Photographer's Note

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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Additional Photos by Kaj Nordstrom (kajenn) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 539 W: 240 N: 845] (2442)
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