Col de Rosael

Col de Rosael, one of the highest roads of Europe

Col de Rosael is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.977m (9,767ft) above the sea level, located in Orelle, a commune in the Savoie department in the Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France. It's one of the highest mountain roads of Europe.

Located in the Massif de la Vanoise range, the road to the summit is unpaved. It’s a ski-lift service road linking Val Thorens ski resort and the village of Orelle. It’s 28km long (17.3 miles) long via 55 hairpin turns. The hairpins are signed and numbered. It’s brutally tough with the last 4 km on a very rocky, slippery path/ski piste at occasionally impossible steepness. From the top, the panoramic view takes in a thousand summits in France, Switzerland and Italy.

The road to the pass is one of the highest mountain roads drivable in Europe. 4x4 vehicles only. The route roughly follows the line of the chairlift, passing under it now and then. The average gradient is 10.4 % but hits about 17-18% through some of the corners. The road is usually drivable only in July and August. It's one of the highest mountain roads of the country. It's one of the highest mountain roads of the country.
Road suggested by Pim van Dongen
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NOTICE: Due to the spread of COVID-19, many points of interest and roads are closed and travel is not recommended. Please follow all local health authority directives before venturing off, and stay safe.