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Bortelhütte

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  • Rosswald, starting point of the hike
    / Rosswald, starting point of the hike
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Bortelhorn, Furgguböimhorn and Wasenhorn in autumn
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Hike along the Bärgwasser
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Stafel chapel
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Stafel alpine pastures with the Huwetz and Saflisch Pass in the background
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Hikers heading to the Steinutal valley
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Sunset in the Gantertal valley near the Bortelhütte
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Bortelhütten and Furggubäumhorn
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Bortelhütten and Bortelhorn
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Hiking trail between Bortel and Berisal
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
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Discover a varied hike from Rosswald to Bortel and down to Berisal. The starting and finishing points are accessible by public transport. Bortelalp has much to offer – including a cosy alpine hut.
moderate
Distance 11 km
3:45 h
535 m
835 m
This trail leading up to the Bortelhütte mountain hut takes hikers through a wide variety of landscapes. It begins in Rosswald, a car-free village that is accessible by cable car and situated on a sunny terrace at the edge of the Simplon Pass. From there, the route heads uphill to Bortelalp, far from the hustle and bustle of town. The trail runs along larch forests, winds across alpine pastures where sheep graze in flocks, and climbs up to the Bortelhütte, which offers an unobstructed and commanding view over the Gantertal, the Ganterbrücke and the Glishorn.

Author’s recommendation

Enjoy the panoramic view of the valley from the Bortelhütte. You can also make out the Glishorn from the terrace of the Bortelhütte.
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Author
Silvio Burgener 
Update: July 30, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Bortelhütte, 2,110 m
Lowest point
Berisal, 1,521 m
Best time of year
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Rest Stop

Bortelhütten

Safety information

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

Tips and hints

Further information is available at the tourist offices on Rosswald (in the Magusii grocery store) and Brig.

Start

Rosswald, 1'819 m (1,823 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'646'411E 1'128'270N
DD
46.304241, 8.041054
DMS
46°18'15.3"N 8°02'27.8"E
UTM
32T 426154 5128298
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Destination

Berisal 1'525 m

Turn-by-turn directions

Take the cable-car from Ried-Brig to the village of Rosswald and follow a hiking trail that crosses the central car park, the alp itself being car-free. The route continues to the Bergwasser bisse and takes you to Stafel alpine pasture. You’ll then follow the path downhill, bearing right and watching your step as you go. From Stafel, follow the signs to Bortelalp. After roughly a kilometre, anyone with a head for heights can take the path on the right that overlooks the bisse on its way to Steinutal. Hikers who suffer from vertigo are instead advised to take the path that branches left and make their way across the flank of the Seewjistafel to Steinutal. This will, however, add around 40 to 60 minutes to the hike. Once you reach Steinutal, climb up to Steinuchäller and follow the hiking path to the Bortelhütte mountain hut. After a well-earned rest at the hut, take the path back down to Berisal.

Note

Wildlife refuge Ganter: January 01 - April 30
all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

From Brig railway station, take the bus to Ried-Brig and descend at the stop “Ried-Brig, Talstation” for the cable car to Rosswald, starting point of your hike to the Bortelhütte. When you arrive in Berisal at the end of your hike, you can take a bus back to Brig station.

Getting there

It is best to leave your car in Brig and continue by public transport (follow the instructions under the heading "Public transport").

Parking

The best option is to park at Brig station, which has two car parks.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'646'411E 1'128'270N
DD
46.304241, 8.041054
DMS
46°18'15.3"N 8°02'27.8"E
UTM
32T 426154 5128298
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Books and documents on the Alpe Rosswald, Gantertal and the history of the region on the Simplon are available from the tourist office in Brig.

Author’s map recommendations

You can get the "Simplon" hiking map at the tourist office in Brig.

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

  • Rosswald - Glimmuschir - Stückiegga - Megi - Ried-Brig
  • Snowshoe trail Rosswald - Resti
  • Rosswald: Rundweg Saflischwald
  • Sledge run Rosswald
  • Snowshoe Trail Rosswald - Fleschboden
  • Rosswald: On old military paths to Folluhorn and Fülhorn
  • Snowshoe trail Rosswald - Panorama trail
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
11 km
Duration
3:45 h
Ascent
535 m
Descent
835 m
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