Passo Gardena (Corvara)

Start Town Altitude Elevation Gain Length Gradient Difficulty Rating
Corvara 2,121m 510m 9.0 km 5.7% 274 ****






Passo Gardena - Corvara - Cycling Profile

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Climb Description

Passo Gardena from Corvara is a very enjoyable cycling climb in the heart of the Dolomites. It combines flatter sections with sweeping hairpin bends, all beneath the spectacular limestone peaks which dominate the skyline in this region.

Comprising part of the Sella Ronda route (along with Passo Pordoi Passo Sella and Passo Campolongo), the Gardena has been used many times in the Giro d'Italia, and is extremely popular with amateur riders.

The main reason why we have not given it a ***** rating is that, compared with some other climbs, it often gets busy with cars and motorbikes.

Passo Gardena is best climbed from late May to early October.


Passo Gardena from Corvara - Italian Alps Cycling Climb

The road climbs underneath dramatic rocky peaks






Roads & Traffic

The road surface is in very good condition throughout.

The main negative aspect of the climb is that it gets busy with cars and motorbikes, particularly during July and August.




Alternative Routes

Passo Gardena can also be climbed from the west, starting in Ponte Gardena.





Nearby Climbs


Passo Campolongo

Passo Sella

Passo Pordoi

Passo delle Erbe

Passo Fedaia

Passo di Giau

Tre Cime di Lavaredo

Passo Costalunga






Cycling Holidays

Passo Gardena 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: €1,630 EUR
Lagos de Covadonga
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 8 Days
Level: Difficulty Challenging-Hard
Price: from €1,130 EUR
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Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 8 Days
Level: Difficulty Challenging-Hard
Price: €1,350 EUR
*Bike Hire Included