Passo Fedaia (Canazei)

Start Town Altitude Elevation Gain Length Gradient Difficulty Rating
Canazei 2,061m 488m 14.0 km 3.5% 250 ***

Passo Fedaia - Canazei - Cycling Profile

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Climb Description

Passo Fedaia from Canazei is the much easier and also less interesting side of the climb. It is popular with cyclists and hikers, providing access to the Marmolada peak and has been used at times in the Giro d'Italia.

Passo Fedaia is situated at the foot of the Marmolada - the highest peak in the Dolomites, which naturally lends it some gravitas. It was also part of the front line during the First World War. Italian forces faced Austrian troops high up in the mountain peaks. Here some of the most harrowing battles of a horrific conflict took place. Indeed, hiking in the mountains above the Fedaia you occasionally stumble across some rusted barbed wire which has been released from the glaciers, having been frozen for over 100 years. There is also a small museum at the top of the pass giving an overview of the conflict.

From a cycling perspective, the climb from Canazei is spoilt somewhat by a number of tunnels and it never really opens out to offer fine views, until you reach the lakes near to the top. The gradient is quite steady on this side, with no real difficulties for experienced cyclists. Both sides have been used though in the Giro d'Italia.

Passo Fedaia is best climbed from late May until early October.

Passo Fedaia from Canazei - Italian Alps Cycling Climb

The pass is in the shadow of the imposing Marmolada peak

Roads & Traffic

The road surface is in good condition throughout, but it is advisable to bring lights as there are several tunnels on the climb.

There is some traffic in the main season, but it is not particularly bothersome. The other side of the climb (Caprile) is generally quieter.

Alternative Routes

Passo Fedaia can also be climbed from the east, starting in Caprile.

Nearby Climbs

Passo Pordoi

Passo Sella

Passo di Giau

Passo Campolongo

Passo Gardena

Passo Costalunga

Passo Nigra

Passo delle Erbe

Cycling Holidays

Passo Fedaia is climbed on our Dolomites & Italian Alps cycling holiday, which crosses Northern Italy from Zoncolan to Mortirolo.

In the links below you can find out more about this and some of the other tours that we run in high mountains.

Monte Zoncolan
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Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 9 Days
Level: Difficulty Challenging-Hard
Price: €1,970 EUR
Lagos de Covadonga
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 8 Days
Level: Difficulty Challenging-Hard
Price: from €1,490 EUR
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Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 8 Days
Level: Difficulty Challenging-Hard
Price: €1,630 EUR
*Bike Hire Included