The wild road to Testa Grigia in the Alps

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.

Testa Grigia

Where is Testa Grigia?

Located in the eastern Pennine Alps, the peak sits on the border of southern Switzerland’s Valais canton and the Valle d'Aosta region of northwest Italy, above the Theodul Pass,

How hard is the road to Testa Grigia?

The road to the summit, a chairlift access trail, is unpaved and particularly steep, with some sections inclining up to 30%. Consisting of loose stones, the trail becomes rockier towards the top. It's navigable for a brief period during the summer, typically around the end of August. Expect strong winds, which are common throughout the year in mountainous regions. Snow is possible even in summer, and winter temperatures can be extremely cold. At the peak, you'll find Rifugio Guide del Cervino, a mountain refuge. It'sone of the highest roads of the country.
Pic: Francis Petit-Colin