Col du Portillon

On the border with Spain

Located in Haute-Garonne, the Portillon Pass is the border between Spain (Val d’Aran) and France (Pique Valley).

On the road of the Tour de France

Since 1947, this pass has been crossed 20 times during the stages of the Tour de France.

Identity card
  • Starting altitude: 652 m
  • End altitude: 1,002 m
  • Cumulative positive elevation gain: 735 m
  • Distance: 9.1 km
  • Average slope: 7.2%

Level: difficult

Col de 1ère catégorie.

Come up through the woods and to see the Cascade de Sidonie.

About 1 hour and 20 minutes for the climb.

Provide drink and supplies.

Prepare your ascent well

From Saint-Lary, reach Bagnères-de-Luchon via the Col de Peyresourde, which rises to 1,569 m.

This is a fairly short pass but very irregular with some difficult passages.

After Luchon, the ascent to Le Portillon starts at 635 m and is relatively fast and demanding.