Via Ferrata de Tière

Champéry · Val-d'Illiez

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.

New!! The via ferrata has been repaired, certified and reopened following the damage caused by storms in August!!

Information updated 14.09.22

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 Via Ferrata is open to the public, providing that you are equipped with adequate material, available in local sports shops. You may want to hire a guide, although this is not obligatory..

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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.

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