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Schmugglerpfad: Zwischbergen - Tschawinersee - Mocerapass

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  • Tschawinersee
    / Tschawinersee
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / von der Alpe Waira in Richtung Tschawinersee
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Wairasee im Zwischbergental
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Aufstieg von der Waira zum Tschawinersee
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Letzte Meter vor dem Tschawinersee im Zwischbergental
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Bocchetta di Gattascosa
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Rifugio Gattascosa
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
m 2600 2400 2200 2000 1800 1600 1400 1200 1000 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Zwischbergen, Bord Rifugio Gattascosa Zwischbergen, Bord Tschawinersee Monscerapass Berggasthof Bord
Italian and Swiss soldiers faced each other at the Monscerapass during the last world war. Cigrate-smugglers and border guards tried to outwit each other.
difficult
Distance 13 km
7:00 h
1,127 m
1,127 m

The Zwischbergenbus (call bus) takes you from the Zollamt Gondo stop up to the Berggasthof Bord in the Zwischbergental. It is worth arriving the day before and spending the night here.

The old mule track and smuggler's trail leads over Alpe Härd up to Alpe Waira. Depending on the season, you can witness the preparation of Waira Alpine cheese. Through the light larch forest you climb up to the blue Waira lake. An old trail leads across the moor meadow to the ascent to Lake Tschawinersee. With the panorama of Monte Leone in the background, Lake Tschawinersee is one of the most beautiful mountain lakes in Valais. After a short ascent, the trail leads over rock terraces past the tongue of the Block glacier to Italy. The short descent leads you to the Riffugio Gattascosa. A short ascent then leads to the Monscerapass. From the pass summit, the smuggler's path leads through the larch forest down to Alpe Pussetta and on to Zwischbergen to Gasthof Bord.

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Author’s recommendation

In the Rifugio Gattascosa and in the Zwischbergen there are food possibilities.
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Author
Silvio Burgener 
Update: September 14, 2021
Difficulty
difficult
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Highest point
2,235 m
Lowest point
1,290 m
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Rest Stop

Rifugio Gattascosa
Berggasthof Bord

Safety information

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

Tips and hints

Further hikes and information on www.brig-simplon.ch

Start

Gondo, post bus stop (1,358 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.162263, 8.114572
DMS
46°09'44.1"N 8°06'52.5"E
UTM
32T 431640 5112457
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Destination

Zwischbergen, post bus stop (Bord)

Turn-by-turn directions

Zwischbergen Bord – Härd – Alpe Waira – Tschawinersee – Bocchetta Gattascosa – Riffugio Gattascosa – Monscerapass – Alpe Pussetta – Härd – Zwischbergen Bord

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

From Brig you can travel by post bus to Gondo. The Zwischbergen bus (Rufbus) runs from Gondo to Zwischbergen during the summer season.

Getting there

By post bus or private vehicle.

Parking

Parking is available in Gondo or Zwischbergen.

Coordinates

DD
46.162263, 8.114572
DMS
46°09'44.1"N 8°06'52.5"E
UTM
32T 431640 5112457
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Hiking maps are available from the Brig and Simplon Tourist Offices.

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.

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  • Ski tour to the Camoscellahorn
  • Rundweg Alpje
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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
13 km
Duration
7:00 h
Ascent
1,127 m
Descent
1,127 m
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