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Simplon Pass – Legendary Mountain Passes

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  • Eagle on the Simplon pass
    / Eagle on the Simplon pass
    Photo: Valais
  • / Simplon Hospice
    Photo: Heinz Dieter Finck, Valais
  • / Simplon pass
    Photo: Heinz Dieter Finck, Valais
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The Simplon Pass has been a key passage for centuries between the Valais and Italy. The grade of the pass is generally steady throughout the ascension, so you can admire the unobstructed views over the Rhone Valley and into the Haut-Valais while you advance bit by bit into an exceptional Alpine environment.
Distance 22.7 km
2:30 h
1,334 m
1 m
2,006 m
672 m
Leaving from Brig, the first few kilometres along the road to the Simplon Pass gradually rise with unobstructed views over a large valley. You pedal through Alpine meadows with the Wasenhorn and Monte Leone looming overhead. The old road up the pass allows you to avoid the traffic on the international road and gives an irresistible charm all along the ascent. After several kilometres, you will cross a suspension bridge above a pristine valley dotted with century-old trees. Several switchbacks higher up bring you into galleries that will protect you from several torrents rushing down the side of the mountain and often bloated by melting snow in the summer. At the summit, the Simplon hospice is worth a visit before a well-deserved break at the restaurant at the pass.

Author’s recommendation

Discover the eagle statue on the Simplon pass which has been built as a symbol of vigilance during the Second World War. It remembers the time the troups spend to watch over the swiss-italian border.
Highest point
Simplon Pass, 2,006 m
Lowest point
Brig, 672 m
Best time of year

Safety information

Strictly respect the Swiss traffic rules. Please note that you are running the tour at your own risk and all liability is refused. Please be considerate to plants and animals. For your own safety, wear an helmet every time you ride a bike.Emergency numbers: 144 Ambulance / 117 Police / 1414 Helicopter Rescue (Rega).

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Brig (671 m)
2'642'321E 1'129'896N
46.319131, 7.988119
46°19'08.9"N 7°59'17.2"E
32T 422099 5130003


Simplon Pass

Turn-by-turn directions

Leaving from Brig, the old road up the pass crosses green meadows where colourful flowers grow. Rapidly the landscape gives way to a coniferous forest that gives the ascent a majestic ambience on this famous passage between the northern and southern Alps, Haut-Valais in Switzerland and Piemonte in Italy. As you approach the summit, an atmosphere of the high mountains, bit by bit, encompasses the road as you smell the typical scents of alpine wild plants while you catch your breath. The summit of the pass is home to the Simplon refuge where travellers crossing the Alps would stop, and the view over to the south side and its remote valleys would make anyone want to continue their journey. Going down a few hundred metres towards Italy, you will discover a splendid monastery planted in the middle of a mineral plain.


Wildlife refuge Ganter: January 01 - April 30
all notes on protected areas

Public transport


Frequent train connections from all over Switzerland via the Lötschberg Base Tunnel or the Simplon-line to Brig. Take the northern exit of the train station and cross the Rhone bridge to arrive directly at the village of Naters.

Getting there

From Sierre: follow route 9 until Brig.


Parking at the train station in Brig. Follow the local car park routeing in Brig.


2'642'321E 1'129'896N
46.319131, 7.988119
46°19'08.9"N 7°59'17.2"E
32T 422099 5130003
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Brochures : Road cycling map

Author’s map recommendations

SwissTopo Maps: 1289 Brig / 1309 Simplon


We recommend: bike in excellent working order, helmet, gloves and bell, clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof), food and drink.

Basic Equipment for Bike Riding

  • Cycling helmet
  • Cycling gloves
  • Sturdy, comfortable and preferably waterproof footwear
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket)
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass

Technical Equipment for Bike Riding

  • Air pump or CO2 pump including cartridges
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Replacement inner tube
  • Tire levers
  • Chain tool
  • Hex keys
  • Phone / device holder as required  
  • Bike lock as required
  • Where applicable, the bike must meet requirements for road use by having a bell, front and rear lamps and spoke reflectors
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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22.7 km
2:30 h
1,334 m
1 m
Highest point
2,006 m
Lowest point
672 m
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