This climb combines those to the highest mountain passes
of Switzerland, the Umbrailpass (2501 m), and of Italy, the Passo dello Stelvio
(Stilfserjoch in German; 2757 m).
This Swiss version of the Stelvio is certainly not
as impressive as the
ascent from the east
and less popular than the
western ascent from Bormio
but it is by far the most quiet of the three options.
The road is often narrow and in 2015 the pavement was in very good condition.
Formerly a part of the road was unpaved
but this romance is a thing of the past.
The trip begins in Santa Maria, a village situated
at the altitude of 1370 meters in the Val Müstair.
From there, the road runs through the Val Muraunza to the Umbrailpass,
then loses 11 elevation meters before it joins the road from Bormio to the Stelvio
and ends with the last 270 meters of altitude of the western ascent.
The scenery is beautiful and numerous hairpin bends (about 40, in total)
provide new aims all the time.
However, the profile is quite monotonous.
Out of the 33 intervals of 500 meters,
27 have a gradient of 8-10%.
The climb can be extended with the ride from Glurns (Glorienza)
in Italy to Santa Maria.
This adds another 14.4 kilometers, 474 meters of altitude and
climb effort points.