The pass hike from Rosswald via Bortel and Rothwald to the Simplon Pass is very varied with changing views over the Gantertal valley, alpine pastures and mountain villages.
Distance 19.2 km
A varied stage, throughout with panoramic character:
The gondola lift takes you to Rosswald. At the top station, the path climbs up towards Suone. You hike along the Suone to the Stafel Alp. The St. Anna chapel is well worth a visit here.
The hiking trail is well fortified, but be careful when you're in a state of severe dizziness. Over a stair-like section you climb up to Bortelalp. Here a comfortable rest is announced. Enjoy the view and the rush of the white water of the Bortelsee. On the way to the Simplon Pass, a detour to Wase, a charming little hamlet with chapel and intact 250-year-old village is worthwhile. Through the larch forest you ascend another 300 metres and reach the Simplon Pass in the last descending part. Here you have connection to the post bus line back to Brig. The way is also in the opposite direction an impressive experience (and somewhat easier).
In Bortel, Rothwald, Wasenalp and on the Simplon Pass you can stop for refreshments.
A varied stage, all with panoramic views: Alpine ascent to the Bortelhütte, blueberry fun above Rothwald in autumn.
By post bus from Brig railway station to Ried-Brig or by car to the free car park at the Rosswald valley station. The cable car takes you to Rosswald. At the top station, the path climbs up towards Suone. You hike along the Suone to Alpe Stafel. Here it is worth visiting the St. Anna chapel with its pretty Gothic altar with St. Michael's relief and painted wings. It is assumed that these statues originate from the Theban Legion. In Stafel turn off towards Bortel (Bortelhütte) and walk along steep rock walls above the Gantertal valley.
The hiking trail is well fortified, but caution is advised in case of severe dizziness. The trail follows the forest line to the right and turns slowly eastwards towards the Steinutal, an alp covered with sheep. Over a stair-like section you climb up to Bortelalp (2113 m.a.s.l.) and the Bortelhütte. A cosy rest is announced here. Enjoy the view and the rush of the white water of the Bortelsee and the Furggubaumbach. On the way to the Simplon Pass it is worth making a detour to Wase, a charming little hamlet with a chapel and intact 250-year-old townscape. During the summer months the cheese dairy on Wasenalp is open with its own fresh products. Through the magnificent larch forest you climb another 300 metres and reach the Simplon Pass in the last descending part. Here you have access to the post bus line back to Brig. The trail is also an impressive experience in the opposite direction (and somewhat easier).
all notes on protected areas
You can reach Rosswald from Brig by post bus to Ried-Brig, LRR valley station and then by cable car.
The most comfortable way to get to Rosswald is by cable car. Parking at the valley station is free in summer.
Free of charge at the valley station in summer. You can drive as far as Rosswald. However, there are charges here. It is a single-lane alpine road.
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike
Author’s map recommendations
You can get the SwissTopo hiking map "Simplon" at the tourist offices in Brig and Simplon.
Equipment adapted to the weather is indispensable. For all hikes it is strongly recommended to wear good, sturdy mountain boots.
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