Theodulpass, one of the highest roads in Europe

Theodulpass is an international high mountain peak at an elevation of 3.336m (10,944ft) above the sea level, located on the border of Switzerland and Italy, in Breuil-Cervinia, an alpine resort in the Valle d'Aosta region of northwest Italy. It's one of the highest mountain roads of Europe.

Located in the eastern Pennine Alps, the runway to the top, only accesible by 4x4 cars, was closed for public motorized traffic in 2009, but as a cyclist you still may reach the top. It’s a chairlift access trail. It's one of the highest roads of the country.
The weather on this zone is harsh and highly unpredictable and it does not take much time for the bright sun shine to change over to moderate to heavy snow fall. This trail can be done only a very narrow time-frame in the summer (end of August). It was the highest point in the Alps accessible by motor vehicle. The slope is very steep, consists of loose stones and becomes even steeper and rocky in the upper part.
Great trail for experienced wheelers. Avoid driving in this area if unpaved mountain roads aren't your strong point. Stay away if you're scared of heights. Expect a trail pretty steep with sections up to 30%. The Rifugio del Teodulo (hut) is located just above the pass.
Pic: Ingrid Sharon Piccolini


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