Passo Nigra (Bolzano)

Start Town Altitude Elevation Gain Length Gradient Difficulty Rating
Bolzano 1,688m 1,281m 32.0 km 4.0% 589 ****






Passo Nigra - Bolzano - Cycling Profile

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Climb Description

Passo Nigra from Bolzano is more or less the same climb as Passo Costalunga, with a false flat section at the top. It is a very pleasant climb on a quiet road, which passes through forest for the majority of the ascent. Towards the top of the climb you ride close to the picturesque Carezza Lake and have views of the spectcular Rosengarten massif.

Passo Nigra is best climbed from May to October.


Passo Nigra from Bolzano - Italian Alps Cycling Climb

The Rosengarten Massif towers above the climb






Roads & Traffic

The road surface is generally in very condition, although it is slightly broken in places.

The climb is mostly very quiet. Although it gets slightly busier as you join the main road towards the top. Be careful not to take the SS-241 from Cardano (Bolzano), as there are long tunnels on this road which are not suitable for bicycles.




Alternative Routes

Passo Nigra can also be climbed from the west via Brie and from Prato all'Isarco.

From the east, the pass is just a short extension of the climb to Passo Costalunga.





Nearby Climbs


Passo Costalunga

Passo delle Erbe

Passo Sella

Passo Pordoi

Passo Campolongo

Passo Gardena






Cycling Holidays

Passo Nigra is climbed on our Dolomites & Italian Alps holiday, which tackles the iconic cycling ascents of 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