Taster Course Via Ferrata

Via Ferratas are a unique mountain activity that combine the exploration of hiking with the exposure of climbing. No experience is needed to join our taster course, where you will learn the basics of completing a via ferrata, including proper equipment use and climbing technique. This introductory course takes place on the west flank of the Eiger and takes you to the top of Rotstock. Extraordinary views and a unique mountain challenge make this 1-day course the perfect way to try something new.

Quick Facts

 Taster Course Via Ferrata
 1 Day
 Experience Level: Beginner
 Fitness Level: Basic
 Groups of max. 6 people
 Equipment rental included
 Course Certificate

From CHF 215

From CHF 215

Closest Bookable Dates

Dates Available seats
15.06.24 1
30.06.24 more than 3
13.07.24 3
28.07.24 more than 3
10.08.24 2
25.08.24 more than 3

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Tour Details

  • Gear check
  • Via ferrata code of conduct
  • Personal moving skills

Group Course (4-6 participants)

CHF 215 per person  

Private Course

1-3 people CHF 790 per group
4-6 people CHF 215 per person 


To book a private course please contact us:

0041 (0)33 224 07 01


Day 1

Meet your guide at the Eigergletscher station and enjoy a warm up hike on the Eiger Trail until you reach the beginning of the via ferrata. Your mountain guide will explain the equipment and techniques before you begin to climb. Step by step you’ll safely ascend ladders, metal rungs, and natural rock formations until you reach the Rotstock summit at 2663m. Incredible views and proximity to the Eiger offer exceptional rewards for your efforts. Enjoy lunch from your backpack before beginning your descent back to Eigergletscher. Journey home in the afternoon.

Season June - October
Departures for official tours See "Closest Bookable Dates"
Departures for private tours Private tours can be booked daily
Meeting point 9:40am at the Eigergletscher station

  • Guiding from a licenced mountain guide/ aspirant guide
  • His or her expenses
  • Technical equipment
  • Course Certificate

  • Your expenses
  • Snacks
  • Costs for cable car


  • 20-25l


  • Warm, functional clothing
  • Rain jacket
  • Rain pants
  • Mountaineering or hiking pants
  • Sunhat
  • Gloves


  • Hiking or mountaineering boots

The basics

  • Sunglasses (category 3 or 4)
  • Sunscreen lotion and lip balm (minimum factor 30, 50 better)
  • Thermos flask, drink bottle
  • GA or Half Fare Travelcard (if you have)
  • Camera and binoculars (optional)

Technical Equipment

  • Harness*
  • Via Ferrata set*
  • Helmet*

* Provided free of charge. Please let us know what you need when booking.

General Information for Mountaineering School

Our team is here for you. If you have any questions, please contact us or visit us in our shop in Grindelwald. We are happy to help!

OUTDOOR - Mountaineering School Grindelwald

Dorfstrasse 103
3818 Grindelwald

0041 (0)33 224 07 01


Trip status for group courses

1-2 days before your tour or course we will review the weather forecast and conditions with the mountain guide to determine if we can operate. We will contact you by phone with an update.

Minimum of participants (group tours)

As soon as the minimum number of participants is reached, we will send you a confirmation by email.


If we have to cancel your tour, you have the option to reschedule to a new date, or you will receive a full refund.


Please refer to the equipment list for your tour or course. At our shop in Grindelwald, you can purchase technical equipment, mountain clothing, shoes, and backpacks. We also have technical equipment available for rent.


Choose functional clothing that is moisture-wicking and quick-drying. Dress in layers so you can easily react to temperature changes. The range at our shop in Grindelwald is tailored to mountain tours and our expert staff are happy to advise you on the best clothing for your tour or course.


Lunch is not included in the offer. We recommend bringing bars, dried fruits, nuts, or a sandwich. The amount you will need to drink depends on your individual needs and the length of the tour. We recommend .75 -1.5 liters of water, warm tea, isotonic drinks, or whatever you prefer. We also recommend that you hydrate enough the day before, so your body is well prepared for the tour.


A mountain hut is not a hotel. Running water is not guaranteed and electricity is not available everywhere, so it is not always possible to charge batteries or phones. If you have special dietary needs, please inform us in advance so we can make arrangements with the hut.


Our tours and courses are led by IVBV certified mountain guides or mountain guide aspirants. We prioritise your safety by requiring regular training to ensure our guides have relevant, up to date knowledge. Outdoor is certified by the Swiss Council for Accident Prevention (BFU) and our safety and emergency concepts are audited by this organization annually.

General terms of contract

Our General Terms and Conditions apply. 

General Terms and Conditions

You don't own the equpiment needed? Rent it from us:

Winter rentals

Summer rentals

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