Passo di Gavia (Bormio)

Start Town Altitude Elevation Gain Length Gradient Difficulty Rating
Bormio 2,621m 1,306m 25.0 km 5.2% 785 ****






Passo di Gavia - Bormio - Cycling Profile

Click on the profile to view in full screen (🔍)




Climb Description

Passo di Gavia is an epic cycling climb that has played an important role in the Giro d'Italia. Due to its close proximity to Stelvio and Mortirolo, it can be used to form part of a very hard stage, and also one which is a popular challenge for serious cycle tourists.

The climb from Bormio is the easier side of the Gavia. It is long, but has several significant false flat sections and the gradient is only occasionally steepe than 8%. This is also the less scenic of the two sides; although it is far from ugly! In particular, the last 5km are spectacular. The landscape really opens up here with picturesque lakes and peaks providing a memorable back drop.

The Gavia is usually open from June to September.


Passo di Gavia from Bormio - Italian Alps Cycling Climb

The lakes near the top of the pass are a real highlight






Roads & Traffic

The road surface is in good condition for the most part. Higher up, however, it is quite cracked and some care must be taken.

This is the busier side of the Gavia and there is fairly significant traffic until Santa Caterina. After here, there is still some tourist traffic all the way to the top, although it is not much of an issue.


Passo di Gavia Quiet Section

The road is pretty quiet and in good condition after Santa Caterina






Alternative Routes

Passo di Gavia can also be climbed from the south, starting in Ponte di Legno.





Nearby Climbs


Passo dello Stelvio

Passo di Mortirolo






Cycling Holidays

Passo di Gavia 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
Italian FlagItaly


Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 9 Days
Level: Difficulty Challenging-Hard
Price: €1,630 EUR
Lagos de Covadonga
Spanish FlagSpain

Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 8 Days
Level: Difficulty Challenging-Hard
Price: from €1,130 EUR
French FlagFrance

Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 8 Days
Level: Difficulty Challenging-Hard
Price: €1,350 EUR
*Bike Hire Included