Italian and Swiss soldiers faced each other at the Monscerapass during the last world war. Cigrate-smugglers and border guards tried to outwit each other.
The Zwischbergenbus (call bus) takes you from the Zollamt Gondo stop up to the Berggasthof Bord in the Zwischbergental. It is worth arriving the day before and spending the night here.
The old mule track and smuggler's trail leads over Alpe Härd up to Alpe Waira. Depending on the season, you can witness the preparation of Waira Alpine cheese. Through the light larch forest you climb up to the blue Waira lake. An old trail leads across the moor meadow to the ascent to Lake Tschawinersee. With the panorama of Monte Leone in the background, Lake Tschawinersee is one of the most beautiful mountain lakes in Valais. After a short ascent, the trail leads over rock terraces past the tongue of the Block glacier to Italy. The short descent leads you to the Riffugio Gattascosa. A short ascent then leads to the Monscerapass. From the pass summit, the smuggler's path leads through the larch forest down to Alpe Pussetta and on to Zwischbergen to Gasthof Bord.
In the Rifugio Gattascosa and in the Zwischbergen there are food possibilities.
The hike is at your own risk. Insurance is the responsibility of the hiker.
Equipment adapted to the weather is indispensable. For all hikes it is strongly recommended to wear good, sturdy mountain boots.
Further hikes and information on www.brig-simplon.ch