Mountain Passes in France

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Whether it be for the views, for the climbs or for the downhill descents, browse our list of the best mountain passes in France and make your next adventure one to remember. Contributed by the community, for the community, each mountain pass Highlight is a personal recommendation you know you can trust, so simply find your favorite and go.

The top 20 mountain passes in France

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    Sommet du Mont Ventoux

    Road Cycling Highlight

    The Mont Ventoux is a real challenge - not in vain is it always part of the Tour de France. The rise for the race starts in Saint-Estève at 536 …

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    Col du Galibier

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    The Galibier is a classic that you simply have to put on your To Do list if you're an ambitious racing cyclist. Apart from that, the Alps present themselves from …

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    Col du télégraphe

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    The Col de Télégraph is, so to speak, the "pre-passport" of the much more prestigious Galibier, even though it stands in its shadow: Without him nothing works, you want to …

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    Col de la Schlucht

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    The pass impresses with several possibilities of approach. From Colmar, the road is pretty busy. Here it is not recommended to drive, but to use the side roads at LacBlanc …

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    Col de la Croix de Fer

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    The Col de la Croix de Fer is not on the Route des Grandes Alpes. And that is definitely an advantage in this case! Thus, the tourist flows at this …

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    Col du Lautaret

    Road Cycling Highlight

    From here you can easily go to the Galibier on a quiet street.

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    Col de l'Iseran

    Road Cycling Highlight

    The Col de l'Iseran is with 2,764 meters the highest alpine pass ever. And that is exactly what makes it unique: While you are surrounded on many other passes by …

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    Col du Glandon

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    With its 1924 meters in height, the Col du Glandon narrowly misses the 2000 meter mark. Although less popular than the Galibier, it is often part of the Tour de …

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    Col de Vars

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    The Col de Vars (2109 m) is an important link between the Guil valley in the north and the Ubaye valley in the south. It connects the famous Col d'Izoard …

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    Col d'Aspin

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    If you want to choose the simpler option, you can drive to Col d'Aspin from Ste. Marie-de-Campan. If you prefer the more beautiful landscape, start in Arreau. Both climbs are …

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    Col de la Colombière

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    One of the famous passes of the Tour de France. The first time in 2012 at the tour run over.

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    Col du Soulor

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    At the top of the pass there is a nice view of the coming kilometers to the Aubisque and the surrounding mountains. The driveway from the east can be an …

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    Col de la Bonette

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    The actual "pass" over the Bonette with the signposts "Nice" and "Jausiers".

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    Col des Aravis

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    The increase is done. With a slight incline, the last kilometer to the Col des Aravis is quickly overcome.

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    Cormet de Roselend

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    One of the most varied routes in the Alps! The pass connects Albertville to the west with Bourg St. Maurice to the east. Further down the Col de Méraillet there …

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    Col d'Aubisque

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    According to the mountain price classification, the east side of the Col d'Aubisque (1st category) is slightly lighter than the west side (Hors category). This is mainly due to the …

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    Col de Portillon

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    The Col du Portillon may be familiar to you through the Tour de France. Time and again the stages led over this beautiful pass. Today, the Port de Balés is …

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    Col d'Izoard

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    In addition to big names like Tourmalet, Galibier and Ventoux, the Izoard is ever forgotten, which almost gives him the status of a secret favorite - although he is too …

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    Col de Turini (1607m)

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    The Col de Turini is probably the most famous pass in the southern Maritime Alps. The best known of these is its western ramp, which has its starting point about …

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    Col d’Izoard (2,360 m)

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    Mountain arrival on the Tour de France 2017! Grandiose climb from the south side, but not below 8% slope!

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