Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing

Snowshoe Tour on the Simplonpass

The wildly romantic Simplon is also worth discovering in winter. The circular hike offers varied views and is guaranteed snow thanks to its location at 2000m.

The snowshoe trail leads over the Simplon Pass to the "Weng" hill. While walking you can enjoy the 360 ° view of the surrounding mountains. If the Fletschhorn dominates at the beginning, after around 30 minutes the hikers have a view to the north of the Aletsch area and the Bernese Alps. The trail is accessible early in winter thanks to its sunny location. The hike is especially beautiful with fresh snow. Thanks to its high location and flat plains, the Simplon Pass is a wonderful hiking area. Especially in winter, the pass landscape shows an undiscovered, romantic side. In the Simplon hospice or in the restaurants, winter sports enthusiasts can take care of themselves or warm up after the hike. You can easily reach the Simplon pass by postbus from Brig or Domodossola. Free parking spaces are also available on the pass.

Turn-by-turn directions

The snowshoe hike begins at the Monte Leone restaurant, where the «Simplon, Monte Leone» postbus stop is also located. The trail entrance is on the right side of the building behind the garages. The pink colored pillars are clearly visible from the street.

The route traverses the plains on the Simplon Pass to the north. Following the marking pillars, winter athletes climb to an altitude of around 2,100 m above sea level. M. high. You cross a varied landscape. At the beginning of the hike you can see the area southwest of the Simplon Pass. Gampisch, Spittelmatte, Altes Spittel and Barralhaus can be seen in the foreground. In the background the peaks of Fletschhorn, Böshorn / Rauthorn, Galehorn, ...

In some places caution is advised, especially with fresh snow. Slides can come loose on the slope.

After the climb to 2,100 meters, the hikers overlook the Simplon Pass. The Simplon hospice at the foot of the Hübschhorn is very impressive. The mountain peaks are now also beautiful in an easterly direction. Bortelhorn, Wasenhorn, Monte Leone and Breithorn to the Hübschhorn.

The route leads down to the “Hopsche” alpine board and further east past the “Hopschusee”. You will soon see the proud 9-meter-high Simplon Adler, which the route also leads past. The last descent from Simplon Adler goes down to the entry level.

It is also possible to start the route from the Simplon hospice parking lot. In this case, go over the underpass of the national road to the entry level at the Hotel Monte Leone.

Start: Simplonpass (1991 m)
Destination: Simplonpass (1990 m)

Author's recommendation

After a successful hike, restaurants (hospice, Hotel Monte Leone, Hotel Simplonblick) invite you to a warm cup of tea on the Simplon Pass.

Technical information

  • Altitude

    2106 m 1984 m

  • Ascent

    171 m

  • Descent

    173 m

  • Technique

    Bewertung: 3.0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Stamina

    Bewertung: 3.0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Experience

    Bewertung: 3 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Landscape

    Bewertung: 4.0 von 5.0 Punkten

Public transport

The Simplon Pass can be easily reached by post bus all year round.

Approach

By car or post bus to the Simplon Pass.

Parking

Free parking is available.

Equipment

Our recommendation:

  • good, waterproof footwear
  • snowshoes
  • hiking poles
  • clothing suitable for the weather: always carry a waterproof jacket
  • hat or cap
  • sunscreen
  • bottle for water, picnic
  • camera

printout of this hike (click “Print” icon, top right, to download)

You can rent snowshoeing equipment in Brig at the glacier sport. (+41 27 923 46 46)

Safety information

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

 

  • 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.
  • Please be considerate to other trail users, and to the plants and animals. Do not leave any waste in nature.
  • 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.
  • Inform others of planned route, and whenever possible avoid going alone.
  • 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.
  • Do not venture onto glaciers without a mountain guide.
  • Take note of the warning signs that point out the constant danger, especially the danger of avalanches.

Literature

Exciting documents on the history of the Simplon Pass are available at the tourist office in Simplon Dorf and Brig.

Maps

Winter maps and information are available from the Brig and Simplon Tourist Office.