Ovit Dağı Geçidi

Driving the wild Ovit Dağı Geçidi

Ovit Dağı Geçidi is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.690m (8,825ft) above the sea level located in the İkizdere district of Rize Province in Turkey. It’s one of the highest paved roads of the country. 

Set high in the northeastern part of the country, the road to the summit is totally paved. It’s called D925 (Rize İspir Yolu). The pass is 18.2 km (11.3 miles) long and hits a 16% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps.

Access to the pass is typically open all year round, but it is difficult to keep the pass open to traffic during the winters because of the harsh weather conditions due to high altitude. Due its location, it’s possible to see snow on the summer.
Due the extreme weather conditions at the summit, in 2018, the challenging road was bypassed by a 14.3 km long tunnel called Ovit Tüneli.

 

 

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