Col des Tentes

Col des Tentes, a paved road in the Pyrenees

Col des Tentes is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.208m (7,244ft) above the sea level, located in the Pyrenees, a range of mountains in southwest Europe that forms a natural border between France and Spain.

The pass is traversed by the D923 road. This asphalted road is the old project to connect with Spain on the Port de Boucharo, but the Spanish section never was made. Nowadays the road is in very good conditions except the last 1,5 km, direction to Port de Boucharo, which are closed to cars.
This road is very exciting and sometimes very exposed and unsecured driveway in innumerable twists and turns. Starting from Luz Saint Sauveur, the ascent is 30 km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 1.497 meters. The average percentage is 5%, with some sections up to 12.0%.

The road is usually impassable in winters. To reach the summit, expect to ride crazy sections of switchback turns (lacets). At the summit there’s a big parking lot (usually full in summers). The summit offers superb views of the central chain of the Pyrenees.

 

NOTICE: Due to the spread of COVID-19, many points of interest and roads are closed and travel is not recommended. Please follow all local health authority directives before venturing off, and stay safe.