Our first hike from the San Gottard Pass was up to the summit of Giubin at 2776 metre altitude, a beautiful and remote walk which took just a few hours to ascend but which felt like we had left civilisation entirely behind. Then, the next day, we enjoyed the stunning 5 lakes loop on the other side of the pass, a 4 hours tour which takes in (you've guessed it) 5 impressive mountain lakes along with countless other little tarns. It was really very lovely.
This eastern ascent of the Nufenen Pass is much longer but less also less steep than the other side, covering 24 km with an average gradient of 5.5% (the other side is 13 km at 8.5%), and is very beautiful with lots of sweeping views as the road climbs ever higher.
We spent the night at the top of Nufenen Pass as the weather and clouds swept in and cloaked us in mist. We had asked at the restaurant and they told us it was fine to stay in their car park (we always ask permission) and ended up having the top entirely to ourselves which was magical, before we headed off back to the Valais to meet a friend who is coming to visit.
In hindsight, it would have been nice to have more time to cycle the other side of the Nufenen or the cobbled road up the San Gottard pass (which is a very well known ascent), but that only means we have reasons to come back!
Hope you enjoy the pictures....