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Via Ferrata

Small Daubenhorn via ferrata

Via Ferrata · Wallis
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  • Kleiner Daubenhorn Klettersteig mit Sicht auf Leukerbad
    / Kleiner Daubenhorn Klettersteig mit Sicht auf Leukerbad
    Photo: Valais/Wallis Promotion
  • Kleiner Daubenhorn Klettersteig mit Sicht auf Leukerbad
    / Kleiner Daubenhorn Klettersteig mit Sicht auf Leukerbad
    Photo: Valais/Wallis Promotion
  • Kleiner Daubenhorn Klettersteig mit Sicht auf den Gemmipass
    / Kleiner Daubenhorn Klettersteig mit Sicht auf den Gemmipass
    Photo: Valais/Wallis Promotion
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    Photo: Leukerbad Tourismus
Map / Small Daubenhorn via ferrata
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The small Daubenhorn via ferrata consist of the first part of the great Daubenhorn Via Ferrata. For those unwilling (or not quite able) to go the whole way there’s also an opportunity to go back down to Leukerbad about 1/3 of the way into the tour.
difficult
8.4 km
4:30 h
550 m
1470 m
Offered as an intermediate exit from the Grand Daubenhorn via ferrata in case of bad weather, this smaller route promises climbers an impressive aerial traverse and two vertical climbs – including one longer than 120 m.

Author’s recommendation

In order to start your tour from the Gemmi pass, you can also walk up to the start from Leukerbad. 

Difficulty
D difficult
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Risk potential
Highest point
Obere Gemsfreiheit, 2359 m
Lowest point
Loèche-les-bains, 1399 m
Best time of year
Jan
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Exposition
NESW
Approach
0 m 0:20 h
Wall height
300 m
Climbing length
1600 m, 2:30 h
Descent
900 m, 1:30 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.

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.

Tips, hints and links

Rental:
  • local sports shops in Leukerbad
  • Gemmi cable car

Find more information about the destination here:

Start

Col de la Gemmi (Gemmipass) ou Loèche-les-Bains (2336 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.398226, 7.616026
UTM
32T 393607 5139225

Destination

Loèche-les-Bains

Turn-by-turn directions

The via ferrata can be reached from the summit of the Gemmi cable car with a hike of about 20 minutes along a path across the legendary Gemmiwand cliffs. The starting point is near “Untere Schmitte”, where an information panel shows the fork in the route. The itinerary traverses the face of the Daubenhorn as far as “Untere Freiheit”, a steep meadow, and then takes in a long ladder before a gentle descent turning towards the left. A steep path via Tysche brings you back to Leukerbad.

Public transport

Arrive in Leuk by train (SBB). Afterwards, take the bus connection (LLB) from Leuk train station going directly to Leukerbad. From Leukerbad you reach the Gemmi cable car by foot or by taking the local bus.

Getting there

From Basel/Zurich: Motorway A1 until Bern, A6 until Spiez, towards Kandersteg; Car transport Kandersteg-Goppenstein; towards Gampel; Leuk-Leukerbad. From Geneva: Motorway A1 until Lausanne; towards Sion/Sierre; Leuk-Leukerbad.

Parking

Park directly at the Gemmi cable car or use different parking possibilities in the village of Leukerbad. Therefore, follow the local car-park routeing.
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Author’s map recommendations

SwissTopo Maps 1:25'000: 1267 Gemmi


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Difficulty
D difficult
Distance
8.4 km
Duration
4:30 h
Ascent
550 m
Descent
1470 m
In and out Scenic Faunistic highlights Mountain railway ascent/descent Completely cable-insured

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