Col de Peyresourde (Luchon)

Start Town Altitude Elevation Gain Length Gradient Difficulty Rating
Bagnères de Luchon 1,569m 939m 15.3 km 6.1% 664 ****

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Climb Description

Col de Peyresourde is one of the legendary climbs of the Tour de France, with the race having tackled the climb over fifty times since its first appearance in 1910. Leaders over the summit have included the likes of Fausto Coppi, Federico Bahamontes, Bernard Hinault and Alejandro Valverde. Stages regularly uses both sides of the climb and have once finished at the ski station of Peyragudes, which is just 2km from the top of the Peyresourde. Most commonly, however, the climb is used in combination with other great ascents, such as the Col d'Aspin, Col du Tourmalet and Pla d'Adet.

The climb from Luchon is the more scenic side. It begins on a fairly steep road passing through small villages, before the scenery really opens up. The last 6km are beautifully picturesque, with the rolling green countryside forming a nice barrier between the highest peaks of the Pyrenees which lie on either side of the valley. The switchbacks at the top of the climb are wonderfully wide and gentle - making them enjoyable for both ascending and descending.

Col de Peyresourde (Luchon) - Pyrenees

The top part of the climb has some fantastic views

At the top of the climb you can turn left to continue to Peyragudes. This is a short extension which takes you around 60m higher and offers some nice views down towards the lake at Loudervielle.

The Peyresourde is usually kept open throughout the year as it is a relatively important pass in the region. Short term closures are possible in winter though.

Col de Peyresourde Top

From the top of the Peyrersourde you can continue a short way to Peyragudes

Roads & Traffic

The road surface is in very good condition throughout.

The first part of the climb between Luchon and Garin carries some traffic, although not enough to be particularly annoying. After the village of Garin it is quiet, with cars generally only passing once every few minutes.

Alternative Routes

Col de Peyresourde can also be climbed from the west, starting in Avajan.

Nearby Climbs

Col d'Azet

Col d'Aspin

Pla d'Adet

Hourquette d'Ancizan

Route des Lacs

Piau Engaly

Col de Portet

Port de Bales


Col du Portillon


Cycling Holidays

Col de Peyresourde is climbed on our Pyrenees Coast to Coast and Best Of The Pyrenees cycling holidays.

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

Lagos de Covadonga
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 8 Days
Level: Difficulty Challenging-Hard
Price: from €1,490 EUR