The Iseran pass

At 2,770 m, it marks the boundary between Haute Maurienne Vanoise and Tarentaise, two high-altitude valleys in Savoie. In the Northern Alps, the road over the Iseran Pass is the only road crossing within the Vanoise National Park and the highest point of the Route des Grandes Alpes. Open from June to September, it is a must for your holidays in Haute Maurienne Vanoise.

The Iseran pass

Altitude 2,770 m

Highest pass in the Alps

The Iseran, this giant

The word “unavoidable” is not too strong to designate this high mountain pass, the majority of its ascent takes place above 2000 meters of altitude.

Its opening, usually at the beginning of June, is conditioned by the height of the snow cover and its closing, often at the end of September, by the arrival of new snowfalls.

What motorcyclist, cyclist or car driver hasn’t stopped at the summit of the Iseran Pass to take a photo? A prestigious and unmissable stage of the Route des Grandes Alpes, the Iseran Pass remains THE obligatory passage before reaching the Mediterranean shores.

A visit to the chapel of Notre-Dame de la Toute Prudence built in 1939, two years after the opening of the road inaugurated on 10 July 1937 by the President of the Republic Albert Lebrun, is a must.

Ski and bike

  • From 2700 m to 3200 m in altitude, with a sunny area all day long, the Pissaillas glacier, in the commune of Bonneval sur Arc, welcomes summer ski enthusiasts from mid-June to mid-July (depending on the snow cover).
  • With its two slopes and a slalom stadium, it is very pleasant to ski because of the small number of people and the non-existent waiting time at the two lifts !
  • A legendary stage of the Tour de France cycling race, the ascent of the Iseran Pass – the highest road pass in the Alps – remains engraved in the calves of thousands of amateur and professional cyclists !
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