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Stage 3, Simplon Dorf–Gondo
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Simplonpass

The Simplon Pass links Brig in the Canton of Valais with Domodossola in northern Italy. Usually open even in winter, this pass is a base for summer and winter activities, and is renowned as one of the most beautiful Alpine crossings.
For a long time, the Simplon was chiefly used by smugglers and mercenaries because even the master-builders of the Roman era thought that the narrow Gondo Gorge could not be bridged. It was not until the middle of the 17th century that the trading baron Kaspar Jodok von Stockalper of Brig started to use the Simplon Pass to transport salt from the Mediterranean on pack animals, bringing him legendary wealth. The monumental baroque Stockalper Palace in Brig bears witness to this era.

Nowadays the «Via Stockalper», the former Simplon mule track which has been preserved over its entire length of more than 35 km, has become a cultural and historical hiking trail which takes walkers from Brig over the Simplon Pass to Gondo in three days. Two museums featuring the natural and cultural landscape of the Simplon have been set up in the Alter Gasthof in Simplon village and in the Old Barracks at the entrance to the Gondo Gorge.

Napoleon recognised the strategic importance of the pass and in 1801, he had the Emperor's Road built: this was a masterpiece of engineering and the first road across a pass that was suitable for vehicles. More than a century later in 1906, the rail tunnel through the Simplon was opened; its length of 19 km made it the world's longest tunnel until a few years ago. The Simplon Pass Road was made safe against winter weather conditions in the 1970s and 1980s, when numerous protective galleries and bridges were added. One of the most spectacular structures is the Ganter Bridge 10 km after Brig: this has the largest span of any bridge in Switzerland. On the southern side, the road passes through the narrow Gondo Gorge, lined with granite walls. The villages of Simplon (1472 meters above sea level) and Gondo (855 meters above sea level) already show signs of southern charm, and their building style featuring typical flagstone roofs is reminiscent of neighbouring Italy.

The massive refuges along the pass road are well worth a visit, especially the Old Hospice (13th/17th centuries) of the Canons of St Bernard at the top of the pass. Nearby, an eight-meter-tall stone eagle commemorates the Second World War. There is a breathtaking panoramic view of the Bernese Alps with the Bietschhorn and the glaciers on the slopes of the Fletschhorn and Weissmies, both rising to over four thousand meters.

The pass is served by PostBus routes from Brig and Iselle (in Italy). It is a base for a variety of leisure pursuits. As well as the well-developed network of hiking trails, there are some noteworthy klettersteigs (via ferratas) and climbing routes (near Simplon village, Gondo and Gabi) as well as bike trails. You can visit the gold mines in the border village of Gondo. The Zwischbergen Valley, one of the most remote valleys in Switzerland, branches off to the west here and the gorge can be explored on canyoning tours. The pass road remains open under winter conditions, providing ski tour enthusiasts with access to many rewarding peaks. As well as traditional disciplines such as cross-country (with a 5 km course), skiing (with a ski lift 2000-2200 meters above sea level), winter hiking and snowshoe tours, the fashionable sport of kite-surfing is also practised on this pass.

Highlights

  • Varied and unspoiled cultivated and natural landscapes with deciduous and coniferous forests, dry steppes and riverside landscapes, hay meadows, high moorland and cliff formations along the historic Stockalper pass road, with excellent access thanks to 35 PostBus stops between Brig and Domodossola..
  • Nature and culture museums in the Stockalper Palace (Brig), Simplon village, at the start and in the middle of the Gondo Gorge, in Gondo and Domodossola.
  • Range of winter sports caters to modern trends such as snow-kiting, ice climbing, klettersteig (via ferrata), waterslide contest as well as classic activities (skiing, cross-country, ski and snowshoe tours).
The Simplon Pass links Brig in the Canton of Valais with Domodossola in northern Italy. Usually open even in winter, this pass is a base for summer and winter activities, and is renowned as one of the most beautiful Alpine crossings.
For a long time, the Simplon was chiefly used by smugglers and mercenaries because even the master-builders of the Roman era thought that the narrow Gondo Gorge could not be bridged. It was not until the middle of the 17th century that the trading baron Kaspar Jodok von Stockalper of Brig started to use the Simplon Pass to transport salt from the Mediterranean on pack animals, bringing him legendary wealth. The monumental baroque Stockalper Palace in Brig bears witness to this era.

