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 5

ViaStockalper - Stockalperweg (Bognanco - Domodossola)

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  • Vorbei an der Kirche von San Lorenzo
    / Vorbei an der Kirche von San Lorenzo
    Photo: Lena Imstepf, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Abstieg vor Domodossola
    Photo: Lena Imstepf, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Gasse in Bognanco Fonti
    Photo: Lena Imstepf, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Kirche Orat o Dagliano
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  • / Wandern durch lichte Wälder
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  • / Wanderung durch den Weiler Pregliasca
    Photo: Lena Imstepf, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Grüne Wiesen bei Monteossolano
    Photo: Lena Imstepf, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Unterwegs auf geplästerten Wegen
    Photo: Lena Imstepf, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Bridge in front of Montsignore
    Photo: Lena Imstepf, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Stockalperweg - ViaStockalper - Gondo Bognanco Domodossola
    Photo: Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Sacro Monte Calvario in Domodossola
    Photo: Lena Imstepf, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Blick nach Domodossola
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  • / Prächtige Kirche von Monteossolano
    Photo: Lena Imstepf, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Stockalperweg - ViaStockalper - Gondo Bognanco Domodossola
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m 1600 1400 1200 1000 800 600 400 200 16 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Yolki Palki Domodossola
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 16 km
6:00 h
427 m
1,397 m
The fifth stage of the Stockalperweg leads from Bognanco (IT) to Domodossola (IT).

Descent to the scattered village of Bognanco, which today is only a shadow of the once flourishing thermal spa. On the left side of the valley, a beautiful mule track leads us through poetically sleepy hamlets to the charming town of Domodossola.

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

Don't forget it: Kaspar Stockalper was in Domodossola in exile. He also left his marks there.
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Silvio Burgener 
Update: May 31, 2021
Highest point
1,249 m
Lowest point
274 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Yolki Palki

Safety information

The best time to hike on the ViaStockalper is from the beginning of June to mid-October. The proposed route follows well-maintained and secured hiking and mountain trails.

The trail is at your own risk. Insurance is the hiker's responsibility.

Information on the current condition of the hiking trails can be obtained from the local tourist offices.

Tips and hints

Brig Simplon Tourismus


 The hike is at your own risk. Insurance is the responsibility of the hiker. The hiking trails on Italian soil are not all perfectly maintained and signposted. It is important to have good maps with you.


On Italian side the way is marked with D00.


La Gomba (1,244 m)
46.134119, 8.195300
46°08'02.8"N 8°11'43.1"E
32T 437840 5109263



Turn-by-turn directions

From Graniga we go down beautiful mule tracks to San Lorenzo and then to Bognanco Fonti. At the end of the village, near a green house, take path D00 towards Ca' Monsignore, which crosses a beautiful stone bridge at the ravine of Rio Rabianca. The path goes halfway up the hill and then steeply down to the stream, which you cross over a spectacular stone bridge and soon ascend to the Dagliano Oratory.

Continue uphill and then flat on a beautiful mule track to Monteossolano. You pass a church dedicated to San Gottardo and continue along an asphalt road until you reach Pregliasca. From here, you go along the slope along a firebreak, past some streams, then along a steep mule track in the woods, down to Cisore and then along a wide and well-preserved paved mule track to Mocogna.

Cross the road bridge over T. Bogna and descend along the road to reach Castanedo. From here you take a wide, well-preserved mule track leading to Vagna (Maggianigo). Around Vagna many chapels and oratorios scattered in the forest tell local stories.

You then ascend shortly after Croppo and walk first on a forest path and then on a dirt road to the agglomeration of Motto and the chapel Marisch. A beautiful stepped and mule track takes you to the Sacro Monte Calvario square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Via Crucis leads you down to Domodossola and in a short time you reach the historical centre and the railway station.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport


Domodossola is connected to the Postbus Simplon line. There are regular direct train connections from Domodossola to Brig.


Val Bognanco can be reached by Comazzi bus.
More here

Getting there

By bus from Brig to Gondo.


Parking is available in Domodossola.


46.134119, 8.195300
46°08'02.8"N 8°11'43.1"E
32T 437840 5109263
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 get the SwissTopo hiking map "Simplon" at the tourist offices in Brig and Simplon.


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

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  • Bord - Furggu - Seehorn - Gabi
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16 km
6:00 h
427 m
1,397 m
Public-transport-friendly Refreshment stops available Linear route Cultural/historical interest


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