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.
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.
Postbus stops are located at several waypoints. There are restaurants on the Simplon Pass:
Hotel Monte Leone
Best time of year
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.
Good footwear, partly snowshoes, clothes adapted to weather conditions
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 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.
By PostBus or private vehicle.
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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