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.

 
 
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Engeloch - Sirwoltensee - Simplonpass

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  • Sirwoltesee
    / Sirwoltesee
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  • / Unterhalb des Bistinenpasses im Nanztal
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  • / Blick ins weitgehend unberührte Nanztal
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  • / Sirwoltesee
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  • / Sirwoltesee
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  • / Nanztal
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  • / Sirwoltesee
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1800 2100 2400 2700 3000 m km 2 4 6 8 10 12 Engeloch VS Alpenbrunch Simplon, Monte Leone

Hike with a view of the Fletschhorn and visit to Lake Sirwolten. As you descend, the view sweeps over green alpine pastures, moorland and the historic Simplon hospice.

difficult
13.8 km
5:00 h
981 m
787 m

The trail leads from Engeloch via the Chlusmatta alpine sign and the following slope on the left bank of the Ritzibach up to the Wysse Bode (2113m). At the end of the bottom, the trail leads through a steep slope with rocky outcrops. These are overcome east (left) of the waterfall over the ramp. Soon after, turn right, cross the stream and bypass the rock that hides the beautiful Sirwoltensee behind it.

 

After a break at the clear mountain lake you continue on a good and marked path to the Sirwoltensattel. This is the highest point of the hike. Passing the former military accommodation, the trail now descends. Turning to the right, we continue our hike on the well maintained former military road. At the top of the pass there is a mighty stone man commemorating the border troops of the Second World War.

 

The slightly sloping path leads over the wide Bistina drifts. The short last ascent leads us to the post bus stop.

 

Further information

Author’s recommendation

Treat yourself to a lunch break at the clear Sirwoltensee.

Difficulty
difficult
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Highest point
2620 m
Lowest point
1797 m
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Rest Stop

Alpenbrunch

Safety information

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

Equipment

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

Tips, hints and links

www.brig-simplon.ch

 

Start

Engeloch, post bus stop (1802 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.224146, 8.019086
UTM
32T 424352 5119419

Destination

Simplonpass, post bus stop

Turn-by-turn directions

Engeloch - Sirwoltensee - Sirwoltensattel - Simplonpass

 

The start is at the bus stop in Engeloch on the south side of the Simplon Pass directly on the Simplonstrasse near Restaurant Engeloch. For car drivers there are parking places at the restaurant or 200 m north. The trail leads from Engeloch down to the Krummbach, over the Chlusmatta alpine sign and the following slope on the left bank of the Ritzibach up to the Wysse Bode (2113m). At the end of the bottom, the trail leads through a steep slope with rocky outcrops. These are overcome east (left) of the waterfall over the ramp. Soon after, turn right, cross the stream and bypass the rock that hides the beautiful Sirwoltensee behind it.

 

After a well-deserved break at the clear mountain lake, you continue on a good and marked path to the Sirwoltensattel. This is the highest point of the hike at 2621m. In front of us the Mattwaldhorn and the Gamsagletscher appear and opposite the gentle path leads over the Obere Fulmoos to the Gebidem. Passing the former military accommodation we descend into the Gebidemweg. Turning to the right we continue our hike on the well maintained former military road, past the Gale- and Magehorn to our right. Always staying at almost the same altitude, this path leads us to the Bistinenpass at the eastern flank of the Nanztal.

 

In front of us the view gradually widens down into the Rhone valley. The Bietschhorn rises majestically above. On the pass summit stands a mighty stone man with a plaque commemorating the border troops of the Second World War. The pass offers a wonderful view. Behind Spitzhorli in the north, the Bernese Alps are emblazoned with the eye-catching Bietschhorn. In the east we see the firn fields of the cold water glacier with Wasenhorn, Hübschhorn and Monte Leone. The slightly sloping path leads over the wide Bistina drifts.

 

Undemanding alpine flowers line the path. Bending left through the flank of the Bistihalden, the path descends to Bielti and Blatten. The memorial to the victims of an avalanche accident on the side of the path reminds hikers to be careful at all times. After a short ascent of 130 metres in 30 minutes, you reach the Simplonstrasse A9 with post bus stop at the Hotel Monte Leone. If you don't want to ascend from Bielti to the Simplon Pass (only in good visibility), leave the hiking trail in the descent from the Bistinen Pass and turn left. Tracks, which soon become denser, lead back to the northeast flank of the Straffelgrat on a path that runs parallel to a water channel. Soon you come to a well marked path that leads you to Hopsche and on to the Simplon Pass.

Public transport

Public transport friendly

You can easily reach the Simplon and the Engeloch by post bus.

Getting there

By post bus or private vehicle from Brig to Engeloch.

Parking

Parking is available in Engeloch and on the Simplon Pass.
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

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

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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
13.8 km
Duration
5:00 h
Ascent
981 m
Descent
787 m
Public transport friendly In and out With refreshment stops

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