Furka Pass, Switzerland

Furka Pass, Switzerland

Furka Pass

A mountain pass is a route through a mountain range or over a ridge. If following the lowest possible route, a pass is locally the highest point on that route. Since many of the world’s mountain ranges have presented formidable barriers to travel, passes have been important since before recorded history, and have played a key role in trade, war, and migration. Many Mountain Passes across Europe are closed in winter due to the amount of Snowfall. Skiing in these areas are very popular if you can gain access. Some mountain roads are kept clear using huge machinery which pours the snow to the side of the road allowing traffic to gain entry to the ski resorts, where they will find the perfect conditions for skiing or snowboarding. Due to the climate, the correct Ski-wear must be worn and for safety reasons as well. Many resorts offer lessons if you wish to learn to ski or learn to snowboard.

 Furka Pass

The Furka pass connects the Ursern valley (i.e. the upper valley of the Reuss river) in the canton of Uri with the municipality of Goms in the canton of Valais, on a height of 2,431 m above sea level. The water shed runs over this pass.

There is an underground base tunnel through which the railway crosses the Furka pass road. In winter, when the pass road is closed, you can have your car loaded onto the train from Realp in Uri to Oberwald in Valais. At Gletsch, a village in the western part of the valley, the road branches off to the Grimsel pass. On 2,272 m above sea level, lies the hotel Belvédère from where you have access to the Rhône glacier. Two centuries ago, the glacier reached down to Gletsch. Meanwhile, it has shrinked so much that one can hardly see it from the pass road.

Info courtesy of Uri.info

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Location – Uri/Valais, Switzerland

Height – 2,429 m (7,969 ft)


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The Furka Pass was used as a location in the James Bond film Goldfinger.

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