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Rock Climbing trips – Switzerland

Enjoy fresh air and breathtaking views as you take advantage of some of the best climbing available in Europe!

Boasting three major rock climbing regions, each of which is defined by a different type of geology, Switzerland is not only renowned for its skiing and mountaineering, but for its excellent rock climbing terrains as well.

From the Jura Mountains to both the eastern and western region of the Alps, rock climbers of every skill level are sure to enjoy incredible single and multi-pitch trad and sport routes. There’s also an abundance of bouldering and alpine climbing to be done in this mountainous paradise.

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Flying into Switzerland, the rocky and mountainous terrain will be the first thing that catches your eye from the airplane. Whether you are arriving in Zermatt, Bern or Geneva, there are plenty of opportunities to get out of the cities and on to the rocks.

North of Bern, along the border with France and Germany are the Jura Mountains. Here there is also excellent climbing on some fantastic limestone towers, such as the Falkenstein. Farther south, what feels like a world away from Bern, are the much less traveled, but no less brilliant southern Swiss Alps. Here you’ll find Ticino, which offers some excellent advanced multi-pitch climbs as well as plenty of opportunities to cross over into Italy.

However, the western Swiss Alps, around Zurich and Geneva, as well as the eastern Swiss Alps, farther into the center of the country, is where much of the most famous rock climbing abounds.

Eiger, Jungfrau and Monch, all of which are near Interlocken, offer many great climbing opportunities in the former. Meanwhile, in the latter, Andermatt, Grimsel, Susten and Nufenen, are often considered the heart of the Alps and have the single and multi-pitch sport and trad routes to keep up with that reputation.

 

 

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What’s the weather like?

During the spring, summer and autumn the weather is fairly mild in Switzerland. In the summer, temperatures are around 20ºC to 25ºC. They tend to be cooler in the spring and autumn, getting down to about 10ºC. Throughout the year there is a fair amount of rain, but also plenty of sunny and clear days to enjoy.

How long should I stay?

This depends on how much time you have. Most rock climbing expeditions only take one or two days. Many guides offer longer options as well. Overall, a week or two in Switzerland would be adequate to sample some of the many rock climbing spots.

Language:

German, French, Italian, English

Country Code:

+41

Currency:

Swiss franc (CHF)

Best time to visit:

May to October

 

 
 

 

What People Say

  • 6 reviews

 

Had a great trip with Arne, although we didn’t do the North Ridge of the Badile due to lack of
access after last year’s rockfall. We had 3 days climbing in the Bregaglia completing multipitch rock routes on the Badile and the Cengalo. We did the classics Via Molten and  Spigolo Vinci respectively. Arne is a very professional guide of few words and we got on well and had a good time. We spent 3 days at the Gianetti hut before the weather turned and we spent time in the Val di Mello climbing a couple of granite classics.  The weather was marvellous as was the climbing and the scenery. Arne was, as you would expect, very knowledgeable and I always felt safe and in good hands. I had a great experience, and climbing with someone new was part of it. I would certainly consider contacting Arne again for further adventures.
Bart van Bemmel for Guided climbing tours in the Alps
Tim was a great guide.  I had an amazing time and experienced some great routes.  We packed in a lot
of different styles of climbing for a single day trip, and Tim did a wonderful job of selecting routes that would challenge me while keeping them obtainable and exciting.  He also took time to provide training in areas I have been working on.  He covered lead climbing techniques as well as proper safety measures.  I highly recommend Tim as a guide, and hope there’s a chance to climb with him in the future.  I expect I’ll be returning to Interlaken and will plan for more days of climbing when I do.
A great day traversing the Drus from the Charpoua hut. No one on the route that day except us. The
weather proved excellent. Perfect guiding and very secure climbing with Pere !
Pere was just a fabulous guide. Technically, a very seasoned climber with wealth of knowledge and experience. His style is
super friendly and soft, which makes the day absolutely enjoyable. He is super encouraging yet looks at you every second to make sure you’re safe and to give you tips here and there. I’ll certainly go for another outdoor activity with him again and I can only highly recommend him!
 

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