Will enough snow have melted to safely do the Via Ferrata in mid-June? Thanks
Maybe. No one can answer for sure as it depends on the weather conditions at the time, including the amount of snow and ambient air temperature. But mid-June is roughly when it may open. You can ask the local tourist office as mid-June approaches and they may be able to tell you when it opens. See here:
It's a level K3, relatively difficult, so make sure you have experience as an alpinist and you MUST have the right equipment. Or rent equipment and go with a guide. You can only do the zip line with a guide.
Thanks for the weather info. I have experience on this via ferrata, just never so early in the summer.
This will be the first time taking my little kids to Europe (Grandma will babysit). I hope to take my wife on this via ferrata as well as the ones in Zermatt. I'm trying to pack light as we'll have enough stuff with the kids. Is there a place to rent the gear near Murren/Interlaken and Zermatt and not use a guide? Maybe the rental prices will be so high that I'm better off to lug over the necessary gear?
We did the Via Ferrata a couple of years ago. We got very lucky in that our last day in Murren was the first day it opened, which was as I recall June 29. But not due to snow, rather bird nesting. Anyway, coolest thing we've ever done. Hope you get to try it.
Oh yeah, the gear. There is a place in Murren to rent gear. It was not outrageous. Helmet, harness and boots required. Gloves STRONGLY recommended. Guides are available for hire, but we did not have one. Apparently there is a zip line across one stream/gorge that you can do with the guide. If on your own you take a three wire bridge.Edited: 30 November 2016, 12:22
Hoping I can ask I question on this thread as well as I'm also planning a trip for mid June next year. Can someone comment if the various trails in the area will be open? Will they be free of snow? Slushy? Any advice would be appreciated. I'm flexible on dates but was hoping to go in mid to late June to beat the crowds.
lynchjs245, when we were there in 2014, mid June, there was no snow in Murren. Hiking was mostly dry. I can't imagine trail closures will be an issue.
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