The col de l’Âne

The Col de l'Âne (the donkey pass in English) is a beautiful hike from the resort of Les Orres in the Hautes-Alpes

The departure is located on the car park of Pra Paisset just before the station of Les Orres 1800. There is no problem to find the start of the hike it is very well indicated. The hike is quite long, it's not really difficult but you have to be trained. There are signposts all along the way so you will have no trouble finding your way.

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Difficulty: difficulty
Duration: 4 h.

The Pra Paisset car park

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The Pra Paisset car park
You just have to go to the resort of Les Orres 1800 by the road to find the car park , you can't miss it. It is free.

The signpost

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The signpost
A sign shows the different walks available from the Pra Paisset car park. The hike to the Col de l'Âne is long: 3h (one way).

The forest trail

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The forest trail
The beginning of the hike takes place on a forest trail. This is not the most interesting part.

The mountain pastures

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The mountain pastures
After an hour's walk the scenery totally changes as the path winds its way through lush green pastures.

Lake Sainte-Marguerite

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Lake Sainte-Marguerite
After an hour and a half walk you pass by the beautiful lake of Sainte-Marguerite. There is still 1 hour (1.2 km) of ascent towards the Col de l'Âne.

The trail

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The trail

The final climb

The final climb
The last climb is not very difficult if you take your time, there are many laces and the slope is regular.

The laces to the Col de l'Âne

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The laces to the Col de l'Âne

The view at the top of the pass

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The view at the top of the pass

The arrival

The arrival
A little sign will tell you that you've arrived. Col de l'Âne (Donkey pass) - 2524 m.

The mountains

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The mountains
If you go up a little higher you have an even better view. The pass marks the limit of the Hautes-Alpes, on the other side you can admire the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence.

The return

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The return
You go back to Pra Paisset by the same way, you pass again in front of the lake of Sainte-Marguerite.
Departure point (Google Maps)

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