Theodul Pass

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Theodul Pass
Rif-theodulo.jpg
View of the pass with Testa Grigia in background from the Theodul hut
Elevation 3,295 m (10,810 ft)[1]
Traversed by Glacier
Location Valais, Switzerland
Aosta Valley, Italy
Range Pennine Alps
Coordinates 45°56′37″N 7°42′32″E / 45.94361°N 7.70889°E / 45.94361; 7.70889Coordinates: 45°56′37″N 7°42′32″E / 45.94361°N 7.70889°E / 45.94361; 7.70889
Theodul Pass is located in Alps
Theodul Pass
Theodul Pass
Location in the Alps

Theodul Pass, elevation 3,295 metres (10,810 ft), (German: Theodulpass, Italian: Colle del Teodulo, French: Col de Saint-Théodule, Walser German: Théoduljoch) is a high mountain pass across the eastern Pennine Alps, connecting Zermatt in the Swiss canton of Valais and Breuil-Cervinia in the Italian region of Aosta Valley. Theodul Pass is the second lowest pass (after Furggjoch)[2] and the easiest pass between the valleys of Zermatt and Valtournanche.

The pass lies between the Matterhorn on the west and the Breithorn on the east and is overlooked by the Theodulhorn and Testa Grigia. The Rifugio del Teodulo (hut) is located just above the pass. The east side of the pass is covered by large glaciers and is part of a year-round ski area.

Traverse by bicycle[edit]

In 1965, Percy Stallard (aged 55) rode his bicycle solo over the Theodul Pass. The Rough Stuff Fellowship, an organisation for enthusiasts of cross-country cycling, acknowledged that it was probably the first time a cyclist had done it. Stallard made it in less than 15 hours, sometimes through deep snow.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Retrieved from the Swisstopo topographic maps (previously 3,301 m).
  2. ^ Furggjoch lies at 3,271 metres (10,732 ft) but is more difficult to cross.

External links[edit]

Media related to Theodul Pass at Wikimedia Commons