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The Col du Galibier
The Col du Galibier
The Col du Galibier
The Col du Galibier
The Col du Galibier
The Col du Galibier

The Col du Galibier

The plain of Bourg d’Oisans makes a good warm-up before tackling the formidable ascent of this gigantic mountain (2646 m). Without forgetting that you first have to pass the Col du Lautaret in order to reach Le Galibier. Real high mountain atmosphere!

Itinerary no. 20 of the “Cycling in Oisans” guide (Oisans Tourisme)

Departure / Arrival: Bourg d’Oisans 720 m
Time: 6 h
Distance (R/T): 96 km
Highest point: 2646 m
Lowest point: 720 m
Total ascent: 2970 m
Max. gradient: 14%

Map: Michelin Local Map no. 333 Isère, Savoie

From Bourg d’Oisans follow the D1091 towards “Briançon / Les 2 Alpes” as far as the Chambon dam. You will go through 4 lit tunnels on this portion. For your safety, make sure you are visible.
Once at the dam, continue towards “Briançon / La Grave” as far as the Col du Lautaret (2058 m).
On the Col du Lautaret turn left towards the Col du Galibier. 8 km of steep climbing remain before you reach the top.
Remember to take into account the effects of altitude, which can be felt from 2000 m.

96 km
6 h
max. 2639 m
min. 717 m
2970 m
2970 m

Altimetric profile


Style : Mountain
Public : Cyclists

Starting point

Mas du Plan
38520 Le Bourg-d'Oisans
Lat : 45.054Lng : 6.0327
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Bourg d'Oisans

From Bourg d’Oisans follow the RD1091 towards Les 2 Alpes - Briançon.

Mas du Plan 38520 Le bourg-d'oisans
Lat : 45.0541Lng : 6.03257
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Eglise de Saint-Arey

Saint Arey was the Bishop of Gap between 579 and 614. Born into a...Read more

38142 Le Freney-d'Oisans
Lat : 45.0474Lng : 6.12531
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Le Freney d'Oisans

After La Rampe des Commères, the road to the Chambon barrage is quite easy.

Le Village 38142 Le freney-d'oisans
Lat : 45.0453Lng : 6.12588
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Barrage du Chambon

The Chambon dam was built between 1929 and 1935. In 1918, the industrialist...Read more

38142 Le Freney-d'Oisans
Lat : 45.0429Lng : 6.14093
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Chambon dam

Cycle on towards Briançon - col du Lautaret on the RD1091.

Gardette 38860 Mont-de-lans
Lat : 45.0451Lng : 6.13707
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La Grave

Cycle through La Grave and follow thr RD1091 to reach the col du Lautaret.

D1091 05320 La grave
Lat : 45.0462Lng : 6.30733
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Col du Lautaret

On the col du Lautaret turn left and take the D902 up to the col du Galibier (8 km).

Le Lautaret 05480 Le monetier-les-bains
Lat : 45.035Lng : 6.40507
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Col du Galibier

You have just achieved a 1920m ascent.
Congratulations !!

D902B 05220 Valloire
Lat : 45.0641Lng : 6.40783
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From 01/06 to 31/10.

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Oisans Tourisme - 20/12/2018
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