A brutal road to Col de Lauzun in the French Alps
Col de Lauzun is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.809m (9,215ft) above the sea level, located in the Savoie department of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in France. It's one of the highest roads of Europe.
Can you drive to Col de Lauzun?
The track to the summit is totally unpaved. It’s a chairlift service road. 4x4 vehicles only. It’s very narrow and brutally tough with roughly sections, on very rocky, slippery path / ski piste at occasionally impossible steepness, hitting a 30% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps. The road follows the unpaved ski-lift service roads, approaching the top of the cable car station. The road to the summit is 8.0 km (4.97 miles) long running from Val Thorens Ski resort to Cime de Caron.
Is the road to Col de Lauzun open?
Set high in the Massif de la Vanoise range, on the south-eastern part of the country, it's one of the highest roads of the country. The road is impassable from September through May.
Pic: Bram van Gelder