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Bortelhütte

Discover a varied hike from Rosswald to Bortel and down to Berisal. The starting and finishing points are accessible by public transport. Bortelalp has much to offer – including a cosy alpine hut.

This trail leading up to the Bortelhütte mountain hut takes hikers through a wide variety of landscapes. It begins in Rosswald, a car-free village that is accessible by cable car and situated on a sunny terrace at the edge of the Simplon Pass. From there, the route heads uphill to Bortelalp, far from the hustle and bustle of town. The trail runs along larch forests, winds across alpine pastures where sheep graze in flocks, and climbs up to the Bortelhütte, which offers an unobstructed and commanding view over the Gantertal, the Ganterbrücke and the Glishorn.

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From Binntal to Val d'Anniviers

The Alpine-passes trail connects the most beautiful valleys of Valais. This tour starts in Binntal – a dreamy valley and a nature reservoir. The enchanting landscape is followed by the first alpine experience. The walk via Salfischpass takes you up to almost 3000 metres and shows you amazing views on the snow-covered peaks of Valais. The end of the trip is rough and rocky. Snow covered peaks tower above the valleys of Mattertal and Val d'Anniviers and some of the wildest tales of mountaineers were written in these valleys.

Itinerary

Day 1: Individual arrival in Brig | Binn - Rosswald

By train and bus to Binn. The attractive pass hike over the Saflischpass affords the first views of the Valais 4000-metre-mountain world. The village of Rosswald offers views down into the Rhone Valley from its scenic terrace.

Approx. 17 km, 1'350 m ascent, 900 m descent, length approx. 6.5 h.

Day 2: Rosswald - Simplonpass

By bus and cable car back to Rosswald. A varied stage, with panoramic scenery throughout: Alpine climb to Bortelhütte, blueberry picking above Rothwald in autumn. The trail leads along the pass road gallery from Schallbett to the Simplonpass.

Approx. 17 km, 1'150 m ascent, 1'000 m descent, length approx. 6.5 h.

Day 3: Simplonpass – Visperterminen

Panoramic tour to Bistinepass: glaciated mountains above the Simplon, the Bernese Alps to the north. From little Fulmoos lake along the water channel to Gebidumpass. View of Mischabel mountains with Switzerland’s highest peak, the 4545m Dom.

Approx. 19.5 km, 840 m ascent, 880 m descent, length approx. 6 h.

Day 4: Visperterminen - Saas-Fee

A classic high-level hike with wonderful views in upper Valais. With little height difference along mountain slopes through forests and Alpine pastures. Sun-browned old storage huts, barns and stables. Views of the grandiose 4000-metre mountain chain.

Approx. 24 km, 1'245 m ascent, 1'410 m descent, length approx. 8 h.

Day 5: Saas-Fee - Grächen

Demanding high-level trail between Saas-Fee and Grächen, extremely exposed in parts. Steel cables providing secure holds on precarious sections. Dizzying views deep into the Saastal and enthralling views to the Fletschhorn, Lagginhorn and Weissmies. By cable car from the Hannigalp towards Grächen.

Approx. 20 km, 1'250 m ascent, 1'450 m descent, length approx. 7 h.

Day 6: Grächen - Gruben

By bus to St. Niklaus and with the cable car up to the hamlet of Jungu, perched like an eagle’s nest above Switzerland’s deepest valley. Overwhelming views: Mischabel mountains with the Dom (4545 m) and Weisshorn. Medieval trade route to beautiful Turtmanntal.

Approx. 13 km, 1'025 m ascent, 1'200 m descent, length approx. 5.5 h.

Day 7: Gruben - Hotel Weisshorn

Impressive views to Bishorn and Weisshorn from Meidpass. Planetenweg (planet trail) at historic Hotel Weisshorn.

Approx. 11 km, 1'160 m ascent, 645 m descent, length approx. 4.5 h.

Day 8: Hotel Weisshorn - Grimentz | Departure

Descent into the Val d'Anniviers past the Pointes de Nava. The tour through the village of Ayer and then back up to the Ancien Bisse de Morasse. A long, varied stage.

Approx. 12 km, 530 m ascent, 1'290 m descent, length approx. 4 h.

Tour characteristic

A smooth start in the beginning in the valley of Goms. As soon as you reach Simplonpass the trails get more rugged. Especially the walk from Saas-Fee to Grächen is difficult. You must not suffer from vertigo if you walk this part. Good physical condition is required to walk the long legs. A walk for experienced hikers.

