Simplon Pass – Legendary Mountain Passes
The Simplon Pass has been a key passage for centuries between the Valais and Italy. The grade of the pass is generally steady throughout the ascension, so you can admire the unobstructed views over the Rhone Valley and into the Haut-Valais while you advance bit by bit into an exceptional Alpine environment.
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Leaving from Brig, the first few kilometres along the road to the Simplon Pass gradually rise with unobstructed views over a large valley. You pedal through Alpine meadows with the Wasenhorn and Monte Leone looming overhead. The old road up the pass allows you to avoid the traffic on the international road and gives an irresistible charm all along the ascent. After several kilometres, you will cross a suspension bridge above a pristine valley dotted with century-old trees. Several switchbacks higher up bring you into galleries that will protect you from several torrents rushing down the side of the mountain and often bloated by melting snow in the summer. At the summit, the Simplon hospice is worth a visit before a well-deserved break at the restaurant at the pass.