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Ski tour on the Breithorn (3437 m above sea level)

Ski Touring · Valais
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    Photo: Roland Nanzer, www.sac-cas.ch
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    Photo: Georges Sanga, www.sac-cas.ch
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Good skiing is necessary for this moderately difficult tour and should only be started when the weather conditions are good.
moderate
Distance 4.5 km
5:00 h
1,430 m
1,430 m
Ascent

Simplon Pass - From the Simplon Pass at 2000 m, climb left towards the high-voltage line and from there to the big stone at the outlet of the north ridge of the Hübschhorn. You cross the steep slope directly under the rock face. Continue on the north side past the Hübschhorn, on the Homattu Glacier and to the Breithorn Pass at 3355 m. From the pass you climb up to the right to the middle summit.

Descent

Simplonpass - The descent is via the ascent track. Depending on the assessment of the dangers, this can also vary.

Author’s recommendation

Visit the restaurant on the Simplon Pass for reinforcement.

Benefit from the new Simplon snowshoe and ski touring app. Earn points and get great rewards. The app can be purchased at simplon.app

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Breithorn, 3,438 m
Lowest point
Maschihuis, 1,500 m
Best time of year
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Cardinal direction
NESW

Rest Stop

Hotel Simplon-Blick
Hotel Monte Leone

Safety information

The inspection is at your own risk. Rapid changes in weather can occur. Be careful and don't put yourself in danger.

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

The entire descent from the Homattupass to the road is exposed to the south and therefore more exposed to the snowmelt. You can therefore only do this route relatively early and in good conditions in winter when the snow cover still extends down to the pass road.

Disclaimer of liability

Entering 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, Hospiz (2,004 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'645'937E 1'122'280N
DD
46.250387, 8.034310
DMS
46°15'01.4"N 8°02'03.5"E
UTM
32T 425562 5122321
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Destination

Breithorn

Turn-by-turn directions

The Breithorn is the most popular and classic ski mountain on the Simplon. A long ascent, which is rewarded with a fantastic view and a classy descent.

Ascent

Simplonpass - From the Simplonpass at 2000 m, climb left towards the high-voltage line and from there to the big stone at the outlet of the north ridge of the Hübschhorn. You cross the steep slope directly under the rock face. Continue on the north side past the Hübschhorn, on the Homattu Glacier and to the Breithorn Pass at 3355 m. From the pass you climb up to the right to the middle summit.

Descent

Simplonpass - The descent is via the ascent track. Depending on the assessment of the dangers, this can also vary.

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

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

You can easily reach the Simplon Pass by Postbus

stop: Simplon Kulm, Bellevue

Getting there

By Postbus or private car to the Simplon Pass.

Parking

Parking spaces are available at the Bellevue restaurant.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'645'937E 1'122'280N
DD
46.250387, 8.034310
DMS
46°15'01.4"N 8°02'03.5"E
UTM
32T 425562 5122321
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Further 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.

Basic Equipment for Ski Touring

  • Ski Helmet
  • Goggles
  • Sunglasses
  • 2 pairs of Gloves: lightweight, breathable and windproof for going uphill, regular ski gloves for downhill
  • Neckwear
  • moisture wicking skull / knit cap
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Lightweight rain and windproof ski jacket
  • Additional warm jacket
  • Long, warm technical socks plus liners and spares
  • Lightweight wind- and waterproof ski pants
  • 20 to 28 liter rucksack, preferably backcountry type
  • Lip protection (SPF 30+)
  • 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

Technical Equipment for Ski Touring

  • Ski touring boots
  • Ski touring bindings to fit boots
  • Ski touring skins to fit skis
  • Skis
  • Ski poles, preferably telescopic type
  • Avalanche safety equipment to consider: beacon, avalanche probe, avalanche shovel
  • Ski touring crampons
  • Crevasse rescue kit
  • Ski touring harness
  • Light ice axe
  • Ski touring ropes
  • Avalanche airbag backpack
  • 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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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
4.5 km
Duration
5:00 h
Ascent
1,430 m
Descent
1,430 m
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