Viderjoch pass

Viderjoch Pass: pure adventure road

Viderjoch is a high mountain pass, located in the Alps, at an elevation of 2.737m (8,979ft) above the sea level in the Paznaun Valley in Tyrol, on the border of Switzerland and Austria. 

Spectacular and dangerous high mountain trail, climbing up to Viderjoch. The road starts in Ischgl, a town in the Paznaun Valley in the Austrian state of Tyrol, at an elevation of 1.377m above the sea level. The road starts with a tarmac surface, leading to Idalpe, at 2.318m asl. There’s an elevation gain of 1.000m in the first 7 km. The first kilometer is almost exactly 20% all the time. The next kilometers reach the ski lift station with one kilometer almost flat. For 5km, then, there’s a steep average around 20% to Idalpe. The last part of the climb, with a length of 3-4km, it’s pretty easy, but there are 2-3 very short ramps with gradients of around 20-30%. This gradient makes this road one of the most difficult climbs in the world. Arriving to the top, the last kilometer is over 42%. Impossible to ride it. The rest of the road down to Compatsch is very steep, but driveable. It's one of the highest mountain roads of the country.
This road is very exciting and sometimes very exposed and unsecured driveway in innumerable twists and turns. The views are very nice up at Viderjoch and you can get up to the Greitspitze (2.871m) rather easily and get even better views. It's one of the highest mountain roads of Europe.
Due its unique location and the climb in elevation over thousands of feet, and passing through remote areas, it is important when driving in these conditions to be prepared. Check weather forecasts before leaving home, and remember that it becomes cooler and often more prone to storms at higher elevations. A gravel road leads to a chairlift at an elevation of 2.876m (9,435ft) above the sea level.
Pic: Marcin Gorski