Fixed rope routes

Fixed rope routes

Gemmiwand via ferrata adventure

The via ferrata adventure is not quite what you might expect, as it also contains various elements that are more often seen in rope courses. This various route is situated below the mountain station of the cable car.

  • Difficulty

    medium, C

    Difficulty: medium
    C Steep to very steep rocky terrain with many/long exposed passages. Safety elements include cables, iron rungs, pegs and longer or overhanging ladders. A sure foot and a good head for heights required, as well as good physical condition and sufficient strength in arms and legs. Via ferrata equipment necessary, along with safety ropes for people with little experience
  • Length

    0.8 km

  • Duration

    2:30 h

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The 800-metre horizontal route runs beneath the Wildstrubel Alpine restaurant and the Gemmi cableway mountain station. Visitors can look forward to lots of hair-raising features such as the 65-metre-long rope bridge and the 20-metre-high ladder that turns through 540°!

Turn-by-turn directions

The starting point for this via ferrata lies by the former Hotel Wildstrubel at the Gemmi Pass. Climbers encounter various features recalling an adventure rope park, particularly during the first part of the itinerary. The second section is a more classic-style via ferrata, which reveals fine views of Leukerbad from above. The end of the route is just a few minutes’ walk from the Gemmi cable car.

Start: Arrival of the Gemmi cable car (2341 m)
Destination: Arrival of the Gemmi cable car (2340 m)

Author's recommendation

The hike up to the Gemmi Pass or back down follows the famous twisting trail that the shepherds take every year with their flocks.

Technical information

  • Altitude

    2354 m 2287 m

  • Ascent

    300 m

  • Descent

    185 m

  • Technique

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  • Stamina

    Bewertung: 3.0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Experience

    Bewertung: 5 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Landscape

    Bewertung: 6.0 von 5.0 Punkten

Public transport

Leuk can be reached by train (SBB), then by bus (LLB - Leuk Leukerbad Bus Reisen) to the starting point in Leukerbad. From Leukerbad you reach the Gemmi cable car by foot or by taking the local bus.

Find full timetable information at sbb.ch.

Approach

From Basel and Zurich: A1 motorway to Bern; A6 to Spiez; direction Kandersteg; Kandersteg - Goppenstein car transport; direction Gampel; Leuk - Leukerbad.

From Geneva: Motorway A1 to Lausanne; direction Sion/Sierre; Leuk - Leukerbad.

From Milan: Motorway A8/A26 direction Simplon; car transport Iselle-Brig; direction Leuk - Leukerbad.

Parking

Park directly at the Gemmi cable car or use different parking possibilities in the village of Leukerbad. Follow the local car park routeing.

Equipment

All climbers must wear a harness. Because of the risk of falling rocks along the route, a helmet is also essential.

Ensure you have sturdy footwear and appropriate clothing, and bring a small rucksack with water and a snack. 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.

Additional information

Rental:
  • Local sports shops in Leukerbad
  • Gemmi cable car

Find more information about the destination here:

Literature

Eugen E. Hüsler, Daniel Anker : Die Klettersteige der Schweiz 

The tourist office in Leukerbad has got brochures and information material about climbing in the region and will give you detailled information about this via ferrata.

Maps

SwissTopo Maps 1:25'000: 1267 Gemmi