Testa Grigia

The road to Testa Grigia is not for the sissies

Testa Grigia is an international high mountain peak at an elevation of 3.471m (11,387ft) above the sea level, located on the border of Switzerland and Italy. It’s one of the highest roads of Europe.

Located in the eastern Pennine Alps, the road to the summit is unpaved. It’s a chairlift access trail. The slope is very steep, consists of loose stones and becomes even steeper and rocky in the upper part. This trail can be done only a very narrow time-frame in the summer (end of August). The wind is usually quite strong at mountain areas. High winds blow here all year long. Even in summer you can confront with snowy days. Temperatures here in the winter are brutally cold. The road to the summit is a ski-station service road pretty steep, with some sections up to 30%. The peak sits on the border of southern Switzerland’s Valais canton and the Valle d'Aosta region of northwest Italy. At the summit there’s a mountain refuge. It's one of the highest roads of the country.
Pic: Francis Petit-Colin


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