Col du Lautaret, Le Monetier-les-Bains

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Col du Lautaret is a high mountain pass in the department of Hautes-Alpes in France.
It marks the boundary between the valleys of the Romanche and the Guisane, a tributary of the Durance which has its source at the col. The valleys are linked by national route 91 . The Lautaret is one of the lowest points on the ridge line which separates the "north" and "south" geographic areas of the French Alps.
The Col has long been used as a communication route between Grenoble and Briançon, and indeed for reaching Italy across the Alps.
The Col is open all year round and provides good views of La Meije to the south-west and the Grand Galibier to the north. It is also well known for its botanical garden. The route to the south side of the Col du Galibier leaves from the Lautaret.
Details of the climbsFrom the west, the climb starts at Les Clapier, near Le Bourg-d'Oisans, from where the climb is 34.2km long, gaining 1312m in altitude, at an average gradient of 3.8%, with the steepest section being at 7.5% in the first kilometre.
The eastern approach commences at Briançon, from where there is 27.7km to the summit, gaining 853m in altitude, at an average gradient of 3.1%, with a maximum of 5.2%.
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  • Stunning collar with breathtaking views. A well-maintained road. Great views.
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  • Briançon must pass towards Grenoble. Pretty fast especially on the Briançon side. Allows access to the Galibier Pass. No particularity
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