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Lukmanier Pass: An Easy, Beautiful Mountain Pass in Switzerland

Last Updated on September 29, 2023 by Darla

Lukmanier Pass, or Passo del Lucomagno, is a beautiful alpine pass between the Medel Valley in Graubünden and the Blenio Valley in Ticino. It used to be the most important north-south connection from the Swiss Alps to Italy. This role was lost to the Gotthard and Splügen Passes, which were also used for north-south travel.

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The Lukmanier Pass is 1,916 meters high. It is a popular destination and a well-loved travel route for tourists and locals alike due to its stunning views. Lukmanier Pass is known for its gently winding roads and breathtaking scenery.

Among those who use the mountain pass are cars, mountain bikes, and motorcycles. It is part of the Lepontine Alps.

The Roman Road

Lukmanier Pass has a rich history, dating back to the time when the Roman Empire used it as a trade route to allow the movement of supplies and troops between the provinces of Germany and Italy. This road allows goods to be moved between the Rhine and Po river valleys.

Overview: Lukmanier Pass

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Pass Height (meters above sea level)1,916 meters
North of the PassDisentis, Graubünden
South of the PassBiasca, Ticino
Length (kilometers)39 kilometers
OpenThe entire year, check opening times

Route of Lukmanier Pass

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The Lukmanier Pass road starts in Disentis and goes through Medel Valley in Graubünden. After that, it passes the Lai da Sontga Maria dam before it gets to Hospezi Santa Maria.

This scenic spot has a hospice Hospezi Santa Maria, a small chapel Caplutta Hospezi Sontga Maria, views of the lake, as well as the border between Graubünden and Ticino

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The Pizzo dell’Uomo (2,663 meters) overlooks Lake Lai da Sontga Maria on the southern side. 

You can reach Pizzo dell’Uomo southwest of Passo del Lucomagno. It’s possible to walk around or climb Pizzo dell’Uomo. It’s best to go up the northeast and down the northwest; the southern side’s too steep. Most visitors still try to climb to the top even though there are no trails.

European Watersheds in Lukmanier Pass

The following European Watersheds run across the Lukmanier Pass:

  • Rein da Medel, which is the longest source river of the Rhine
  • Brenno and Ticino rivers flow into the Po River, Italy’s longest

Leaving the hospice, the pass will slowly wind through a sun-drenched valley in Ticino, Valle del Sole, or Blenio Valley.


Our Experience: Lukmanier Pass

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Getting across mountain passes is always a dream for motorcycle riders and car drivers. It’s a slow and beautiful journey that takes you through the most beautiful and natural landscapes. With dense forests, wide open fields with cows grazing, and rugged mountains and rocky slabs, it is an enjoyable drive.

While Lukmanier Pass is open all year, we only got to see it in summer. Even so, it was a smooth drive with not a lot of traffic. 

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Lukmanier Pass is a beautiful road from Graubünden to Ticino. A scenic mountain backdrop makes it an unforgettable ride. Thankfully, unlike other passes with so many sharp hairpin bends, this one is really easy and not so curvy; it’s perfect for people who get motion sickness.  

From the top, you’ve got an amazing view. Our only stop was the hospice with the chapel. Be sure to check if the restaurant is open. The place was open when we were there, but I know they’re closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. 

In the area, the Selvasecca nature park is also worth a visit, as are the Lai da Sontga Maria Lake and the Pizzo dell’Uomo mountain.


How to Get to Lukmanier Pass

How to Get to Lukmanier Pass By Hiking

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Lukmanier Pass is reachable by hiking from Acquacalda, Curaglia, Campo Blenio, or Sogn Gions.


How to Get to Lukmanier Pass By Biking

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Lukmanier Pass is also popular for cyclists who like the challenging terrain and stunning scenery. The mountain cycling route from Disentis to Lukmanier Pass can be done in two hours, though it is steep in some areas.

The downhill route from Lukmanier Pass to Biasca needs 1 hour and 40 minutes. Although it is a pleasant descent, caution is advised.


How to Get to Lukmanier Pass By Car

The Lukmanier Pass is open year-round, though it closes in winter evenings. Winter car equipment is required during the winter months. Depending on the circumstances, snow chains can also be ordered for a limited time.

You can check if Lukmanier Pass is open at this site: http://www.strassen.gr.ch./sites/strassenzustand/karte.html

The typical opening hours of Lukmanier Pass are as follows:

  • It is open 24 hours per day in summer
  • It is open during the day (8:00 AM to 6:00 PM) in winter
  • It is open between 7:00/9:00 PM and 11:00 AM in spring

How to Get to Lukmanier Pass By Bus

You can get to Lukmanier Pass by bus from either Disentis/Mustér or Olivone.

The bus ride from Olivone is a few minutes shorter than from Disentis, but there are more bus connections from Disentis. More info on the bus schedules can be found at https://www.sbb.ch/.

Route from Disentis/MustérRoute from Olivone
To get to Lukmanier Pass by bus from Disentis, you can catch it from Disentis/Mustér, staziun/posta. The bus then goes via the following stops before reaching Lukmanier Pass:To get to Lukmanier Pass by bus from Olivone, you can catch it from Olivone, Petullo. The bus then goes via the following stops before reaching Lukmanier Pass:
* Curaglia, posta
* Platta, vitg
* Fuorns (Medel)
* Pardatsch
* Larescia
* Camperio (Pianezza, Ospizio, Alta, Piera, Monte di Sacco)
* Campra (Bivio, centro nordico)
* Piansecco
* Pian Segno
* Acquacalda
* Alpe Casaccia

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Darla is the owner of TouringSwitzerland.com. Her home is in the German-speaking part of Switzerland. Having lived almost 20 years in Switzerland, she's traveled extensively all over the country. Darla's favorite regions to visit in Switzerland include Engadin, Lake Geneva, Bernese Oberland, Ticino, and Valais. She loves spending time with her family, hiking, visiting museums, and reading books.

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