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Skitour to the Sirwoltesattel (2621 m)

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    Photo: Mike Kanzso, www.sac-saas.ch
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    Photo: Mike Kanzso, www.sac-saas.ch
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Skitour from the Engeloch to the Sirwoltusattel. The descent is possible either via the Ritzitälli valley back to Engeloch or via Bielti back to the Simplonpass.

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

closed
moderate
Distance 3.8 km
2:30 h
1,000 m
1,000 m
 

Ascent

Engeloch – From the Engeloch Restaurant, drive west over the Chrummbach Bridge at Chluismatta. Then traverse the Alpstafel and the slope on the left bank of the Ritzibach creek, up onto the Wysse Bode plateau (2,113 m). At the end of the plateau you will see a steep slope with rocky outcrops. These can be overcome east (left) of the waterfall via the ramp. Cross the Ritzibach above the riegel and ascend towards Sirwoltesattel (2’621 m).

Descent

Simplonpass– The descent is via the ascent route. This may vary depending on the risk assessment. If conditions are good and safe, a racy and steep descent through the Ritzitälli is possible. Bielti / Simplonpass – If conditions are good and safe the descent to the Bielti is also possible. This will require a last ascent (approx. 30 minutes) back onto the Simplonpass at the end of the tour.

Author’s recommendation

Ski tourers feel at home on the Simplon. Spend the night in one of the hotels on the pass or in the village and spend a few days touring in the region.

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

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Sirwoltesattel, 2,621 m
Lowest point
Engeloch, 1,800 m
Best time of year
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Rest Stop

Alpenbrunch

Safety information

Safe skiing, alpine, quite difficult tour. Only accessible in very safe conditions, and you do so at your own risk.

Rapid changes in weather can occur. Be careful and do not put yourself in danger.

Disclaimer

Walking 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 do not assume any 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

Engeloch (1,792 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'644'857E 1'119'386N
DD
46.224429, 8.020030
DMS
46°13'27.9"N 8°01'12.1"E
UTM
32T 424426 5119450
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Destination

Engeloch

Turn-by-turn directions

Die Tour führt auf direktem Weg von der Chluismatte zum Sirwoltesattel. (Vergleich die GPS Daten)

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

You can reach Engeloch by bus from Brig or Iselle(It).

 

Stop: Simplon, Engeloch

Getting there

by bus or car to Engeloch

Parking

Next to the Restaurant Engeloch are parking spaces available

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'644'857E 1'119'386N
DD
46.224429, 8.020030
DMS
46°13'27.9"N 8°01'12.1"E
UTM
32T 424426 5119450
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
3.8 km
Duration
2:30 h
Ascent
1,000 m
Descent
1,000 m
Public-transport-friendly Circular route Scenic High-altitude ski tour suitable for snowboards
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1600 m 1800 m
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