A 5-star road to Manghen Pass in the Dolomites
Passo di Manghen is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2,047m (6,716ft) above sea level, located in Trentino in the Italian region Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol. This is a tough climb from both the north and south.
Where is Manghen Pass?
The pass is located on the northern part of the country, in the Dolomites mountain range, and connects the Fiemme valley and Sugana valley. This is the most southern paved pass above 2000 m in the Dolomites. The summit is home to a mountain hut known as Rifugio Passo Manghen.
How is the drive up to Manghen Pass?
The road to the summit is called Strada Provinciale 31 (SP-31). It’s paved but narrow. This pass feels like driving on a remote forestry road as it is mostly a narrow road through woods on both sides of the pass. Further up, the track becomes quite narrow, and you have to be careful with oncoming traffic (but this is relatively rare). Up to the top of the pass, the road goes steeply uphill in numerous narrow curves and hairpin bends. The pass was featured in the Giro d’Italia race. It’s considered particularly hard for its length.
How long is Manghen Pass?
The pass is 39.1 km long, running south-north from Borgo Valsugana to Cavalese. Commercial traffic is prohibited on this road. The pass road has a maximum grade of 16%. The road surface is usually in excellent condition. Easy to ride, except for the road through the forest where you may often find wet larch needles that will make it a little bit slippery.