Passo Sella (Plan de Gralba)

Start Town Altitude Elevation Gain Length Gradient Difficulty Rating
Plan de Gralba 2,244m 424m 6.0 km 7.1% 275 *****






Passo Sella - Plan de Gralba - Cycling Profile

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Climb Description

Passo Sella from Plan de Gralba is a short and reasonably steep climb in the Dolomites. It climbs up to the legendary 'Sella Towers', one of the most iconic rock formations of the mountain range. The climb also lends its name to the famous Sella Ronda loop, of which it forms a part.

In our opinion, this is the most scenic section of the whole Sella Ronda loop and is the reason why more people do the circle in an anti-clockwise direction.

Passo Sella is best climbed from May to October.


Passo Sella from Plan de Gralba - Italian Alps Cycling Climb

One of many hairpin bends on the way to the top






Roads & Traffic

The road surface is in very good condition throughout.

The road can be quite busy with cars in summer and motorbikes in good weather, although this is one of the least busy parts of the Sella Ronda.




Alternative Routes

Passo Sella can also be climbed from the south, starting from Canazei.





Nearby Climbs


Passo Campolongo

Passo Pordoi

Passo Fedaia

Passo Giau

Passo Gardena

Passo di Giau

Passo delle Erbe

Passo Costalunga






Cycling Holidays

Passo Sella 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