Col des Aravis

Col des Aravis

Col des Aravis is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.487m (4,879ft) above the sea level, located in the French Alps. The pass is traversed by the scenic Route des Grandes Alpes.

The road over the pass is asphalted. It’s called D909 road, also known as Route du Col des Aravis. It links the village of Flumet to the south-east with La Clusaz to the north-west. Col des Aravis is the lowest pass in the Aravis Range of mountains.
The drive is definitely worth it. There are many excellent photo opportunities here. Don’t forget your camera! Climbing from the resort of La Clusaz, the arrival to the pass is greeted by an amazing view of Mont-Blanc clearly emerging from surrounding mountains. On the summit there’s a chapel devoted to St. Anne, founded in 1624 by Pierre-François de Belletour, lord of Flumet, for the protection of the travellers passing by. If you climb the pass in July or August, you must pay attention to the heat and cars in the road.

The pass has appeared several times in the Tour de France. There are 2 routes to reach the summit. Starting from Flumet, the ascent is 11.5 km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 576 meters. The average percentage is 5 %. And starting from Thônes, the ascent is 18.9 km long. Over this distance,  the elevation gain is 866 meters. The average percentage is 4.6 %.

 

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