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Bellecote

Bellecote is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 3.071m (10,075ft) above the sea level, located in the Graian Alps, in the Savoie department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France. It’s one of the highest mountain roads of Europe.It has a well-deserved reputation for being dangerous because of unpredictable snowstorms and blizzards, and driving under these conditions, can be extremely challenging.

The road to the summit, located within the Vanoise Massif, is gravel, rocky, tippy, steep and usually bumpy. It’s a chairlift access trail. Do not travel this road in severe weather conditions. Avalanches, heavy snowfalls and landslides can occur anytime, being extremely dangerous due to frequent patches of ice. It's one of the highest mountain roads of the country.
The route, lying in the northern part of the Vanoise National Park, demands 100% concentration. This road has humbled many egos. It’s not for the sissies and shouldn’t be attempted by novice drivers. Great trail for experienced wheelers. Avoid driving in this area if unpaved mountain roads aren't your strong point. 4x4 required. Stay away if you're scared of heights. Expect a trail pretty steep. Wet conditions may make for tough driving along the muddy road. The summit offers great views of the Glacier de la Chiaupe. With such a high summit altitude the road is impassable from September to June.
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