The view down the Isère valley (Val-d'Isère) from Col de l'Iseran. At 2770 m (9088 ft) this is the highest paved mountain pass in the Alps. It's only exceeded by Cime de la Bonette in Provence, which is a scenic loop at 2802 m (9193 ft) and which I did in 1974.
The descend to Val-d'Isère - in Winter a very popular ski resort - is 895 m (2936 ft) over 15 kms (9.3 mi) at a consistent average of 6%. This means a lot of low gear driving to avoid a "downhill race".
Behind Val-d'Isère you're able to catch just a tiny glimpse of Lac du Chevril, where the Isère river is damed up for hydro-electrical purposes. Once every 10 years the lake is drained for maintenance work and the remains of a former village (Tignes) becomes visible.
The pass is part of the "Route des Grandes Alpes" between the Geneva Lake and the French Riviera.
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- Copyright: Kaj Nordstrom (kajenn) (2442)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-07-22
- Categories: Nature, Transportation
- Camera: Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray ST18i, AF 4.0mm f/2.4, JPEG ISO 100
- Exposure: f/2.4, 1/800 seconds
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-09-25 18:59