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Mont-Cenis pass from Modane

Col du Mont-Cenis - Xavier Spertini
  • Col du Mont-Cenis - Alexandre Gros / Maurienne Tourisme
  • Col du Mont-Cenis - Alexandre Gros / Maurienne Tourisme

Through the Haute-Maurienne, and after a few difficult climbs, you will climb the Mont-Cenis pass, equipped with mile markers from Lanslebourg, which opens onto the Mont-Cenis lake at an altitude of nearly 2,000 m.


From Modane, follow the Route Départementale 1006 towards Lanslebourg / Col du Mont-Cenis. Admire on the route the spectacular barrier of fortifications of the Esseillon.
The major difficulty of this itinerary is the ascent of the "bario" of Termignon. Just at the exit of the village, you will have to climb a very steep hill with a slope of more than 15% for about half a kilometer.
Once you have passed this difficulty, you will have no trouble reaching the village of Lanslebourg, the last village to be crossed before the ascent of the Mont-Cenis pass over 10 km.
This pass is equipped with milestones: every 1000m you are told the number of kilometers left, the altitude and the average slope percentage of the next kilometer.
At the Mont-Cenis pass, you will find a small bar, and the landscape opens up to the plateau and the Mont-Cenis lake.
We strongly invite you to continue your itinerary either in the direction of the Pyramide du Mont-Cenis which offers a magnificent panorama on the lake, or in the direction of the Col du Petit-Mont-Cenis which extends the ascent in a preserved and magnificent valley.


  • Picnic area
  • Bar
  • Public toilets
  • Parking nearby
  • Cycling itinerary


  • Public transportation stop within 500 m
  • Highway exit at less than 5 km
  • In the forest
  • Mountain view
  • In the mountains
  • Railway station less than 500 m away
  • Lake or body of water at -5 km
  • River at -5 km


Free access.

Opening period

From 05/05 to 12/11.
Open outside winter season and depending on snow conditions.

Subject to favorable snow and weather conditions.

Additional opening

  • Subject to favorable weather conditions

  • Subject to snow conditions

Spoken languages

  • English
  • French


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Animals accepted : No