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Les Agites - Aigle

Basic data & ranking

Average grade: 8.2 %

Length: 13.9 km

Altitude start: 413 m

Altitude top: 1555 m

Ascent: 1142 m

Maximum: 13 %

Les Agites rankings

Difficulty ranking world: 700 (all)
Ranking Switzerland: 68 (all)
Ranking Alps: 241(all)
Difficulty score: 129.67 what?

Les Agites ratings

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(3.5)  Road

(5)  Traffic

(2.5)  Amenities

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The road begins in the vineyards of the Chablais region, then climbs up to the valley of Lake Hongrin. Beyond the top of the pass, the road is closed Monday to Friday and only passable on Saturday and Sunday because of military training, except during all of July and the first half of August, when it is open all the time. Furthermore, due to the narrow road, and an even narrower tunnel, the road is restricted to one-way traffic between kms 12 and 13; traffic going up may only enter this zone between :00 and :15 past each hour, traffic going down may only enter this zone between :30 and :45 past each hour. From the top you can connect to Col des Mosses or take another tiny road down to Montbovon, part of which is completely closed to motorized vehicles.

The Les Agites is situated in Vaud. This climb belongs to the Alps. Starting from Aigle, the Les Agites ascent is 13.9 km long. Over this distance, you climb 1142 heightmeters. The average percentage thus is 8.2 %. The maximum slope is 13 %.

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Stories, information and comments from Les Agites climbers
Story by Dave from Fribourg, Switzerland, submitted on 10/12/2015
A 5 Star climb! Stunningly beautiful views of Valais and the Alpes near the bottom, then Lac Leman (lake Geneva) and the French Alpes from higher up. Starting through the terraced vineyards, past a Chateau, on a virtually car free road up throgh tunnels through the bare rock to arrive at the beautiful lake.

What more could you want?

Well, you might wish it was slightly less steep in places... But then it wouldn''t be such a challenge.

Arriving at the top, and continuing round the lake the bridges are numbered, counting down to the end of the lake and the arrival at La Lecherette at the top of the Col des Mosses. From there you can descent all the way back to Aigle
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Story by Chris Patient from Chavannes des bois, Vaud., Switzerland, submitted on 23/10/2014
Having twice descended this road I put off climbing it for as long as possible. It is a big climb of nearly 1200m, comparable to some of the famous alpine passes. It is however,far more beautiful and interesting and well worth the effort. Make sure the military are not shooting if you do it off season! I climbed it in autumn when the vineyards looked exceptional. I climbed slowly past the striking Maison Blanche to Corbeyrier taking in the view and then up a steep ramp to Luan which is a great coffee stop. At the one way section I dutifully waited my turn and took a few photos in the spectacular tunnel. The last bit to the Les Agites signpost is easy with an amazing view. The true highpoint is just a bit further on the military road across a cattle grid and at a farm by a water fountain.

I continued on the military road to the Lac du Hongrin, and then climbed up another short but steep pass called the Pierre du Moelle to a restaurant with a fantastic view. You can also complete the lake road if it is open, to Lecherette as Andy(below) suggested, or you can continue following the Veloland route 4. Alternatively you can just turn around and descend back through the tunnel and down to Aigle marvelling at how far you climbed by bike!
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Story by Andy from Aigle, Switzerland, submitted on 23/06/2014
I live nearby, been up a few times. Generally no problem with military restrictions during the week. The tunnel has numerous window ''bays'' you can hop into if you meet anything too - never paid any attention to the restrictions on timing for cars. It''s a beautiful ride around the reservoir once up. But the climb is very steep in parts and the road surface poor in places. Last spot for refreshments is the cafe in Luan - excellent. Nothing after and nothing on the top. Great loop round through Lecherette and back over Les Mosses.
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