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Schmugglerpfad: Zwischbergen - Tschawinersee - Mocerapass

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  • Tschawinersee
    Tschawinersee
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
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Italian and Swiss soldiers faced each other at the Monscerapass during the last world war. Cigrate-smugglers and border guards tried to outwit each other.
Open
difficult
Distance 13 km
7:00 h
1,127 m
1,127 m
2,235 m
1,290 m

The Zwischbergenbus (call bus) takes you from the Zollamt Gondo stop up to the Berggasthof Bord in the Zwischbergental. It is worth arriving the day before and spending the night here.

The old mule track and smuggler's trail leads over Alpe Härd up to Alpe Waira. Depending on the season, you can witness the preparation of Waira Alpine cheese. Through the light larch forest you climb up to the blue Waira lake. An old trail leads across the moor meadow to the ascent to Lake Tschawinersee. With the panorama of Monte Leone in the background, Lake Tschawinersee is one of the most beautiful mountain lakes in Valais. After a short ascent, the trail leads over rock terraces past the tongue of the Block glacier to Italy. The short descent leads you to the Riffugio Gattascosa. A short ascent then leads to the Monscerapass. From the pass summit, the smuggler's path leads through the larch forest down to Alpe Pussetta and on to Zwischbergen to Gasthof Bord.

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Author’s recommendation

In the Rifugio Gattascosa and in the Zwischbergen there are food possibilities.
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Author
Silvio Burgener 
Update: June 08, 2022
Difficulty
difficult
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Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2,235 m
Lowest point
1,290 m
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Track types

Asphalt 4.24%Forested/wild trail 7.15%Path 72.68%Unknown 15.91%
Asphalt
0.6 km
Forested/wild trail
0.9 km
Path
9.5 km
Unknown
2.1 km
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Rest stops

Rifugio Gattascosa
Berggasthof Bord

Safety information

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

Tips and hints

Further hikes and information on www.brig-simplon.ch

Start

Gondo, post bus stop (1,358 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'652'211E 1'112'534N
DD
46.162263, 8.114572
DMS
46°09'44.1"N 8°06'52.5"E
UTM
32T 431640 5112457
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Destination

Zwischbergen, post bus stop (Bord)

Turn-by-turn directions

Zwischbergen Bord – Härd – Alpe Waira – Tschawinersee – Bocchetta Gattascosa – Riffugio Gattascosa – Monscerapass – Alpe Pussetta – Härd – Zwischbergen Bord

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all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

From Brig you can travel by post bus to Gondo. The Zwischbergen bus (Rufbus) runs from Gondo to Zwischbergen during the summer season.

Getting there

By post bus or private vehicle.

Parking

Parking is available in Gondo or Zwischbergen.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'652'211E 1'112'534N
DD
46.162263, 8.114572
DMS
46°09'44.1"N 8°06'52.5"E
UTM
32T 431640 5112457
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Hiking maps are available from the Brig and Simplon Tourist Offices.

Equipment

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

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Status
Open
Difficulty
difficult
Distance
13 km
Duration
7:00 h
Ascent
1,127 m
Descent
1,127 m
Highest point
2,235 m
Lowest point
1,290 m
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