience necessary. All routes were built to accommodate all skill levels and abilities.

What do I need to bring?

Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:

  • Daypack large enough to carry all the items listed (a 20-35L bag)
  • Water bottle or hydration pack
  • Healthy snacks
  • Food you can eat on-the-go
  • Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
  • Sunglasses
  • Closed toe shoes are required, and hiking shoes with sticky rubber are recommended — can be rented from your guide for a $10 fee
  • Camera — optional

Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans. Your welcome email will have a link to local weather, please check this before preparing for the day.

Technical gear list

All technical equipment will be provided by your guiding service, including:

  • Helmet
  • Harness
  • Gloves
  • Lanyards

Why should I book with 57hours?

With us, it’s all play and no work for you! 57hours is an open platform that connects you with trained and certified outdoor adventure professionals all over the world. Using our tech-savvy, we make it super easy to find and book adventures worth tackling, with guides worth booking, all gathered from the first-hand experiences of the locals who adventure in these amazing locations.

What about group sizes and pricing?

For this adventure, the max client to guide ratio is 6:1, and the price above is fixed for a group of up to four people. Individual costs will decrease as the group grows, so it’s the perfect opportunity to hike with family and friends!

Via Ferrata days can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

What is the minimum age requirement?

Please note, due to safety requirements, climbers must be at least 10 years old and 3’11” to climb. Our safety equipment is rated for climbers 88lbs to 264lbs. Please check with the office if you or someone in your group is outside the requirements, we can often make accommodations for climbers in private groups

If your group has climbers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements

What about bad weather?

As the saying goes, “there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad preparation.” You can expect your guides to be fully prepared for anything. Inclement weather can always get in the way of adventure, but your guide will know the best spots to move to if the weather takes a turn.

On the rare occasion of truly bad weather, your guide will present you with suitable alternatives. The most common practice is to move to a nearby location if it exists, or to reschedule your climbing to a more favorable day.

If your Via Ferrata adventure is not possible on your scheduled day and no options presented are viable, you will be issued a full refund.

Do I need an insurance policy?

We highly recommended that you cover all your bases with both emergency medical and travel insurance. With medical insurance, if you have an accident or medical emergency on or off the mountain, you’ll avoid paying out of pocket for costly expenses. This covers everything from hospital treatments to emergency air transportation and more.

If you need assistance selecting the right insurance for your group, let us know and we will be happy to help!

Cancellation policy

With 57hours, you benefit from both our own cancellation policy as well as that of the individual guiding service that delivers your adventure. All policies regarding cancellation will be clearly laid out by your guide after booking your adventure, but rest assured that our own cancellation policy will work on top of what is provided by your guide.

For this adventure, 57hours offers a Moderate Cancellation Policy, which states:
If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to thirty (30) calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, Client is entitled to a full refund. For cancellations fourteen (14) to twenty nine (29) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of fifty percent (50%) of the total amount paid when Booking. For cancellations zero (0) to thirteen (13) days in advance, the Client is not entitled to any refund.

For more information on terms and conditions, please visit our Terms of Service page.

Getting there and meeting location

To get to Lake Tahoe, most people fly into Reno-Tahoe International Airport. From there, you can rent a car or take a shuttle service, such as the South Tahoe Airporter. It is a one-hour drive to the Lake Tahoe area.

There are morning and afternoon time slots for this adventure every day of the week. Prior to departure, each group will meet at the Alpenglow Expeditions office located in Olympic Valley, where you’ll be introduced to your guide for the day. From there, you’ll head to your tour.

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