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

Ski tour on the Galehorn (2797 m above sea level)

Ski Touring · Valais
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The Galehorn is a popular ski tour destination on the Simplon. There is a radio antenna on the summit. In good snow conditions, there are beautiful, even descents.
moderate
4.5 km
4:00 h
1,004 m
4 m
Ascent

Engeloch - From Engeloch you drive west over the Chrummbachbrücke near Chluismatta and climb over the Alpstafel and the following slope on the left bank of the Ritzibach up over the Wysse Bode (2,113 m). The steep slope at the end of the ground is overcome to the east (left) of the waterfall via the ramp. Above the rock ledge you cross the Ritzibach and climb in a small hollow towards the Sirwoltesattel (2,621 m). To the summit, continue to the right to the north.

Simplon Pass - The Galehorn can also be easily reached from the Simplon Pass via Hopsche on the Spitzhorli route. Leave the route at 2,180 m and cross the slope and valley of the Bistine Pass under the Straffel ridge. At the foot of the northern flank of the Galehorn, continue to Magelicke.

Descent

Engeloch - The descent is via the ascent track. Depending on the assessment of the dangers, this can also vary. In good and safe conditions, a classy and steep descent through the Ritzitälli is ideal.

Simplon Pass - The descent is via the ascent track. Depending on the assessment of the dangers, this can also vary. If the conditions are good and very safe, the descent down to the Bielti is ideal.

Egga - return to the Sirwoltesee like ascent. Then there is a 1 - 1½ hour ascent to the saddle to the right of the Wyssbodehorn at around 2,600 m. This effort is rewarded with a long, beautiful descent down to 1,500 m. From the saddle in front of the Wyssbodehorn drive through the hollow until the cliff face of the Schildhorn opens up the passage to Rossbodenalp. From here you go right over Furghalta and Stosbodu racy to the alpine huts on the Rossbodestafel.

Author’s recommendation

Simplon Dorf with its three hotels is known as a ski touring Mecca in winter. Go on varied tours every day.

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

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Galehorn, 2,797 m
Lowest point
Engeloch, 1,797 m
Best time of year
Jan
Feb
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Rest Stop

Alpenbrunch

Safety information

The inspection is at your own risk. Rapid changes in weather can occur. Be careful and don't put yourself in danger.

Safe skiing, alpine, quite difficult tour. Can only be walked in very safe conditions.

Be careful when driving snowdrifts on the steep slopes in front of the Sirwoltesee.

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, 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, Engeloch (1,800 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'644'727E 1'119'335N
DD
46.223977, 8.018337
DMS
46°13'26.3"N 8°01'06.0"E
UTM
32T 424294 5119401
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Destination

Galehorn

Turn-by-turn directions

Very popular ski touring destination. Beautiful, evenly steep slopes for great descents. The Ritzitäli can only be used in good snow and avalanche conditions.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public transport friendly

You can easily reach Simplon, Engeloch by post bus from Brig.

Getting there

By public transport or car to Simplon, Engeloch.

Parking

Parking spaces are available on the street.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'644'727E 1'119'335N
DD
46.223977, 8.018337
DMS
46°13'26.3"N 8°01'06.0"E
UTM
32T 424294 5119401
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Further 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

  • Skitour to the Sirwoltesattel (2621 m)
  • Ski tour on the Böshorn or Rauthorn (3269 m above sea level)
  • Skitour to the Magehorn (2621 m)
  • Skitour auf den Bistinenpass (2417 m.ü.M.)
  • Skitour to the Staldhorn
  • Ski tour to the Spitzhorli (2737 m above sea level)
  • Skitour to the Tochuhorn (2648 m above sea level)
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
4.5 km
Duration
4:00h
Ascent
1,004 m
Descent
4 m
Public transport friendly Loop Scenic Multi-stage route High-altitude ski tour

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