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Via Ferrata · Champéry
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  • Défago Gallery on the way back from the Tière Via Ferrata.
    / Défago Gallery on the way back from the Tière Via Ferrata.
    Photo: Champéry Tourisme
  • / Défago Gallery on the way back from the Tière Via Ferrata.
    Photo: Champéry Tourisme
  • / Tière Via Ferrata
    Photo: Jean-Baptiste Bieuville, Champéry Tourisme
  • / Tière Via Ferrata
    Photo: Jean-Baptiste Bieuville, Champéry Tourisme
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The Via Ferrata of Tière is 450 m long and passes a height difference of 125 m. It crosses over the Tière cascades three times.
difficult
Distance 5.9 km
2:30 h
594 m
594 m
1,229 m
912 m
The departure point is at the ""Sous-Scex"" bridge at about 900 m above sea level. The Via Ferrata leads you up to 1226 m above sea level. The trail is well signposted from Champéry and Val d'Illiez. You pass through the impressive Défago gallery on the way back.

Author’s recommendation

At the end of the Défago Gallery you arrive at Chalet Rosalie, where you can fish trouts. 
Difficulty
Ddifficult
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Highest point
La Frâche, 1,229 m
Lowest point
Pont de Sous Scex, 912 m
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Cardinal direction
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Access
100 m, 0:30 h
Wall height
220 m
Climbing length
500 m, 1:00 h
Descent
250 m, 1:00 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:

  • at the local sports shops

Find more information about the destination here:

Start

Railway station in Champéry (1,032 m)
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Destination

Railway station in Champéry

Turn-by-turn directions

The brown signals lead you to the beginning of the Via Ferrata which you can reach in a 25-30 minutes walk. The first secured part brings you to the Tière waterfall. Vertical sections alternate with horizontal traverses. After the end of the Via Ferrata take a path up through the forest and follow the way back on the Défago Gallery, whose name was given in honor to Emmanuel Défago, a local businessman who opened this gallery in 1864. 

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all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Arriving from Brig or Geneva, take the trains of the Simplon line to Aigle and then take the AOMC regional train to Champéry. 

 

Getting there

From the A9 motorway, take the St-Triphon exit in the direction of the Portes du Soleil via Collombey, Troistorrents, Val d'Illiez and finally Champéry.

Parking

Parking is possible directly at the cable car in Champéry. 

Coordinates

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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

Author’s map recommendations

SwissTopo Maps 1:25'000: 1304 Val d'Illiez

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.

Questions and answers

Question from Rachel Barbey · July 22, 2020 · Community
Bonjour, J ai vu sur le site loisirs.ch que la Via était fermée pour une durée indéterminée. Est-ce toujours d actualité? D avance merci pour votre retour. Meilleures salutations R. Barbey
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Answered by Mégane Roduit · July 22, 2020 · Valais
Bonjour, Effectivement, la Via Ferrata de Tière est fermée jusqu'à nouvel avis. D'importants travaux de réfection doivent être effectués. Il est formellement interdit d'y accéder. Plusieurs autres Via Ferrata sont disponibles en Valais. Vous trouverez la liste complète sur https://www.valais.ch/fr/activites/autres-sports-d-ete/via-ferrata. Nous espérons que vous trouverez votre bonheur. Excellente journée

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Difficulty
Ddifficult
Distance
5.9 km
Duration
2:30 h
Ascent
594 m
Descent
594 m
Highest point
1,229 m
Lowest point
912 m
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