It's a gradual, steady, climb up to the Col du Lautaret (2.058 m; 6,752 feet). When you arrive you turn right and climb the Col du Galabier. It was a beautiful afternoon and the panoramas were spectacular. I felt good although I could tell I was adjusting to the altitude, running on something less than high octane. Arriving at the top it was cold so we donned windbreakers, long fingered gloves, and leg warmers for the long descent back to our hotel. Total distance for today was 44 km (27.3 miles) with 3,280 feet of climbing.
Photos: me at the Galibier summit and some views towards the valley we started from....way down the valley