A mule path to Colle Clapier
Colle Clapier is an international high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.480m (8,170ft) above the sea level, located on the Italian-French border.
Located within the northern Cottian Alps, the pass links the Savoie department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France and the Italian region Piedmont. The pass, also known as Col de la Savine, is traversed by a bridle path that goes from Bramans (1220 m) to Susa (503 m). There is no firm road, and the access is impossible from September to June. This mountain pass is considered to be a possible route for Hannibal's famous passage through the Alps on his journey from the Rhone river valley to Italy.
Starting from Col du Petit Mont Cenis, the track to the summit is 7.0 km long. The lower parts are a military road, drivable by 4x4 vehicles and bikes. The last part, beyond Lac de Savine, is totally impassable.Accessibility is largely limited to the summer season. On the French side, the road is drivable by bike. On the Italian side it is a mule track.
Pic: Bertrand Dujardin