Intact Nature Area

One of "Switzerland's last remaining intact nature areas"!

In 2013, the renowned Swiss consumers magazine "Beobachter" listed the Simplon Region as one of Switzerland last remaining intact natural areas - along with prominent places like the Unesco World Heritage Site Jungfrau-Aletsch-Simplon or the Swiss National Park (the authors specifically mentioned the two valleys Zwischbergental and Laggintal).

"A11 Simplon/Zwischbergental/Nanztal
Rund um den Simplon laden mehrere wenig bevölkerte, wilde Täler und Alpschaften zu ausgedehnten Wanderungen ein. Besonders artenreich und wild sind das Zwischbergental und das Laggintal an der Simplon-Südseite.
Übernachtet werden kann zum Beispiel in SAC-Hütten oder in Simplon-Dorf."

SRF bi de Lüt - Wunderland

Im Sommer 2014 war das Schweizer Fernsehen zu Besuch in der Simplon Region. "Viel mehr als nur ein Alpenpass" sei der Simplon, resümiert das SRF. "Wer anstatt über den Pass lieber durch den Simplontunnel fährt, verpasst einiges. Abseits der Passstrasse gibt es atemberaubende Bergkulissen und unberührte Landschaften zu entdecken."
Die Sendung in voller Länge hier:

Quelle: SRF

Wandern in unberührten Talschaften...

Entdecken Sie die Region um den Simplon im Sommer und im Herbst auf einer ausgedehnten Wanderung. Das Hochgebirge am Simplonpass, die bewaldeten Täler und die romantischen Dörfer sind durch unzählige gut unterhaltene Wanderwege erschlossen. Es gibt Touren von verschiedensten Schwierigkeitsgraden, so dass für jeden etwas dabei ist.

Hiking Trail recommended route Stage 2

ViaStockalper - Stockalperweg (Simplonpass - Simplon Dorf)

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  • Stockalperweg / ViaStockalper
    / Stockalperweg / ViaStockalper
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Hospiz Simplon
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  • / Am Stockalperweg zwischen Simplonpass und Simplon Dorf
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Simplon Dorf am Stockalperweg
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Sust in der Engi am Stockalperweg
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Alter Spittel
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  • / Engi Stockalperweg mit Trockensteinmauern
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Alter Spittel und Barralhaus in den Spittelmatten am Stockalperweg
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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.
Distance 8.9 km
2:30 h
160 m
525 m
The second stage of the Stockalperweg leads from the Simplon Pass to Simplon Dorf.

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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Connection to the Postbus Simplon line at the start and finish as well as at various locations on the way.

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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Update: October 07, 2021
Highest point
2,008 m
Lowest point
1,476 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Herberge Hospiz Simplon
Hotel Post Simplon Dorf
Hotel Simplon-Blick
Hotel Monte Leone
Hotel Grina
Hotel Fletschhorn

Safety information

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

Tips and hints

Simplonpass - Alter Spittel - Engiloch section: 4.7 km, 1h.

Engiloch - Maschihüs - Simplon Dorf section: 5.2 km, 1h 30min.


Simplonpass, post bus stop (1,991 m)
2'645'209E 1'121'782N
46.245958, 8.024827
46°14'45.4"N 8°01'29.4"E
32T 424825 5121837


Simplon Dorf

Turn-by-turn directions

At the pass summit, a new hiking trail leads west of the national road through flat pastures until you return to the old mule track. Under the "Alter Spittel", a stretch along the asphalt road, the hiking trail continues to the "Nideralp" and on to the Gasthof Engiloch. The mule track leads to the hamlet of "Maschihüs" through a charming forest pasture landscape, some of which is park-like. The most striking building on this partly medieval section is the Sustengebäude near the "Engi", which dates from before Stockalper. From the "Maschihüs" the path leads parallel to the national road through the hamlet of Egga and up into the forest, where the original course of the mule track under the mighty bedload of the glacier fall of 1901 can only be guessed at. Below the Sengg group of houses, the mule track descends to Simplon Dorf in a line that is optimally adapted to the terrain.

Simplonpass - Alter Spittel - Maschihüs - Egga - Simplon Dorf


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Public transport


From Brig you can travel by post bus to the Simplon Pass.

Getting there

In Brig, take the post bus from the train station towards Simplon or Domodossola (I).


Parking is available on the Simplon Pass.


2'645'209E 1'121'782N
46.245958, 8.024827
46°14'45.4"N 8°01'29.4"E
32T 424825 5121837
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, (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 adapted to the weather is indispensable. For all hikes it is strongly recommended to wear good, sturdy mountain boots.

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  • Simplonpass - Spitzhorli - Simplonpass
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8.9 km
2:30 h
160 m
525 m
Public-transport-friendly Refreshment stops available Multi-stage route Family-friendly Cultural/historical interest


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