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Bietschtalbrücke Via Ferrata

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  • Climbers at the Bietschtal gorge
    / Climbers at the Bietschtal gorge
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  • / The railway bridge crossing the Bietschbach
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  • / Castle church and Rainer Maria Rilke’s Tomb
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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.
moderate
Distance 8.3 km
3:45 h
635 m
295 m
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.
Difficulty
C moderate
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Risk potential
Highest point
Bietschtalschlucht, 1,021 m
Lowest point
Raron, 636 m
Best time of year
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Cardinal direction
NESW
Access
360 m, 1:00 h
Wall height
90 m
Climbing length
600 m, 2:00 h
Descent
100 m, 0:45 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

Guide: 

Rental:

  • Egon Feller, mountain guide

Find more information about the destination here:

Start

Raron or St. German (636 m)
Coordinates:
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DMS
UTM
w3w 

Destination

Ausserberg train station

Turn-by-turn directions

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.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Regional trains to Raron or bus from Visp to St. German.

Getting there

Highway A9 and then cantonal street 9 until you arrive in Raron (next to Visp)

Parking

Parking at the church in Raron.

Coordinates

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DMS
UTM
w3w 
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: 1288 Raron

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.

Basic Equipment for Via Ferratas

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Via Ferratas

  • Via ferrata set
  • Climbing harness
  • Climbing helmet
  • Via ferrata or hard-wearing safety gloves
  • Positioning lanyard / personal anchor system with screwgate carabiners for resting
  • Via ferrata belay kit if required (when accompanying beginners and / or children)
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Difficulty
C moderate
Distance
8.3 km
Duration
3:45 h
Ascent
635 m
Descent
295 m
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