Winter hiking

Winter hiking

Winter hike Simplonpass

Experience the untouched landscape of the Simplon Pass on foot - in winter. The historic Alpine crossing is open and accessible even in the cold season. The winter hiking trail is designed as a circular hike and starts at the top of the pass at 1992 metres above sea level.

First you hike along the winter hiking trail from the Simplon Pass, the historic border crossing between Switzerland and Italy, towards the Simplon Dorf. It is advisable to complete the circular hike in good conditions, as the route is then prepared. Before reaching the end of the hike, you will pass through various untouched landscapes with breathtaking views. The Barralhaus and Alte Spittel are particularly exciting along the circular hiking trail. The Barralhaus is an impressive and fascinating H-shaped building that was originally built for seminars and then used by the Swiss army. The Alte Spittel is the former hospice built in 1650 by Kaspar Stockalper. At this place, one has the possibility to leave the path at the nearby bus stop or to continue walking until one arrives again at the Simplon Pass.

Turn-by-turn directions

Walk from the Simplon Pass towards Simplon Dorf on the winter hiking trail. If the conditions are good, the route is prepared. You hike past various hamlets and come to the Barralhaus and Alten Spittel. Here you can leave the trail or continue walking until you reach the Simplon Pass again.

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

Author's recommendation

Post bus stops are located at several waypoints.

There are restaurants on the Simplon Pass:  

  • Hotel Monte Leone
  • Hotel Simplonblick

Technical information

  • Altitude

    1992 m 1844 m

  • Ascent

    148 m

  • Descent

    148 m

  • Technique

    Bewertung: 2.0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Stamina

    Bewertung: 3.0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Experience

    Bewertung: 5 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Landscape

    Bewertung: 5.0 von 5.0 Punkten

Public transport

From the SBB railway station in Brig, you can easily reach the Simplon Pass by PostBus. The hiking trail starts at the Simplonpass, Monte Leone stop.


By PostBus or private vehicle.


You can park your car free of charge on the Simplon Pass.


Good footwear, partly snowshoes and clothes adapted to weather conditions.

Safety information

The Simplon Pass is situated at around 2,000 metres above sea level. Pay close attention to weather conditions and the danger of avalanches . Brig Simplon Tourismus and the operators accept no liability. The winter hiking trail is not signposted.


Visit the tourist office in Simplon Dorf for more information and literature.


Hiking maps are available from the Brig and Simplon Tourist Offices.