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Via Ferrata

Tière via ferrata

Via Ferrata · Wallis
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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.
    / Défago Gallery on the way back from the Tière Via Ferrata.
    Photo: Champéry Tourisme
  • Tière Via Ferrata
    / Tière Via Ferrata
    Photo: Jean-Baptiste Bieuville, Champéry Tourisme
  • Tière Via Ferrata
    / Tière Via Ferrata
    Photo: Jean-Baptiste Bieuville, Champéry Tourisme
Map / Tière via ferrata
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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
5.9 km
2:30 h
594 m
594 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 Didier 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
D difficult
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Risk potential
Highest point
La Frâche, 1229 m
Lowest point
Pont de Sous Scex, 912 m
Best time of year
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Exposition
NESW
Approach
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.

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.

Tips, hints and links

Rental:

  • at the local sports shops

Find more information about the destination here:

Start

Railway station in Champéry (1032 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.175227, 6.870484
UTM
32T 335629 5115721

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. 

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. 

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Author’s map recommendations

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


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Difficulty
D difficult
Distance
5.9 km
Duration
2:30 h
Ascent
594 m
Descent
594 m
Loop Scenic With refreshment stops Geological highlights Completely cable-insured classic via ferrata

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