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Von Simplon Dorf zum Lagginbiwak SAC

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  • Route towards Laggin Biwak
    / Route towards Laggin Biwak
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Route towards Laggin Biwak
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Seehorn and Furggu
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Laggin Biwak
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / View at the Laggin Biwak
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Waterfalls Laggin
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
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Enjoy the hike as a circular trail or use the Lagginbiwak as a starting point for exciting mountain tours to the Lagginhorn, Fletschhorn and many more.

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

Distance 16.6 km
7:00 h
1,113 m
1,113 m

The round arch passage at the Hotel Post in Simplon village gives the "Entrée" to the big round. Right behind it, the route climbs over meadows to Lowigrabu. Half an hour higher the path crosses the Mälchgrabu and then it meanders between the rocky cliffs on the north-eastern flank of the Wenghorn up to the small Antonius wayside shrine high above the entrance to the Laggintal. The narrow path now runs crosswise into the valley. Above Schafalpe Färricha the white-red-white marked trail leads to Lagginbiwak SAC.


The descent begins as a leisurely high-level hike and leads us with a view of Lagginhorn, Weissmies and stony meadows in slight ups and downs to the innermost Laggin Valley. Here you cross several glacier streams, where the path bends: down to the left, partly steep and slippery, and in bends dodging the rocks. Below the Bidemji huts you enter the forest. After Laggii you walk out to the Simplon road and up to Simplon Dorf.


Further information

Author’s recommendation

The remote Laggin valley is considered one of the most interesting butterfly regions in Europe. In Simplon Dorf you can find hotels and restaurants.
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Silvio Burgener 
Update: October 07, 2021
Highest point
2,443 m
Lowest point
1,368 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Hotel Post Simplon Dorf
Hotel Grina
Hotel Fletschhorn

Safety information

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

Tips and hints



Simplon Dorf, Post (1,476 m)
2'647'607E 1'116'189N
46.195483, 8.055342
46°11'43.7"N 8°03'19.2"E
32T 427111 5116201


Simplon Dorf, Post

Turn-by-turn directions

Simplon Dorf - St. Antonius - Goldweng - Lagginbiwak SAC - Laggintal - Simplon Dorf


HISTORY of the Lagginbiwak


In the Laggin valley, called "Blattu", there was originally a primitive camp site used by shepherds, hunters and mountaineers. The first bivouac in the Laggin valley was a gift from the then independent "Swiss Women's Alpine Club" (SFAC / CSFA - Basel Committee) to the Monte Rosa Section. This insulated aluminium construction with 12 seats was already at that time a trend-setting bivouac form and was presented with all the facilities in the original at the "Swiss Exhibition for Women's Work - SAFFA 1958" in Zürich. It was built in 1958/59 under the direction of Adolf Augsburger from Naters at an altitude of 2752m. The disassembled structure was transported by the well-known glacier pilot Hermann Geiger by helicopter from Simplon Dorf to the Laggintal. The inauguration took place on 6 September 1959. A dust avalanche destroyed the bivouac on 31 March 1981 after a service life of 22 years. As a new construction, an aluminium construction was used again, but with interior panelling made of larch wood. The complete equipment includes 10 sleeping places, a wood stove and an emergency radio (with K-channel). On 14 September 1983, the three fully equipped building elements could be mounted on the prepared foundation and the bivouac could be put into operation the same day. Jakob Zenklusen of Simplon Dorf had been involved in both bivouacs as a craftsman and hut keeper for over 37 years since 1957. Since 1994 his daughter Irma has continued this long family tradition as hut keeper.


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Public transport


Simplon Dorf is easily accessible by post bus.

Getting there

By post bus or private vehicle to Simplon Dorf.


Parking is available in Simplon Dorf.


2'647'607E 1'116'189N
46.195483, 8.055342
46°11'43.7"N 8°03'19.2"E
32T 427111 5116201
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Hiking maps are available at the Brig and Simplon Dorf Tourist Office.


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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16.6 km
7:00 h
1,113 m
1,113 m
Public-transport-friendly Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available Insider tip


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