Passo dello Stelvio (Bormio)

Start Town Altitude Elevation Gain Length Gradient Difficulty Rating
Bormio 2,758m 1,460m 21.9 km 6.7% 1,244 ****

Passo dello Stelvio - Bormio - Cycling Profile

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Climb Description

Passo dello Stelvio is one of the highest paved cycling climbs in Europe. The ascent form Bormio does not have the same number of iconic hairpins as the Prato side, but it is still a spectacular ascent, which has graced the Giro d'Italia on numerous occasions.

A regular in the Giro d'Italia, the Stelvio is nearly always a decisive climb. It's altitude, length and gradient is enough to force gaps between professional riders. For cycle tourists it is important to pace yourself and prepare to be riding for possibly two or more hours in the saddle.

The scenery on the Bormio side really becomes spectacular after the tunnels end. A series of hairpin bends, snaking past a dramatic waterfall finish at a gorgeous open pasture. From here a few more hairpins take you to the top, where the spectacular view of the Prato side is revealed.

The climb from this side only merits **** simply because of the combination of the traffic and the tunnels on the lower slopes. It is not especially dangerous, but is annoying, and so a better option is to climb from Prato and descend this side.

Stelvio is usually open from mid-May to mid-October.

Passo dello Stelvio from Bormio - Italian Alps Cycling Climb

Spectacular views looking down towards Bormio

Roads & Traffic

The road surface is in good condition throughout.

Stelvio is quite busy as far as high mountain passes go. Its hairpin bends attract motorbikes and cars as well as cyclists, and, although it is not particularly bothersome, the volume of traffic is a slight nuissance throughout. The tunnels on the Bormio side are also slightly annoying, and it's worth carrying a rear light with you for these.

Passo dello Stelvio Road Surface

The traffic is not constant, at times you get the road all to yourself

Alternative Routes

Passo dello Stelvio can also be climbed from the north, starting in Prato.

Nearby Climbs

Passo di Gavia

Passo di Mortirolo

Cycling Holidays

The climb to Passo dello Stelvio (from Prato) is one of the highlights of 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: €1,730 EUR
Lagos de Covadonga
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 8 Days
Level: Difficulty Challenging-Hard
Price: from €1,330 EUR
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Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 8 Days
Level: Difficulty Challenging-Hard
Price: €1,530 EUR
*Bike Hire Included