Col de Pailhéres

With a summit just over 2000m / 6561 ft the climb to the top of Col de Pailhéres is a giant of the Pyrenees. Whilst not as famous as the Tourmalet this climb is simply stunning. As you make your way above the tree line and wind your way through the switchbacks, you will no doubt unlock the beauty of riding in the Pyrenees.

Suggested cycling route

Distance: 38.8km / 24mi

Start elevation: 725m / 2,378ft

Max elevation: 2,001m / 6,565ft

Climbing: 1,322m / 4,338ft

Descending: 1,322m / 4,338ft

Categorised climbs: 1


  • Tackling a climb with a summit over 2000m / 6565ft
  • Beautiful sweeping views all around you – the magic of the Pyrenees are evident on this climb.

Food and water

Fill your jersey pockets and bottles from your starting point at Ax les Thermes.

Climb statistics and gradient profile

Gradient profile of Port de Pailhères from Ax les Thermes

Col de Pailhéres

Length: 18.8km / 11.7mi

Average gradient: 6.8%

Start point: Ax les Thermes

Elevation at top: 2,001m / 6,565ft