Passo di Giau is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.236m (7,336ft) above the sea level, located in the province of Belluno in Italy. You get some of the best views in the Dolomites at the top.
Located in the Dolomites mountain range, the pass is traversed by the Strada Provinciale 638 road. This asphalted road over the pass connects Cortina d'Ampezzo and Selva di Cadore / Livinallongo del Col di Lana in the Livinallongo valley. The road is a pleasure to ride especially early in the morning when there is less traffic.
The pass has been climbed several times in Giro d’Italia. It’s a difficult climb through endless hairpin turns up to the top. It’s pretty steep, with some parts up to 13.0%. The road includes outstanding and indescribable landscape with terrific views into the Dolomites mountain world.
There are 2 routes to reach the summit. Starting from Pocol, the ascent is 8.6 km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 716 meters. The average percentage is 8.3 %. And starting from Selva di Cadore, the ascent is 10.12 km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 922 meters. The average percentage is 9.1 %.