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Passo del Susten - Wassen

Basic data & ranking

Average grade: 7.5 %

Length: 17.4 km

Altitude start: 916 m

Altitude top: 2224 m

Ascent: 1308 m

Maximum: 9 %

Passo del Susten rankings

Difficulty ranking world: 472 (all)
Ranking Switzerland: 49 (all)
Ranking Alps: 172(all)
Difficulty score: 142.96 what?

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The Passo del Susten is situated in Uri. This climb belongs to the Alps. Starting from Wassen, the Passo del Susten ascent is 17.4 km long. Over this distance, you climb 1308 heightmeters. The average percentage thus is 7.5 %. The maximum slope is 9 %.

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Story by Andrew from Zurich, Switzerland, submitted on 11/08/2015
I rode the Sustenpass four times in a month as training for climbing the Stelvio Pass.

It''s perfect for that as it is exactly two thirds of the distance and climb.

It''s a very good climb, challenging but rewarding and has a couple of excellent hairpin turns during a challenging final 2km.

Once you hit the dark tunnel you have a 300m sprint to the top.

In terms of amenities it is a little light. Use the supermarket in Wassen to buy any provisions. There are some small little cafes in the first half of the climb but the first real stop is a very well situated bar at around 1000m of climb. It''s pretty expensive and there is a sign in the bathrooms that the tap water is not drinkable but I suspect that is to stop cyclists filling up on free water.

At the top is a half decent restaurant but the people that run it are among the most miserable in Switzerland.

They run a toilet policy that they monitor very aggressively. If you have not bought anything, you pay 1 Sfr or 1 Euro to use the toilet which is fair enough but I saw bewildered Japanese tourists shouted at in front of a crowded terrace.

Other than these stops, there is nowhere to get water.

A really good climb overall and a descent of great fun!
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Story by Michael Ronkin from Geneva, Switzerland, submitted on 06/07/2014
Just climbed the Susten from Wassen yesterday. A bit of preface first:

Last year a friend and I rode cross-Switzerland, through the Alps in late June. We made sure the passes were open. When we got to Wassen a little after noon we found out the pass was closed: it was hot, they feared avalanches, so closed the pass just for the afternoon. We trudged on to Andermatt, and climbed the Furka and Grimsel instead. Ever since I’ve been determined to do the Susten. I’m glad I did: it is a wonderful climb and pass.

The weather was iffy: overcast and a slight drizzle but the cool temperature helped. I spent the night in Wassen, so did not have a chance to warm up, it starts steep right away. But as others have pointed out, the grade is constant, once you get into a rhythm, you stay there and keep pedaling.

The landscape is varied, the views breathtaking, and keep your interest; stops for taking photos are obligatory! Fabulous views of the glaciers just down from the summit (Bern side).

It was foggy and cold at the summit, but after a 30-minute hot chocolate break at the restaurant, it cleared up enough for the fabulous descent into Innertkirchen. It looked like along climb up, I’d recommend this direction (Wassen-Innertkirchen).
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Story by Ross from Sion, Switzerland, submitted on 27/06/2010
From Andermatt, I climbed the Susten, Grimsel, Nufenen and Gotthard passes in June 2010 – in that order. It is one of the most spectacular and varied loops that I have ever done in the Alps. This is a very hard loop for one day as the vertical climb is 5,150 meters over 160km. A real challenge. The direction of the loop is unquestionably the best as road to the north from Andermatt (which descents) is very busy and would not be pleasant to climb. Also, the Gotthard is best done south to north. With stops it took us 9.5hrs. Both of us live in the Alps and have considerable experience doing cyclosports over a similar distance/vertical climb. Two options for shorter rides from Andermatt would be to half the above mentioned loop with the first day being Susten, Grimsel and Furka. The next day would be Furka (the other direction), Nufenen and the Gotthard. I will write about each col on related climb page. Susten from the east. This is a wonderful climb that is relatively car free. The climb starts off hard and rarely gets easy. The final 6 kms or so are spectacular with a very long approach finishing with some outstanding switchbacks. One of the best climbs around.
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Story by Andre from , Switzerland, submitted on 14/04/2008
The Susten from this side is very hard climbing as it never gives you a chance to rest. The climb rises at about the average of 7.5% and never really drops below it. Another hard factor is that you can see the top from far away which can be a big blow for your moral if youre suffering. I road it in combination with the Grimsel and Furka Pass. The Roundtrip is 125Km and has an elevation difference of about 3600m. If youre a good cyclist i advise you to ride the Roundtrip via Grimsel and Furka but be aware that the Grimsel and Furka are 2 other major climbs. (Specially the Grimsel from Meiringen)
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Story by Koen de Koning from Venlo, Holland, submitted on 09/09/2007
I climbed Passo del Susten together with the grimsel and furka in the first weekend of september 2007. It was as very heavy climb after already climbed 2 mountainpasses. Especially for the fact that it was constantly steep. There were almost no hairpins where you could have just a little rest. I had to move on. Because I knew, when I would step off my bike, I didnt have enough strenght to gain speed again. And also for the fact that I climbed up together with a friend of my father (Im only 16 years old!). My father was a few kilometers behind. But I told myself to hold on to him. Because when I would have let go of him, I couldnt catch up with the speed anymore. After 10 kilometers of quite steep climbing, you could see the top, 7 kilometers away. It looked as if it wasnt that far anymore. But that was because the of the road going nearly streight forward. In fact, it wasnt that easy at all! The road was evenly steep the whole time, so that you had the illusion that the road was nearly flat. It was quite frustrating. Anyway, some way or another, I managed to climb the mountain without losing Lous (my fathers friend) weel. In fact, I made a little sprint to the top. Later, I found that that was a rather stupid idea. The view seemed to be quite beautiful. But I was too tired to see properly! After having a drink in the restaurant, my father arrived. That was about half an hour later than Lou and me. I was very glad I made it. That whole tour at my age! 125 kilometers with a gradient of 3600 meters! I still cant believe I made it!

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