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Puerto de Bujaruelo

 

Port de Boucharo is a high mountain pass, in the Pyrénées, between the border of France and Spain, at an elevation of 2.270m (7,447ft) above the sea level. The road to reach the summit is closed to vehicles and starts in Col des Tentes

It's one of the highest mountain roads of Spain. This road is usually open between May and November, but it can be closed anytime when the access is not cleared of snow. Avalanches and heavy snowfalls can sometimes block some sections of the road and can be extremely dangerous due to frequent patches of ice. Conditions can change quickly and be harsh. Road closures can be frequent, so check conditions before traveling to this area.

Puerto de Bujaruelo (known as Port de Boucharo in French) is a grand climb leading you through Gavarnie, famous for its natural rock amphitheater surrounded by 1,000-meter cliffs from which Europe’s highest waterfall drops. You’ll catch a glimpse of this natural wonder after the first switchbacks out of town, shortly before you climb the steepest section, with grades over 10% some seven kilometers before the top. The road then opens up onto a pastoral valley as it winds its way through the ski area to Boucharo.
There are 2 routes to reach the summit. On the French side, after the end of the D-923 road, the surface is excellent, without guardrails, and the switchbacks are perfect. The last meters of the road are closed to cars. There’s a big parking on the summit, and the last meters must be driven by bike. The road can be closed sometimes because rockfalls. To get the summit, the ascent is 31.6 km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 1.560 meters. The average percentage is 4.9 %. But on the Spanish side, the road is just a mule track, starting in Sant Nicolau de Buixaruelo. 

 

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