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Via ferrata Schweifinen - Route C

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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 C of the via ferrata Schweifinen
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Zermatt Tourismus
  • / Pause for a breather with glorious views over the village
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Michael Portmann
  • / It's a steep climb
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Zermatt Tourismus
  • / Always follow the directions
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Michael Portmann
  • / View of Route C
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Alpin Center Zermatt
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Route C of the via ferrata (fixed-cable climb) high above the roofs of Zermatt is often tackled straight after routes A and B. This requires a high level of fitness, but it is also the great attraction of the climb.
moderate
Distance 5.5 km
3:30 h
791 m
791 m

Route C of the via ferrata Schweifinen leads up a vertical rock wall via a wobbly and swinging cable ladder: a step up in terms of both interest and difficulty. Next comes an exposed section with nothing under climbers’ feet other than the iron rungs fastened to the rock.   Since completing the three routes A, B and C requires time, stamina and a good level of fitness, climbers should plan carefully in advance and take account of weather conditions.

  • For experienced via ferrata climbers
  • Carved wooden statue of the Virgin Mary by Hugo Lehner from 1948
  • Water tap, not connected
  • Edelweiss

Author’s recommendation

A highlight along the way is the wooden bench, where you can take a short break and enjoy gazing over the village.
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Author
Zermatt Tourismus
Update: March 10, 2020
Difficulty
C/D moderate
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2,164 m
Lowest point
1,603 m
Best time of year
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Exposition / cardinal direction
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Access
0:30 h
Climbing length
3:30 h
Descent
1:15 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.

Important! Follow the route all the way to the end, to the official footpath.
Monitor the weather carefully and note any risk of storm: such conditions can be 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)
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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 route C, follow the path northwards; this then loops back to Zermatt (approx. 1h 15).

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

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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
Genauso wie klettersteig B. Danach empfiehlt sich sehr (!!!) oben nicht nach rechts in Richtung Zermatt abzusteigen sondern links Richtung Berg und von da runter nach Trift und von da am Fluss zurück in die Stadt.
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Difficulty
C/D moderate
Distance
5.5 km
Duration
3:30 h
Ascent
791 m
Descent
791 m
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