Numerous historically significant routes traverse the Valais. The villages and cities along the Alpine passes have long been important thoroughfares and trading centres on the way to the trade routes of the south. A hike along these historically significant paths is at the same time a journey into the past. There are many fascinating stories to discover – travelling merchants and mercenaries have left numerous traces and impressive buildings behind them.
ViaStockalper - The attraction of opposites
Times were hard, the roads dangerous. Three centuries ago Kaspar Jodok von Stockalper, the «King of the Simplon», seized the chance to improve the old mule track over the Simplon Pass, thereby laying the foundation of his huge trading empire. The contrasts of the ViaStockalper give it its special appeal: north of the pass it crosses the lonely Taferna valley, while to the south it goes through the wild Gondo gorge. And all along the way many of Stockalper’s monumental buildings still stand.
Distance: 33 km
Vertical metres: +2300m, -2520m
Hiking time: 15h
Season: June - October