460 m long, with an elevation gain of 140 m and a 75° inclination at times, the Via Ferrata de Tière crisscrosses the Tière River Gorge twice over suspension bridges.
Part rock climbing, part hiking, Via Ferrata is a sensational way to explore rugged alpine terrain.
Part hiking and part mountaineering, a Via Ferrata allows hikers to safely navigate treacherous alpine terrain. With the proper equipment, adults and children alike (1m50 minimum is advised), can clip safely to a series of cables and iron rungs fixed to the valley’s vertiginous rock walls.
The Tière Via Ferrata is 460 m long and has an altitude gain of 140 m, skimming up sheer rock walls that can attain a vertiginous 75° grade. The route crosses over the River Tière in 2 places using suspension bridges, offering spectacular views of the rushing cascades below. The Via Ferrata’s departure point is at ‘Sous-Scex’, altitude 900 m, and culminates at 1,190 m altitude.
Via Ferrata equipment can be rented from local sports shops Borgeat Sports, Holiday Sport, Berra Sports and Experience Champéry according to opening hours.
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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.