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Jaufenpass/Passo di Giovo Height Climbing height - length
Sign 2094m
1142m - 17 km (Sterzing/Vipiteno)
1423m - 19.8 km (S. Leonardo in Passiria/St. Leonhard in Passeier)
1868m - 39.7 km (Merano/Meran)
Difficulty Beauty
North 3 (5); South 4 (5) 3 (5)
How to get there I have been over this pass three times and always climbed the easier north side starting just outside Sterzing/Vipiteno (956m). There are serpentines all the way up on this side and even if the climb is shorter and somewhat less steep than on the south side, this is still a hard pass. The southern approach starts in S. Leonardo in Passiria/St. Leonhard in Passeier (675m) if you come down from the Timmelsjoch/Passo del Rombo (2475m) or otherwise already down in Merano/Meran (317m). From Merano it is among the longer climbs in the Alps.
Other comments The pass is nice, but there is nothing much which makes it stand out among Alps passes. The views are quite fine in both directions at the top. It is second easiest alternative for traffic going south from the Brenner pass, but obviously all heavy traffic go down to Bolzano via Bressanone/Brixen. There is more traffic on this pass than on the Penser Joch/Passo di Pennes (2213m) pass, where there is mostly tourist traffic.
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