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Hiking Trail recommended route Stage 3

ViaStockalper - Stockalperweg (Simplon Dorf -Gondo)

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  • Fort Gondo
    / Fort Gondo
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Dorf Gondo
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Stockalperweg / Gondoschlucht
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Fort Gondo infantry fortress
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Fort Gondo
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  • /
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / canyon of Gondo
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Ruine in der Äbi / Stockalperweg
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Stockalperweg / Gondoschlucht Alte Kaserne
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / The path of Stockalper / the canyon of Gondo
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / The path of Stockalper / the canyon of Gondo
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Alte Kaserne
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Gondo
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Ruins in Gabi
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / The path of Stockalper through the canyon of Gondo
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Pfarrkirche Gondo
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / The path of Stockalper / the canyon of Gondo
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Ausstellung Alte Kaserne
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Stockalperweg / Gondoschlucht
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Simplon Dorf
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Gabi Stockalperweg
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / The path of Stockalper / the canyon of Gondo
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / The path of Stockalper / the canyon of Gondo
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / The path of Stockalper / the canyon of Gondo
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Stockalperweg / Gondoschlucht
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / The path of Stockalper through the canyon of Gondo
    Photo: Empfang Brig Simplon Tourismus, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / The path of Stockalper through the canyon of Gondo
    Photo: Empfang Brig Simplon Tourismus, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / canyon of Gondo next to the Fort Gondo
    Photo: Empfang Brig Simplon Tourismus, 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 9 km
3:00 h
120 m
745 m
The third stage of the Stockalperweg leads from Simplon village to Gondo.

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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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
1,474 m
Lowest point
853 m
Best time of year
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Rest Stop

Stockalperturm
Pension Bellevue Gondo
Hotel Post Simplon Dorf
Hotel Grina
Hotel Fletschhorn

Safety information

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

Tips and hints

These historical sites are definitely worth a visit. And finally only one question remains: did Napoleon actually order a glass of milk at the Gabi Inn or is that just a myth...

Highlights:

Start

Simplon Dorf, post bus stop (1,480 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'647'554E 1'116'299N
DD
46.196470, 8.054673
DMS
46°11'47.3"N 8°03'16.8"E
UTM
32T 427060 5116311
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Destination

Gondo, Dorf

Turn-by-turn directions

Today's hike is one of two variants of the last section of the Stockalperweg, which could be handed over to the hikers. This was probably the most technically challenging section, as it was necessary to overcome the Gondo Gorge, which was hardly manageable. 

Finally, the path was cleverly incorporated into the topography and can hardly be seen from the road. In addition, the network of roads and paths could be unravelled to such an extent that there were only a few real interfaces where hikers had to cross the road. At Gabi the Stockaperweg branches off from the route via Furggu into the Gondos Gorge. 

The partly original paved Stockalperweg leads to the ruins of a warehouse (dated 1676) in the Äbi which was not completed by Stockalper. The next interesting point on this section of the trail is the Napoleonic barracks at the entrance to the Gondo Gorge, with an exhibition on the history of Simplon traffic. 

Metal passers-by, footbridges and galleries on the national road lead through the imposing Gondo Gorge to Fort Gondo, where the path runs through the 300 m long connecting gallery of the fortress. Passing the ruins of the "Pont de Sapin", the last section of the path leads to Gondo on the left side of the valley. The connection to the Postbus network is also practical, so you can interrupt your hike if you like. By crossing an old fortress, even military lovers get their money's worth and non-militarists ask themselves how a life in these corridors is possible for weeks at all. 

Simplon Dorf - Gabi - Alte Kaserne - Fort Gondo - Gondo

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all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

You can travel comfortably by train (SBB) to Brig, main station.

There are several post bus lines available at the station.

Getting there

By private vehicle or Postbus.

Parking

Parking is available in Simplon Dorf and Gondo.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'647'554E 1'116'299N
DD
46.196470, 8.054673
DMS
46°11'47.3"N 8°03'16.8"E
UTM
32T 427060 5116311
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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

  • ViaStockalper - Stockalperweg (Variante Furggu)
  • Ski tour on the Schilthorn (2795 m above sea level)
  • Simplon Pass
  • Ski tour on the Rothorn (3108 m.a.s.l.)
  • Laggintal
  • Alpjen
  • Furggu
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Status
closed
Difficulty
easy
Distance
9 km
Duration
3:00 h
Ascent
120 m
Descent
745 m
Public-transport-friendly Multi-stage route Scenic Family-friendly Cultural/historical interest Dog-friendly

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