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Winter hike Simplonpass

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Experience the untouched landscape of the Simplon Pass on foot - in winter. The historic Alpine crossing is open and accessible even in the cold season. The winter hiking trail is designed as a circular hike and starts at the top of the pass at 1992 metres above sea level.
moderate
Distance 3.2 km
1:30 h
19 m
153 m
First you hike along the winter hiking trail from the Simplon Pass, the historic border crossing between Switzerland and Italy, towards the Simplon Dorf. It is advisable to complete the circular hike in good conditions, as the route is then prepared.

Before reaching the end of the hike, you will pass through various untouched landscapes with breathtaking views. The Barralhaus and Alte Spittel are particularly exciting along the circular hiking trail. The Barralhaus is an impressive and fascinating H-shaped building that was originally built for seminars and then used by the Swiss army. The Alte Spittel is the former hospice built in 1650 by Kaspar Stockalper.

At this place, one has the possibility to leave the path at the nearby bus stop or to continue walking until one arrives again at the Simplon Pass.

Author’s recommendation

Post bus stops are located at several waypoints.

There are restaurants on the Simplon Pass:  

  • Hotel Monte Leone
  • Hotel Simplonblick
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1,992 m
Lowest point
1,843 m
Best time of year
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Rest Stop

Hotel Monte Leone
Hospiz Simplon

Safety information

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

Tips and hints

You can find more information at:

www.simplon.ch

Start

Simplonpass (1,991 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'645'147E 1'121'747N
DD
46.245645, 8.024021
DMS
46°14'44.3"N 8°01'26.5"E
UTM
32T 424762 5121803
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Destination

Simplonpass

Turn-by-turn directions

First you hike on the winter hiking trail from the Simplon Pass, the historic border crossing between Switzerland and Italy, towards Simplon Dorf. It is advisable to complete the circular hike in good conditions, because then the route is groomed.

Before the goal of the hike is reached, you hike through various untouched landscapes with breathtaking views. Particularly exciting: along the circular hiking trail are the Barralhaus and the Alte Spittel. The Barralhaus is an impressive and fascinating H-shaped building that was originally built for seminars and then used by the Swiss army. The Old Spittel is the former hospice built by Kaspar Jodok Stockalper in 1650, at which point you can either leave the path at the nearby bus stop or continue until you get back to the Simplon Pass.

Note


all notes on protected areas

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.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'645'147E 1'121'747N
DD
46.245645, 8.024021
DMS
46°14'44.3"N 8°01'26.5"E
UTM
32T 424762 5121803
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

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

Author’s map recommendations

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

Equipment

Our recommendation:
  • hiking poles
  • snowshoes
  • good and waterproof footwear
  • weather-dependent (waterproof) and warm clothing
  • headgear
  • sun protection
  • camera

printout of the hiking trail (click "Print" to download).

You can rent snowshoeing equipment in Brig from the glacier sport. (41 27 923 46 46)

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Massimo Galbusera
January 19, 2019 · Community
Semplice passeggiata. Volendo si possono usare le ciaspole
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
3.2 km
Duration
1:30 h
Ascent
19 m
Descent
153 m
Public-transport-friendly Loop Scenic Refreshment stops available Family friendly Cultural/historical value Insider tip Groomed snow
1600 m 1800 m
Morning
1600 m 1800 m
afternoon

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