Mont Chiran

The Wild Road to Mont Chiran

Mont Chiran is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 1.905m (6,250ft) above the sea level, located in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department in the south of France.

Located in the Verdon Pre-Alps, in the heart of the Verdon Regional Natural Park, the challenging road to the summit is unpaved and narrow. At the top of the Chiran is a mountain refuge and an old astronomical observatory (Observatoire du Mont Chiran) built in 1974 by the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS).

4x4 vehicle required. The road is usually impassable from October to May. Always check the weather forecast before you start your journey. Starting from the paved D17 road, the climb is 7km long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 564 meters. The average gradient is 7.94%.
Pic&video: Eric Denoize

 

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