Snowshoeing

On soft feet through winter landscapes

Enjoy the fascination of our winter wonderlands on soft feet: snowshoes. Feel the crisp air, glance at our majestic peaks on your hike. Snowshoe trails can be found in the area of Rothwald and Rosswald or on the Simplon Pass.

Our insiders’ tip: As a perfect ending ritual to a long hike, we recommend you warm up with a fondue and an exquisite glass of Fendant – and last but not least –  "a clear" one to warm up even more. See brochure can be found in the download area.

Be a responsible snowshoe hiker!

Snowshoeing is a huge trend. As a result the local wildlife and forests are impacted negatively. An information campaign by the local wildlife, hunter and forestry service aims to educate our guests on this topic. We kindly ask you to follow our guidelines and respect nature on your hikes, for your own safety as well as the future of our environment. More on this topic can be found here.

 
Ski Touring recommended route

Ski tour to the Bortelhorn

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Challenging ski tour to the Bortelhorn or the Punta del Rebbio Rauthorn in the Simplon region. Starting point of the tour is Berisal.
moderate
Distance 6 km
5:30 h
1,670 m
1,670 m
 

Ascent

Berisal – Ascend from the Berisal up to 2’400 m above the Bortelhütte. Continue upwards and east into a small hollow on the south to the northern end of the small Bortelglacier. Clearly turn into a south-southeast direction and over the Bortelglacier to the ski depot. In winter, the summit is rarely ascended.

Descent

Berisal – The descent is via the ascent route. This may vary depending on the risk assessment.

Author’s recommendation

Visit a restaurant in Simplon Dorf or Gabi to recharge your batteries.

Benefit from the new Simplon snowshoe and ski touring app. Earn points and get great rewards. Purchase the app at simplon.app.

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Bortelhorn, 3,195 m
Lowest point
Berisal, 1,524 m
Best time of year
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Cardinal direction
NESW

Rest Stop

Bortelhütten

Safety information

Safe skiing, alpine, quite difficult tour. Only accessible in very safe conditions.

 

Disclaimer of liability

 

Walking on routes in alpine terrain requires good physical condition, serious preparation and technical knowledge in mountain sports. The ascent of the routes described is at your own risk. Brig Simplon Tourismus AG SAC and the authors assume no liability for the topicality, correctness and completeness of the information provided. Liability claims of any kind against Brig Simplon Tourismus AG or against the authors are excluded.

 

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Tips and hints

More information about ski tours at: www.sac-cas.ch/de/huetten-und-touren

Questions about the Brig Simplon region: www.brig-simplon.ch

 

Start

Berisal (1,526 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.294360, 8.063624
DMS
46°17'39.7"N 8°03'49.0"E
UTM
32T 427879 5127179
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Destination

Bortelhorn

Turn-by-turn directions

Von der Bushaltestelle Berisal kann man der GPS-Route durch das Gantertal bis zur Bortelhütte folgen. Das Bortelhorn befindet sich in Sichtweite der Bortelhütte.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Take the bus from Brig or Iselle to Berisal.

 

Stop: Berisal, Kehr

Getting there

You can reach Berisal by car or bus.

Parking

There are parking spaces available in Berisal.

Coordinates

DD
46.294360, 8.063624
DMS
46°17'39.7"N 8°03'49.0"E
UTM
32T 427879 5127179
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

More information at the tourist office or the SAC.

Author’s map recommendations

Snowshoe and ski tour map 1: 50000 is available from the Brig and Simplon tourist office.

274S Visp ISBN number: 978-3-302-20274-7

Equipment

Complete ski touring equipment including rope, ice ax and crampons.

Similar routes nearby

  • Ski tour Rothwald Hohture (Hohturli, 2409 m above sea level)
  • Ski tour to the Mäderlicke (2887 meters above sea level)
  • Skitour auf das Mäderhorn (2890 m.ü.M.)
  • Skitour auf das Fülhorn (2738 m.ü.M)
  • Skitour to the Monte Leone
  • Ski tour on the Breithorn (3437 m above sea level)
  • Skitour to the Panettone
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
6 km
Duration
5:30 h
Ascent
1,670 m
Descent
1,670 m
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