90 ViaStockalper
90 ViaStockalper
90 ViaStockalper
90 ViaStockalper
90 ViaStockalper
90 ViaStockalper

Hiking

ViaStockalper

ViaStockalper

Brig–Gondo

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ViaStockalper

ViaStockalper

The mule track over the Simplon, developed over 300 years ago by Kaspar Stockalper, has long handed over its economic importance to new roads. However, a few years ago it was reborn as a cultural hiking trail.
The ViaStockalper leads in three one-day stages from Brig over the Simplonpass to Gondo. Through deep gorges, extensive larch forests and moorland, along historic traffic routes, offering a rich cultural and nature experience.

Pass traffic boomed as early as the 13th century. In the 17th century, Kaspar Stockalper built a medieval mule track, making a safe trading route over the Alps in politically turbulent times. After Stockalper left the political stage, trade traffic collapsed and the mule track fell into disrepair.

The Simplon was revived by Napoleon Bonaparte who on strategic grounds built the first navigable road in the western alps in 1805. The line of the road was so modern that it was largely followed in the 1960s for the construction of the new road. Thus very little of Napoleon’s road remains.
The mule track over the Simplon, developed over 300 years ago by Kaspar Stockalper, has long handed over its economic importance to new roads. However, a few years ago it was reborn as a cultural hiking trail.
The ViaStockalper leads in three one-day stages from Brig over the Simplonpass to Gondo. Through deep gorges, extensive larch forests and moorland, along historic traffic routes, offering a rich cultural and nature experience.

Pass traffic boomed as early as the 13th century. In the 17th century, Kaspar Stockalper built a medieval mule track, making a safe trading route over the Alps in politically turbulent times. After Stockalper left the political stage, trade traffic collapsed and the mule track fell into disrepair.

The Simplon was revived by Napoleon Bonaparte who on strategic grounds built the first navigable road in the western alps in 1805. The line of the road was so modern that it was largely followed in the 1960s for the construction of the new road. Thus very little of Napoleon’s road remains.
30 km | 3 Stages
1800 m | 1650 m
easy (hiking trail) | medium

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Brig
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Arrival / return travel Gondo, Post
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Services

Accommodation

Hotel Ambassador
Hotel Ambassador
Brig
Hotel Europe
Hotel Europe
Brig
Hotel-Restaurant Grina
Hotel-Restaurant Grina
Simplon Dorf
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90 Via Stockalper
90 Via Stockalper
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Places

Brig
Brig
Simplon Dorf
Simplon Dorf
Simplonpass
Simplonpass
Gondo
Gondo
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Places of interest

Castle Kaspar Stockalper
Castle Kaspar Stockalper
Museum of the Swiss Guards
Museum of the Swiss Guards
Simplon-Hospice
Simplon-Hospice
Simplonpass – by Napoleon and Stockalper
Simplonpass – by Napoleon and Stockalper
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Signalization

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For hiking, follow the logo indicated on the yellow signposts. Take a printout of our web map on your hike for safety's sake.
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