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Hiking Trail recommended route Stage 4

ViaStockalper - Stockalperweg (Gondo - Monscerapass - Bognanco)

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  • kurz vor dem Monscerapass
    / kurz vor dem Monscerapass
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Monscera Blick Richtung Westen
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Hütten im Zwischbergental
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Aufstieg über 200 Treppen
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Kapelle in San Bernardo
    Photo: Lena Imstepf, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Vorbei an rustikalen Hütten
    Photo: Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Aussicht beim Abstieg ab San Bernardo
    Photo: Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Wanderung durch grüne Wälder
    Photo: Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Wegweiser Richtung La Gomba
    Photo: Lena Imstepf, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Wegweiser im Weiler La Gomba
    Photo: Lena Imstepf, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
m 2500 2000 1500 1000 500 16 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Rifugio San Bernardo Pension Bellevue Gondo Rifugio Gattascosa Goldmine Yolki Palki Stockalperturm
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.
Distance 17.2 km
6:30 h
1,269 m
1,040 m
The fourth stage of the Stockalperweg leads from Gondo Zwischbergen to the Bognanco region (Italy).

A signposted hiking trail leads from Zwischbergen to the Monscerapass. In the summer months you can take the call bus from Gondo to Zwischbergen, board. ATTENTION: Must be ordered the day before until the afternoon.

A second path leads steeply uphill from the dam to the pass. This way is shorter, but the entrance is not easy to find. After the Monscerapass the paths are mostly good, but rather poorly signposted. It is important to consult the map. Walk south to Rifugio Gattascosa, continue to Lago Ragozza and via San Bernardo, Varcencio to La Gomba. Here we recommend finishing the day's stage.

ViaStockalper hiking package

Following the traces of the brilliant Kaspar Stockalper over the Simplon Pass. From Brig to 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

In Bognanco we recommend to spend a night, because the walk is very long.
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Silvio Burgener 
Update: October 28, 2021
Highest point
2,104 m
Lowest point
838 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Rifugio Gattascosa
Rifugio San Bernardo
Yolki Palki
Pension Bellevue Gondo

Safety information

The best time to hike on the ViaStockalper is from the beginning of June to mid-October. The suggested route follows well-maintained and secured hiking and mountain trails.

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

Information on the current condition of the hiking trails can be obtained from the local tourist offices.

Tips and hints

The hike is at your own risk. Insurance is the responsibility of the hiker. The hiking trails on Italian soil are not all perfectly maintained and signposted. It is important to have good maps with you.


On the Italian side the path is marked with D00.


Gondo, PostBus stop (854 m)
46.195833, 8.140690
46°11'45.0"N 8°08'26.5"E
32T 433696 5116165


Domodossola (I)

Turn-by-turn directions

The Zwischbergental, Valle Vaira in Italian, begins with a wonderful view of the great waterfall of the Great Water and of the glacier basins. Later you can see the gold mines - the gold of Gondo -, the dam which forms a small lake, the only beech forest of the Valais and, at the top, the larch forests and the steep mountains with their wide clearings and pastures. Even more pastures, peat bogs and dozens of small lakes can be found in the high Bognanco Valley with its shelters.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport


Gondo and Domodossola are connected to the Postbus Simplon line. There are regular direct train connections from Domodossola to Brig.

Getting there

By post bus from Brig to Gondo.


Parking is available in Gondo and Domodossola.


46.195833, 8.140690
46°11'45.0"N 8°08'26.5"E
32T 433696 5116165
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)


Details and Order

Author’s map recommendations

You can get the SwissTopo hiking map "Simplon" at the tourist offices in Brig and Simplon.


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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  • Gondo Marathon
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  • Gondo: Schmugglerpfad nach Bugliaga
  • Ski tour to the Camoscellahorn
  • Alpe Waira
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17.2 km
6:30 h
1,269 m
1,040 m
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