Col de Vars

Col de Vars

Col de Vars is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.108m (6,916ft) above the sea level, located in the Alps. The pass is traversed by the D 902 road and it’s closed from November to April. The pass is traversed by the scenic Route des Grandes Alpes.

The pass has been included in the Tour de France several times. It’s a beautiful winding route, although there is a little bit of traffic as it is part of the Grandes Route des Alpes and one of the only roads crossing this section of the Alps. Col de Vars is located between the departments of Hautes-Alpes and Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, and connects the Ubaye Valley with the Queyras valley and Embrun.

This road is usually open from May to October, but it can be closed anytime when the access is not cleared of snow. Col de Vars is in near the center of a whole series of high paved passes, that spend a majority of their asphalt above treeline. This pass usually precedes or follows the climb of the Izoard in most itineraries.
There are 3 possible routes to reach the summit. Starting from Les Gleizolles, the ascent is 14.1 km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 801 meters. The average percentage is 5.7 %. Starting from Guillestre, the ascent is 19.4 km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 1.111 meters. The average percentage is 5.7 %. And starting from Guillestre, the ascent is 19.08 km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 1.030 meters. The average percentage is 5.4 %. 

 

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