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 recommended route

Skitour to the Monte Leone

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Although Monte Leone is close to the Simplon Pass, the summit is not visible from the road. The following climb to the summit must be planned generously.
difficult
Distance 7 km
6:30 h
1,550 m
1,550 m
 

Ascent

Simplonpass – Ascend from Simplon Kulm to the Breithornpass. The pass can also be reached from the Egga or from the Monte Leone Hütte. From the Breithornpass over the Alpjerglacier keep towards the rock spur. Keep level and continue in direction of the southern ridge to the foot of the small couloir close to the two rock towers. Deposit your skis and continue on foot onto the ridge. Continue for about 30 minutes over the light rocks of the southern ridge to the peak. The peak can also be reached (on foot) over the more exposed west ridge. Caution for possible snowdrifts!

Descent

Simplonpass – Return to the ski depot and enjoy the approx. 3 km long descent. Continue above the rift zone and go west at first then turn southwest and ski along the rock face down until you reach 2’620 m.

Alternative descents to Unners Schallbett at the Simplonstrasse (1’933 m), to Egga (1’588 m) or to the Monte Leone-hut are also possible.

Depending on the risk assessment these descent routes may vary.

Author’s recommendation

Visit a restaurant in Simplon Dorf or Gabi to recharge your batteries.

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

Difficulty
difficult
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Highest point
Monte Leone, 3,527 m
Lowest point
Simplon Pass, 2,002 m
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Cardinal direction
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Rest Stop

Hospiz Simplon
Hotel Monte Leone

Safety information

 Safe skiing, alpine, quite difficult tour. Only accessible in very safe conditions.

 

Disclaimer of liability

 

Walking on 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 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 and hints

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 Pass (2,002 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'646'012E 1'122'311N
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46.250661, 8.035281
DMS
46°15'02.4"N 8°02'07.0"E
UTM
32T 425637 5122350
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Destination

Monte Leone

Turn-by-turn directions

With the best conditions and local knowledge, the descent to the old barrack "Alte Kaserne" is a special experience.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

With the Postbus or private car to the Simplon Pass.

Stop: Simplon Kulm, Bellevue or Simplon Pass, Simplonblick

Getting there

With the bus or the car to the Simplon Pass

Parking

There are parking spaces available.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'646'012E 1'122'311N
DD
46.250661, 8.035281
DMS
46°15'02.4"N 8°02'07.0"E
UTM
32T 425637 5122350
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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 on the Breithorn (3437 m above sea level)
  • Skitour to the Panettone
  • Skitour ab dem Simplon Pass auf den Monte Leone (3553 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 auf das Hübschhorn (3192 m.ü.M.)
  • Skitour auf den Bistinenpass (2417 m.ü.M.)
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difficult
Distance
7 km
Duration
6:30 h
Ascent
1,550 m
Descent
1,550 m
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