Sanetsch Pass

Take the Scenic Route and Discover Col du Sanetsch in Switzerland

Col du Sanetsch is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.250m (7,381ft) above the sea level, located in the canton of Valais, in Switzerland.

Is the road to Col du Sanetsch paved?

Set high on the western Bernese Alps, at the foot of the Glacier de Tzanfleuron, the road to the summit, also known as Col de Sénin, is totally paved. It’s called Route du Sanetsch.

How long is the road to Col du Sanetsch?

Starting at Conthey (in the district of Conthey in the canton of Valais), the road is 25.9 km (16.09 miles) long. Beyond the lake, the road goes further to the Lac de Sanetsch for 5,5 km. The road to the summit is very steep, hitting a 14.5% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps.

Is the road to Col du Sanetsch open?

It's open only from June till September. To drive the road without stopping will take most people between 45 and 60 minutes. At the summit is a big parking lot. The top of the pass includes views of the Diableret glacier. The road to the summit starts with a little steep through vineyards, but suddenly the environment becomes forest and waterfalls. The last part of the climb features a tunnel, with a length of 800m. It’s extremely dark and there’s just a little bit of light inside. The tunnel – high, in the middle of nowhere – has automatic light sensors. It is long and wet. But it has a few openings for views …. or to hide from cars.

 

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