Via Ferrata in the Mauvoisin gorge

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Difficulty
C moderate
Distance
1.6 km
Duration
1:30h
Ascent
200 m
Descent
180 m
Public transport friendly Loop Scenic Refreshment stops available Geological highlights Completely cable-secured
This via ferrata crosses the deep gorges of Dranse from the Mauvoisin dam. The first part (Saxifrage) is accessible to everyone.  The second part called Tichodrome (equivalent to the Eurasian Crag Martin), is suitable for athletic climbers.
The distance between the steps of the first part has been reduced in order to make the via ferrata feasible for kids from 8 years. The via ferrata is arranged at a maximum height of 25 meters above the Dranse river. In order not to disturb the breeding season of the different birds in the gorge, the via ferrata opens on 1st July at the earliest.
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Difficulty
C moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Risk potential
Highest point
Hôtel de Mauvoisin, 1845 m
Lowest point
La Vacheresse, 1695 m
Best time of year
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Exposition
NESW
Access
0 m 0:15 h
Wall height
200 m
Climbing length
600 m, 1:15 h
Descent
0 m 0:05 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.

Tips, hints and links

Rental:
  • Hotel Mauvoisin or Camping

Find more information about the destination here:

Start

Parking Hôtel de Mauvoisin (1841 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.003051, 7.343204
UTM
32T 371718 5095720

Destination

Parking Hôtel de Mauvoisin

Turn-by-turn directions

From the car park of the Hôtel de Mauvoisin, follow the path to “La Vacheresse”; from here, walk along the River Dranse a short distance to reach the start of the via ferrata. The first part, “Saxifrage”, is regarded as easy and is suitable for children from age 8. It consists of various obstacles such as a 15-metre suspension footbridge across the Dranse. The second part, “Tichodrome”, is regarded as more difficult and is longer. After crossing the Dranse twice more, you exit the via ferrata just in front of the Hôtel de Mauvoisin.

Public transport

Public transport friendly

Regional trains from Martigny to Le Châble. From there, take the bus to the Mauvoisin dam.

Getting there

Highway A9 to Martigny. Take the cantonal road 21 direction to Sembrancher and then the "Route de la Vallée" which leads you to the Val de Bagnes. The dam is situated at the end of the valley.

Parking

Parking Hôtel de Mauvoisin
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Eugen E. Hüsler, Daniel Anker : Die Klettersteige der Schweiz

 

 

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SwissTopo Maps 1:25'000: 1346 Chanrion

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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.
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Frauke Seewald
October 19, 2017 · Community
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