Kunkelspass: tunnels, drop offs and very narrow
Kunkels Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.363m (4,471ft) above the sea level, located in the canton of Graubünden Valais in Eastern Switzerland. It’s a narrow road with a long stretch of continuous hand crafted tunnels and windows with hairy 300m drop-offs.
The road to the summit is mostly asphalted with some gravel sections. There are some narrow sections -scarcely wide enough for two cars- where if two vehicles have to pass each other, one might have to reverse for some kilometers of winding narrow road to get to a place wide enough to pass. It shouldn’t be attempted by those who don't know how to reverse. To pass it with any motorized vehicle, it needs a permission by the City of Tamins.
The narrow twisting road blasted out of a rock-face connects Bad Ragaz (North) and Tamins (South). The road winds its way into the valley, passing through exhilarating tunnels with windows in the rock. It’s an astonishing cliff road with lots and lots of tunnels. Truly amazing. This is a truly stunning road, worth every hairpin corner and hairy 300m drop-offs off the side of the spectacular road to get to.
Starting from Bad Ragaz, the ascent is 22.5km km long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 963m. The average gradient is 3.8%, with some sections up to 12.1%. And starting from Tamins, the ascent is 5.8km km long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 696m. The average gradient is 12%, with some sections up to 18.5%.
Located in the Glarus Alps,inside the tunnel there are several view windows with beautiful views. At the summit there’s a bar restaurant.