Col du Lautaret sits at elevation of 2,057 meters (6,749 ft.) above sea level and located in the region of Hautes-Alpes, France. This pass is a boundary point between the valleys of the Romanche and the Guisane and also a popular route for bicycling race Tour de France - which has crossed over this pass 40 times since 1947. Motorcyclists and those driving should be forewarned this pass can have some heavy traffic, and although generally open all year around, those looking to travel this pass in the winter months should come prepared with snow tires or chains - as the roads can get very icy around that time. Even though traffic really can’t be avoided, there is plenty to explore on the journey. The Col is renowned for its botanical garden and the magnificent views of La Mieje (in the southwest region) and Grand Galibier (the north region) can also be experienced.