homePasso del Sella/Juf de Ciavazes/Jouf de Sla/Sellajoch [old Passo Sella]
Passo del Sella/Juf de Ciavazes/Jouf de Sla/Sellajoch [old Passo Sella] Height Climbing height - length
2214m 342m - 4.6 km (Plan de Gralba); 1040m - 18.2 km (St. Ulrich/Ortisei)
1677m - 36.5 km (Chiusa/Klausen); 1749m - 30.2 km (Ponte Gardena/Waidbruck)
Difficulty Beauty
4 (5) North 5 (5)
How to get there

This is the old Passo Sella and it is a distinct pass as it descends into the Salei valley while the new goes down the Piana valley. The south side is only a path until it reaches the regular road to the new Passo Sella coming up from Canazei. There is a short steep road going off around 300m before the new Passo Sella on the Sella ring road. This surfaced road reach the pass in about 150m. The road goes down to the Rifugio Valentin and also further as a cyclable gravel road to another pass (Forcella Rodela 2311m) that you will see in the distance.

One can come from a nearby pass on the Sella Ring – Juf de Frea/Ju de Frara/Grdner Joch/Passo Gardena (2122m) to the north. There are longer approaches from northwest: Urtiji/St. Ulrich/Ortisei (1174m); Chiusa/Klausen/Tlses (537m) or Ponte Gardena/Waidbruck/Pruca (465m). You can make it even harder by going from Bolzano (266m) via the Pas de Pini/Panider Sattel/Passo di Pinei (1442m) and then up from St. Ulrich/Ortisei (1174m), which means a climb of 2215m, making it one of the longer climbs in the Alps and Dolomites.

Other comments This and the nearby new pass are two of the most beautiful passes in the Dolomites. The roads are often quite good in this area and they resurface the roads around the Sella Ring every now and then as they are one of the main attractions for tourists in the Dolomites. There is a bar on the top of all the passes in the Sella ring (Campolongo?) and plenty of accomodation in the villages in the valleys. See, of course, also the new Passo Sella (2241m) for more information! The ladin badiot name for the pass is Ju de Sela. (Photo taken at the new pass.)