Pic du Midi de Bigorre, Midi-Pyrenees, France

The Pic du Midi de Bigorre or simply Pic du Midi, at an elevation of 2,877 m (9,439 ft) above the sea level, is a high mountain pass in the French Pyrenees. It’s famous for its astronomical observatory, the Observatoire du Pic du Midi de Bigorre (Pic du Midi Observatory), part of the Observatoire Midi-Pyrénées (Midi-Pyrénées Observatory). It’s one of the highest mountain roads of Europe.

The road to reach the summit, located in the Hautes-Pyrénées department in southwestern France, is a dirt track, with holes and stones. The climb is accessed from the summit of the Col du Tourmalet via an unsealed road. But it is not for the inexperienced or unfit due to the combination of the altitude and technical road surface. The track is usually closed, but is drivable. The route includes an amazing scenery with cliff edges and two short tunnels.

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