Taking on the Twists and Turns of Col de la Buffaz

Col de la Buffaz is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1,502m (4,927ft) above sea level, located in the Haute-Savoie department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in France.

Col de la Buffaz

How long is the road to Col de la Buffaz?

Set high in the south-eastern part of the country, the road to the summit is mostly unpaved. Be careful; the first part of the track is very steep. Starting from Thônes, the ascent is 6.4 km (3.97 miles) long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 900m, and the average gradient is 14.06%. 

Is Col de la Buffaz worth it?

At the summit, there’s a mountain hut known as Chalets de la Buffaz, with great views of La Croix du Lachat. The ascent is made by a beautiful track in the undergrowth which leads to a real mountain landscape.