The Passo del Susten is situated in Bern
and belongs to the
Starting from Innertkirchen,
the Passo del Susten ascent is 27.7 km long. Over this distance, you climb 1602 heightmeters.
The average percentage thus is 5.8 %.
Stories, information and comments from Passo del Susten climbers
Story by Paul Mauger from Jersey. Channel Islands, United Kingdom, submitted on 07/05/2010
Quite a challenge I can tell you. Went with a 39/25, could have done with a 28! Climbed it with my wife, on our way to our wedding in Italy. 31/2 hours to the top.STUNNING scenery.Doesnt open until at least the middle of May.
My personal climb rating:
Story by Koen de Koning from Venlo, Holland, submitted on 09/09/2007
I climbed Passo del Susten friday 31th of august 2007. The day after that, I was going to climb the Grimsel, the Furka and the Susten in 1 day together with my father (Im only 16) and Lou. We arrived in Innertkirchen around 3 oclock in the afternoon. So there was enough time to climb Passo del Susten as a preparation for the day after that. We stayed in a hotel just at the foot of the climb!
The first 14 kilometers were easy and even a bit annoying. As you can see on the profile, there are a lot of parts that were almost flat. It wasnt a real climb. Just some small parts of climbing and other parts of resting.
But after 14 kilometers, the climb really started. It started to get steeper. Thats where I took some distance from Lou. My dad was already far behind at that point.
After some hairpins, you had a spectaculair view on the valley. To bad only that it was a bit cloudy. When we drove back home on sunday we decided to go to the highway via the Sustenpass. It was clear that day. And that was the first time we saw the glacier. It was really beautiful!
Anyway, after about 18 kilometers, the trees were slowly disappearing. Not only the trees, but Lou was also slowly disappearing. It felt quite nice to be in front of my father and Lou.
When the road flatten a bit, I thought I would be almost up. But I still had to climb another 500 meters in gradient. After that point, the mountain got even steeper and the clouds were blocking my view. I had a strange feeling up there. Hearing nothing but my breath and my weels driving slowly along the pass. Seeing nothing but the road in front of me. I didnt even dare to look along the side of the road. It looked like I was about 5 kilometers above the earths surface balancing on nothing but a small road lying uneath me. Finally, I saw a road sign saying 26 kilometers. It wasnt far now.
After several minutes cycling in no mens land, I saw some parking spaces. A small lake was lying quietly at the top of the pass. The restaurant was closed. There was no car to be seen. It was even a bit scary. On the other side, it was rather exciting. Feeling that everyone had left the world. That you were the only one left on this lonely planet.
But maybe thats the whole idea of climbing a mountain by bike. Coming up and feeling that you have reached the top of the world. Feeling that no one will ever reach that place wich you just reached. I might be young, but Im old enough to understand what cycling is all about. Its about challange, reaching the top. And its cold up there. But I love it!