• Paretone rock climbing wall

Paretone rock climbing wall

Resorts: Arnad

The wall is legendary. This wall marked the passage from classic climbing routes to modern sport routes. It is highly popular with northern climbers in the spring and fall due to the excellent and special rock quality. The first routes were climbed with climbing shoes and traditional bolts. Now these routes were modernized to let free climbers ascend in greater safety.
Distances between protections are well-spaced so as not to force the climb and excessive material use.

Technical Information


The wall is clearly visible from the road. The wall is shaped like a rock cupcake made up of ledges on compact rock with typical cracks and grips. The climb is purely face climbing on long routes that require a half a day or more.
The activity requires technical experience. Alpine guide assistance is recommended.

Descent: Stops have chains and belays. Climbers mainly walk down the eastern side of the wall or take the path on the north side. You can leave a second car in the Machaby parking lot or abseil down if you don’t make it to the top. This is not recommended since it is more difficult and may hinder other climbers on their way up.

Minimum, maximum and average route difficulty from 5c to 7a, average 6a.

Total number of routes: 41 + 6 in the case Fara sector.

Average length is 200 meters with a minimum of 35 and maximum of 280 meters.

Other rock walls in the area: Gruviera - Arnad.

Recommended times

April - October

Difference in level

250 m.

See also

Alpine guides

Compagnie des Guides de Arnad- Vallée d'Aoste Alpine guides association


The last association to be founded, a member of the Unione Valdostana Guide di Alta Montagna.The aim of “Compagnie” is to offer classic high-mountain tours, Ice, Climbing, High-mountain and off-piste skiing, as well as teaching the former, and in …

Note - this information is not directly connected to the Cammino Balteo path but it is part of the Aosta Valley tourist offer.