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Belvédère via ferrata

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The Nax/Mont-Noble via ferrata in the Val d'Hérens is considered to be one of the least difficult climbs of this kind in the region, and will give you a fantastic view over the Rhône valley.
moderate
Distance 1.7 km
2:00 h
269 m
255 m
1,229 m
977 m
Starting in woodland at an altitude of 1000m, the route ascends 220 metres and takes approximately 1½ hours to complete, ending in the village of Nax/Mont-Noble. The starting-point is easily reached via a footpath from the village.

Author’s recommendation

Can you make out the sleeping giant? See if you can discover the origins of the name of the village of Nax, which some claim derives from the word “nose” (nasus in Latin). This nose forms part of the silhouette of a face in the rock – which you can see in the photo gallery.
Difficulty
Cmoderate
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Risk potential
Highest point
Belvédère, 1,229 m
Lowest point
Villetta, 977 m
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Cardinal direction
NESW
Access
10 m, 0:05 h
Wall height
220 m
Climbing length
250 m, 1:30 h
Descent
250 m, 0:20 h

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.

Tips and hints

Rental:

  • Hotel-restaurant "Ma Vallée" in Nax
  • Tourist office Nax

Find more information about the destination here:

Start

Switchback beyond Rochers de Nax (990 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'598'512E 1'119'197N
DD
46.224221, 7.419366
DMS
46°13'27.2"N 7°25'09.7"E
UTM
32T 378103 5120174
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Destination

Switchback beyond Rochers de Nax

Turn-by-turn directions

From the hairpin bend, a path into the forest leads you to the foot of the cliff and the start of the via ferrata. The first section is the most demanding: this takes you straight up a few dozen vertical metres to a level where the trees no longer conceal the view of the valley. Next comes a traverse across the rocks without climbing, followed by two rope bridges. You then scale a rock face and climb along the north-west ridge as far as the final exit at an altitude of 1,220 m. After the exit, continue walking uphill along a little track as far as the lookout (Belvédère) for a breathtaking and totally unobstructed view of the whole Rhône valley. To return to the starting point, either directly take the little trail in the forest on the western side of the footbridge, or follow the track near the campsite a little further on. If you are travelling onward by public transport, the best option is to walk up to the village of Nax, served by regional buses.

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Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Hourly busses from Sion to Nax.

Getting there

Highway A9 to Sion,  take exit 27 (Sion-Est). Continue direction to the Val d0Hérens and take the "Route de Chippis" and "Route de Nax". At the third switchback the beginning of the via ferrata is marked.

Parking

Parking at the third switchback coming from Bramois to Nax. Another parking is situated in the village of Nax near the camping.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'598'512E 1'119'197N
DD
46.224221, 7.419366
DMS
46°13'27.2"N 7°25'09.7"E
UTM
32T 378103 5120174
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

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

Author’s map recommendations

SwissTopo Maps 1:25'000: 1306 Sion

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.

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Rating

4.4
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Ferreira Tiago Daniel
September 13, 2021 · Community
Nice Via Ferrata, with good climbs and amazing views. Only downside from our experience was the "traffic jam" which resulted from a big group of beginners and a family with 2 kids doing the Ferrata in front of us. Better start earlier next time...
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When did you do this route? September 12, 2021
Swiss Lu 🇨🇭 
March 28, 2021 · Community
Der Klettersteig ist wirklich toll, jedoch auch anspruchsvoll. Für Anfänger als Einstieg ins Klettersteigen auf gar keinen Fall zu empfehlen aufgrund mehrerer Passagen, die nicht leicht sind und mentale Stärke vom Anfänger erwarten! Mit Kindern erst recht nicht zu empfehlen! 2 wackelige (zwar kurz) Drahtseilbrücken. Gleich im Anschluss anspruchsvoll nach oben.
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When did you do this route? March 28, 2021
Photo: Swiss Lu 🇨🇭, Community
Photo: Swiss Lu 🇨🇭, Community
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Greg Turnbull
March 08, 2021 · Community
Slippery when wet...
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Difficulty
Cmoderate
Distance
1.7 km
Duration
2:00 h
Ascent
269 m
Descent
255 m
Highest point
1,229 m
Lowest point
977 m
Public-transport-friendly Circular route Scenic Geological highlights Flora and fauna Completely cable-secured

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