Col d'Aubisque

Orientation & Geography

Europe, France, Pyrénées-Atlantiques

The Col d'Aubisque (1,709 m.; Occitan: Còth d'Aubisca) is a mountain pass in the Pyrenees 30 km south of Tarbes and Pau in the department of the Pyrénées-Atlantiques (64), in the Aquitaine region of France. The Tour de France paid for the road to be cleared. The pass is on the northern slopes of the Pic de Ger (2,613m.) and connects Laruns, in the valley of the Gave d'Ossau, via Eaux-Bonnes (west) to Argelès-Gazost, in the valley of the Gave de Pau, via the Col du Soulor (east). The road crosses the Cirque du Litor, in the upper part of the Ouzom valley. It is generally closed from December to June. The pass is starting point of excursions and a centre for winter sports. In summer, it is popular with cyclists. It is regularly part of the Tour de France, rated an hors catégorie climb.