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.
There are restaurants on the Simplon Pass:
- Hotel Monte Leone
- Hotel Simplonblick
Rest StopHotel Monte Leone
Herberge Hospiz Simplon
Safety informationThe 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 hintsYou can find more information at:
Getting thereBy PostBus or private vehicle.
ParkingYou can park your car free of charge on the Simplon Pass.
Book recommendation by the author
Author’s map recommendations
Book recommendations for this region:
- hiking poles
- good and waterproof footwear
- weather-dependent (waterproof) and warm clothing
- sun protection
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)
Basic Equipment for Winter Hiking
- Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots appropriate for winter use (B1+ recommended)
- Layered, moisture wicking clothing
- Long, warm technical socks plus liners and spares
- Rucksack (with rain cover)
- Water- and windproof mountaineering jacket and trousers with ankle adjustment or separate gaiters
- Lip protection (SPF 30+)
- Water- and windproof gloves plus thin fleece inner gloves
- moisture wicking skull / knit cap
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- First aid kit
- Blister kit
- Bivy / survival bag
- Survival blanket
- Pocket knife
- Cell phone
- Navigation equipment / map and compass
- Emergency contact details
Technical Equipment for Winter Hiking
- Hiking poles fitted with snow baskets
- Trail ‘spike’ crampons at minimum and a basic ice axe are recommended when covering steeper terrain
- 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.