Hike the Leukerbad Via Ferrata

Leukerbad, Switzerland

Though you do not need to have much hiking and climbing experience for this trail, it is highly recommended that you have the right gear, a guide, no fear of heights, and have hiked a via ferrata before. Via ferrata is Italian for iron roads, and they are basically metal ladders built into a cliff wall that hikers can ascend with safety wires.

They were originally used in World War I by the Italian military, but now they Leukerbad Via Ferrata is a popular hiker’s attraction. It’s a 1.28 mile hike to the vertical cliff face, and then an additional 3,280 foot elevation gain. Get ready for a tough 8 hour trip, but the view of the meadows and tiny Swiss town makes the prospect more enticing.

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