Hourquette d'Ancizan (Ancizan)

Start Town Altitude Elevation Gain Length Gradient Difficulty Rating
Ancizan 1,564m 805m 10.3 km 7.8% 824 ****

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Climb Description

Hourquette d'Ancizan is a relative newcomer to the Tour de France, having made its debut in 2011. However, it became an instant hit thanks to the stunning scenery and inconsistent gradients.

The climb from Ancizan is the more challenging side with steep gradients. It is also the less scenic side, with much of the climb in trees which obscure the views down into the valley. Nevertheless, it is an enjoyable ride and a great challenge, especially if it is included in a longer route with some of the other spectacular climbs nearby.

Hourquette d'Ancizan is usually open from May to November, but this can be extended considerably depending on the amount of snow over the winter.

Hourquette d'Ancizan (Pyrenees)

There are usually other cyclists hanging around at the top

Roads & Traffic

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

Hourquette d'Ancizan Top of the Pass

From this side the climb is in forest until the very top

Alternative Routes

Hourquette d'Ancizan can also be climbed from the north, beginning at the parking area near Payolle.

Nearby Climbs

Col d'Aspin

Col d'Azet

Pla d'Adet

Route des Lacs

Col de Peyresourde

Col du Tourmalet

Col de Portet

Piau Engaly

Cycling Holidays

Hourquette d'Ancizan is a highlight on our Best Of The Pyrenees cycling holiday and is an route option on our Pyrenees Coast to Coast tour (where it can be ridden instead of the Col d'Aspin).

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