Varozzei (Airolo-Pesciüm)

Varozzei (Airolo-Pesciüm)

The Nufenen Pass is both Switzerland's highest pass open to motor vehicles and the starting point for a superb cycling tour that actually passes through Italy for much of the way. Well, as spectacular as the circuit is, you're still going to have to shoulder your bike for some of the stages. The Griess Pass, for example, resists all attempts to cross it in the saddle. But no matter, your extraordinary efforts will be rewarded by a peerless mountain landscape.

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Technical information

Begin of tour: Nufenen Pass
End of tour: Nufenenpass
Technical requirements: challenging
Physical fitness: extreme
Distance: 36.6 km
Total altitude meters: 1340 m
Biking time: 04:00 - 06:00 (hours, minutes)
Elevation start and end of tour: 2478 m
Season: July - October
Panorama: Magnificent mountain panorama
Gastronomy: Nufenen Pass, Capanna Corno Gries
Overnight: Ulrichen, Airolo, Capanna Corno Gries
Access starting point: By bus from Airolo or from Ulrichen up to Nufenen Pass
Access point of arrival: Nufenenpass
Literature: Bike-Explorer

Tour Overview

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The careful planning of a tour will ensure that you also derive the maximum pleasure and enjoyment from it. Please take the time to contact the local information centre and enquire about route and weather conditions before setting off. Your intended trail may be fully or partially closed, depending on the time of year and weather conditions.


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