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Winter Hikes

Winter hike Simplon pass

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Map / Winter hike Simplon pass
1650 1800 1950 2100 2250 m km 0.5 1 1.5 2 2.5 3 3.5 4 Simplon, Monte Leone Altes Spittel

Discover the wild and romantic winter landscape of the Simplon pass by foot. The historic alpine pass is opened and accessible even in winter. The winter hiking trail is a circuit which starts at the summit of the Simplon pass on an altitude level of 1992 m.
moderate
4.2 km
1:17 h
148 m
148 m
This winter hike departs from Simplon pass, a historic crossing point between Switzerland and Italy, and heads in the direction of the village of Simplon Dorf. It is best to choose a day when conditions are ideal, so that you can be sure that the path is well prepared. You will pass through several wilderness areas with wonderful views before you reach the finishing point of this hike, where the Barralhaus and Alte Spittel stand. The Barralhaus is an impressive and intriguing H-shaped building which was originally built for hosting seminaries and was then used by the Swiss army. As for the Alte Spittel, it is in fact a former hospice, built in 1650 by Kaspar Jodok Stockalper. When you arrive at this part of the hike, you can either end your journey here by heading to the nearby bus stop or continue following the hiking trail until you arrive at the Simplon pass again.

Author’s recommendation

Postbus stops are located at several waypoints. There are restaurants on the Simplon Pass:
  • Hotel Monte Leone
  • Hotel Simplonblick

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Altitude
1992 m
1844 m
Best time of year
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Safety information

The Simplon Pass lies at around 2,000 metres above sea level. Pay close attention to weather conditions and the danger of avalanches. Brig Simplon Tourism and the operators assume no liability. The winter hiking trail is not signposted.

Equipment

Good footwear, partly snowshoes, clothes adapted to weather conditions

Tips, hints and links

More Trails at Simplon.ch

Start

Simplonpass (1991 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.245648, 8.024025
UTM
32T 424763 5121804

Destination

Simplonpass

Turn-by-turn directions

Walk from the Simplon Pass towards Simplon village on the winter hiking trail. If the conditions are good, the route is prepared. You hike past various wilds and come to the Barralhaus and Alten Spittel. Here you can leave the trail or continue walking until you reach the Simplon Pass again.

Public transport

Public transport friendly

From the SBB railway station in Brig, you can easily reach the Simplon Pass by PostBus. The hiking trail starts at the Simplonpass, Monte Leone stop.

Getting there

By PostBus or private vehicle.

Parking

You can park your car free of charge on the Simplon Pass.
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Visit the tourist office in Simplon village for more information and literature.

Author’s map recommendations

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

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Massimo Galbusera
2019-01-19
Semplice passeggiata. Volendo si possono usare le ciaspole
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
4.2 km
Duration
1:17 h
Ascent
148 m
Descent
148 m
Public transport friendly Loop Scenic With refreshment stops Family friendly Cultural/historical value Insider tip

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