Sella pass


Passo Sella is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2,244m (7,362ft) above the sea level, located between the provinces of Trentino and South Tyrol in Italy. The pass is traversed by the narrow SS242 road.

The asphalted road over the Sella Pass (also known as Sellajoch) connects the Val Gherdëina in South Tyrol and Canazei in the Fascia Valley in Trentino. On the summit there are 2 hotels. Huge coaches sneak constantly across the pass summit and spit out endless streams of tourists that disappear after a few minutes when they have taken hundreds of pictures and jammed the souvenir shop. Avoid the first three weeks of August.

This is one of the most famous passes in the Dolomites. To reach the summit, starting from Plan de Gralba – Northside, the ascent is 5.45 km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 373 meters. The average percentage is 6.8 %.
The road includes some steep sections, without market central lines, is very narrow, scarcely wide enough for two cars to pass at the same time and there are no protections or guard rails along some parts of the route. This pass is crowned by the wonderful Torri del Sella and Mesules. You can enjoy a really stunning view on the Sassolungo group (3,181 meters).

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