Stockalper Trail - ViaStockalper

The mule track over the Simplon, developed over 300 years ago by Kaspar Stockalper, has long handed over its economic importance to new roads. However, a few years ago it was reborn as a cultural hiking trail.

The ViaStockalper leads in three one-day stages from Brig over the Simplonpass to Gondo. Through deep gorges, extensive larch forests and moorland, along historic traffic routes, offering a rich cultural and nature experience.

Pass traffic boomed as early as the 13th century. In the 17th century, Kaspar Stockalper built a medieval mule track, making a safe trading route over the Alps in politically turbulent times. After Stockalper left the political stage, trade traffic collapsed and the mule track fell into disrepair. The Simplon was revived by Napoleon Bonaparte who on strategic grounds built the first navigable road in the western alps in 1805. The line of the road was so modern that it was largely followed in the 1960s for the construction of the new road. Thus very little of Napoleon’s road remains.

The ViaStockalper can be booked as a package tour with accomodation, meals and lunch packages or even with a local hiking guide if requested. More information.


1st Stage: Brig - Simplon Pass


Duration: 6 h | Distance: 11.9 km | ↑1606 m ↓297 m | Fitness: ☼☼☼☼☼
A spectacular climb high above the Saltinaschlucht (gorge) and through the lonely Taverntal valley to the Simplonpass. Impressive historic trail and buildings such as Stockalper Palace in Brig and the Hospiz (hospice) at the head of the pass.
Brig (700 m) – Brei (887 m bus stop) – Schallberg (1316 m, bus stop) – Grund (1071 m) – Simplon­pass (2006 m, bus stop)


2nd Stage: Simplon Pass - Simplon Dorf

Simplon Dorf

Duration: 3 ¼ h | Distance: 9km | ↓540m | Fitness: ☼☼
Descent on the south side of the Simplonpass through fascinating Alpine cultural and natural landscape with alp settlements and hamlets to Simplon Dorf, a small picturesque Italian style village.
Simplonpass (2006 m, bus stop) – Alter SpittelEngiloch (bus stop) – Egga (bus stop) – Simplon Dorf (1472 m bus stop) 


3rd Stage: Simplon Dorf - Gondoschlucht - Gondo

Gondoschlucht 2

Duration: 3 h | Distance: 8.6 km | ↑240 m ↓850 m | Fitness: ☼☼
Crossing of the wild Gondoschlucht (gorge) on three generations of roadways with historic buildings from four centuries and breathtaking natural landscape. History of the Simplon in the old army barracks and Stockalperturm in Gondo.
Simplon Dorf (1472 m) – Gabi (1228 m bus stop) – «Alte Kaserne» (bus stop) – Fort GondoGondo (854 m bus stop)

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