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Gemmiwand via ferrata adventure

Via Ferrata · Leukerbad
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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.
moderate
Distance 0.8 km
2:30 h
300 m
185 m
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°!

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.
Difficulty
C moderate
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Risk potential
Highest point
Gemmi Pass, 2,354 m
Lowest point
Gemmi Pass, 2,287 m
Best time of year
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Cardinal direction
NESW
Access
0 m 0:05 h
Wall height
50 m
Climbing length
600 m, 2:30 h
Descent
0 m 0:05 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:
  • Local sports shops in Leukerbad
  • Gemmi cable car

Find more information about the destination here:

Start

Arrival of the Gemmi cable car (2,341 m)
Coordinates:
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UTM
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Destination

Arrival of the Gemmi cable car

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.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

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.

Getting there

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.

Coordinates

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UTM
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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 

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.

Author’s map recommendations

SwissTopo Maps 1:25'000: 1267 Gemmi

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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Viorel Marin
July 22, 2019 · Community
Thanks. I will be in Leukerbad around 30 of August. Is anybody doing Leukerbad - Via ferrata. around that date. I would like to join any available teams.
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Valais
July 22, 2019 · Valais
Dear Diana and Viorel, According to the Leukerbad Tourist Office, the via ferrata is well open. Best Regards Valais/Wallis Promotion
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Diana Wijnen
July 20, 2019 · Community
I don't know, maybe end of summer? You could ask the lift company, they are building a new restaurant/liftbuiling.
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Difficulty
C moderate
Distance
0.8 km
Duration
2:30 h
Ascent
300 m
Descent
185 m
Public-transport-friendly Linear route Scenic Refreshment stops available Cableway ascent/descent Completely cable-secured fun via ferrata

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