Passo Fedaia

Passo Fedaia

Passo Fedaia is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.057m (6,749ft) above the sea level, located in the Dolomiti Range in Northern Italy. The pass was used as a location for the film Italian Job.

The pass is traversed by the asphalted Strada Statale 641 del Passo Fedaia. It lies at the northern base of the Marmolada, the highest peak in the region and the Dolomiti. The pass has been climbed several times in Giro d’Italia. The summit has some cable car ski stations, a small guesthouse and some souvenir shops. The climb takes you from Caprile via one the most beautiful canyons of Europe (Serrai di Sottoguda), over one of the toughest cycling climbs in Europe.

There are 2 routes to reach the summit. Starting from Caprile, the ascent is 14.1 km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 1.059 meters. The average percentage is 7.5 %. And starting from Canazei, the ascent is 13.9 km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 617 meters. The average percentage is 4.4 %.
A quick glance at the map, at its sheer drops and serpentine twists and turns, confirms that this is no hype. The road climbs up the side of the valley in endless serpentines, through avalange shelters and shortly before you reach the summit, through a tunnel that even up to July may have an icy road in it. The pass is dominated by the Fedaia Lake, a huge 2 km long dike, on the foot of the Marmolada glacier, the Queen of the Dolomites. At the summit, a gravel road climbs steeply with loose rocks and sloping banks to Passo Padon, a mountain peak at an elevation of 2.427m (7,962ft) .The average gradient is 17.05%, with some sections up to 25%.

 

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