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Via Ferrata Gabi, Simplon, Valais

 

   Footbridge    Monkey Bridge    Ladder      Zipline  
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Features

Really nice and quite vertiginous. In contrast to the Swiss German via ferratas which have stakes, this one has real steps like the ones in France or French-speaking Switzerland that we know so well. It's more enjoyable and safer.

 

ViaFerrata Tips and Tricks

The weather in this area doesn't have the best reputation. So check before you leave, one never knows. Take a waterproof jacket and an extra layer. You will be at altitude.

 

Grade

 Strength  2
 Dizziness  3
 Type      Mountain: 1
 Technics           1
 Evaluation  Difficult

 

Information

Tourism Office in Simplon

 

Length & Altitudes

Start :  1'200 meters
Finish :  1'450 meters
Length :  700 meters
Elevation gain :  250 meters

 

GPS Coordinates

46.184645 / 8.073434

 

Time of Year

From April to October/November depending on snow

 

Timing

Access: 5 min
ViaFerrata : 1h30
Way Back : 30 min

By Car

From Brig, you go over the Simplon pass and then go down the Italian side. At Gabi, you will find the start.

 

By Train

From Brig, take the bus towards Simplon/Gondo (the border with Italy). Ask the driver to let you off a little before Gondo at Gabi.

 

Access

A stone's throw away from the cantonal road.

 

Via Ferrata 

The Via ferrata is very well equipped and you will not have to touch the rock at all.

It all starts off with a small hanging bridge (optional) over the river, and then the route snakes pleasantly on the rock face. There is an overhanging view on the Simplon road and from the upper section it is even quite impressive. After the horizontal ledge there is an escape route and you can find a second one before the last vertical wall.

Nonetheless, the via ferrata is never very difficult and it is very well equipped.

Way Back

30 minutes to get back down to the parking lot.

 

Where to Spend the Night

We have tried two options:

L'Hôtel de la Poste in the Simplon Village

and in Gondo the Stockalper Turm.  Also dormitory style. Very beautiful and the meals are delicious (April 2015).

The Simplon Hospice, with its famous génépi (an herbal liqueur, drink it without moderation AFTER the via), is also available.

 

Photos

par Paolo DeAndreis, Youtube