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Skitour to the Tochuhorn (2648 m above sea level)

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  • Zum Gpifelgrat des Tochuhorns
    / Zum Gpifelgrat des Tochuhorns
    Photo: Phil Brokholy,
  • / Skitour auf das Tochuhorn
    Photo: Georges Sanga,
  • / Skitour auf das Tochuhorn
    Photo: Georges Sanga,
  • / Skitour auf das Tochuhorn
    Photo: Georges Sanga,
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Short and pretty ski tour from the Simplon to the Tochuhorn, which is also suitable for beginners. The tour is only feasible in very safe conditions. The wind often clears the top of the snow.

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

Distance 4.1 km
2:00 h
674 m
2 m

Simplon Pass - You start on the Simplon Pass at 2,005 m and head west, across the plains past the hamlet of Hopsche into the traverse on the southern slope of the Tochuhorn. Later you turn in a north-westerly direction and continue up the valley between Tochuhorn and Straffelgrat (in a zigzag). The wide east ridge is now steep and on foot to the summit.


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

Bielti / Simplonpass - In good and very safe conditions, instead of the traverse under the Tochuhorn, the descent down to Bielti is a good idea. At the end, this requires a return to the Simplon Pass of around 30 minutes.

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.

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Highest point
Tochuhorn, 2,648 m
Lowest point
Simplonpass, 1,985 m
Best time of year

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, and you do so at your own risk.

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


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:

Questions about the Brig Simplon region:


Simplon, top of the pass (1,987 m)
2'645'191E 1'121'811N
46.246217, 8.024586
46°14'46.4"N 8°01'28.5"E
32T 424807 5121866



Turn-by-turn directions

The wind often sweeps away the snow. The ascent to the summit from the ski depot is somewhat exposed block climbing and we often encounter peaks.

Ascent / descent

A) Normal route from Simplon Pass. Difficulty ZS- Ascent / - -descent: 685m | Counter ascent on descent: 16m- Starting -altitude: 1990 m above sea level | Target altitude: 2659 m above sea level

-Time required ascent: 2¼ h | Distance: 2.7 km- Places on the route: Tochuhorn

Ascent / descent

C) from the Simplon Pass. Difficulty WS

-Ascent / descent: 669m | Counter ascent on descent: 0m- Starting

-altitude: 1990 m above sea level | Target altitude: 2659 m above sea level

-Time required ascent: 2¼ h | Distance: 4 km

Other options (without track)


B) according to Schallberg. Difficulty ZS

-Departure: 1696m | Counter ascent on descent: 328m

-Starting altitude: 2659 meters above sea level | Target

-altitude: 1291 m above sea level

-Lowest point: 1121 m above sea level | Highest point: 2659 meters above sea level

-Time required for departure: 3 h | Distance: 11.2 km

-Places on the route: Lengritz - Schilte - Unners Nesseltal - Guggili (Brig-Glis - VS) - Aspji - Chalchofe (Ried-Brig - VS)


all notes on protected areas

Public transport


You can reach the Simplon Pass by post bus from Brig or Iselle (Domodossola, IT), stopping at Simplon Hospiz, Hospiz.

Getting there

By post bus or private vehicle to the Simplon Pass, hospice.


Parking spaces are available on the Simplon Pass.


2'645'191E 1'121'811N
46.246217, 8.024586
46°14'46.4"N 8°01'28.5"E
32T 424807 5121866
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


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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