Col de la Forclaz

Col de la Forclaz

Col de la Forclaz is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.527m (5,010ft) above the sea level, located in the Alps, in the Canton of Valais in Switzerland.

On the summit there’s a restaurant and a shop. The pass lies in a commanding position above Lake Annecy, on the road between Vesonne, to the south, and Menthon St Bernard, to the north. The pass is generally open in winter. The road over the pass links Martigny  and Le Châtelard (Finhaut). This is a great drive– short but very steep – leading to great views of Lake Annecy.

The pass has been climbed by the Tour de France bicycle race. There are 3 routes to reach the summit. Starting from Martigny, the ascent is 16 km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 1.050 meters. The average percentage is 6.6 %. Starting from La Croix, the ascent is 12.9 km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 1.027 meters. The average percentage is 8 %. And starting from Le Châtelard, the ascent is 7.5 km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 434 meters. The average percentage is 5.8 %.

 

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