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.
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.
A highlight along the way is the wooden bench, where you can take a short break and enjoy gazing over the village.
Bring drinking water; the rock walls often radiate a great deal of heat.
Additional information and recommendations are available from the guest information centre on Bahnhofplatz (by the railway station).
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.
Important! A good head for heights, a sure foot and mountain experience are all needed