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Via Ferrata in the Mauvoisin gorge

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  • Saxifrage & Tichodrome
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  • / Saxifrage & Tichodrome
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  • / Saxifrage & Tichodrome
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  • / Saxifrage & Tichodrome
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  • / Saxifrage & Tichodrome
    Photo: Valais
  • / Saxifrage & Tichodrome
    Photo: Valais
  • / Saxifrage & Tichodrome
    Photo: Valais
  • / Saxifrage & Tichodrome
    Photo: Valais
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This via ferrata crosses the deep gorges of Dranse from the Mauvoisin dam. The first part (Saxifrage) is accessible to everyone.  The second part called Tichodrome (equivalent to the Eurasian Crag Martin), is suitable for athletic climbers.
moderate
Distance 1.6 km
1:30 h
200 m
180 m
1,845 m
1,695 m
The distance between the steps of the first part has been reduced in order to make the via ferrata feasible for kids from 8 years. The via ferrata is arranged at a maximum height of 25 meters above the Dranse river. In order not to disturb the breeding season of the different birds in the gorge, the via ferrata opens on 1st July at the earliest.
Difficulty
C moderate
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Risk potential
Highest point
Hôtel de Mauvoisin, 1,845 m
Lowest point
La Vacheresse, 1,695 m
Best time of year
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Cardinal direction
NESW
Access
0 m 0:15 h
Wall height
200 m
Climbing length
600 m, 1:15 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:
  • Hotel Mauvoisin or Camping

Find more information about the destination here:

Start

Parking Hôtel de Mauvoisin (1,841 m)
Coordinates:
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DMS
UTM
w3w 

Destination

Parking Hôtel de Mauvoisin

Turn-by-turn directions

From the car park of the Hôtel de Mauvoisin, follow the path to “La Vacheresse”; from here, walk along the River Dranse a short distance to reach the start of the via ferrata. The first part, “Saxifrage”, is regarded as easy and is suitable for children from age 8. It consists of various obstacles such as a 15-metre suspension footbridge across the Dranse. The second part, “Tichodrome”, is regarded as more difficult and is longer. After crossing the Dranse twice more, you exit the via ferrata just in front of the Hôtel de Mauvoisin.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Regional trains from Martigny to Le Châble. From there, take the bus to the Mauvoisin dam.

Getting there

Highway A9 to Martigny. Take the cantonal road 21 direction to Sembrancher and then the "Route de la Vallée" which leads you to the Val de Bagnes. The dam is situated at the end of the valley.

Parking

Parking Hôtel de Mauvoisin

Coordinates

SwissGrid
DD
DMS
UTM
w3w 
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: 1346 Chanrion

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
  • 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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Rating

4.0
(3)
Peggy Kreller
August 11, 2020 · Community
Sehr schöne Tour, die man gut in Familie machen kann. Allerdings haben wir doppelt so lange gebraucht wie angegeben, obwohl unsere Kinder schon 14 bzw. 17 Jahre alt sind.
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Photo: Peggy Kreller, Community
Frauke Seewald
October 19, 2017 · Community
When did you do this route? October 19, 2017
Seiltanz über der Schlucht
Photo: Frauke Seewald, Community

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Seiltanz über der Schlucht

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Difficulty
C moderate
Distance
1.6 km
Duration
1:30 h
Ascent
200 m
Descent
180 m
Highest point
1,845 m
Lowest point
1,695 m
Public-transport-friendly Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available Geological highlights Completely cable-secured

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