Simplon Hospice to Margaroli Hut

Alpe Devero

A long day crossing many cols and finishing in Italy

Also in Verbano-Cusio-Ossola, Italy

Ski Touring Severe

Distance
36 km
Ascent
2.9 km
Descent
2.7 km
Duration
1 day +
Low Point
1.6 km
High Point
2.8 km
Gradient
26˚
Simplon Hospice to Margaroli Hut Map

This is a very long day with a lot of vertical height gain, as well as nearly 40km distance. You could easily split it at the small and slightly forlorn ski are called Alpe Devero.

Description

Initially you begin your day with a very popular track up in the direction of Monte Leone, which has a short downhill section through a rocky notch. Beyond here your route takes a rising traverse, to the S of the Monte Leone Hut, crossing the border at the Chaltwasserpass. This is a very steep couloir, but not for too long, before long and easy slopes take you down the Aurona valley to Alpe Veglia. This feels very remote, is a collection of summer houses, but no signs of life in the springtime.

Head up to the E between two large summits to the Passo di Valtendra at 2431m. From here it is a descending traverse then climb to a shoulder known as the Scatta d’Orogna. This takes you down the long and easy NE facing Buscagna valley to Alpe Devero, where you have your option to split the day. If you continue you follow the banks of, then onto, the Devero lake, past Pianboglio, heading up to your final col, the Scatta Minoia at 2599m. All that remains is the easy descent the far side and some poling across your final lake, to the Margaroli Hut. This is a pretty spot and is well placed for touring, many people using it as the access point for Punta d’Arbola to the W.

Difficulty

Severe

Steep skiing at 38-45 degrees. This requires very good technique and the risk of falling has serious consequences.

Medium Exposure (E2)

2 out of 4

As well as the slope itself, there are some obstacles (such as rock outcrops) which could aggravate injury.

Remoteness

3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

March, April

Features

  • Alpine
  • Couloir

Equipment required

  • Skins
  • Glacier kit