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."
(Beobachter)

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

Rundweg Simplon Bergalpe

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  • Wegweiser Rundweg Bergalpe
    / Wegweiser Rundweg Bergalpe
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  • / Simplon Rundweg Bergalpe
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  • / Simplon Rundweg Bergalpe
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  • / Alpstafel Hopsche
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  • / Simplon Rundweg Bergalpe
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Simplon Adler
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  • / Hopschusee Simplonpass
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Simplon Rundweg Bergalpe
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  • / Hopschusee Simplonpass
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Simplon Rundweg Bergalpe
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
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The Simplon Bergalpe circular trail links the various alpine settlements, some of which are very old. It leads through varied landscapes on the Simplon Pass.
easy
Distance 8.2 km
2:30 h
227 m
227 m

The Simplon Bergalpe circuit opens up the unique Simplon pass landscape. The trail runs along former, partly very old stretches of road and connects the various alpine settlements. It crosses - past the Hopschusee and Rotelsee - the typical pass landscape of the Simplon Bergalpe with round hump hills, small swamps, raised bogs, alpine pastures and walled private estates.

 

The extensive summer pasture - in 1913 it consisted of a "border" of 783 cow rights - is divided into quarters and consists of ten alpine villages. The individual cow rights are distributed on these stairs, so that each alpine village is managed on its own. The traditional alpine farm on the Simplon Bergalpe was the single alpine pasture. With this alpine system, each farmer had to build a hut with a stable and, if there was still some hay, a small barn in one of the alpine villages.

Author’s recommendation

Get a guide to the Simplon Bergalpe circular trail at the tourist office on the pass, in Brig or Simplon Dorf. You will discover many things.
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Author
Silvio Burgener 
Update: October 07, 2021
Difficulty
easy
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Highest point
2,052 m
Lowest point
1,885 m
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Rest Stop

Herberge Hospiz Simplon
Hotel Simplon-Blick
Hotel Monte Leone

Safety information

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

Tips and hints

www.brig-simplon.ch

 

Start

Simplon Kulm, post bus stop (1,999 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'645'773E 1'122'335N
DD
46.250890, 8.032185
DMS
46°15'03.2"N 8°01'55.9"E
UTM
32T 425399 5122378
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Destination

Simplonpass

Turn-by-turn directions

Simplon Kulm (Hotel Bellevue) - Rotelsee - Alpstafel Niwe - Alpstafel Hopsche - Alpstafel Stalde - Simplon Kulm (Hotel Bellevue)

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

You can easily reach the Simplon Pass by post bus.

Getting there

From Brig by post bus or private vehicle to the Simplon Pass.

Parking

Free parking is available on the Simplon Pass.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'645'773E 1'122'335N
DD
46.250890, 8.032185
DMS
46°15'03.2"N 8°01'55.9"E
UTM
32T 425399 5122378
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Hiking maps are available from the Brig and Simplon Tourist Offices.

Equipment

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

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Difficulty
easy
Distance
8.2 km
Duration
2:30 h
Ascent
227 m
Descent
227 m
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