Col de Caron

The breathtaking road to Col de Caron in the Massif de la Vanoise

Col de Caron is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.996m (9,829ft) above the sea level, located in Orelle, a commune in the Savoie department in the Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France. It's one of the highest roads of Europe.

Set high in the Massif de la Vanoise range, the road to the summit is totally unpaved. It’s a ski-lift service road running north-south from Val Thorens ski resort to the village of Orelle. The infamous Val Thorens-Orelle road is 28.3 km (17.58 miles) long and features 55 hairpin turns. The hairpins are signed and numbered. It’s a brutally tough drive with panoramic views of a thousand summits of France, Switzerland and Italy.

Tucked away in the south-eastern part of the country, the road to the pass is one of the highest mountain roads drivable in Europe. 4x4 vehicles only. The route roughly follows the line of the chairlift, passing under it now and then. The average gradient is 10.4 % but hits about 17-18% through some of the corners. The road is usually drivable only in July and August. It's one of the highest roads of the country.
Road suggested by Pim van Dongen
More pictures: http://wonderfulldays.nl/eurotrip/index.html 

 

 

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