The Splugen Pass connects Graubunden in Switzerland with the italian North. If you want to go to the Comer See in Italy, it’s the most direct way to reach it coming from the North. The reservoir at the top of the pass (the Lago di Montespluga) is quite a view, and if you stood up early in the morning you might even be able to see a groundhog or two.
Our drive starts from the north in the Hinterrhein-valley in Splugen. The road takes us beneath the skiingeare Splugen Tambo and we quickly ascend the mountain.
The ascend on the Swiss side is relativly short. Right after the Berghaus Splugen is the old pass gallery, and then we already enter Italy.
Next stop after visiting some groundhogs – Montespluga.
Just before we descend towards Chiavenna and the Comer See, we have to surround the Lago di Montespluga reservoir.
The descent form Splugen Pass is one of a kinda – over a length of 30 km, we descend 1800 meter in height. That’s not happening on many other passes.
The descent on the italian side has a lot of hairneedle pins and tunnels. Beware of traffic coming up the mountain!
Once we arrive in Chiavenna, there are two main directs to drive towards – either east or south. Heading east, we can return to the Engadin an St. Moritz and drive some more passes (Julier Pass, Albula Pass oder Flüela Pass), or we go south towards the beautiful Comer See.
Facts about Splugen Pass:
- Start: Splugen
- Destination: Chiavenna
- Length: ca. 45 Km
- Height: Starting at 1457 m up to 2115 m
- Special: Groundhogs, Lago di Montespluga
Where to next?
- Towards St. Moritz, dann über den Julierpass
- Richtung St. Moritz, dann über den Albulapass
- Richtung St. Moritz und dann nach Davos über den Flüelapass
- Richtung Comer See