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Col De L'iseran, Val d'Isere

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Col de l'Iseran is a mountain pass in France, the highest paved pass in the Alps. A part of the Graian Alps, it is situated in the department of Savoie, near the border with Italy, and is crossed by the D902 roadway.The pass is part of the Route des Grandes Alpes. It connects the valley of the Isère and the valley of the Arc River between Val-d'Isère in the north and Bonneval-sur-Arc in the south. The north side of the pass road is well built with a number of galleries and tunnels, with a maximum grade of 12 percent.On the northern side are the popular ski resorts of Tignes and Val-d'Isère.The pass is only accessible by road during the summer months. In the winter it falls within the Espace Killy ski area and is easily accessed by a series of pistes and ski lifts.The Col is also accessible by off-road mountain paths and is the highest point both of the Alpine GR5, a long-distance trail from Lake Geneva to Nice, and of the similar Grande Traversée des Alpes. The steep descent to the south, notable for its waterfalls, enters the Vanoise National Park here.
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  • A must-see mythical Col. After crossing the Maurienne, then the High Maurienne, you pass Bonneval on Arc and attack the climb of the col. For sensitive souls, do not look down during the ascent. Come early it's enjoyable. Admire the flora!
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  • Was lucky, already in June shortly after opening in the convertible to disclose can cross this pass! Especially great I felt the detour from the pass to the Sommerskiegebiet (unreal) and the descent towards the South: with magnificent views, almost like in the rush!
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  • It is the highest road in Europe and this Hill is undoubted. On the landscape it must be emphasized that, at 2773 meters above sea level, the view certainly ranges but near there's la Grande Sassiere, top of 3750 metres which offers the Iseran his least interesting Rocky escarpment of the South side, seen from the North. From the hill climbing possibilities are very small and elegant Valley is used to transition from l'iseran D'ISERE to beautiful Bonneval on the road to Mont Cenis. Uphill drive very easy, very good road surface and average slope for two thirds from Charles Bridge, reduced in the final third. The Hill ponds here and there, the restaurant closed, at least at the beginning of the season. By passing through the height and during the visit, cost to Val D'ISERE and surroundings.
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  • Super pass to bike a great view
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  • The extraordinary scenery outside the window on the way to the pass
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  • Classic Alpine Hill
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  • Alpine pass, great views
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