The Daubenhorn via ferrata is the longest in Switzerland, graded K5 (extremely difficult). The itinerary leads almost entirely along vertical rock faces, and features many memorable highlights including a cave with a waterfall.
Distance 9.2 km
The highly impressive and extrem difficult via ferrata offers the visitor the opportunity to enjoy the unique panorama of the Valais Alps. After 8 hours or so of climbing a good 1,000 metres you finally arrive at the Daubenhorn summit (2,941 metres above sea level)
After having conquered the Daubenhorn via ferrata, relax your muscles in the bubbling water of Leukerbad's thermal baths.
Daubenhorn, 2,940 m
Untere Schmitte, 2,031 m
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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.
The route begins with a climb of about 20 minutes up a footpath along the Gemmiwand cliffs. At “Untere Schmitte”, an information panel gives an idea of the route you are about to follow. During the first part of the via ferrata, you cross the Gemmiwand before reaching an intermediate exit at an altitude of 2,300 m. The itinerary continues along a ladder through a 100-metre chimney, which can be climbed in two ways. The normal route leads across a waterfall, while the tougher variant bypasses it before leaving the chimney. A series of other ladders, some of which are overhanging, brings you to the summit of the Daubenhorn at an altitude of nearly 3,000 m. The views here are breathtaking. The descent leads via the small Daubenhorn Glacier to a plateau, where the path initially follows the stream before a final gentle climb to the Gemmi cable car.
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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.
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.
Park directly at the Gemmi cable car or use different parking possibilities in the village of Leukerbad. Follow the local car park routeing.