Col des Gentianes is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.906m (9,534ft) above the sea level, located in the district of Entremont in the canton of Valais in Switzerland. It's one of the highest mountain roads of Europe.
The trail to the top is extreme. It’s rough, narrow and steep. It's usually impassable from September to June. It's one of the highest mountain roads of the country.
The trail to the top starts in Verbier. It’s very steep with sudden loose-gravel breaks. Words can’t describe the road and pictures don’t do it justice. The pass is set in a typical high altitude landscape, on the edge of a glacier. On the summit there’s a stunning restaurant made up of a self service area, a bar area and a lounge where you can relax and enjoy coffee, hot chocolate or wines. The restaurant offers typical mountain cuisine with steaks, pastas, sandwiches, salads and snacks.
With such a high summit altitude the road can be closed anytime due to snowfalls. The zone is prone to heavy mist and can be dangerous in low visibility conditions. Do not travel this pass in severe weather conditions. Avalanches, heavy snowfalls and landslides can occur anytime, being extremely dangerous due to frequent patches of ice. It has a well-deserved reputation for being dangerous because of unpredictable snowstorms and blizzards, and driving under these conditions, can be extremely challenging.
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