Stage 3.1: Simplon Dorf – Gondo
Gondo Gorge Variant
From the paved village square, the mule track leads past the “Alter Gasthof” through the “Stutzji” to the southern village exit and on the Napoleon road to a field road. This crosses under the national road and from there descends over the meadowland of the “Chluisä” towards Gabi. From Gabi, a direct path leads through the impressive Gondo Gorge to Gondo. In the Gondo Gorge, individual parts of the mule track laid out by Kaspar Stockalper have been preserved with the original paved path surface. After the construction of the Napoleonic road, however, most of the Stockalper path was destroyed. For this reason, during its renovation in 2001/02, the hiking trail had to be rebuilt in the gorge, which is highly susceptible to rockfall, with metal passerelles and footbridges and on the galleries of the national road. At the northern entrance to the Gondo Gorge, the trail passes a ruin in the “Äbi”, a building designed by Kaspar Stockalper as a goods depot. From here, the trail passes the “Alte Kaserne” (old barracks), a Napoleonic military building connected to the Stockalper trail by a passerelle. At the Gondo infantry fortress, the trail runs underground through a tunnel-like passage. Below the Gondo fortress, a well-preserved, carefully paved section of path has been preserved on the right side of the valley. Then the path crosses the Doveria on a new metal footbridge. On the left side of the valley, the path descends to Gondo.
Places of interest on this stage: