Airy descents, swinging above the "Bietschi" stream like Tarzan, pass through mystic grottos and long zip-lines to the other side of the valley: The Bietschtal Via Ferrata lives up to its promise in a breathtaking and wild setting.
You find the beginning of the Bietschtal Via Ferrata at the old bridge over the Bietschbach which is situated above the railway viaduct. The adventurous route provides the climbers an insight into the mysterious spots of the Bietschtal.The Bietschtalbrücke Via Ferrata is only accessible with a mountain guide.
Bietschtalschlucht, 1,021 m
Raron, 636 m
Best time of year
Exposition / cardinal direction
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.
From the village of Raron, cross the “Bietschbach” river and climb the Fromatten slopes to the Rarnerchumma restaurant. From here, follow a footpath leading into the Bietschtal valley to reach the Lötschberg railway line. Cross the railway viaduct, head up the valley and follow the path as far as the natural rock bridge, starting point for the via ferrata. After climbing a rock face, you arrive in the narrow Bietsch gorge (Bietschschlucht). Several other rock faces follow before the route leads you across a large cave. At the exit, you tackle a 25-metre abseil followed by a zip wire across the Bietschbach. You then have two options: either climb towards another zip wire, or embark on a harder climb with three overhangs. Finally a last vertiginous zip wire, 72 metres long, takes you to the exit of the route. You can then either return to the starting point or enjoy the magnificent hike along the Lötschberg railway trail to Ausserberg.
all notes on protected areas
Regional trains to Raron or bus from Visp to St. German.
Highway A9 and then cantonal street 9 until you arrive in Raron (next to Visp)
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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