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Engeloch - Sirwoltensee - Simplonpass

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  • waterfall at Sirwolte
    / waterfall at Sirwolte
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Sirwoltesee
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Sirwolte
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Sirwoltesee
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Blick auf den Simplonpass
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
  • / Sirwolte
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
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Hike with a view of the Fletschhorn and visit to Lake Sirwolten. As you descend, the view sweeps over green alpine pastures, moorland and the historic Simplon hospice.

This route passes through an inaccessible area and is therefore closed. Current information

closed
difficult
Distance 13.8 km
5:00 h
981 m
787 m

The trail leads from Engeloch via the Chlusmatta alpine sign and the following slope on the left bank of the Ritzibach up to the Wysse Bode (2113m). At the end of the bottom, the trail leads through a steep slope with rocky outcrops. These are overcome east (left) of the waterfall over the ramp. Soon after, turn right, cross the stream and bypass the rock that hides the beautiful Sirwoltensee behind it.

 

After a break at the clear mountain lake you continue on a good and marked path to the Sirwoltensattel. This is the highest point of the hike. Passing the former military accommodation, the trail now descends. Turning to the right, we continue our hike on the well maintained former military road. At the top of the pass there is a mighty stone man commemorating the border troops of the Second World War.

 

The slightly sloping path leads over the wide Bistina drifts. The short last ascent leads us to the post bus stop.

 

Further information

Author’s recommendation

Treat yourself to a lunch break at the clear Sirwoltensee.
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Author
Silvio Burgener 
Update: October 07, 2021
Difficulty
difficult
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Highest point
2,620 m
Lowest point
1,797 m
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Rest Stop

Alpenbrunch
Herberge Hospiz Simplon
Hotel Simplon-Blick
Hotel Monte Leone

Safety information

The hike is at your own risk. Insurance is the responsibility of the hiker.

Tips and hints

www.brig-simplon.ch

 

Start

Engeloch, post bus stop (1,802 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'644'785E 1'119'354N
DD
46.224146, 8.019086
DMS
46°13'26.9"N 8°01'08.7"E
UTM
32T 424352 5119419
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Destination

Simplonpass, post bus stop

Turn-by-turn directions

Engeloch - Sirwoltensee - Sirwoltensattel - Simplonpass

 

The start is at the bus stop in Engeloch on the south side of the Simplon Pass directly on the Simplonstrasse near Restaurant Engeloch. For car drivers there are parking places at the restaurant or 200 m north. The trail leads from Engeloch down to the Krummbach, over the Chlusmatta alpine sign and the following slope on the left bank of the Ritzibach up to the Wysse Bode (2113m). At the end of the bottom, the trail leads through a steep slope with rocky outcrops. These are overcome east (left) of the waterfall over the ramp. Soon after, turn right, cross the stream and bypass the rock that hides the beautiful Sirwoltensee behind it.

 

After a well-deserved break at the clear mountain lake, you continue on a good and marked path to the Sirwoltensattel. This is the highest point of the hike at 2621m. In front of us the Mattwaldhorn and the Gamsagletscher appear and opposite the gentle path leads over the Obere Fulmoos to the Gebidem. Passing the former military accommodation we descend into the Gebidemweg. Turning to the right we continue our hike on the well maintained former military road, past the Gale- and Magehorn to our right. Always staying at almost the same altitude, this path leads us to the Bistinenpass at the eastern flank of the Nanztal.

 

In front of us the view gradually widens down into the Rhone valley. The Bietschhorn rises majestically above. On the pass summit stands a mighty stone man with a plaque commemorating the border troops of the Second World War. The pass offers a wonderful view. Behind Spitzhorli in the north, the Bernese Alps are emblazoned with the eye-catching Bietschhorn. In the east we see the firn fields of the cold water glacier with Wasenhorn, Hübschhorn and Monte Leone. The slightly sloping path leads over the wide Bistina drifts.

 

Undemanding alpine flowers line the path. Bending left through the flank of the Bistihalden, the path descends to Bielti and Blatten. The memorial to the victims of an avalanche accident on the side of the path reminds hikers to be careful at all times. After a short ascent of 130 metres in 30 minutes, you reach the Simplonstrasse A9 with post bus stop at the Hotel Monte Leone. If you don't want to ascend from Bielti to the Simplon Pass (only in good visibility), leave the hiking trail in the descent from the Bistinen Pass and turn left. Tracks, which soon become denser, lead back to the northeast flank of the Straffelgrat on a path that runs parallel to a water channel. Soon you come to a well marked path that leads you to Hopsche and on to the Simplon Pass.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

You can easily reach the Simplon and the Engeloch by post bus.

Getting there

By post bus or private vehicle from Brig to Engeloch.

Parking

Parking is available in Engeloch and on the Simplon Pass.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'644'785E 1'119'354N
DD
46.224146, 8.019086
DMS
46°13'26.9"N 8°01'08.7"E
UTM
32T 424352 5119419
w3w 
///send.patting.easygoing
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

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

Equipment

Equipment adapted to the weather is indispensable. For all hikes it is strongly recommended to wear good, sturdy mountain boots.

Basic Equipment for Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • 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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Status
closed
Difficulty
difficult
Distance
13.8 km
Duration
5:00 h
Ascent
981 m
Descent
787 m
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