- Austria 20 canyoning routes
- France 10 canyoning routes
- Germany 18 canyoning routes
- Switzerland 7 canyoning routes
Origin and current hotspots
The first people to go canyoning were Spanish mountaineers who climbed down the gorges of the Sierra de Guara in the Pyrenees with air mattresses in the late 1970s. 20 years later, the adventure sport spread throughout the entire Alpine region.
More than 70 canyons of the Sierra de Guara are still canyoning hotspots today – next to the Allgäu Alps in Germany and Austria, the Verdon Gorge in French Provence, Ticino in Switzerland and the Lake Garda region in Italy.
On warm summer days, when the ice-cold water offers wonderful refreshment, canyoning has its high season. But also in winter you can explore the gorges with their fascinating ice formations and glittering frozen pools during the so-called “crystal canyoning”.
Photo: Tom Bullmann, Outdooractive Editors
Who can go canyoning?
Physical requirements, a minimum age and previous knowledge vary depending on the tour. Swimming skills and a certain level of fitness and agility are definitely required. In addition, participants should have a healthy respect for heights.
A good portion of courage and the willingness to try something new are also necessary. Furthermore, you should take into account that – once in the gorge – some tours can't be canceled without problems.
Canyoning is a quite dangerous sport. Therefore, canyoning tours should always be undertaken in groups and led by qualified, local guides.