Guided snowshoeing weekend at Simplon Pass – Intermediate
The Simplon Pass links Brig in Valais with Domodossola in Northern Italy. This pass was used as early as the Stone Age, though until the 17th century it was mainly traversed by smugglers and mercenaries as the narrow Gondo Gorge was considered impassable. The first pass road suitable for vehicular traffic dates back to the time of Napoleon, who wanted to travel southward with his cannons. Over a hundred years later, in 1906, the railway tunnel through the Simplon was opened. At a length of 19km it was until recently the longest tunnel in the world.
At 2005m, on the summit of the pass, stands the Hospiz of the Bernardine monks. An eight-meter-high stone eagle reminds visitors of World War II. Looking toward the back, one sees the magnificent panorama of the Bernese Alps with the Bietschhorn and the glacier flanks of the four-thousand-meter giants Fletschhorn and Weissmies.
This area is heaven for snowshoeing and ski touring!
This trip is led by Celine Kahn, mountain leader.
What’s the plan?
Saturday: Staldhorn 2462m (WT3)
Meet at Simplon Pass at 10:00. Once we’ve dropped our bags at the hospice and checked everyone’s equipment, we start our snowshoe hike to Staldhorn. Rocks, peaks, glistening snow slopes, unobstructed views and a breathtaking panorama await us on this beautiful tour! Return to the hospice at the end of the day where we have dinner and spend the next two nights.
7km – 500m ascent – 500m descent – 4 hours walking
Sunday: Straffelgrat 2633m (WT3)
After an energising breakfast at the hospice, we get ready for another beautiful day in the snow. We first climb all the way up to the Innerli Nanzlicke pass at 2579m, where a huge panorama opens up: in the South the giants of the Valais Alps, in the North the Bietschhorn and the Bernese Alps. From there we walk on the ridge all the way to the highest point of the Straffelgrat at 2633 m, before starting the descent and closing the loop to get back to Simplon Pass.
12km – 800m ascent – 800m descent – 7 hours walking
To join this event, you need to be a very fit hiker and you need to be able to snowshoe for an entire day with 800 meters of elevation gain.
It is the participant’s responsibility to get health and accident insurances that cover mountain rescue. Becoming a Rega patron is highly recommended (CHF 40 per year only for emergency medical assistance from the air).
How to get there?
If you are traveling from Zurich by public transport, we recommend you to take the following:
Zurich HB 07:02 – 09:55 Simplon Hospiz (via Brig)
Simplon Hospiz 15:46 – 18:58 Zurich HB – (via Brig) depending on the time the event finishes
Day Clothing Essentials
-Winter hiking boots
-Hiking or skiing trousers
-Headlamp with spare batteries
-Hiking backpack (30-40L)
-Waterproof backpack cover
-Waterproof inner bags or bin bags
-Snowshoes and poles (can be rented out – see “Equipment rental” section)
-Avalanche set: transceiver, probe and shovel (can be rented out – see “Equipment rental” section)
-Packed lunches -Water
-Thermal bottle for tea
-Sun screen and lip protector
-Plasters and basic medicine
-Face mask and hand disinfectant
You have the possibility to rent the following equipment, directly from the guide:
-Snowshoes and poles: CHF 40
-Avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe: CHF 60
The price for this event is CHF 280.
Included in price
-2 days of guided snowshoeing with a mountain leader
-1 night of accommodation at Simplon Hospiz (dorm)
-Dinner on Friday and Saturday
-Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday
Not included in price
-Transport to/from Simplon Pass
-Drinks & snacks
-Min. 5 participants
-Max. 8 participants
By signing up for this event, you agree that you have read, understood and will adhere to our Terms and Conditions.