Passo di Cimabanche is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.530m (5,029ft) above sea level, located in the Dolomites, a mountain range located in northeastern Italy.
The pass, also known as Gemärkpass, marks the border between Veneto and Trentino Alto Adige regions. It’s traversed by the SS51 road. The road over it is a pleasant sweeping road taking you from Cortina north to Dobbiaco, albeit with a few sections with a poor and deformed surface. On the way north from Cortina after passing the summit you can take a right turn up the Passo Tre Croce.
There are 2 routes to reach the summit. Starting from Dobbiaco, the ascent is 16 km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 315 meters. The average percentage is 2 %. And starting from Cortina d'Ampezzo, the ascent is 14.9 km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 321 meters. The average percentage is 2.2 %.
The drive is definitely worth it. Don’t forget your camera! Near the summit there are nice views of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo, and it’s possible to reach the Strong Point No. 4 (Blockade Cimabanche Pass). This large bunker, for the most part constructed in the rocks, is part of the Alpine Wall (Vallo Alpino), a defence line constructed in the Italian Alpines by the fascist dictactor Benito Mussolini. The armanant of strong point no. 4 composed of 3 machine guns.