Swiss Giants: Nufenen Pass and Furka PassBy Will • Aug 26th, 2008 • Category: Climbs, Cycling, Favorites
A pretty epic day!
There are loads of truly great climbs in central Switzerland which I have yet to explore. But today I rode two of the highest – amazing.
I started with the Nufenenpass – 2478 metres (over 8,100 feet). It’s pretty steep throughout, and just keeps getting more interesting. Hairpins galore! The other side goes into the Italian part of Switzerland so there was an Italian Col sign (Passo dell Novena) on the other side along with the German Col sign. Lots of cyclotourists on the road – English, Dutch, German, Italians and a few Swiss.
I descended back down and after a close inspection of my puny legs decided I had enough energy to also do the Furka Pass.
This is a pretty famous climb (2436 metres and just under 8000 feet) and was thoroughly enjoyable. It’s a fair bit easier then Nufenen – which suited me fine.
Part way up the road splits with the route to the Gimsel Pass on the left. Unbelievable views of Gimsel – (a future project?!).
Nearing the top of Furka is the Rhone Glacier. This is the source of the Rhone river – that goes through Geneva and all the way to the Mediterranean. Just beautiful!
Above the glacier, clouds started rolling in so I got out of the saddle and rushed to the Pass. A quick photo and back down again – a very fast descent (even for wimpy me)!
I have ridden a lot of great climbs – and both of these rank right up there – a great day.