Driving the wild road to Col de Balme

Col de Balme is an international high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.209m (7,247ft) above the sea level, located on the frontier between France and Switzerland.

Col de Balme

On the French side, the road to the pass is narrow, gravel and very steep. On the Swiss side it’s just a walking path. The pass links Trient in the Swiss canton of Valais and Argentière in the French department of Haute-Savoie. It is easily recognisable by the stone alpine restaurant in the centre of the col. A great place for hot chocolate and shelter. The refuge is open from the end of June until mid-September.
Pic: Riley Hope