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

Alpenpässeweg: Binn - Saflischpass - Rosswald

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  • Binn
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  • / Binn
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  • / Saflischpass
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  • / Anstieg auf den Pass
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  • / Saflischwald
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  • / Rosswald
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  • / Alpbewirtschaftung
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  • / Alpbewirtschaftung
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  • / Alpbewirtschaftung Stafel
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  • / Alpbewirtschaftung Fleschboden
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  • / Saflischpass
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  • / Saflischpass Wegweiser
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m 2500 2000 1500 1000 18 16 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Albrun Binn Restaurant Fleschboden Saflischpass Restaurant Zur Brücke Restaurant Rosswald Binn, Dorf Binn, Heiligkreuz
The pass hike over the Saflisch reveals the view of the Valais four-thousand-metre peaks for the first time. The terrace village of Rosswald is beautifully situated with a view of the Rhone Valley.
Distance 19.8 km
7:00 h
1,268 m
845 m

The Alpine Pass Trail brings together many of the most beautiful crossings in the Grisons and Valais Alps in 33 stages. The 12 stage leads from the Binntal valley to Rosswald.


Pass hiking is a discipline in its own right with its own audience. It is not the mountain hikers who seek the distant panoramic view from the summit or the confirmation that they have "made" the mountain. They are hikers who are driven by curiosity, who climb the passes, Furggeln or Bocchette. Because every little pass holds the secret of the unknown on the other side. The map information is not enough, it is about discovering a new world with each valley - and leaving another world behind.


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Author’s recommendation

At the restaurant Fleschboden after the Saflischpass it is worth taking a break on the sun terrace to enjoy the fantastic view.
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Silvio Burgener 
Update: July 30, 2021
Highest point
Saflischpass, 2,564 m
Lowest point
Binntal, 1,398 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Restaurant Fleschboden
Hotel Ofenhorn
Albrun Binn
Hotel Ofenhorn
Restaurant Rosswald
Restaurant Parkplatz

Safety information

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

Tips and hints




Binn, Dorf (1,399 m)
2'657'363E 1'135'014N
46.364053, 8.184026
46°21'50.6"N 8°11'02.5"E
32T 437232 5134821



Turn-by-turn directions

At Heiligkreuz walk over the bridge and then immediately turn sharp right up the slope. Always follow the signs no. 6 Alpenpässeweg. With a mostly even gradient, the path gradually becomes higher and higher with a few hairpin bends. At Sickerchäller you have the last chance to fill the water bottles with wonderful cool mountain water from the fountain near the alp. Freshly strengthened you hike further up towards the Saflischpass. On the Saflischpass (2563 metres) it is worth taking a longer break to enjoy the alpine mountain world.


The descent can be tackled fortified. The hiking trail leads you through the Saflischtal valley to the water reservoir above Fleschboden. Here you can eat yourself and also enjoy fine Valais specialities. From here the descent takes about 40 minutes to Rosswald. In Rosswald you again have the possibility to eat or to stay overnight. The alpine pass trail leads you the next day in the direction of Simplon and Saas Valley. From Rosswald you can hike the 36er Weg to Ried-Brig or take the cable car down.


From Ried-Brig the post bus takes you back to the centre of Brig. 



Binn - Schapulmatta - Heiligkreuz - Chelliwald - Mittlestafel - Sickerchäller - Göüchheit - Fröüwestafel - Tanzbede - Saflischpass - Giltgrabe - Fleschbode - Rosswald


all notes on protected areas

Public transport


Take the Matterhorn Gotthard Railway (MGB) from Brig to Fiesch. Change at Fiesch and take the yellow Postbus via Ernen to Binn. The journey by public transport from Brig to Binn took exactly one hour. You can get off here and walk back about 700 metres before you turn left into the Saflischtal immediately before the tunnel at Ze Binne.

Getting there

By train and post bus.


Parking is available in Brig.


2'657'363E 1'135'014N
46.364053, 8.184026
46°21'50.6"N 8°11'02.5"E
32T 437232 5134821
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Wanderkarten sind in den Tourismusbüros Brig, Binn und Rosswald erhältlich.


Equipment adapted to the weather is indispensable. For all hikes it is strongly recommended to wear good, sturdy mountain boots.

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  • Rosswald - Schallberg - Talstation
  • Rosswald: Rundweg Bergwasser
  • Rosswald: Rundweg Rosswald
  • Rosswald: On old military paths to Folluhorn and Fülhorn
  • Bortelhütte
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19.8 km
7:00 h
1,268 m
845 m
Public-transport-friendly Scenic Refreshment stops available


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