Iseran Pass and Route des Grandes Alpes

Please note that the Iseran mountain pass is closed during the winter until June 2017. Expected opening date : June 15th 2017

 

Iseran mountain pass

At 2770m, the col de l’Iseran is the highest paved road in Europe, surrounded by the glaciers of Val d’Isère and the Vanoise National Park. Marking the border between Maurienne and Tarentaise, it is an important stage of the famous Great Alpine Road.

It’s also an epic climb of the Tour de France. The road opens to summer traffic – snow clearance permitting – on June 15.

On Sunday, June 25 the whole road is closed to traffic, allowing cyclists to freely climb the 920m from the resort to the top of the pass before the downhill descent back to Val, or down to the pretty village of Bonneval-sur-Arc in the Maurienne Valley.

On July 1 and 2 the road is also the setting for the second Chamois Reborn motorcycle festival. Last summer some 500 bikers with vintage machines from all over the world gathered in Val to re-enact a mass climb to the top of the pass that was first staged 46 years ago. The festival weekend includes stunts, demonstrations, a rock concert  – and a giant tartiflette. www.chamois-reborn.com

Route des Grandes Alpes

The journey between Lake Geneva and the shores of the Mediterranean embraces the entire French Alps. The winding road crosses spectacular mountain landscapes, and in the valleys you’ll find local cultural features and gastronomic specialities.
Whether on 2 wheels or 4, Route des Grandes Alpes is a fabulous mountain road. The 684 km between Thonon-les-Bains and Menton include 16 passes that are among the highest in the Alps. It’s an exceptional natural and cultural environment.
Let’s hit the road !

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