Passo Nigra (Brie)

Start Town Altitude Elevation Gain Length Gradient Difficulty Rating
Brie 1,688m 1,252m 19.0 km 6.6% 1,310 *****






Passo Nigra - Brie - Cycling Profile

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Climb Description

Passo Nigra via Brie is a long climb which contains a torturous section in its midst. It is a quiet and very scenic way to reach Passo Nigra, but includes a significant stretch in excess of 20% gradient, which also makes it by far the toughest side to climb.

The scenery is varied; at times it is in forest, but it also opens up with regular viewpoints looking over the stunning pastures which pop up regularly on this side of the Bolzano valley. The combination of scenery and lack of traffic, makes this our favourite side of the climb.

Much of the climb from this side is the same as the ascent from Prato all'Isarco; the ascent from Prato follows a busier road at the start of the climb, to avoid the steep sections around Brie.

Passo Nigra is best climbed from May to October.


Passo Nigra from Brie - Italian Alps Cycling Climb

This is a really pleasant climb with some spectacular views






Roads & Traffic

The road surface is generally in good condition and there is little traffic throughout the ascent.




Alternative Routes

Passo Nigra can also be climbed from the west starting from Bolzano and 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