Piau Engaly (Pyrenees)

Start Town Altitude (m) Elevation Gain (m) Length (km) Gradient (%) Difficulty Rating
St-Lary-Soulan 1870 1050 20.0 5.3 675 ****

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Roads & Traffic

The road surface is in good condition throughout.

The first part of the climb through Aragnouet can be reasonably busy in the main tourist seasons (high summer and winter), as it is the road to the Bielsa tunnel into Spain. After turning off (at 13km) the road is very quiet.

Climb Description

Piau Engaly is a climb to a ski resort in the central part of the High Pyrenees region. It is a fairly easy climb for the most part, with the gradient only increasing to a challenging level in the final 7km.

The climb was the stage finish in the Tour de France in 1999, with Fernando Escartin the first across the line. However, the nearby climb to Pla d'Adet has generally been preferred by the race organisers.

Piau Engaly is usually is open throughout the year. In winter, the snow is cleared to enable access to the ski resort.

Other sides

This is the only way to climb Piau Engaly.

Nearby Climbs

Pla d'Adet
Col d'Azet
Route des Lacs
Col d'Aspin
Hourquette d'Ancizan
Col de Peyresourde
Col du Tourmalet


Piau Engaly can be climbed as an optional route extension on our Pyrenees Coast to Coast and Best Of The Pyrenees cycling holidays.