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 Top

Skitour to the Tochuhorn (2648 m above sea level)

Ski Touring · Valais
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  • Zum Gpifelgrat des Tochuhorns
    / Zum Gpifelgrat des Tochuhorns
    Photo: Phil Brokholy, www.outdooractive.com
  • / Skitour auf das Tochuhorn
    Photo: Georges Sanga, www.sac-cas.ch
  • / Skitour auf das Tochuhorn
    Photo: Georges Sanga, www.sac-cas.ch
  • / Skitour auf das Tochuhorn
    Photo: Georges Sanga, www.sac-cas.ch
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Short and pretty ski tour from the Simplon to the Tochuhorn, which is also suitable for beginners. The tour is only feasible in very safe conditions. The wind often clears the top of the snow.
moderate
4.1 km
2:00 h
674 m
2 m
Ascent

Simplon Pass - You start on the Simplon Pass at 2,005 m and head west, across the plains past the hamlet of Hopsche into the traverse on the southern slope of the Tochuhorn. Later you turn in a north-westerly direction and continue up the valley between Tochuhorn and Straffelgrat (in a zigzag). The wide east ridge is now steep and on foot to the summit.

descent

Simplon Pass - The descent is via the ascent track. Depending on the assessment of the dangers, this can also vary.

Bielti / Simplonpass - In good and very safe conditions, instead of the traverse under the Tochuhorn, the descent down to Bielti is a good idea. At the end, this requires a return to the Simplon Pass of around 30 minutes.

Author’s recommendation

Ski tourers feel at home on the Simplon. Spend the night in one of the hotels on the pass or in the village and spend a few days touring in the region.

Benefit from the new Simplon snowshoe and ski touring app. Earn points and get great rewards. The app is at www.simplon.ch

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Tochuhorn, 2,648 m
Lowest point
Simplonpass, 1,985 m
Best time of year
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Rest Stop

Hospiz Simplon
Hotel Simplon-Blick
Hotel Monte Leone

Safety information

Safe skiing, alpine, quite difficult tour. Only accessible in very safe conditions, and you do so at your own risk.

Rapid changes in weather can occur. Be careful and do not put yourself in danger.

Disclaimer

Walking 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 do not assume any 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, hints and links

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

Simplon, top of the pass (1,987 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'645'191E 1'121'811N
DD
46.246217, 8.024586
DMS
46°14'46.4"N 8°01'28.5"E
UTM
32T 424807 5121866
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Destination

Tochuhorn

Turn-by-turn directions

The wind often sweeps away the snow. The ascent to the summit from the ski depot is somewhat exposed block climbing and we often encounter peaks.

Ascent / descent

A) Normal route from Simplon Pass. Difficulty ZS- Ascent / - -descent: 685m | Counter ascent on descent: 16m- Starting -altitude: 1990 m above sea level | Target altitude: 2659 m above sea level

-Time required ascent: 2¼ h | Distance: 2.7 km- Places on the route: Tochuhorn

Ascent / descent

C) from the Simplon Pass. Difficulty WS

-Ascent / descent: 669m | Counter ascent on descent: 0m- Starting

-altitude: 1990 m above sea level | Target altitude: 2659 m above sea level

-Time required ascent: 2¼ h | Distance: 4 km

Other options (without track)

Departure

B) according to Schallberg. Difficulty ZS

-Departure: 1696m | Counter ascent on descent: 328m

-Starting altitude: 2659 meters above sea level | Target

-altitude: 1291 m above sea level

-Lowest point: 1121 m above sea level | Highest point: 2659 meters above sea level

-Time required for departure: 3 h | Distance: 11.2 km

-Places on the route: Lengritz - Schilte - Unners Nesseltal - Guggili (Brig-Glis - VS) - Aspji - Chalchofe (Ried-Brig - VS)

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public transport friendly

You can reach the Simplon Pass by post bus from Brig or Iselle (Domodossola, IT), stopping at Simplon Hospiz, Hospiz.

Getting there

By post bus or private vehicle to the Simplon Pass, hospice.

Parking

Parking spaces are available on the Simplon Pass.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'645'191E 1'121'811N
DD
46.246217, 8.024586
DMS
46°14'46.4"N 8°01'28.5"E
UTM
32T 424807 5121866
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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 to the Spitzhorli (2737 m above sea level)
  • Skitour to the Staldhorn
  • Skitour auf den Bistinenpass (2417 m.ü.M.)
  • Skitour on the Wasenhorn or Punta Terrarossa (3245.8 m above sea level)
  • Skitour auf den Straffelgrat (2633 m.ü.M)
  • Skitour ab dem Simplon Pass auf den Monte Leone (3553 m.ü.M.)
  • Skitour to the Panettone
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
4.1 km
Duration
2:00h
Ascent
674 m
Descent
2 m
Public transport friendly Loop Scenic Refreshment stops available Summit route High-altitude ski tour Clear area suitable for snowboards

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