Hospice de France

Start Town Altitude Elevation Gain Length Gradient Difficulty Rating
Bagnères de Luchon 1,390m 753m 10.9 km 6.9% 784 ***

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Climb Description

Hospice de France is one of several excellent cycling climbs out of the town of Luchon. The first part of the ascent shares the same road as Superbagnères. This part is mostly gentle and poses few difficulties, however, after turning off the main road it becomes steep and challenging until the finish, with gradients of around 15% in places.

This is not the most scenic climb in the region, with most of the ascent in forest, but it does open out towards the top, which houses a car park and many trail-heads.

Hospice de France is often open throughout the year, although short term closures are possible due to snow in winter.

Roads & Traffic

The road surface is in very good condition throughout and there is very little traffic on the climb.

Alternative Routes

This is the only way to climb to Hospice de France.

Nearby Climbs



Col de Peyresourde

Port de Bales

Col du Portillon

Col de Mente

Col des Ares

Cycling Holidays

The first part of Hospice de France (the climb to Superbagnères) is an optional extension on our Best Of The Pyrenees and Pyrenees Coast to Coast cycling holidays.

Strong riders may wish to continue to the top as an out and back extension - but we recommend giving preference to the more scenic Superbagnères.

Check out the information below for details of these 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