Mountaineering & Climbing

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The Destination Gstaad offers a wealth of climbing routes in first-class regions from Zweisimmen to the Pays d'Enhaut. Suitable for elite athletes as well as families and beginners.

Climbing areas - rock climbing

Areas Description Level of difficulty
Hornfluh Climbing garden with about 40 single pitch routes
4a - 8a
Wandfluh Climbing garden on slabs of rock with single and multi-pitch routes 3a - 8a
Gastlosen Classic crossing about 6 hours
up to 5b
Gastlosen chain From the "Corne Aubert" in the west to the "Glattewandspitze" in the east across 100 single and multi-pitch routes on the finest limestone
Guide: and
3a - 9a
Col du Pillon Climbing garden de la Cascade Dar, single pitch routes
5a - 7c
Col du Pillon Sector "Festival" about 20 multi-pitch routes
4a - 7b
Col du Pillon Sector "Falaise de la Cabane" climbing garden with single pitch routes 4a - 6c
Col du Pillon Sector "Tête aux chamois" 10 multi-pitch routes
5c - 6c
Sanetsch Three family-friendly climbing gardens with single pitch routes 3a - 6a
Sanetsch Schweizweit bekanntes Known throughout Switzerland, a top climbing area on excellent limestone, about 50 multi-pitch routes
at all levels of difficulty

Mountain and summit climbs (with mountain guide)

Cabane de Pierredar (2,293 m) - Col de Prapio (easy fixed-rope route) (2,831 m) - Glacier 3000 (2,940 m)
Glacier 3000 (2,940 m) - Col de Prapio (2,831 m) - Sommet des Diablerets (3,210 m)
Glacier 3000 or from Station Cabane (2,484 m) - Oldensattel (2,728 m) - Oldenhorn (3,123 m)
Sanetsch cable car (2,048 m) - Spitzhorn (2,807 m) - Lake Lauenen (1,380 m)
Sanetsch cable car - ascent to the Gstellihore (2,820 m) with short fixed-rope descent via Verloreneberg - Topfei - Gsteig (1,184 m)
Gelten Hut (2,008 m) - Arpelistock (3,036 m) - ridge crossing to the Gältehore (3,065 m) - Gelten Hut (2,008 m)
Gelten Hut (2,008 m) - Gältelücke (2,753 m) - Wildhorn (3,248) m
Meielsgrund (1,376 m) - Gumm (1,773 m) - Gummfluh (2,458 m)
Mittelberg (1,633 m) - Grubenberg Hut (1,840 m) - Dent de Ruth (2,236 m)
Grischbach/Les Adannes (1,381 m) - Le Savigny (1,833 m) - Dent de Savigny (2,252 m)
Cierne Piccats/La Verda (1,385 m) - Vanil Noir (2,389 m)
Cierne Piccats/La Verda (1,385 m) - Vanil de l'Ecri (2,376 m)
Cierne Piccats/La Verda (1,385 m) - Dent de Folliéran (2,340 m)
Cierne Piccats/La Verda (1,385 m) - Dent de Brenleire (2,353 m)
Cierne Piccats/La Verda (1,385 m) - Dent de Bimis (2,161 m)

For more information on the abovementioned tours, climbers and other more detailed information on climbing, contact the mountain experience providers.

Official Scales

There are different official scales in mountaineering. The SAC publishing house generally uses the French scale (6a, 6b, 6c etc.) for sport climbing and only uses the UIAA scale (I, II, III etc.) in Alpine terrain.

Safety Information

  • Pre-requisites for embarking on a via ferrata: a good level of fitness, sure-footedness, a good head for heights and climbing experience. Climbing with a mountain guide is recommended.
  • Only climb in good weather
  • Descend from the wall in the event of a sudden change in weather or the risk of a thunderstorm.
  • Proper equipment
  • Beware of loose rocks – danger of falling rocks!
  • Climb at your own risk. No liability can be accepted. All individuals are responsible for their own insurance cover.

Degrees of difficulty SAC

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