Colle di Chavannes: Ascend Italy's Historic Military Route in Valle d’Aosta's Alpine Heights

Colle di Chavannes is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.608m (8,556ft) above the sea level, located in Valle d’Aosta region of Italy. It’s one of the highest roads of the country.

Colle di Chavannes

Is the road to Colle di Chavannes unpaved?

Set high in the Alps, in the northwestern part of the country, the road to the summit, also known as Col des Chavannes, is totally unpaved, very narrow and steep. It’s an old military road.

How long is the military road to Colle di Chavannes

Starting at Strada Statale 26 della Valle d'Aosta (SS26), the ascent is 12.2 km (7.58 miles) long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 1.003 meters. The average gradient is 8.22%. Along the way it’s possible to see old military fortifications cut into the mountain. The summit offers stunning views from the Col de la Seigne to the entire Mont Blanc massif.
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