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The Grand Colombier

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The Grand Colombier - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Ain
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The highest point in Bugey, the Grand Colombier, located to the south of the Jura Massive near Culoz, has an altitude of 1534 metres. Accessible via a footpath, twenty or so minutes' walk from the car park near the pass, this fantastic natural site, adorned with a metal cross and panoramic table, offers an exceptional panoramic view of the Rhone Valley, the lakes of Bourget, Annecy and Leman, the Alps and the Mont-Blanc massif. The stuff that dreams are made of...

Considered as one of the toughest passes in France, the Grand Colombier Pass, open from April to November, is a real challenge for cyclists, with its western ascent - from Artemare - reaching a maximum gradient of 22%!

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The Grand Colombier

The massif and its trails
The massif and its trails
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Route du Colombier: the laces of Culoz
Route du Colombier: the laces of Culoz
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Tour de France 2012, Grand Colombier Pass
Tour de France 2012, Grand Colombier Pass
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Northeast crest of Grand Colombier (© Jean Espirat)
Northeast crest of Grand Colombier (© Jean Espirat)
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Southwest ridge of Grand Colombier (© Jean Espirat)
Southwest ridge of Grand Colombier (© Jean Espirat)
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Panorama from the summit of Grand Colombier (© Jean Espirat)
Panorama from the summit of Grand Colombier (© Jean Espirat)
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Flora, rare, of the Grand Colombier (© Jean Espirat)
Flora, rare, of the Grand Colombier (© Jean Espirat)
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Flora, rare, of the Grand Colombier (© Jean Espirat)
Flora, rare, of the Grand Colombier (© Jean Espirat)
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