PASSO SELLA | DOLOMITES
Passo Sella, sits at an elevation of 2240 meters a.s.l. and is a high mountain pass between the Trento Province and Bolzano Province in the Italian Dolomites of Italy. Located in a grassy saddle that separates the Sassolungo Mountain Group from the Sella Mountain Group, Passo Sella connects Valle di Fassa with Val Gardena in the Trentino Alto Adige Region.
Passo Sella is one of the most famous passes in the Italian Dolomites and is is overlooked by Torri del Sella and by the Mesules barrier of the Sella Mountain Group. Plus you have the unforgettable view over the Sassolungo mountain group, at an altitude of 3,179 metres a.s.l.
Along with Passo Pordoi, Passo Gardena, and Passo Campolongo, Passo Sella forms a quadrangle around the Sella Mountain Group. In the summer the 4 passes are on many cyclist bucket list and during the winter, ski trails are prepared that make the entire round in both directions, known as the Sella Ronda.
Passo Sella also is the start point to reach many of the classic alpine climbs and vie ferrate of the Italian Dolomites. Beside the Sella rifugio is the Citta del Sassi (City of Rocks) bouldering area.
HOW TO GET TO PASSO SELLA IN THE ITALIAN DOLOMITES
The nearest you can get to Passo Sella by train is Bolzano. From Bolzano you can get a regional bus to Selva Val Gardena or Canazei in the Fassa Valley.
You can get to the pass by riding from Passo Pordoi or Passo Gardena. The ride up from the Gardena valley is not the best approach since it is generally busy with traffic.
WHERE TO STAY WHEN YOU ARE VISITING THE SELLA PASS IN THE DOLOMITE MOUNTAINS
Most cyclist base themselves:
Climbers and hikers will find good lodging at the rifugio's in the Pass.