Nowadays the «Via Stockalper», the former Simplon mule track which has been preserved over its entire length of more than 35 km, has become a cultural and historical hiking trail which takes walkers from Brig over the Simplon Pass to Gondo in three days. Two museums featuring the natural and cultural landscape of the Simplon have been set up in the Alter Gasthof in Simplon village and in the Old Barracks at the entrance to the Gondo Gorge.

Napoleon recognised the strategic importance of the pass and in 1801, he had the Emperor's Road built: this was a masterpiece of engineering and the first road across a pass that was suitable for vehicles. More than a century later in 1906, the rail tunnel through the Simplon was opened; its length of 19 km made it the world's longest tunnel until a few years ago. The Simplon Pass Road was made safe against winter weather conditions in the 1970s and 1980s, when numerous protective galleries and bridges were added. One of the most spectacular structures is the Ganter Bridge 10 km after Brig: this has the largest span of any bridge in Switzerland. On the southern side, the road passes through the narrow Gondo Gorge, lined with granite walls. The villages of Simplon (1472 meters above sea level) and Gondo (855 meters above sea level) already show signs of southern charm, and their building style featuring typical flagstone roofs is reminiscent of neighbouring Italy.

The massive refuges along the pass road are well worth a visit, especially the Old Hospice (13th/17th centuries) of the Canons of St Bernard at the top of the pass. Nearby, an eight-meter-tall stone eagle commemorates the Second World War. There is a breathtaking panoramic view of the Bernese Alps with the Bietschhorn and the glaciers on the slopes of the Fletschhorn and Weissmies, both rising to over four thousand meters.

The pass is served by PostBus routes from Brig and Iselle (in Italy). It is a base for a variety of leisure pursuits. As well as the well-developed network of hiking trails, there are some noteworthy klettersteigs (via ferratas) and climbing routes (near Simplon village, Gondo and Gabi) as well as bike trails. You can visit the gold mines in the border village of Gondo. The Zwischbergen Valley, one of the most remote valleys in Switzerland, branches off to the west here and the gorge can be explored on canyoning tours. The pass road remains open under winter conditions, providing ski tour enthusiasts with access to many rewarding peaks. As well as traditional disciplines such as cross-country (with a 5 km course), skiing (with a ski lift 2000-2200 meters above sea level), winter hiking and snowshoe tours, the fashionable sport of kite-surfing is also practised on this pass.

Highlights

  • Varied and unspoiled cultivated and natural landscapes with deciduous and coniferous forests, dry steppes and riverside landscapes, hay meadows, high moorland and cliff formations along the historic Stockalper pass road, with excellent access thanks to 35 PostBus stops between Brig and Domodossola..
  • Nature and culture museums in the Stockalper Palace (Brig), Simplon village, at the start and in the middle of the Gondo Gorge, in Gondo and Domodossola.
  • Range of winter sports caters to modern trends such as snow-kiting, ice climbing, klettersteig (via ferrata), waterslide contest as well as classic activities (skiing, cross-country, ski and snowshoe tours).

Arrival and return Simplonpass

Adresse

Simplon Tourismus
Ecomuseum Simplon
3907 Simplon
Tel. +41 (0)27 979 10 10
info@simplon.ch
www.simplon.ch

Services

Accommodation

Hotel-Restaurant Grina
Hotel-Restaurant Grina
Simplon Dorf
Laggin Biwak SAC (unbewartet)
Laggin Biwak SAC (unbewartet)
Simplon-Dorf
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Places of interest

Simplon-Hospice
Simplon-Hospice
Simplonpass – by Napoleon and Stockalper
Simplonpass – by Napoleon and Stockalper
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Hiking in

Simplonpass
ViaStockalper
ViaStockalper
Stage 3, Simplon Dorf–Gondo
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ViaStockalper
ViaStockalper
Stage 2, Simplonpass–Simplon Dorf
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Simplon-Sirwoltusee-Weg
Simplon-Sirwoltusee-Weg
Route 194, Simplon, Engeloch–Sirwoltusee–Simplon, Egga
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