Col du Galibier

Country France
From Valloire
To Le Lautaret
Length 25,7km
Highest elevation 2.621m
Lowest elevation 1.405m
Col de Galibier sits in the southern region of the French Dauphiné Alps at an elevation of 2,645 meters (8,673 ft.) above sea level. The mountain pass joins Saint-Michel-de-Maurienne and Briançon via the col du Télégraphe and the Col du Lautaret and is said to be one the most extraordinary climbs in all of the French Alps. Approaching this pass from the north side offers those journeying through high summits, glacier mass and over 2 km of vertical ascension. D902 is the road taken when traveling over this pass and it holds rank as one the highest mountain passes of the Alps next to Col de l'Iseran - which is 200 m/650ft higher. Drivers and cyclists should be forewarned that this pass is often inaccessible from the month of October to the end of May due to snow - so travels should be planned accordingly. Despite the sharp declines, travelers are rewarded with gorgeous views of the Alps - on the ascent and descent - which makes the journey through this pass more than worth it.
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