Historic routes

Historic routes

ViaStockalper - In the footsteps of the ingenious Kaspar Stockalper over the Simplon Pass - and without luggage!

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.


Starting point: Gondo
Destination: Brig
Distance: 33 km
Vertical metres: +2300m, -2520m
Hiking time: 15h
Season: June - October

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