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Via Ferrata Aletsch

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Via Ferrata Aletsch
closed
moderate
Distance 3.4 km
4:00 h
131 m
142 m
1,500 m
1,434 m
The Via Ferrata Aletsch leads along the rock around the Gibidum reservoir. It is secured by iron steps, wire ropes and handrails, but still has some quite demanding sections. These are found especially on the eastern bank. On the steep rock faces of the Stockflüe, you have to really grab hold, because there are some airy and also slightly squeezing crossings.

The 80m long and 40m high Nepal Bridge, which crosses the Massa at its mouth into the Gibidum reservoir, is a particular thrill.

Author’s recommendation

An exciting and thrilling experience for young and old.
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Blatten-Belalp Tourismus 
Update: November 17, 2022
Difficulty
C moderate
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Risk potential
Highest point
1,500 m
Lowest point
1,434 m
Best time of year
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Cardinal direction
NESW
Access
2:00 h
Climbing length
3,000 m, 4:00 h
Descent
2:00 h

Track types

Forested/wild trail 0.38%Path 8.01%Road 9.52%Via ferrata 82.07%
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Path
0.3 km
Road
0.3 km
Via ferrata
2.8 km
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Safety information

Weather: If you are on a via ferrata, you should take the weather forecasts into account. A spell of bad weather can be life-threatening. If there is a tendency to thunderstorms, via ferratas must be avoided.

Rockfall hazard: On via ferratas there is a risk of rockfall, usually triggered by climbers or wild animals ahead. Therefore, protect yourself with a helmet.

When climbing a via ferrata, always keep enough distance from the climber in front of you. There should only ever be one person in an anchorage section.

Tips and hints

If you have any questions, please contact:

Belalp Bahnen AG

www.belalp.ch

bahnen@belalp.ch

+41 27 921 65 10

Blatten - Belalp Tourismus AG

tourismus@belalp.ch

+41 27 921 60 40

Start

Blatten bei Naters, dam wall (1474 m) (1,474 m)
Coordinates:
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2'643'234E 1'135'733N
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46.371585, 8.000512
DMS
46°22'17.7"N 8°00'01.8"E
UTM
32T 423127 5135819
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Destination

Blatten bei Naters, dam wall

Turn-by-turn directions

The entrance to this via ferrata at the west end of the dam wall is signposted. First, descend to the shore of the reservoir. Then you climb along the western shore via numerous iron pins, tree trunk bridges and natural footholds. At the end of the reservoir you reach a suspension bridge to reach the other side. The way back along the eastern shore is a bit more challenging, but still manageable. Alternatively, you can continue climbing normally. Finally, descend back to the dam wall and cross it to return to the starting point.

Blatten bei Naters - Stockflüe - Aletsch via ferrata - Blatten bei Naters

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all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Blatten bei Naters can be reached by public transport from Brig or Naters.

From Blatten you can reach the via ferrata in the direction of Rischinen/Gibidum reservoir in about 2.5 km on foot.

You can find the timetable and further information on how to get there at: www.belalp.ch 

Getting there

Arrival by car

From western Switzerland: A9 Lausanne - Vevey, or north-western Switzerland: A12 Bern - Vevey: A9 - Sierre: main road Sierre - Brig

From north-western Switzerland: A6 Berne - Thun - Spiez: main road Spiez - Kandersteg (Lötschberg tunnel car transport) - Goppenstein - Gampel - Brig

From eastern and central Switzerland: Andermatt - Realp (year-round Furka car transport; in summer via Furka Pass) - Oberwald - Brig

From Ticino (in summer): Airolo - Nufenenpass - Ulrichen - Brig

Or via Centovalli - Domodossola - Simplonpass - Brig

From Italy (Aosta, Mt. Blanc Tunnel): Aosta - Grand Saint Bernard tunnel (over the pass in summer) - Martigny: A9 motorway - Sierre: Sierre - Brig main road.

Or via Domodossola - Simplon Pass - Brig

Blatten bei Naters

From Brig you can reach Blatten bei Naters via Naters, then continue in direction of "Rischinu". Free parking spaces are available there.

Parking

Free parking is available at the via ferrata.

You can find more information at: www.belalp.ch 

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'643'234E 1'135'733N
DD
46.371585, 8.000512
DMS
46°22'17.7"N 8°00'01.8"E
UTM
32T 423127 5135819
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Equipment

The via ferrata is free of charge. The equipment can be rented at the Belalp Bahnen AG counter or from Blatten Belalp Tourismus AG.

Via ferrata set + helmet: CHF 25.00

Harness: CHF 15.00

Carabiner: CHF 15.00

Helmet: CHF 5.00

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Roland Weinhart
June 29, 2019 · Community
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Difficulty
C moderate
Distance
3.4 km
Duration
4:00 h
Ascent
131 m
Descent
142 m
Highest point
1,500 m
Lowest point
1,434 m
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