Glacier-polished rocks, thundering water and, in the midst of it, a dynamic via ferrata with Himalayan bridges, abseiling points and zip line. The Gorner Gorge was made accessible in 1887 and today offers an adrenaline rush for young and old alike.
The sun greets Sabrina as she sets off for Furi on a June morning in 2020. The travel influencer grew up in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the industrial Ruhr area in Germany, as she writes in her travel blog. In it, she also talks about her hike to the Gorner Gorge, which made a great impression on her.
Hike from Furi
From the Furi summit station, hiking enthusiasts can take a detour to the suspension bridge to catch a glimpse of the deep and spectacular Gorner Gorge. If that’s all a bit daring for you, you can walk from Furi down to Blatten and from there over a wooden bridge and then along the forest path to the gorge.
Sabrina writes: “I was all alone on the beautiful jetties, and the water was so turquoise that it almost reminded me of my hike on the Alpe Adria Trail.”
Access to the gorge
The gorge was first made accessible in 1887. With the construction of a fixed wooden footbridge, visitors at that time were able to experience the water in the Gorner Gorge close up. A few years later, parts of the jetty were washed away by the then infamous Gornera. This made the upper part of the gorge impassable.
Dynamic via ferrata
Thanks to the initiative of several mountain guides, the ambitious project of making the gorge accessible again in the form of a dynamic via ferrata was realised. Gorge Adventure now offers daily guided tours of three to four hours in which groups or private individuals are led through the gorge with the help of mountaineers and experience an adventure for young and old alike.
You can find out more about Sabrina’s experiences in the Gorner Gorge in her travel blog (in German only)