Fixed Rope Routes (Via Ferrata)

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"Via Ferrata" is Italian for "iron path" and is used to describe the fixed rope routes secured with iron ladders, pins, brackets and steel cables. The Gstaad holiday region offers a wide range of these fixed rope routes for every level of fitness. Equipped with helmet, carabiner hooks and a climbing harness, you are guaranteed to have an exhilarating high-altitude experience.

Fixed Rope Routes (Via Ferrata)

Via Ferrata La Videmanette 1

This via ferrata is equipped with steel cables and iron footholds and leads over rocks and pastures to the cross on the summit of the Rüebli. The route is ideal for learning climbing techniques and also for less experienced climbers.

RegionSwitzerland / Bernese Oberland / Vaud
Year of Construction 2002
Built byMountain guides and Bergbahnen Destination Gstaad AG
Highest point2285 metres above sea level
Starting pointMountain station of the La Videmanette gondola
DurationAscent: 5 minutes
For the climb itself: 1 hour
Descent: 45 minutes
DifficultyK1
Length500 m
ExposureSouth-east
Hire equipmentAvailable from the La Videmanette mountain station, CHF 15.- (Tel. +41 26 925 81 61). During the operating times of the gondola La Videmanette.
Please noteThe via ferrata is accessible from approx. mid-June to October and can be reached along a hiking trail from Saanen or Rougemont in approx. 4 hours.

Via Ferrata La Videmanette 2

Starting at the La Videmanette mountain station, follow a mountain trail to the cliffs of the Rüebli and the start of the Via Ferrata I and 2. After a short chimney-like steep passage, the via ferrata heads up the cliff face to the left along steel cables and iron footholds.

RegionSwitzerland / Bernese Oberland / Vaud
Year of Construction 2002
Built byMountain guides and Bergbahnen Destination Gstaad AG
Valley villageRougemont Videmanette valley station
Highest point2285 metres above sea level
Starting pointMountain station of the Videmanette gondola
DurationAscent: 5 minutes
For the climb itself: 1 hour
Descent: 45 minutes
DifficultyK3
Length380 m
ExposureSouth-west
Hire equipmentAvailable from La Videmanette mountain station, CHF 15.- (Tel. +41 26 925 81 61). During the operating times of the gondola La Videmanette.
Please noteThe via ferrata is accessible from approx. mid-June to October and can be reached along a hiking trail from Saanen or Rougemont in approx. 4 hours.

Via Ferrata de La Videmanette 3

The most spectacular ascent is on the Via Ferrata 3, which is very well-equipped with steel cables and iron footholds. The via ferrata provides an impressive path through the north-west facing rock face. It is difficult to turn back during the climb.

RegionSwitzerland / Bernese Oberland / Vaud
Year of Construction 2002
Built byMountain guides and Bergbahnen Destination Gstaad AG
Valley villageRougemont La Videmanette valley station
Highest point2285 metres above sea level
Starting pointMountain station of the La Videmanette gondola
DurationAscent: 5 minutes
For the climb itself: 1 hour 15 minutes
Descent: 45 minutes
DifficultyK5-
Length400 m
ExposureWest
Hire equipmentAvailable from La Videmanette mountain station, CHF 15.- (Tel. +41 26 925 81 61). During the operating times of the gondola La Videmanette.
Please noteThe via ferrata is accessible from approx. mid-June to October. The via ferrata can be reached along a hiking trail from Saanen or Rougemont in approx. 4 hours.

Via Ferrata Hornfluh

The via ferrata is perfect for learning climbing techniques or for enjoying a short tour, which is awarded with a fantastic view of the whole of the Saanenland.

RegionSwitzerland / Bernese Oberland / Gstaad-Saanenland
Valley villageSchönried / Saanenmöser
DifficultyK2
2 Length100 m Exposure
Please noteAccessible from June to October only with a mountain guide of Alpin Zentrum Gstaad. Contact: www.alpinzentrum.ch/contact

Via Ferrata de La Tête de Chamois / Gemskopf

Exposed and with draining passages, this via ferrata demands a high level of fitness and nerve. The Rocher Jaune, a yellow outcrop in the wall beneath mighty overhangs, promises a dance above a bottomless void. A vertical excursion with a breathtaking view over the Saanenland.

RegionSwitzerland / Bernese Oberland
Valley villageCol du Pillon
Highest point2525 metres above sea level
Starting pointCabane middle station
DurationAscent: 15 minutes
For the climb itself: around 2 - 2.5 hours
Descent: 20 minutes
DifficultyK5
Length800 m
ExposureNorth
Please noteAccessible from June to October.
The via ferrata can be reached along a hiking trail from Col du Pillon in 3 hours or via Reusch in 4 hours.

Via Ferrata de la Cascade

The sporting "La Cascade" via ferrata is located in the wildly romantic Alpine arena at the foot of the Diablerets glacier. A physically challenging passage leads under the waterfall and through a crevasse. A very varied via ferrata with ladders and zip-lines.

RegionSwitzerland / Bernese Oberland
Valley villageCol du Pillon
Highest point 1580 metres above sea level
Starting pointCol du Pillon
Duration:
Ascent: 10 minutes
For the climb itself: 1.5 hours
Way back: 20 minutes
DifficultyK4+ / K5-
Length450 m
ExposureNorth-west
Please noteLocated between forest and rocks. Difficult because the via ferrata is quite wet and slippery and the floor has been worn down. Good footwear required. Route

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The region has a further 9 chalet villages alongside Gstaad, located at an altitude of between 1,000 and 1,400 metres. Yet despite its style and class, Gstaad has remained genuinely Alpine and down-to-earth. It is proud of its tradition and lives and breathes it every day.

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