Pla d'Adet (Pyrenees)

Start Town Altitude (m) Elevation Gain (m) Length (km) Gradient (%) Difficulty Rating
Vignec 1680 861 10.7 8.1 1240 ****

Pla d'Adet cycling Profile
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Pla d'Adet is a very tough climb, with the first 7km averaginng just under 10% gradient. It is almost unrelenting here and there is very little shade throughout the steepest part of the climb.

Roads & Traffic

The road surface is in good condition throughout.

There is little traffic on the climb.

Climb Description

Pla d'Adet cycling

Pla d'Adet is the kind of climb that comes to mind when you think of the Pyrenees. It is relatively short, steep and often very hot. It has been used numerous times in the Tour de France, with breakaway riders often taking the stage win rather than true general classification contenders. The climb is characterized by relentlessly steep gradients for the majority of its 10km, before easing off slightly as you get nearer the summer.

At the top of the climb is quite a large and unsightly ski resort; but there are also some fantastic views looking down towards Saint-Lary-Soulan and across to the Col d'Azet. There are nice views throughout the climb as well, with the steepest part of the ascent basically forming one giant switchback.

Pla d'Adet is a great climb for riders who enjoy a tough challenge and want to try something new in the Pyrenees, but if you are short of time, we believe that there are better and more enjoyable climbs in the area, such as Route des Lacs and Col d'Azet.

Pla d'Adet is open throughout the year. In winter, any snow is cleared to enable access to the ski resort.

Other sides

This is the only way to climb Pla d'Adet.

Nearby Climbs

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


Pla d'Adet can be climbed as a route extension on our Pyrenees Coast to Coast and Best Of The Pyrenees cycling holidays.