The Galibier can only be reached from Valloire when you have already conquered the Col du Télégraphe, which makes the pass one of the toughest Alpine cols.
The 2645 high pass connects the Maurienne with the Briançonnais. From here you have a beautiful view of La Meije.
and the Massif du Pelvoux. The road is normally open from 15 June to 15 October.
(until Bonnenuit and Lautaret all year round) and has some unlit tunnels.
This north side from Valloire has an increase up to 12%.
The Galibier is one of the supercols in France and from the Tour, in which the Galibier is climbed almost every year. And not unjustifiably so. The Galibier is a top climber in terms of height, percentage of ascent and environment. In principle, the Galibier starts in Valloire, although from the east side from St Michel-de-Maurienne you serve
first climb the Col de Télégraphe.
If you don't include the short descent from the Télégraphe to Valloire, you'll cross a distance of a good 30 kilometres 2089 altimeters. According to the climbbybike index this would mean a score of about 205, which would make the Galibier one of the toughest cols in France.
Where the Col de Télégraphe is mainly climbed in the forest, the landscape opens up once you drive south from Valloire on the D902. Initially, the gradients are doable and you can enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Once Plan Lachat is reached, however, it becomes really serious. You are now at an altitude of 2000 meters and breathing is a bit more difficult.
The col now shows its true face and doesn't go below 8% anymore. It is fighting against the wind and against the wild but beautiful surroundings. A kilometre before the summit you can reach the other side via the tunnel, but the straight climber drives to the left to reach the real ridge and enjoy the beautiful view you really deserve. If that summit is at least open.
Beautiful col and just like the Mont Ventoux a must-do for anyone who loves climbing.