Lac d’Allos (2,113)


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To be brutally honest, this is the least attractive Deux Mille climb in the region. Typically, the climb begins from the village of Allos. This route quickly leaves the comforts of the village and heads into more isolated territory.

The climb stretches for approximately 13 kilometers, but it’s the combination of its average 7% gradient with sudden steeper sections. The road to Lac d’Allos is known for being narrow and sometimes poorly maintained. Loose gravel, uneven surfaces, and sharp turns without guardrails can make the ascent treacherous, especially in adverse weather conditions.

Normally alpine lakes stand out as  spectacular, offering serene and picturesque landscapes, but Lac d’Allos doesn’t impress, unfortunately.