Col d'Agnes (Pyrenees)

Start Town Altitude Elevation Gain Length Gradient Difficulty Rating
Aulus-les-Bains 1,570m 826m 10.2 km 8.1% 978 ****

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Climb Description

Col d'Agnes is a great climb which has been criminally underused by the Tour de France. It has appeared just five times in the race and only twice from Aulus-les-Bains - the significantly more challenging side. Riders to crest the Agnes first have inlcuded Marco Pantani and Michael Rasmussen - showing that it is an ascent for those receiving a bit of assistance pure climbers.

Col d'Agnes - particularly when tackled from this side, starting in Aulus-les-Bains, is one of the most scenic climbs in the Ariège Pyrenees. The lower part is in forest, but the switchbacks towards the top offer fantastic views over to the high mountains that form the borders with Andorra and Spain. The Agnes is a great climb to include in a longer route, combining it with, for example, Col de Latrappe, Col de Port or Col de la Core.

Col d'Agnes is open throughout much of the year, subject to weather, but be aware that short term closures are common in winter.

Col d'Agnes

This sign in Aulus marks the challenging start of the climb

Roads & Traffic

The road surface is in good condition.

There is little traffic on the climb.

Col d'Agnes

There are great views throughout much of the climb

Alternative Routes

Col d'Agnes can also be climbed starting from Massat. This is a longer and more gentle ascent.

Nearby Climbs

Port de Lers

Col de Port

Col de la Core

Col de Menté

Col de Portet d'Aspet

Guzet Neige

Cycling Holidays

Col d'Agnes can be climbed as a route extension option on our Pyrenees Coast to Coast cycling holiday.

Check out the information below for details of this and some of the other tours that we run in high mountains.

Port de Pailheres Cycling
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Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 9 Days
Level: Difficulty Hard
Price: €1,980 EUR
*Bike Hire Included

French FlagFrance

Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 8 Days
Level: Difficulty Challenging-Hard
Price: €1,630 EUR
*Bike Hire Included

Picos de Europa National Park
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 8 Days
Level: Difficulty Medium to Challenging
Price: from €1,490 EUR