Passo di Gavia (Ponte di Legno)

Start Town Altitude Elevation Gain Length Gradient Difficulty Rating
Ponte di Legno 2,621m 1,207m 16.0 km 7.5% 1,340 *****






Passo di Gavia - Ponte di Legno - Cycling Profile

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Climb Description

Passo di Gavia from Ponte di Legno is a very challenging and truly epic climb. The gradient and altitude combine to trouble even the strongest riders, but the spectacular scenery will help to take your mind off the suffering!

This is the classic side of the Gavia and has been used several times in the Giro d'Italia, even though it was not fully paved until the 1990s. The gradient is pretty much unrelenting for the final 14km, with long sections above 10%. Strong riders often combine this climb with the nearby Mortirolo or Stelvio.

As well as being harder and quieter, this is also the more scenic side of the climb. With stunning views along a balcony road for much of the ascent. Make sure you take a light with you though, as there is a very dark 500m long tunnel in the middle of the ascent.

The Gavia is usually open from June to September.


Passo di Gavia from Ponte di Legno - Italian Alps Cycling Climb

This lake marks the start of the final kilometre!






Roads & Traffic

The road surface is mostly in very good condition.

This is the quieter side of the climb. It is fairly quiet from the bottom, and becomes increasingly empty the higher you ascend.






Spectacular scenery at the top

The top of the climb is beautiful high mountain scenery






Alternative Routes

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





Nearby Climbs


Passo di Mortirolo

Passo dello Stelvio






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
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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