Hourquette d'Ancizan (Pyrenees)

Start Town Altitude (m) Elevation Gain (m) Length (km) Gradient (%) Difficulty Rating
Ancizan 1564 805 10.3 7.8 824 ****

Hourquette d'Ancizan from Ancizan Profile
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Hourquette d'Ancizan from Ancizan is the much tougher side of the climb. The gradients are consistently steep with numerous sections in excess of 10%.

Roads & Traffic

The road surface is in very good condition throughout.

There is little traffic on the climb.

Climb Description

Hourquette d'Ancizan from Ancizan

Hourquette d'Ancizan is a 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.

Other sides

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


Hourquette d'Ancizan is climbed on our Pyrenees Coast to Coast and Best Of The Pyrenees cycling holidays.