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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Skitour to the Sirwoltesattel (2621 m)

Ski Touring · Valais
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Skitour from the Engeloch to the Sirwoltusattel. The descent is possible either via the Ritzitälli valley back to Engeloch or via Bielti back to the Simplonpass.
moderate
3.8 km
2:30 h
1,000 m
1,000 m
 

Ascent

Engeloch – From the Engeloch Restaurant, drive west over the Chrummbach Bridge at Chluismatta. Then traverse the Alpstafel and the slope on the left bank of the Ritzibach creek, up onto the Wysse Bode plateau (2,113 m). At the end of the plateau you will see a steep slope with rocky outcrops. These can be overcome east (left) of the waterfall via the ramp. Cross the Ritzibach above the riegel and ascend towards Sirwoltesattel (2’621 m).

Descent

Simplonpass– The descent is via the ascent route. This may vary depending on the risk assessment. If conditions are good and safe, a racy and steep descent through the Ritzitälli is possible. Bielti / Simplonpass – If conditions are good and safe the descent to the Bielti is also possible. This will require a last ascent (approx. 30 minutes) back onto the Simplonpass at the end of the tour.

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
Sirwoltesattel, 2,621 m
Lowest point
Engeloch, 1,800 m
Best time of year
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Rest Stop

Alpenbrunch

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

Engeloch (1,792 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'644'857E 1'119'386N
DD
46.224429, 8.020030
DMS
46°13'27.9"N 8°01'12.1"E
UTM
32T 424426 5119450
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Destination

Engeloch

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public transport friendly

You can reach Engeloch by bus from Brig or Iselle(It).

 

Stop: Simplon, Engeloch

Getting there

by bus or car to Engeloch

Parking

Next to the Restaurant Engeloch are parking spaces available

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'644'857E 1'119'386N
DD
46.224429, 8.020030
DMS
46°13'27.9"N 8°01'12.1"E
UTM
32T 424426 5119450
w3w 
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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

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  • 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
3.8 km
Duration
2:30h
Ascent
1,000 m
Descent
1,000 m
Public transport friendly Loop Scenic High-altitude ski tour suitable for snowboards

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