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Col de la Forclaz

Col de la Forclaz, 1929 Trient, Switzerland

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About Col de la Forclaz

Col de la Forclaz is a mountain pass in the Alps in the Canton of Valais in Switzerland. It connects Martigny at 471 m and Le Châtelard. The road from Martigny to the Col has an average gradient of 6% but in parts is closer to 8%. After the Col, and Le Châtelard, the road leads to Chamonix in France via Vallorcine and the Col des Montets.  The pass was little known in the 19th century. It was not until the rise in tourism, particularly in Chamonix, that the region became a popular tourist area.

Attractions near Col de la Forclaz

Col de Balme4.24km from Col de la Forclaz

The Col de Balme is a high mountain pass of the Alps, located on the border between Switzerland and France. It connects Trient in the Swiss canton of Valais to Argentière in the French department of Haute-Savoie. The pass lies between the summits of Tête de Balme and Les Grandes Otanes.  The Col de Balme lies on the Tour du Mont Blanc walk. A restaurant is located above the summit of the pass.

Fondation Pierre Gianadda6.73km from Col de la Forclaz

The Pierre Gianadda Foundation is a cultural center of international renown and, in addition to temporary exhibitions by Toulouse-Lautrec, Degas, Manet, Gauguin, van Gogh, Monet, etc., also houses a Gallo-Roman museum and tepidarium, an automobile museum, a sculpture park and a top-class concert season.

Lac d'Emosson7.3km from Col de la Forclaz

The Lac d’Emosson reservoir, altitude 1930 metres, was created at the beginning of the 1920s by the construction of a 78 m-high gravity dam built by the SBB with the aim of covering the company’s power requirements. In 1974 this was extended with a 180 m-high arch dam, increasing the lake volume from 40 to 227 million m3 of water. The Lac d’Emosson was created to cover SBB power requirements. The lake is reached by three unusual railways. Dinosaur footprints, some 250 million years old are found

Lac Blanc12.05km from Col de la Forclaz

Located in the Aiguilles Rouges nature reserve, one of the most beautiful mountain lakes, famous for its unique panorama facing the Mont-Blanc massif. Lac Blanc sits next to a welcoming refuge, and while hiking you will likely see Ibex and marmots in the surrounding nature reserve. One of the best picnic location and you can do so many activities in and around this place.

Argentière Glacier12.56km from Col de la Forclaz

The Argentière glacier is located in the Mont Blanc massif. It overlooks the village of Argentière. This glacier covers an area of 19 km² and an altitude range from 1600 m to 3600 m on a North aspect. Satellite images from various years give a birds’ eye view of the great river of ice retreating further into the mountains.

Aiguille des Grands Montets12.58km from Col de la Forclaz

The Aiguille des Grands Montets, in the Mont Blanc, is the name given to one of the peaks overlooking the village of Argentiere ( 1200 meters), in Chamonix. It peaks at 3295 meters. Skiing area and also trekking is possible here.

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The canton of Valais is considered as one of the driest regions of Switzerland. The famous scenic rail route across the Furka Pass originates from this canton. It also includes one of the biggest tourist attractions in the Swiss mountains called Matterhorn.