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Via ferrata Schweifinen - Route B

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  • The via ferrata Schweifinen above Zermatt's rooftops
    / The via ferrata Schweifinen above Zermatt's rooftops
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Michael Portmann
  • / Route B of the via ferrata Schweifinen
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Zermatt Tourismus
  • / Start of the via ferrata
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Michael Portmann
  • / Step by step along the via ferrata Schweifinen
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Zermatt Tourismus
  • / View of Route B
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Alpin Center Zermatt
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The via ferrata (fixed-cable climb) high above the roofs of Zermatt offers three different routes: A, B and C. Route B is often tackled after route A and together with route C.
moderate
3.3 km
2:15 h
458 m
458 m

Route B of the via ferrata Schweifinen, near Schweifinen/Turuwang, can be accessed in several different ways. Enthusiasts may try all of them. The heart of route B: the smooth, vertical and in places overhanging rock wall. The icing on the cake: a traverse along swinging tree trunks.

  • For experienced via ferrata climbers
  • Edelweiss

Author’s recommendation

While climbing in the steep cliff faces, it is worthwhile glancing over your shoulder towards the village below.
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Author
Zermatt Tourismus
Updated: March 10, 2020
Difficulty
C/D moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1,972 m
Lowest point
1,608 m
Best time of year
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Exposition / cardinal direction
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Access
0:30 h
Climbing length
2:15 h
Descent
0:20 h

Safety information

  • Plan excursion carefully and adapt to participants’ fitness level as well as the weather and season. Do not attempt to climb via ferrata in stormy weather.
  • Use a full safety-compliant equipment set.
  • Take careful account of participants’ ability.
  • Via ferrata can also be climbed with a mountain guide.
  • Maintain sufficient distance from other climbers.
  • Use abseil site only with a mountain guide.

Note: Take note of the weather. A storm can prove deadly on a via ferrata.

Tip: “Be searchable”. Equip yourself with an additional RECCO rescue reflector*. Whether summer or winter. Available in our Online-Shop or our information desk.
*The additional reflector does not replace an avalanche beacon.

Start

Zermatt (1,620 m) (1,608 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.023599, 7.748048
DMS
46°01'25.0"N 7°44'53.0"E
UTM
32T 403099 5097431
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Destination

Zermatt (1,620 m)

Turn-by-turn directions

Access: From Zermatt station, follow the Bahnhofstrasse. Just after the office from the Zermatters, turn right onto the path leading to Edelweiss and Trift. Climb out of the village, up towards the Triftschlucht gorge. Before the path reaches the bridge over the Triftbach river, turn right onto the trail leading to the start of the via ferrata (approx. 30 minutes).

Descent: After completing the via ferrata, follow the path back to Zermatt (approx. 20 min).

The map shows the access and return paths as well as the via ferrata itself.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

By train to the Matterhorn village: 3½ hours from Zürich airport or 4 hours from Geneva airport. Change at Visp onto the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn (Matterhorn Gotthard Railway). From Visp, the railway leads through the Mattertal valley past idyllic small villages to Zermatt.

Zermatt is also the start and finish point for the world-famous Glacier Express panoramic train journey (Zermatt to St. Moritz or Davos).

Getting there

Zermatt is car-free. Private vehicles are permitted only as far as Täsch (5 km before Zermatt). The Täsch–Zermatt road is closed to the public.

Onward travel to Zermatt is either by private taxi or shuttle train. Trains depart every 20 minutes; the journey takes about 12 minutes, and ends at the Bahnhofplatz in Zermatt.

Parking

Täsch has car parks with both covered and open-air parking – e.g. at the Matterhorn Terminal or privately operated facilities.

Onward travel: see “Getting there”.

Coordinates

DD
46.023599, 7.748048
DMS
46°01'25.0"N 7°44'53.0"E
UTM
32T 403099 5097431
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

We recommend:

  • Strong, suitable footwear
  • Clothing suitable for the weather
  • Climbing harness, helmet and via ferrata set
  • Food and drink

Important! A good head for heights, a sure foot and mountain experience are all needed

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Anna Berger
October 01, 2016 · Community
Blick über Zermatt. Sonnenseite des Berges. Sehr einfacher Klettersteig. Am Einstieg Strickleiter die etwas wackelig ist... Aber keine Sorge. :) die ist mit Abstand der Anspruchsvollste Teil. Es gibt genug Eisen und keine schwierigen Teile. Ist sehr gut zu schaffen. Schöner Fels jedoch immer Blick auf das Treiben der Stadt, Hubschrauber und paraglider somit nicht ganz mitten in der Natur.
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Difficulty
C/D moderate
Distance
3.3 km
Duration
2:15h
Ascent
458 m
Descent
458 m
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