Col du Lautaret

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Col du Lautaret
Route Nationale 91 at Col du Lautaret
Elevation 2,058 m (6,752 ft)
Traversed by Route nationale 91
Location Hautes-Alpes,  France
Range French Alps
Coordinates 45°02′7″N 06°24′20″E / 45.03528°N 6.40556°E / 45.03528; 6.40556Coordinates: 45°02′7″N 06°24′20″E / 45.03528°N 6.40556°E / 45.03528; 6.40556
Col du Lautaret is located in Alps
Col du Lautaret
Location of Col du Lautaret
Signpost at the Col du Lautaret
Col du Lautaret in the late Autumn

Col du Lautaret (el. 2058 m.) is a high mountain pass in the department of Hautes-Alpes in France.

It marks the boundary between the valleys of the Romanche and the Guisane, a tributary of the Durance which has its source at the col. The valleys are linked by national route 91 (GrenobleLe Bourg-d'OisansBriançon). The Lautaret is one of the lowest points on the ridge line which separates the "north" (mainly in the Rhône-Alpes région) and "south" (mainly in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur région) geographic areas of the French Alps.

The col was modeled by a glacier which flowed down either side into the two valleys, and this explains the relatively easy gradient of the slopes by which it is attained. For the latter reason, the Col has long been used as a communication route between Grenoble and Briançon, and indeed for reaching Italy across the Alps.

The Col is open all year round and provides good views of La Meije to the south-west and the Grand Galibier to the north. It is also well known for its botanical garden. The route to the south side of the Col du Galibier leaves from the Lautaret.

The Tour de France[edit]

The Col du Lautaret first appeared in the 1947 Tour de France. Fermo Camellini was the first to cross the pass. Since 1947, the Lautaret pass has been crossed 40 times by the Tour de France.

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