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Le Jorat - refuge de Pierredar - via ferrata des Dames Anglaises - Glacier 3000

Villars/Gryon/Les Diablerets

Challenging hike and via ferrata

Hiking Severe

7.7 km
1.8 km
26 m
4-5 hrs
Low Point
1.2 km
High Point
2.9 km
Le Jorat - refuge de Pierredar - via ferrata des Dames Anglaises - Glacier 3000 Map

Fantastic and easy hike/via ferrata. Start in le Jorat in the Diablerets valley and hike from the lovely refuge de Pierredar. From there go the to the start of the via ferrata (approx. 30 minutes). Than the via ferrata itself. It's niveau PD in Switserland which is the 2nd easiest level. We are fairly novice although we climbed indoors, and this was nice and challenging, but never dangerous or really tricky. After the via ferrate a short hike to the Glacier and the cablecar. We started in le Jorat at 7.45 and arrived at the cablecar at 2.15PM with regular breaks on the way up. After the descend by cable car the Diablobus takes you back to le Jorat/Creux de Champ were we left our car. See also this link. https://sites.google.com/site/viaferratatrail/via-ferrata-dames-anglaises If you click http://map.schweizmobil.ch/?trackId=61406&karte=0.75, than you can zoom in and see the via ferrata route clearly. We rented via ferrata equipment in les Diablerets including helmets. We brought gloves ourselves. Primarily to protect the hands from the sharp rocks and via ferrata cable. If the weather is good and warm, garden gloves work fine.





Hiking challenging trails where simple scrambling, with the occasional use of the hands, is a distinct possibility. The trails are often filled with all manner of obstacles both small and large, and the hills are very steep. Obstacles and challenges are often unexpected and can be unpredictable.

High Exposure

3 out of 4

Some trail sections have exposed ledges or steep ascents/descents where falling could cause serious injury.


2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

between July and September