Col du Pourtalet (Pyrenees)

Start Town Altitude (m) Elevation Gain (m) Length (km) Gradient (%) Difficulty Rating
Laruns 1794 1279 28.7 4.5 571 ****

Col du Pourtalet from Laruns Profile
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Roads & Traffic

The road is in very good condition throughout.

There is some traffic on the climb, but it is mostly just cars and the volume is not enough to significantly affect the enjoyment of the climb.

Climb Description

Pourtalet from Laruns

The Pourtalet is not one of the best known climbs in the French Pyrenees - largely because the Tour de France has only been here once; however, the Spanish side is considerably more celebrated, having made numerous appearances in the Vuelta a España. The Pourtalet is also climbed each year in the famous Quebrantahuesos Gran Fondo.

The road is largely surrounded by forest on the lower slopes, but the second half of the climb is really spectacular, with stunning views of the rocky peaks of the Pyrenees. The road follows a picturesque stream for much of the climb.

The Pourtalet is open as far as the ski station at Lac de Frabreges throughout the year. The pass itself is often closed during winter; although not always - it really depends on the local weather.

Other sides

The Pourtalet can also be climbed from the Spanish side, starting in Biescas

Nearby Climbs

Col d'Aubisque
Col de Marie Blanque


Port de Larrau can be climbed as an extension on our Pyrenees Coast to Coast cycling holiday.