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Skitour on the Wasenhorn or Punta Terrarossa (3245.8 m above sea level)

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  • Pfad im Hintergrund das Wasenhorn
    / Pfad im Hintergrund das Wasenhorn
    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
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    Photo: Mike Kanzso, www.sac-saas.ch
  • / Skitouren Simplon
    Photo: Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
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On the Wasenhorn, an imposing view of the Gantertal and Alpe Veglia awaits you.

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

closed
moderate
Distance 13 km
4:45 h
1,334 m
1,334 m
The summit ridge is practically horizontal with a length of 150 meters. At the top you first come across a cross and at the highest point a pole.

Ascent

Simplon Pass - From the Simplon Pass, head towards Chaltwassertälli. From the Monte Leone hut (2,848 m), head west on a pronounced plateau towards the Mäderhorn to the Mäderlücke. At the same height you cross the Wasenlücke northeast of the Mäderhorn. Ski depot at the foot of the first ridge upswing. You now follow the west ridge in beautiful and easy block climbing to the summit of the Wasenhorn / Punta Terrarossa.

descent

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

Author’s recommendation

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Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Landscape
Highest point
3,244 m
Lowest point
1,997 m
Best time of year
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Rest Stop

Herberge Hospiz Simplon
Hotel Simplon-Blick
Hotel Monte Leone

Safety information

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

Block ridge, possibly ice ax and rope, good grip. The easy climbing over the west block ridge takes about 1.5 hours.

Disclaimer of liability

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

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, top of the pass (1,997 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'645'525E 1'121'857N
DD
46.246609, 8.028932
DMS
46°14'47.8"N 8°01'44.2"E
UTM
32T 425142 5121906
w3w 
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Destination

Wasenhorn or Punta Terrarossa

Turn-by-turn directions

Simplon Pass - Wasenhorn or Punta Terrarossa

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

The Simplon Pass or the Rothwald can be easily reached by post bus from Brig or Iselle.

Getting there

Easily accessible to the Simplon Pass or Rothwald by private vehicle or post bus.

Parking

Parkplätze stehen im Rothwald und auf dem Simplonpass zur Verfügung

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'645'525E 1'121'857N
DD
46.246609, 8.028932
DMS
46°14'47.8"N 8°01'44.2"E
UTM
32T 425142 5121906
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.

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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Status
closed
Difficulty
moderate
Distance
13 km
Duration
4:45 h
Ascent
1,334 m
Descent
1,334 m
Scenic Out and back Linear route
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Morning
1600 m 1800 m
Afternoon

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