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The donkey pass

The col de l'Âne is a beautiful hike from the resort of Les Orres in the Hautes-Alpes

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

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Difficulty: difficulty
Duration: 4 h.

Le parking de Pra Paisset

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Le parking de Pra Paisset
To find the parking lot, you just have to go to the resort of Les Orres 1800 by the road, you can't miss it. It is free of charge.

The signpost

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The signpost
A sign shows the different possible hikes from the Pra Paisset parking. The hike to the col de l'Âne is long: 3h (one way).

The forest trail

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

The mountain pastures

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The mountain pastures
After 1 hour of walking, the scenery changes completely and the path leads through green pastures.

The lake of Sainte-Marguerite

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The lake of Sainte-Marguerite
After 1h30 of walking we pass in front of the charming lake of Sainte-Marguerite. There is still 1 hour (1.2 km) to go up to 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 twists and turns and the slope is regular.

The laces towards the col de l'Âne

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The laces towards the col de l'Âne

The view from the top of the pass

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The view from the top of the pass

At the top of the col de l'Âne

At the top of the col de l'Âne
A small sign indicates that you have arrived. Col de l'Âne (2524 m).

The mountains

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The mountains
If you go up a little higher you have an even more beautiful 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
The return is done by the same way, we pass again in front of the lake of Sainte-Marguerite.

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