Hourquette d'Ancizan (Payolle)

Start Town Altitude Elevation Gain Length Gradient Difficulty Rating
Payolle 1,564m 476m 10.1 km 4.7% 475 *****

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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 runs more or less parallel to the Col d'Aspin and we would thoroughly recommend climbing it instead of its more famous cousin.

The scenery is quite distinct and different to much of what you find in the Pyrenees. The large open expanses and stunning mountain peaks that you see throughout the climb are usually only found at much higher altitudes. Hourquette d'Ancizan from Payolle is a climb to really enjoy: it is not especially difficult, but sandwiched between the Col du Tourmalet and the Col de Peyresourde does it need to be?

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)

This is by far the more scenic side, with beautiful mountain scenery

Roads & Traffic

The road surface is in very good condition throughout.   There is generally not much traffic on the climb.

It can get a bit busy at times on weekends and during August, but nothing too bothersome for cyclists, and it is usually quieter than the neighbouring Col d'Aspin.

Hourquette d'Ancizan Top of the Pass

Farm animals are everywhere in the final few kilometres!

Alternative Routes

Hourquette d'Ancizan can also be climbed from the south, beginning in the village of Ancizan.

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