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Hiking Trail recommended route Stage 2

ViaStockalper - Stockalperweg (Simplonpass - Simplon Dorf)

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  • Stockalperweg / ViaStockalper
    / Stockalperweg / ViaStockalper
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Hospiz Simplon
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Am Stockalperweg zwischen Simplonpass und Simplon Dorf
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Simplon Dorf am Stockalperweg
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Sust in der Engi am Stockalperweg
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Alter Spittel
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  • / Engi Stockalperweg mit Trockensteinmauern
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Alter Spittel und Barralhaus in den Spittelmatten am Stockalperweg
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
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The Stockalperweg (ViaStockalper), a mule track developed more than 300 years ago by Kaspar Stockalper, has been revived as a cultural hike for several years now.
closed
easy
Distance 8.9 km
2:30 h
160 m
525 m
The second stage of the Stockalperweg leads from the Simplon Pass to Simplon Dorf.

The historic Alpine crossing runs along four generations of roads (Roman, Stockalper, Napoleon, National Road). Combined with cultural highlights and an impressive alpine flora in an imposing mountain backdrop, the Stockalperweg is a real experience.

The sights along the historic ViaStockalper tell many stories. So that you can fully enjoy these experiences, we recommend that you walk the route in 3 stages.

ViaStockalper hiking package

In the footsteps of ingenious Kaspar Stockalper over the Simplon Pass. Brig-Gondo in 4 days. Price: from CHF 359 incl. hotel accommodation, luggage transfer, free PostBus travel, packed lunches, admission to museums, guided tour of Stockalperschloss and much more.

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Connection to the Postbus Simplon line at the start and finish as well as at various locations on the way.

Author’s recommendation

Book your hiking experience in the form of the ViaStockalper package and follow in the footsteps of the great Kaspar Stockalper.
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Author
Silvio Burgener 
Update: November 04, 2021
Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2,008 m
Lowest point
1,476 m
Best time of year
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Rest Stop

Alpenbrunch
Herberge Hospiz Simplon
Hotel Post Simplon Dorf
Hotel Simplon-Blick
Hotel Monte Leone
Hotel Grina
Hotel Fletschhorn

Safety information

The hike is at your own risk. Insurance is the responsibility of the hiker.

Tips and hints

Simplonpass - Alter Spittel - Engiloch section: 4.7 km, 1h.

Engiloch - Maschihüs - Simplon Dorf section: 5.2 km, 1h 30min.

Start

Simplonpass, post bus stop (1,991 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'645'209E 1'121'782N
DD
46.245958, 8.024827
DMS
46°14'45.4"N 8°01'29.4"E
UTM
32T 424825 5121837
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Destination

Simplon Dorf

Turn-by-turn directions

At the pass summit, a new hiking trail leads west of the national road through flat pastures until you return to the old mule track. Under the "Alter Spittel", a stretch along the asphalt road, the hiking trail continues to the "Nideralp" and on to the Gasthof Engiloch. The mule track leads to the hamlet of "Maschihüs" through a charming forest pasture landscape, some of which is park-like. The most striking building on this partly medieval section is the Sustengebäude near the "Engi", which dates from before Stockalper. From the "Maschihüs" the path leads parallel to the national road through the hamlet of Egga and up into the forest, where the original course of the mule track under the mighty bedload of the glacier fall of 1901 can only be guessed at. Below the Sengg group of houses, the mule track descends to Simplon Dorf in a line that is optimally adapted to the terrain.

Simplonpass - Alter Spittel - Maschihüs - Egga - Simplon Dorf

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

From Brig you can travel by post bus to the Simplon Pass.

Getting there

In Brig, take the post bus from the train station towards Simplon or Domodossola (I).

Parking

Parking is available on the Simplon Pass.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'645'209E 1'121'782N
DD
46.245958, 8.024827
DMS
46°14'45.4"N 8°01'29.4"E
UTM
32T 424825 5121837
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

"Wandern am Simplon"

The publication "Wandern am Simplon" (2008) is a veritable treasure trove for stories and facts from very different areas.

Dr. Klaus Anderegg, as editor, has composed the contributions of numerous authors to the impressive overall picture. On 368 pages eight routes of the unique alpine and mountain region Simplon are presented in a great variety of natural, cultural and historical treasures and curiosities.

Fr. 48 plus packaging and shipping costs; available from Ecomuseum Simplon, 3907 Simplon Dorf, ecomuseum@simplon.ch (ISBN: 978-3-905756-31-9)

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Author’s map recommendations

You can obtain the SwissTopo hiking map "Simplon" at the Brig and Simplon Tourist Office.

Equipment

Equipment adapted to the weather is indispensable. For all hikes it is strongly recommended to wear good, sturdy mountain boots.

Basic Equipment for Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

Similar routes nearby

  • Snowshoe to the Staldhorn
  • Skitour to the Staldhorn
  • Skitour auf den Bistinenpass (2417 m.ü.M.)
  • Ski tour to the Spitzhorli (2737 m above sea level)
  • Skitour to the Tochuhorn (2648 m above sea level)
  • Snowshoetrail to Spitzhorli
  • Snowshoe Tour on the Simplonpass
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Status
closed
Difficulty
easy
Distance
8.9 km
Duration
2:30 h
Ascent
160 m
Descent
525 m
Public-transport-friendly Refreshment stops available Multi-stage route Family-friendly Cultural/historical interest

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