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.

 
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Winter hike Simplonpass

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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.
moderate
3.2 km
1:30 h
19 m
153 m
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.

Author’s recommendation

Post bus stops are located at several waypoints.

There are restaurants on the Simplon Pass:  

  • Hotel Monte Leone
  • Hotel Simplonblick
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1,992 m
Lowest point
1,843 m
Best time of year
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Rest Stop

Hotel Monte Leone
Hospiz Simplon

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.

Tips, hints and links

You can find more information at:

www.simplon.ch

Start

Simplonpass (1,991 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.245645, 8.024021
DMS
46°14'44.3"N 8°01'26.5"E
UTM
32T 424762 5121803
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Destination

Simplonpass

Turn-by-turn directions

First you hike on the winter hiking trail from the Simplon Pass, the historic border crossing between Switzerland and Italy, towards Simplon Dorf. It is advisable to complete the circular hike in good conditions, because then the route is groomed.

Before the goal of the hike is reached, you hike through various untouched landscapes with breathtaking views. Particularly exciting: along the circular hiking trail are the Barralhaus and the Alte Spittel. The Barralhaus is an impressive and fascinating H-shaped building that was originally built for seminars and then used by the Swiss army. The Old Spittel is the former hospice built by Kaspar Jodok Stockalper in 1650, at which point you can either leave the path at the nearby bus stop or continue until you get back to the Simplon Pass.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public transport friendly

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.

Getting there

By PostBus or private vehicle.

Parking

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

Coordinates

DD
46.245645, 8.024021
DMS
46°14'44.3"N 8°01'26.5"E
UTM
32T 424762 5121803
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

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

Author’s map recommendations

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

Equipment

Our recommendation:
  • hiking poles
  • snowshoes
  • good and waterproof footwear
  • weather-dependent (waterproof) and warm clothing
  • headgear
  • sun protection
  • camera

printout of the hiking trail (click "Print" to download).

You can rent snowshoeing equipment in Brig from the glacier sport. (41 27 923 46 46)

Difficulty
moderate
Distance
3.2 km
Duration
1:30h
Ascent
19 m
Descent
153 m
Public transport friendly Scenic Insider tip Loop Refreshment stops available Family friendly Cultural/historical value Groomed snow

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