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Alpenpässeweg: Rosswald - Simplonpass

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  • Gantertal
    / Gantertal
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  • / Rosswald
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  • / Alpenpässeweg
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  • / Alpe Stafel, Rosswald
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  • / Alpenpässeweg
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  • / Rosswald Trog
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  • / Gantertal
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  • / Wälder
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  • / Steile Hänge
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  • / Wälder
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  • / Aussicht Richtung Norden Rosswald - Aletsch
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  • / Aussicht Norden Rosswald Aletsch
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  • / Wanderweg
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  • / Panorama
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  • / Sonnige Aussichten
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  • / Alpenpässeweg
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m 2500 2400 2300 2200 2100 2000 1900 1800 1700 18 16 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Hotel Simplon-Blick Restaurant Rosswald Rest. Mäderlicka - 2220 m.ü.M. Restaurant Parkplatz Bortelhütten Schallbett Rosswald
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.

This route passes through an inaccessible area and is therefore closed. Current information

closed
difficult
Distance 19.2 km
6:30 h
964 m
753 m

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).

Author’s recommendation

In Bortel, Rothwald, Wasenalp and on the Simplon Pass you can stop for refreshments.
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Author
Silvio Burgener 
Update: October 07, 2021
Difficulty
difficult
Stamina
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Landscape
Highest point
2,313 m
Lowest point
1,819 m
Best time of year
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Rest Stop

Bortelhütten
Rest. Mäderlicka - 2220 m.ü.M.
Herberge Hospiz Simplon
Hotel Simplon-Blick
Hotel Monte Leone
Restaurant Rosswald
Restaurant Parkplatz

Safety information

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

Tips and hints

auf www.brig-simplon.ch

 

auf Wanderland

Start

Rosswald (1,818 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'646'369E 1'128'274N
DD
46.304275, 8.040512
DMS
46°18'15.4"N 8°02'25.8"E
UTM
32T 426113 5128302
w3w 
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Destination

Simplonpass

Turn-by-turn directions

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).

Note

Wildlife refuge Ganter: January 01 - April 30
all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

You can reach Rosswald from Brig by post bus to Ried-Brig, LRR valley station and then by cable car.

Getting there

The most comfortable way to get to Rosswald is by cable car. Parking at the valley station is free in summer.

Parking

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.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'646'369E 1'128'274N
DD
46.304275, 8.040512
DMS
46°18'15.4"N 8°02'25.8"E
UTM
32T 426113 5128302
w3w 
///awesome.unusually.thrusters
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

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

Basic Equipment for Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Status
closed
Difficulty
difficult
Distance
19.2 km
Duration
6:30 h
Ascent
964 m
Descent
753 m
Public-transport-friendly Multi-stage route Scenic Refreshment stops available

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