Col des Aravis Climb Profile

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Col des Aravis Climb
Col des Aravis

The Col des Aravis is a mountain pass in the French Alps that sits at the border of France’s Haute-Savoie and Savoie regions. It connects the ski town of La Clusaz (Haute-Savoie) to the north and La Giettaz (Savoie) to the south.

The Col des Aravis is popular with cyclists and tourists for its scenic views and challenging climbs. The pass is typically open from late May to early October, depending on weather conditions.

Other nearby climbs include Col de la Colombière and Col de Joux Plane.

There are two ways up to the Col des Aravis.

  • From La Clusaz (north)
  • From Flumet (south), via La Giettaz

Starting point : La Clusaz

La Clusaz is located north of the Col des Aravis. The climb from this side is harder but the shortest way up the Col des Aravis. Many cyclists prefer to refuel at Saint-Jean-de-Sixt, which is 3km away from La Clusaz, before starting the climb.

It’s 7km long and averages 6%.

La Clusaz is also at the bottom of another popular climb, the Col de la Croix Fry.

Col de la Croix Fry from La Clusaz
Climb category2
Elevation gain415m
Minimum elevation1,043m
Maximum elevation1,458m
Average gradient6.0%
Maximum gradient12.0%
Strava segmentCol des Aravis from La Clusaz
Col de la Croix Fry from La Clusaz

Starting point : Flumet

The climb from Flumet is longer but with a gentler gradient. The road goes up for the first 2km, followed by 2km of false flats. The final 7km has a consistent gradient between 4% to 6%.

The entire climb from Flumet is 11.3km long and averages 4.8%

Col de la Croix Fry from Flumet
Climb category2
Elevation gain600m
Minimum elevation924m
Maximum elevation1,472m
Average gradient4.8%
Maximum gradient10.1%
Strava segmentCol des Aravis from Flumet
Col de la Croix Fry from Flumet

Col des Aravis in the Tour de France

The Col des Aravis is a Category 2 climb featured 18 times in the Tour de France.

In 2020 Stage 18, Col des Aravis was the third last climb where the peloton climbed from Flumet and descended into La Clusaz. Richard Carapaz won the stage that finished at La Roche-sur-Foron.

YearStageCategoryStartFinishFirst to summit
2020182MéribelLa Roche-sur-ForonRichard Carapaz
2016202MegèveMorzineThomas De Gendt
201092Morzine-AvoriazSaint-Jean-de-MaurienneJérôme Pineau
2006172Saint-Jean-de-MaurienneMorzinePatrice Halgand
2002172AimeClusesMario Aerts
2000162CourchevelMorzineMarco Pantani
1991181Bourg-d’OisansMorzineThierry Claveyrolat
1990102GenèveSaint-Gervais Mont BlancThierry Claveyrolat
1987222La PlagneMorzineEduardo Chozas
1984192La PlagneMorzineRobert Millar
1983182Bourg-d’OisansMorzineJacques Michaud
1982172Bourg-d’OisansMorzineMarino Lejarreta
1980182MorzinePrapoutel Les sept LauxLudo Loos
1975173ValloireMorzine-AvoriazLucien van Impe
1968192GrenobleSallanches CordonBarry Hoban
1960182Aix-les-BainsThonon-les-BainsFernando Manzanèque
195582Thonon-les-BainsBriançonCharly Gaul
1948152Aix-les-BainsLausanneGino Bartali
Col des Aravis appearance at the Tour de France
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