A sensational paved road to Gurnigel Pass in the Swiss Alps
Gurnigel Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.608m (5,276ft) above the sea level, located in the canton of Bern in Switzerland.
Tucked away in the Bernese Alps, in the beautiful Gantrisch Region, the twisty and tricky road over the pass is paved, and links the villages of Rüti bei Riggisberg and Sangernboden. The road surface is in a good general condition. At the summit there's a Nordic skiing centre that has previously hosted World Cup cross-country skiing and biathlon. Beware of the bitumen strips in certain areas. At the summit look right for commanding views of Lake Thun with the Bernese Alps in the background.
There are 3 routes to reach the summit. Starting from Rüti bei Riggisberg, the ascent is 9.8 km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 786 meters. The average percentage is 8 %. Starting from Zollhaus, the ascent is 16.4 km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 740 meters. The average percentage is 4.5 %. And starting from Wattenwill, the ascent is 3.78 km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 220 meters. The average percentage is 5.8 %.