Fixed rope routes

Fixed rope routes

Via ferrata of the Niouc suspension bridge

The via ferrata of the suspension bridge of Niouc, ideally located near the gorges of Navizence, is intended for experienced ferratists.

  • Difficulty

    difficult, D

    Difficulty: difficult
    D Vertical, sometimes overhanging terrain, mostly very exposed. Safety elements may be far apart. A sure foot, a good head for heights, excellent physical condition and a great deal of strength in arms and legs necessary. Via ferrata equipment obligatory. Not suitable for beginners or children
  • Length

    0.2 km

  • Duration

    0:45 h

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The Via Ferrata is located on the edge of the Navizence gorge under the Niouc suspension bridge. The Via Ferrata itself is about 450 meters long. As the Via Ferrata is located in a fairly exposed area, the access and exit paths will also be wired to make them safer.

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Turn-by-turn directions

After a first climb going slightly to the right along a crack, a vertical climb in the face is proposed. Then the route takes the climbers on a long traverse to the left along a ledge. At the end of the route, a few passages present overhanging aspects. After passing under the bridge, a climb with a few rungs allows you to leave the face. Once the Via Ferrata is finished, it is possible to join the full route to Chippis on foot by crossing the bridge (5 frs crossing), or by Niouc. It is also possible to reach Sierre, by bus, from Niouc.Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)

Start: Niouc (893 m)
Destination: Niouc (928 m)

Author's recommendation

Because of its D+ rating, it is not recommended to do this Via Ferrata if you have never done it before.

Technical information

  • Altitude

    915 m 727 m

  • Ascent

    188 m

  • Descent

    0 m

  • Technique

    Bewertung: .0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Stamina

    Bewertung: 2.0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Experience

    Bewertung: 4 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Landscape

    Bewertung: 4.0 von 5.0 Punkten

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.

No equipment rental on site.

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

Opening hours of the bridge to the public:

  • From the beginning of April to the end of October: only at weekends, from 10 am to 5 pm
  • From mid-July to mid-August: every day except Monday, from 10am to 5pm

Further information:

Association des Amis du Pont de Niouc

Literature

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

Maps

SwissTopo 1:25'000: 1327 Evolène