How To Have The Ultimate Road Trip To Col des Gentianes
Col des Gentianes is a high mountain peak 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 roads of Europe.
Set high in the Alps, the road to the summit is totally unpaved. It’s very steep with sudden loose-gravel breaks. A 4x4 vehicle with high clearance is required. It’s a service road built for the construction of the cable cars and for the maintenance of the ski slopes. It's one of the highest roads of the country.
Running though the exceptional Valais alpine panorama, this road is usually impassable from late October through late June or early July (depending on snow). The open and close dates all depend on snowmelt and snowfall each year. The pass is set in a typical high altitude landscape, on the edge of a glacier. At the summit is 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.
The road to the summit is brutally steep, hitting a 27% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps. The ascent is 6.0km (3.72 miles) long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 668 meters. The average gradient is 11.13%.
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