Col d'Azet (Génos)

Start Town Altitude Elevation Gain Length Gradient Difficulty Rating
Génos 1,580m 620m 7.5 km 8.3% 855 ****

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Climb Description

Col d'Azet is not one of the most cycling famous climbs in the Pyrenees, even though it has appeared numerous times in the Tour de France in recent years. Its lack of fame is probably because it usually occurs early in the route and is overshadowed by a big finish on Pla d'Adet.  However, the list of riders who have led the race over the pass is impressive, and includes Joaquim Rodríguez, Marco Pantani and Laurent Jalabert.

The climb from Génos is the more challenging side, with the road working its way up via a series of short and steep switchbacks.   It begins from near the picturesque lake at Génos, before heading into trees for the first part of the climb. The scenery opens up towards the top of the climb. with fantastic views looking across the valley towards the Col de Peyresourde.

The Col d'Azet from Génos is usually open throughout the year to allow access to the nearby Val Louron ski station.

Col d'Azet (Génos)

Cows line the upper slopes after emerging from the forest

Roads & Traffic

The road surface is in good condition throughout; although it is often relaid in summer which can lead to their being a lot of loose gravel.

There is little traffic on the climb.

The top of Col d'Azet

The top of the Col d'Azet is open, with great views in all directions

Alternative Routes

Col d'Azet can also be climbed from the west, beginning in Bourisp.

Nearby Climbs

Col de Portet

Col d'Aspin

Hourquette d'Ancizan

Pla d'Adet

Route des Lacs

Col de Peyresourde

Col du Tourmalet

Route des Lacs

Piau Engaly

Cycling Holidays

Col d'Azet can be climbed as a route option on our Best of the Pyrenees 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

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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