Passo della Gardetta

Gardetta Pass: an old military unpaved road to the summit

Passo della Gardetta is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.442m (8,011ft) above the sea level, located in the Province of Cuneo in the Italian region Piedmont.

Nestled in the Cottian Alps, a mountain range in the southwestern part of the Alps, the road to the summit is totally unpaved. It’s an old military road. Starting from Marmora, the road to the summit is 15.1 km long. It’s totally drivable but closed to private vehicles. 4x4 vehicle required.

The track is usually impassable from October to June, and runs through the Altopiano (plateau) della Gardetta. The drive offers scenic landscapes of suggestive and incomparable beauty. Along the way you’ll find many old military barracks in ruins, and a memorial dedicated to the soldiers perished tragically in the process of cleaning up the area after the First World War. Below the pass four bunkers from WWII have been preserved.

An old military barrack used in World War II has properly restored and since 1989 it’s the shelter Gardetta, at an elevation of 2,335m above the sea level.  From the top of the pass you can see the savage and unique view of the Oronaje mountains and the topo of the Unerzio Valley (Acceglio).

 

 

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