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.

This snowshoe trail leads over the Simplon Pass to the Wenghorn and offers a 360° view of the surrounding mountains. To the north, the panorama stretches up to the Aletsch region and its famous UNESCO Word Heritage glacier, as well as the Bernese Alps. Hikers can enjoy the view from the very beginning of winter, thanks to the trail’s sunny location. In winter, the landscape surrounding the pass is both picturesque and romantic, quite apart from being a wonderful hiking area thanks to its high location and flat plains. Winter sports enthusiasts can take a rest or warm up after their hike at the Simplon hospice or in one of the restaurants.

Turn-by-turn directions

This snowshoe hike begins at the Monte Leone Restaurant, where the "Simplon, Monte Leone" Post Bus stop is located. The pink marker posts are clearly visible from the road.

The route traverses the Simplon Pass heading north. Follow the markers through a varied landscape to an altitude of around 2,100 metres above sea level. Once on the peak, you’ll have an incredible view of the Simplon Pass and the hospice, as well the surrounding mountains such as  the Bortelhorn, Wasenhorn, Monte Leone and Breithorn, prior to descending in an easterly direction to the Hopschusee.  You’ll soon see the proud nine-metre high Simplon Eagle rising proudly before you, after which the final descent leads back to where you started.

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

Author's recommendation

Enjoy a warm cup of tea after a great hike at one of the three restaurants 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)

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.