Cycling Passo Umbrail - can extend to Passo dello Stelvio too.
Ride 16.3 km gaining 1,398 m to 2,756 m at 8.5% average grade.
One of the three routes up to the mighty Passo dello Stelvio and the only one that begins in Switzerland. We begin this climb in Santa Maria Val Mustair at the very southeastern tip of Switzerland, then climb 8.1 miles, 3,650’ at 8.5% average grade to the Swiss/Italian border and Umbrail Pass. From Umbrail Pass it is precisely 2 miles, 855’ at 8.4% average grade to Passo dello Stelvio - in all, the climb is 10.1 miles, 4,605’ at 8.5% average grade with the steepest ¼ mile at 13%, ½ mile 10.4% and steepest 1 mile segment 9.9%.
Passo Umbrail is in the Ortler Alps, part of Europe’s Alps Mountain Range.
Begin climb in Santa Maria Val Mustair, Switzerland; finish on Swiss/Italian border.
Switchbacks and some great views on the way up Umbrail.
It is strongly recommended that anyone climbing from the Swiss side to Umbrail Pass continue on the next 2 miles up the mountain and into Italy to Passo dello Stelvio. There are many cafès, a couple of brautwurst stands and an extremely vibrant cycling experience - the most significant we have ever experienced at the top of a climb (more so than Alp d’Huez, Tourmalet, or Mont Ventoux - although we must say the Ventoux does come close to rivaling Stelvio for most activity at the top of a climb).
Heading on up to Stelvio
We believe the Giro d’Italia featured Umbrail (up to Stelvio) for the first time in 2017
Come for the climb, stay for the Brat!
We stayed a 5 miles north of the start of the Umbrail climb at Hotel al-Rom in Tschierv Switzerland and were very pleased with the accommodations, staff and restaurant.
John and owner Rolf on left;
John and Brad torn between 2 countries on the right.
Steepest kilometer starts 1 km from top (10.3%)