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Small Daubenhorn via ferrata

Via Ferrata · Leukerbad
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Leukerbad Explorers Choice 
  • Kleiner Daubenhorn Klettersteig mit Sicht auf den Gemmipass
    / Kleiner Daubenhorn Klettersteig mit Sicht auf den Gemmipass
    Photo: My Leukerbad AG
  • / Swiss flag at the Great Daubenhorn via ferrata
    Photo: My Leukerbad AG
  • / Obere Gemsfreiheit
    Photo: My Leukerbad AG
  • / Ausblick auf Leukerbad von der Tysche
    Photo: My Leukerbad AG
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The small Daubenhorn via ferrata consist of the first part of the great Daubenhorn Via Ferrata. For those unwilling (or not quite able) to go the whole way there’s also an opportunity to go back down to Leukerbad about 1/3 of the way into the tour.
Distance 8.4 km
5:00 h
550 m
1,470 m
2,359 m
1,399 m
Offered as an intermediate exit from the Grand Daubenhorn via ferrata in case of bad weather, this smaller route promises climbers an impressive aerial traverse and two vertical climbs – including one longer than 120 m.

Author’s recommendation

In order to start your tour from the Gemmi pass, you can also walk up to the start from Leukerbad. 
D difficult
Risk potential
Highest point
Obere Gemsfreiheit, 2,359 m
Lowest point
Leukerbad, 1,399 m
Best time of year
Cardinal direction
0 m 0:20 h
Wall height
300 m
Climbing length
1,600 m, 3:00 h
900 m, 1:30 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

  • local sports shops in Leukerbad
  • Gemmi cable car

Find more information about the destination here:


Gemmi Pass or Leukerbad (2,336 m)



Turn-by-turn directions

The via ferrata can be reached from the summit of the Gemmi cable car with a hike of about 20 minutes along a path across the legendary Gemmiwand cliffs. The starting point is near “Untere Schmitte”, where an information panel shows the fork in the route. The itinerary traverses the face of the Daubenhorn as far as “Untere Freiheit”, a steep meadow, and then takes in a long ladder before a gentle descent turning towards the left. A steep path via Tysche brings you back to Leukerbad.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport


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

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.


Park directly at the Gemmi cable car or use different parking possibilities in the village of Leukerbad. Follow the local car park routeing.


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


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
  • Kit para bolhas
  • 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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8.4 km
5:00 h
550 m
1,470 m
Highest point
2,359 m
Lowest point
1,399 m
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