Nufenenpass (Passo della Novena)

Nufenen Pass is one of the highest paved roads of Switzerland

Nufenenpass (Passo della Novena) is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.485m (8,152ft) above the sea level, located on the border of Valais and Ticino cantons, in Switzerland. At this elevation it's one of the highest paved roads of the country.

The road to the summit is totally paved. Built in 1969, it is very wide, with some hairpins. The pass is 37km (22 miles) long running west-east from Ulrichen (in the district of Goms in the canton of Valais) to Airolo (in the district of Leventina in the canton of Ticino).

Set high in the Swiss Alps, the road is usually closed from October to June, depending on weather conditions. The road is not easy. It hits a 13% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps. Due to its high average grade, its countless serpentines and its susceptibility to wind (in both directions) it is a very hard climb.

Plan about 45 minutes to complete the drive without any stop. The road is worth a visit and can be busy with a lot of traffic on weekends and summer holidays. The drive offers stunning views of the Bernese Alps and the Gries Glacier.
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