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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  • a place known to all even without going Thanks to the tour de France Vast car parks, bistros and terraces in the sun and superb garden view of the lautaret nearby If you take the bus from the Monetier towards Grenoble the stop is not materialized by a sign Turn your eye especially on the way back because said because may pass without stopping It is easier to make an ad for an energy drink than to affix an information panel
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  • Beautiful simply, the mountain in all its splendor. From Briançon, the road goes up to the Lautaret, continues towards the Galibier and whether by car, bike, motorbike you will enjoy this place. At lautaret there is the Internationally renowned Arboretum, and of course on the road that continues towards the Meije, the Grave, the Ecrins and further the oisans. Jean Ferrat's song is timeless, just as the mountain is beautiful forever.
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