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.

 
Snowshoeing recommended route

Snowshoe Tour on the Simplonpass

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  • Schneeschuhlaufen Simplonpass beim Hospiz Simplon
    / Schneeschuhlaufen Simplonpass beim Hospiz Simplon
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Schneeschuhlaufen Simplonpass
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Schneeschuhtrail Simplonpass
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Schneeschuhlaufen Simplon
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Winter hiking Simplon
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Wiler Hopsche im Winter
    Photo: Nanzer Roland, SAC
  • / Simplon Adler im Winter
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Schneeschuhtrail Simplon
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
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The wildly romantic Simplon is also worth discovering in winter. The circular hike offers varied views and is guaranteed snow thanks to its location at 2000m.
closed
moderate
Distance 4.6 km
2:00 h
178 m
178 m
The snowshoe trail leads over the Simplon Pass to the "Weng" hill. While walking you can enjoy the 360 ° view of the surrounding mountains. If the Fletschhorn dominates at the beginning, after around 30 minutes the hikers have a view to the north of the Aletsch area and the Bernese Alps. The trail is accessible early in winter thanks to its sunny location. The hike is especially beautiful with fresh snow. Thanks to its high location and flat plains, the Simplon Pass is a wonderful hiking area. Especially in winter, the pass landscape shows an undiscovered, romantic side. In the Simplon hospice or in the restaurants, winter sports enthusiasts can take care of themselves or warm up after the hike.

You can easily reach the Simplon pass by postbus from Brig or Domodossola. Free parking spaces are also available on the pass.

Author’s recommendation

After a successful hike, restaurants (hospice, Hotel Monte Leone, Hotel Simplonblick) invite you to a warm cup of tea on the Simplon Pass.
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Risk potential
Highest point
Hopsche, 2,106 m
Lowest point
Simplonpass, 1,977 m
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Cardinal direction
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Rest Stop

Hotel Simplon-Blick
Hotel Monte Leone
Hospiz Simplon

Safety information

Use of the snowshoe trails and the information on this website is at hikers’ own risk. Local conditions may entail changes to routes. Valais/Wallis Promotion/Brig Simplon Tourismus AG accepts no liability for the accuracy and completeness of information on this website.

 

  • Bring a map. Download full description of this route including large-scale map by clicking on “Print” icon, top right of this page.
  • Use marked trails only, and observe all signposting – for your own safety, to safeguard grazing animals and to avoid disturbing wildlife.
  • Please be considerate to other trail users, and to the plants and animals. Do not leave any waste in nature.
  • Take extra care protecting yourself from the sun at altitude. UV radiation can be exceptionally strong, even in cloudy weather.
  • Plan hike carefully: take into consideration fitness level of each participant, weather forecast and season.
  • Inform others of planned route, and whenever possible avoid going alone.
  • Weather conditions can change quickly in the mountains, without warning. Appropriate clothing is therefore essential, along with adequate supplies of food and water. In uncertain weather, turn back in good time.
  • Do not venture onto glaciers without a mountain guide.
  • Take note of the warning signs that point out the constant danger, especially the danger of avalanches.

Tips and hints

 

Brig Simplon Tourismus AG

Bahnhofstrasse 2

3900 Brig

+41 27 9201 60 30

www.brig-simplon.ch

info@brig-simplon.ch

 

Start

Simplonpass (1,991 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'645'238E 1'121'811N
DD
46.246214, 8.025195
DMS
46°14'46.4"N 8°01'30.7"E
UTM
32T 424854 5121865
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Destination

Simplonpass

Turn-by-turn directions

The snowshoe hike begins at the Monte Leone restaurant, where the «Simplon, Monte Leone» postbus stop is also located. The trail entrance is on the right side of the building behind the garages. The pink colored pillars are clearly visible from the street.

The route traverses the plains on the Simplon Pass to the north. Following the marking pillars, winter athletes climb to an altitude of around 2,100 m above sea level. M. high. You cross a varied landscape. At the beginning of the hike you can see the area southwest of the Simplon Pass. Gampisch, Spittelmatte, Altes Spittel and Barralhaus can be seen in the foreground. In the background the peaks of Fletschhorn, Böshorn / Rauthorn, Galehorn, ...

In some places caution is advised, especially with fresh snow. Slides can come loose on the slope.

After the climb to 2,100 meters, the hikers overlook the Simplon Pass. The Simplon hospice at the foot of the Hübschhorn is very impressive. The mountain peaks are now also beautiful in an easterly direction. Bortelhorn, Wasenhorn, Monte Leone and Breithorn to the Hübschhorn.

The route leads down to the “Hopsche” alpine board and further east past the “Hopschusee”. You will soon see the proud 9-meter-high Simplon Adler, which the route also leads past. The last descent from Simplon Adler goes down to the entry level.

It is also possible to start the route from the Simplon hospice parking lot. In this case, go over the underpass of the national road to the entry level at the Hotel Monte Leone.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

The Simplon Pass can be easily reached by post bus all year round.

Getting there

By car or post bus to the Simplon Pass.

Parking

Free parking is available.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'645'238E 1'121'811N
DD
46.246214, 8.025195
DMS
46°14'46.4"N 8°01'30.7"E
UTM
32T 424854 5121865
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Exciting documents on the history of the Simplon Pass are available at the tourist office in Simplon Dorf and Brig.

Author’s map recommendations

Winter maps and information are available from the Brig and Simplon Tourist Office.

Equipment

Our recommendation:
  • good, waterproof footwear
  • snowshoes
  • hiking poles
  • clothing suitable for the weather: always carry a waterproof jacket
  • hat or cap
  • sunscreen
  • bottle for water, picnic
  • camera

printout of this hike (click “Print” icon, top right, to download)

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

Similar routes nearby

  • Snowshoetrail to Spitzhorli
  • Snowshoe to the Staldhorn
  • Snowshoetrail to Panettone
  • Snowshoe tour on the Breithorn (3437 m above sea level)
  • Snowshoetour to the Magehorn (2621 m)
  • Schneeschuhtrail Rothwald
  • Schneeschuhtrail Ganterwald
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Status
closed
Difficulty
moderate
Distance
4.6 km
Duration
2:00 h
Ascent
178 m
Descent
178 m
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