Travel guide to the top of Col dés Ves
Col dés Ves is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 2.793m (9,163ft) above the sea level, located in the Savoie department, in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of the French Alps. It’s one of the highest roads of Europe.
Located in the Massif de la Vanoise, within the Vanoise National Park, the road to the summit is totally unpaved. It’s is impassable during winter. It is not generally snow-free until late June or even July in some years. The trail is mostly used to provide access to maintain ski lifts and lodges. It is rather exposed to the winds.
It’s one of the highest roads of the country. The road to the summit is very steep. Starting from Val Claret, the ascent is 6.4 km (3.97 miles) long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 671 meters. The average gradient is 10.48%.
Pic: gurvan le nir