Silent Nanztal Valley Crossing

Simplonpass - Giw/Visperterminen

Three mountain passes, a silent valley and ancient irrigation channel on the way across the Simplon Pass to scenic Giw, high above the Vispertal valley.

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Technical information

Starting point:Simplon/Hospiz
Reaching the starting point:Bus from Brig to the Simplon Hospiz
Reaching your destination:Chairlift from Giw to Visperterminen, bus to Visp
Technical challenge:medium
Physical challenge:difficult
Length:17.4 km
Hiking time:5 hours 50 min
Catering:Restaurant Monte Leone, Simplonpass; Bergrestaurant Giw
Time of year:July to October


Hardest part of this tour is right at the beginning, with the climb from the top of the Simplon Pass to the height of the Bistine Pass, during which you ascend a total 400-meters in altitude. And you view a significant change of scenery on reaching the top of this mountain pass: Ahead the steep and lonely Nanztal valley, and the magnificent Bietschhorn pyramid stretching sky-high on the horizon. Those who don’t shy slopes or great heights can cross the valley via the Bistist signboard on a more or less straight path. But more pleasant and certainly very scenic is a detour via the Talhintergrund. With gentle ups and downs you now progress to Fulmoos-Seelein, from where the route continues along an idyllic path to the Heido-Suone irrigation channel. Such water channels were already in use during the Middle Ages, carrying precious loads of glacial water to the neighbouring Vispertal valley. On a barely perceptible slope you then reach the third pass on the tour, namely the Gibidum Pass. And it’s here on the west side that you hike the final leg to Giw along a short but very steep downhill path.

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The careful planning of a tour will ensure that you also derive the maximum pleasure and enjoyment from it. Please take the time to contact the local information centre and enquire about route and weather conditions before setting off. Your intended trail may be fully or partially closed, depending on the time of year and weather conditions.

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