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

Schmugglerpfad: Zwischbergen - Tschawinersee - Mocerapass

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  • Tschawinersee
    / Tschawinersee
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / von der Alpe Waira in Richtung Tschawinersee
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Wairasee im Zwischbergental
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Aufstieg von der Waira zum Tschawinersee
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Letzte Meter vor dem Tschawinersee im Zwischbergental
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Bocchetta di Gattascosa
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Rifugio Gattascosa
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
m 2600 2400 2200 2000 1800 1600 1400 1200 1000 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Zwischbergen, Bord Rifugio Gattascosa Zwischbergen, Bord Tschawinersee Monscerapass Berggasthof Bord
Italian and Swiss soldiers faced each other at the Monscerapass during the last world war. Cigrate-smugglers and border guards tried to outwit each other.
difficult
Distance 13 km
7:00 h
1,127 m
1,127 m

The Zwischbergenbus (call bus) takes you from the Zollamt Gondo stop up to the Berggasthof Bord in the Zwischbergental. It is worth arriving the day before and spending the night here.

The old mule track and smuggler's trail leads over Alpe Härd up to Alpe Waira. Depending on the season, you can witness the preparation of Waira Alpine cheese. Through the light larch forest you climb up to the blue Waira lake. An old trail leads across the moor meadow to the ascent to Lake Tschawinersee. With the panorama of Monte Leone in the background, Lake Tschawinersee is one of the most beautiful mountain lakes in Valais. After a short ascent, the trail leads over rock terraces past the tongue of the Block glacier to Italy. The short descent leads you to the Riffugio Gattascosa. A short ascent then leads to the Monscerapass. From the pass summit, the smuggler's path leads through the larch forest down to Alpe Pussetta and on to Zwischbergen to Gasthof Bord.

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Author’s recommendation

In the Rifugio Gattascosa and in the Zwischbergen there are food possibilities.
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Silvio Burgener 
Update: September 14, 2021
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Highest point
2,235 m
Lowest point
1,290 m
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Rest Stop

Rifugio Gattascosa
Berggasthof Bord

Safety information

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

Tips and hints

Further hikes and information on www.brig-simplon.ch

Start

Gondo, post bus stop (1,358 m)
Coordinates:
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46.162263, 8.114572
DMS
46°09'44.1"N 8°06'52.5"E
UTM
32T 431640 5112457
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Destination

Zwischbergen, post bus stop (Bord)

Turn-by-turn directions

Zwischbergen Bord – Härd – Alpe Waira – Tschawinersee – Bocchetta Gattascosa – Riffugio Gattascosa – Monscerapass – Alpe Pussetta – Härd – Zwischbergen Bord

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

From Brig you can travel by post bus to Gondo. The Zwischbergen bus (Rufbus) runs from Gondo to Zwischbergen during the summer season.

Getting there

By post bus or private vehicle.

Parking

Parking is available in Gondo or Zwischbergen.

Coordinates

DD
46.162263, 8.114572
DMS
46°09'44.1"N 8°06'52.5"E
UTM
32T 431640 5112457
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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.

Similar routes nearby

  • Jordiweg - Kapelle Maria Bru
  • Bord - Furggu - Seehorn - Gabi
  • SFT - Zwischbergen - San Bernardo
  • Rundweg Alpje
  • Laggintal loop in the Simplon area
  • Gondo: Schmugglerpfad nach Bugliaga
  • Ramserna - Alpjen - Alte Kaserne
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Distance
13 km
Duration
7:00 h
Ascent
1,127 m
Descent
1,127 m
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