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 1

ViaStockalper - Stockalperweg (Brig - Simplonpass)

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  • Simplon Dorf
    / Simplon Dorf
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Steinadler auf dem Simplonpass
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  • / Mittubäch
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  • / Glishorn
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  • / der historische Saumpfad
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  • / Wegweiser in Ried-Brig
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  • / Historischer Stadel bei Ried-Brig, Brei
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Brigerberg
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Stockalper Saumpfad
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  • / Stockalperweg Brigerberg
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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 12.3 km
5:30 h
1,606 m
220 m
The first stage of the Stockalperweg leads from Brig to the Simplon Pass.

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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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
2,003 m
Lowest point
672 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Restaurant zer Mili
Herberge Hospiz Simplon
Hotel Monte Leone

Safety information

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

Tips and hints

Variant light: Post bus to Schallberg, hike to Simplonpass, hike time approx. 4 hours.


Sights on this stage:


Brig, train station (674 m)
2'642'443E 1'129'895N
46.319114, 7.989700
46°19'08.8"N 7°59'22.9"E
32T 422221 5130000



Turn-by-turn directions

Passing the Stockalperschloss in Brig, the path leads along the so-called "Römerweg" through open meadowland via the hamlet of Brei to the "Chräjubielwald". The steep step to "Chalchofe" is overcome in two hairpin bends. The slope path to Schallberg was built by Stockalper in 1667 and offers a view of the impressive Saltina Gorge. After the descent to the floodplain landscape in the "Grund", the path follows the Tafernabach over five wooden footbridges to the former Taferna Inn. Along artfully designed serpentines you cross the last steep step to the top of the pass.

Brig-Glis - Brei - Schallberg - Chilchnüowand - Mittubäch - Hopschugrabe - Simplon Pass


all notes on protected areas

Public transport


You can travel comfortably by train (SBB) to Brig, main station.

There are several post bus lines available at the station.

Getting there

By train or post bus to Brig, train station


There are several parking garages in Brig.


2'642'443E 1'129'895N
46.319114, 7.989700
46°19'08.8"N 7°59'22.9"E
32T 422221 5130000
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)

details and order

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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12.3 km
5:30 h
1,606 m
220 m
Public-transport-friendly Multi-stage route Scenic Family-friendly Cultural/historical interest


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