Via Ferrata Schwarzhorn

A via ferrata leading to a summit with fantastic views. After a ride on the Firstbahn cableway, a nice hike brings us to the start of the via ferrata. Ladders and other assorted iron work lead up along the ridge with varying levels of exposure, all the way to the summit. There we can enjoy the wonderful view: Lake Thun and Lake Brienz to the north, the Bernese 4000 m peaks to the south. After a good rest at the summit, we descend via the mountain path and along the Höhenweg to Grosse Scheidegg. There we take the bus back to Grindelwald.

Quick Facts

  • Via Ferrata with a Perfect View of the Bernese Alps
  • 1 Day
  • Experience Level: Advanced Beginner
  • Fitness Level: Sporty
  • Groups of max. 6 people

From CHF 215

From CHF 215

Closest Bookable Dates

Dates Available seats
23.06.24 more than 3
20.07.24 more than 3
11.08.24 more than 3
31.08.24 more than 3
14.09.24 more than 3
13.10.24 more than 3

Tour Details

Group Tour (4-6 participants)

CHF 215 per person  

Private Tour

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


To book a private tour please contact us:

0041 (0)33 224 07 01


Day Elevation + Elevation - Kilometers Walking time
1 900m 1100m 10.5km approx. 6-7 hours


Day 1

After meeting at the Firstbahn cablecar station and a short material check, we set off with the gondola to 'First'. From there, a hiking trail leads slightly downhill, then up through the Chrinnenboden valley. Initially leading through lush green meadows, the path slowly gets narrower and rockier. At about 2400m the path splits: our route takes us up below the Grosse Chrinne. Here we get out the via ferrata kit. Securely attached to the steel cables we first climb over the Grosse Chrinne. The way then continues along the partially exposed ridge. Via rock steps, ladders and iron bars we climb up to the summit of the Schwarzhorn 2928m. A unique view over Lake Brienz and Lake Thun on one side, and the high peaks of the Bernese Alps on the other side awaits. After a leisurely summit pause we are ready to enjoy a scenic descent. First we follow the south ridge of the Schwarzhorn via the hiking trail: full concentration is still required here. From the shoulder, the trail zigzags down to Chrinnenboden, then on to Grindel Oberläger. From there we follow the relatively flat, panoramic hiking trail to Grosse Scheidegg, from where we can catch a bus to Grindelwald.

Season June - September
Departures for official tours See "Closest Bookable Dates"
Departures for private tours Private tours can be booked daily
Meeting point 8:00am bottom station First cable car

  • Guiding from a licenced mountain guide/ aspirant guide
  • His or her expenses

  • Your expenses
  • Snacks
  • Rental equipment
  • Costs for cable cars
  • Costs for a taxi if needed (guests pay for the guides share)


  • 20-25l


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


  • Hiking 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

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

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