Driving the wild road to Cormet d'Areches in the Alps

Cormet d'Arêches is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.109m (6,919ft) above sea level, located in the Savoie department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of France.

Cormet d'Arêches

Is the road to Cormet d'Areches paved?

Situated in the southeastern part of the country, the road to the summit is mostly unpaved. It’s paved at the beginning and end but becomes unpaved in the central 6-7 kilometers. A 4x4 vehicle is recommended.

Is the road to Cormet d'Areches challenging?

The road starts in good conditions at the center of Beaufort, at the turnoff to Areches. To reach the pass, follow the signs to Lac de St. Guerin and the Cormet. After the lake, veer left and continue ascending. Shortly after a slight descent, the road becomes unsealed and stony. The narrow road winds down the slope with a surprising number of confusing curves. The road is quite challenging and reaches a maximum gradient of 12.1% on some of the ramps. You'll need to cross a small river after the pass.

How long is Cormet d'Areches?

The pass is 30 km (18 miles) in length, running north-south from Beaufort, also known as Beaufort-sur-Doron, to La Plagne Tarentaise.

Is Cormet d'Areches worth it?

Located in the Alps mountain range, the pass connects the valley of Beaufort with the valley of Aime. The drive is highly scenic and reaches higher altitudes than Cormet de Roselend. It offers stunning views of Lac de Saint-Guérin.