Monte Jafferau is a mountain in the Hautes Alpes,with a highest peak of 2.805 m (9,202ft) above sea level. It’s located in front of the town of Dora di Bardonecchia and consists in two peaks: Testa del Ban (2.652m) and the summit itself Jafferau (2.805m). It divides the territory of Bardonecchia from Valfredda. The road to the pass is called Via dei Saraceni.
The gravel road to the top, also known as Strada militare Fenil-Pramand-Föens-Jafferau and Strada militare 79, was built in 1886. It includes several hairpin and tunnels. This dirt track unfolds for over 20 km, almost entirely over 2.000 meters above the sea level. Just for 4x4. It's one of the highest mountain roads of Europe.
This military old trail is difficult and it’s a nightmare in the wet or dark (or both). It climbs up several mountain passes including Colletto Pramand and Monte Seguret. It’s open from May to October. It's one of the highest mountain roads of the country.
The road follows a route among several forts. The slope of the road is less than 12%, and the width is around 3 meters. There are some fairly rocky sections, not hard but difficult in most cars. If the weather was bad, you would not consider it. The road is passable by off-road vehicles, transit is allowed. After rain, even a single rainfall, conditions of the road can be challenging. Thunderstorm activity can quickly change unpaved roads to four-wheel-drive condition or make them impassable. The trail is prone to rockfalls, so can be tricky in places.
Pic: Kas pierski