VIA FERRATA (D+) K4
PHYSICAL RATING: 2
VERTIGO RATING: 2
TECHNICAL RATING: 3
SUMMIT RATING: 4
Departure Altitude: 2190m
Arrival Altitude: 2330m
Climb (or descent): 140m
Time: 3 hours 30 mins
Monkey Bridge: 0
Zip Line: 0
Open: June to October
By car, you can park at base on Les Chamois, above Layesin and hike up which takes about 1hr 30mins to start of via ferrata or follow the cable car instructions as below.
By train, take train to Leysin Feyday, then cable car up to Berneuse, via ferrata is about a 30 min walk down and up.
WHAT TO KNOW!
The legendary Tour d’Aï Via Ferrata above Leysin.
A truly fantastic intermediate (D+/K4) course for those who have previous VF experience. The views and the sensation are excellent, especially the famous “chimney” half way up.
One of the best Via Ferrata summits possible that truly rewards your efforts. The views from the top and the feeling of being on top of an unreachable plateau are unique beyond words.
Take the cable car up from Leysin to Berneuse, and then climb about 300m up to the start, by the Chaux de Mont. the start of the course is quite easy with a shallow gradient. Once you reach the vertical section, the via ferrata enters a fairly difficult section from the chimney up. The section after the chimney is probably the toughest part of the course with some overhang. Once you reach the last ledge, the final part is pretty simple. The only issue with this course is that it is over a bit too soon.
The walk down is nearly as spectacular, but i would recommend some poles for this path as it is fairly dangerous.