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Gipfel von der Ferne am Klettersteig Hochjoch in der Silvretta Montafon. | © Silvretta Montafon - Vanessa Strauch Gipfel von der Ferne am Klettersteig Hochjoch in der Silvretta Montafon. | © Silvretta Montafon - Vanessa Strauch
Breathtaking summit views

Experience pure bliss on the Hochjoch via ferrata

Featuring two distinct route options, the Hochjoch via ferrata holds the distinction of being Vorarlberg’s longest via ferrata. It also offers awe-inspiring vistas of the Rätikon, Verwall and Silvretta mountain ranges.

Option 1 in detail

The ascent to the Hochjoch via ferrata begins with a ride on the Hochjoch Bahn and Sennigrat Bahn cable cars, which transport you up the mountain. Waymarks guide you to the starting point of the via ferrata above Lake Schwarzsee, and you’ll pass by the Seetalhüsli along the way. It’s a 20-minute walk from there to reach the via ferrata’s entry point.

Once you commence your climb, you’ll follow a continuous steel cable that leads you to the summit of Hochjoch. Along the way, you’ll encounter two challenging slabs (rated difficulty level C) that will test your strength and fitness. The highlight of the journey is a thrilling 60-metre suspension bridge just before the summit cross. You’ll have the option to bypass it while securely harnessed if you prefer. The descent from the summit follows the Hochalpila ridge (difficulty level B), boasting breathtaking scenic views of the Rätikon, Verwall and Silvretta mountain ranges. Additionally, you’ll be treated to a stunning vista of the three mountain lakes: Herzsee, Kälbersee and Schwarzsee.

After this exhilarating rock-climbing adventure, you can follow hiking trail no. 4 “Seetalweg” to descend past Seetalhüsli and make your way towards Kapellrestaurant.

Option 2 in detail

To access the easier version of the Hochjoch via ferrata, you can take the Grasjoch Bahn and Hochalpila Bahn cable cars. The starting point for this route is located at the Hochalpila Bahn mountain station. To reach it, simply follow the waymarks from Seetalhüsli in the direction of the Hochjoch via ferrata (difficulty level B). From there, it’s a 30-minute walk to reach the via ferrata.

During your ascent via the Hochalpila ridge (difficulty level B), you’ll be treated to a breathtaking view of the Silvretta, Rätikon and Verwall mountain ranges. As you make your way to the summit cross of Hochjoch, you’ll be safely secured by a steel cable. At the end of the ridge hike, you have two options: You can head directly to the summit cross and return via the same ridge path. Alternatively, you can also descend to the remarkable 60-metre suspension bridge and then follow the ridge back.

Please note: Descending via the Hochjoch via ferrata Option 1 (difficulty level C) is not recommended under any circumstances!

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Die Hochjoch Bahn der Silvretta Montafon schwebt in die Bergstation mit schönen Blumen im Vordergrund | © Silvretta Montafon - Friederike Weber
Die Aussenansicht des Intersport Valisera Tal in der Silvretta Montafon im Sommer. | © Silvretta Montafon
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