Fixed rope routes

Via Ferrata de Tière



460 m long, with an elevation gain of 140 m and a 75° inclination at times, the Via Ferrata de Tière crisscrosses the Tière River Gorge twice over suspension bridges.




5.89 km


3:00 h


Part rock climbing, part hiking, Via Ferrata is a sensational way to explore rugged alpine terrain.

Part hiking and part mountaineering, a Via Ferrata allows hikers to safely navigate treacherous alpine terrain. With the proper equipment, adults and children alike (1m50 minimum is advised), can clip safely to a series of cables and iron rungs fixed to the valley's vertiginous rock walls.

The Tière Via Ferrata is 460 m long and has an altitude gain of 140 m, skimming up sheer rock walls that can attain a vertiginous 75° grade. The route crosses over the River Tière in 2 places using suspension bridges, offering spectacular views of the rushing cascades below. The Via Ferrata's departure point is at 'Sous-Scex', altitude 900 m, and culminates at 1,190 m altitude.

Via Ferrata equipment can be rented from local sports shops Borgeat Sports, Holiday Sport, Berra Sports and Experience Champéry according to opening hours.

Turn-by-turn directions

Brown road signs guide you from the train station to the starting point of the Via Ferrata, which is a 25-30 minute walk away. The Via Ferrata begins by crossing the cliff face and continues over a series of bridges spanning the waterfalls of the Tière River. During this ascent with breathtaking views, there are alternating traverses and vertical passages. After exiting, continue climbing through the forest to a country road. For the return journey, take the Galeries Défago, named after Emmanuel Défago, a local entrepreneur who opened this gallery in 1864.


Champéry train station (1032m)


Champéry train station (1032m)

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Getting there

Public transport

If arriving from Geneva or Brig, take the Simplon line trains to Aigle. Change to the regional train (AOMC) towards Champéry.



Take the A9 highway exit at St-Triphon, then follow the direction of Les Portes du Soleil via Collombey, Troistorrents, Val-d'Illiez, and finally Champéry.


Parking is available in front of the cable car in Champéry. Follow the parking instructions in Champéry.


All climbers must wear a harness with Via Ferrata slings. Because of the risk of falling rocks along the route, a helmet is also essential. Wear sturdy footwear and appropriate clothing, and bring a small backpack with water, a snack and any extra clothing. A suitable pair of gloves will protect your fingers and knuckles from grazes.

Safety information

Weather conditions: before setting off to tackle a via ferrata, it is important to check the weather forecast. Bad conditions can make climbing dangerous – particularly in stormy weather.

Rockfalls: because of the risk of falling rocks – usually caused by climbers higher up or by animals – all climbers are strongly advised to wear a helmet.

Safety: always leave sufficient distance between yourself and the climber ahead. There should never be more than one person between two anchor points.

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Rental equipment is available at local sports shops.


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