Col du Galibier, Le Monetier-les-Bains

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The Col du Galibier (el. 2,642 metres (8,668 ft)) is a mountain pass in the southern region of the French Dauphiné Alps near Grenoble. It is the eighth highest paved road in the Alps, and recurrently the highest point of the Tour de France.

It connects Saint-Michel-de-Maurienne and Briançon via the col du Télégraphe and the Col du Lautaret. The pass is closed during the winter. It is located between the massif d'Arvan-Villards and the massif des Cerces, taking its name from the secondary chain of mountains known as the Galibier.

Before 1976, the tunnel was the only point of passage at the top, at an altitude of 2556 m. The tunnel was closed for restoration until 2002, and a new road was constructed over the summit. The re-opened tunnel is a single lane controlled by traffic lights, which are among the highest such installations in Europe.
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  • Over at the chalet in L2A for toussaint No skiing on the glacier and too wet for downhill MTB One day we had an afternoon road trip exploring some of the sites you can access in the winter due to the....  more
    Over at the chalet in L2A for toussaint No skiing on the glacier and too wet for downhill MTB One day we had an afternoon road trip exploring some of the sites you can access in the winter due to the....  more »
  • Beautiful route , not for the faint hearted. Busy with motorcycles, cars and bikes. Absolutely stunning countryside 
    Beautiful route , not for the faint hearted. Busy with motorcycles, cars and bikes. Absolutely stunning countryside  more »
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  • Breathtaking landscape and view! We drove up the Col du Galibier, which was kinda scary at some point bc the street is incredibly narrow. As we drove up the mountain you would see many bikers struggling to get up this mountain, they of course made it! We stopped the care midway and hiked the remainder of the mountain. As we got on top we probably took about 30 min to take in this view. It was an incredible journey and totally worth it!!
  • As a cyclist this is one of the highlights of my trip to France. It's a bloody hard climb, but so rewarding at the top for the views. I rode it in October, at the top it said 1c of my Wahoo so it made the descent quite cold.

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