Services included:

  • 7 overnight stays with breakfast

  • Halfboard in Hotel Weisshorn

  • Daily luggage transfers (except Hotel-Weisshorn)

  • Carefully elaborated route

  • Detailed travel documents (1x per room)

  • GPS data available

  • Service hotline

Not included:

  • Rides on the bus and cable cars are not included in the price (Hannigalp - Grächen, St. Niklaus - Jungen) approx. CHF 20 with half-fare card

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price!

Possibility of additional nights - booking after your payment (you will be contacted by our booking team):

  • Brig: CHF 85.- (per person in double room)

  • Single room surcharge: CHF 40.-

  • Binntal: CHF 85.- (per person in double room)

  • Single room surcharge: CHF 40.-

  • Grimentz: CHF 85.- (per person in double room)

  • Single room surcharge: CHF 40.-

Cancellation conditions:

  • Up to 29 days before start of the trip: 20%

  • 28 – 15 days before start of the trip: 50%

  • 14 – 08 days before start of the trip: 70%

  • 07 – 1 days before start of the trip: 90%

  • 0 day before start of the trip / No–show: 100%

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Turn-by-turn directions

Take the cable-car from Ried-Brig to the village of Rosswald and follow a hiking trail that crosses the central car park, the alp itself being car-free. The route continues to the Bergwasser bisse and takes you to Stafel alpine pasture. You’ll then follow the path downhill, bearing right and watching your step as you go. From Stafel, follow the signs to Bortelalp. After roughly a kilometre, anyone with a head for heights can take the path on the right that overlooks the bisse on its way to Steinutal. Hikers who suffer from vertigo are instead advised to take the path that branches left and make their way across the flank of the Seewjistafel to Steinutal. This will, however, add around 40 to 60 minutes to the hike. Once you reach Steinutal, climb up to Steinuchäller and follow the hiking path to the Bortelhütte mountain hut. After a well-earned rest at the hut, take the path back down to Berisal.

Start: Rosswald (1824 m)
Destination: Berisal (1526 m)

Author's recommendation

Enjoy the panoramic view of the valley from the Bortelhütte. You can also make out the Glishorn from the terrace of the Bortelhütte.

Technical information

  • Altitude

    2110 m 1527 m

  • Ascent

    415 m

  • Descent

    713 m

  • Technique

    Bewertung: 4.0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Stamina

    Bewertung: 4.0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Experience

    Bewertung: 5 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Landscape

    Bewertung: 6.0 von 5.0 Punkten

Public transport

From Brig railway station, take the bus to Ried-Brig and descend at the stop “Ried-Brig, Talstation” for the cable car to Rosswald, starting point of your hike to the Bortelhütte. When you arrive in Berisal at the end of your hike, you can take a bus back to Brig station.

Approach

It is best to leave your car in Brig and continue by public transport (follow the instructions under the heading "Public transport").

Parking

The best option is to park at Brig station, which has two car parks

Equipment

We recommend: 

  • good footwear
  • clothing suitable for the weather: always carry a waterproof jacket
  • hat or cap
  • sunscreen
  • bottle for water
  • picnic
  • camera
  • binoculars (optional)
  • hiking poles (optional)
  • printout of this hike (click «Print» icon, to download)   

For certain walks:

  • Swimwear

Safety information

Use of the trails and the information on this website is at hikers’ own risk. Local conditions may entail changes to routes. Valais/Wallis Promotion accepts no liability for the accuracy and completeness of information on this website.

For all hikes:

  • Bring a map. Download full description of this route including large-scale map by clicking on «Print» icon, top right of this page.
  • Use marked trails only, and observe all signposting – for your own safety, to safeguard grazing animals and to avoid disturbing wildlife.
  • Close gates after passing through.
  • Please be considerate to other trail users, and to the plants and animals.
  • Do not leave any waste in nature.

For mountain hikes:

  • Take extra care protecting yourself from the sun at altitude. UV radiation can be exceptionally strong, even in cloudy weather.
  • Plan hike carefully: take into consideration fitness level of each participant, weather forecast and season.
  • Weather conditions can change quickly in the mountains, without warning. Appropriate clothing is therefore essential, along with adequate supplies of food and water. In uncertain weather, turn back in good time.

For high-altitude hikes:

  • Inform others of the route you plan to take. Whenever possible, avoid going alone.
  • Do not venture onto glaciers without a mountain guide.
  • Take note of the warning signs that point out the constant danger in river beds and along watercourses below dams and reservoirs: water levels may rise rapidly without warning.

Additional information

Further information:

Literature

The tourist office in Brig has got brochures and information material about hiking in the region.

Maps

SwissTopoMaps 1:25'000: 1,289 Brig