Gran Paradiso ascent
Day 1 Meet at the group's hotel in the Chamonix Valley
You’ll fly to Geneva airport and we’ll send a driver to pick you and your luggage up at 2pm and take you to your hotel for the night in the bustling heart of Chamonix. Meals in town as you please. It’s your first opportunity to try out some of the best Alpine specialities.
Day 2 Pravieux (1834m) Valsavarenche, Chabod (2750m) refuge
You will meet your guide around 10am in the rental shop in Chamonix. He will introduce you to the following days program and make hardware verifications. You can hire any alpine mountaineering equipment if needed.
We start our hike for the Valsavarenche Valley in Italy (70km) to Pravieux (1834m). Abundant wild alpine flowers and Ibex can often be observed on the ascent.
We continue our walk climbing a quite steep hill on a well-marked path through larch forest and alpine meadows to reach the lovely Chabod refuge (2750m), where we have diner and a good night sleep.
- Elevation gain +: about 916 meters, maximal altitude: 2750 meters, accommodation: chabod hut, activity hours: 3 - 4 hours.
Day 3 Gran Paradiso Ascent (4061m), Vittorio Emmanuele II hut
We start climbing very early in the morning with our headlights on towards the Gran Paradiso summit. We make a technical stop to put on our harness, crampons and ropes, before reaching the snow ridge above 4000m. We follow the airy tracks on varied glacial slopes with beautiful ice tip and a craggy end. A few meters further, we can finally admire the beauty of the Virgin statue dominating the mountains. This is one of the highest vantage points in the Alps with a fantastic view of Mont Viso, Mont Rose, Mont Blanc massif and many other peaks.
Once we’ve breathed in the fresh air and absorbed the incredible mountain landscape, it’s time to head back down on an easy and peaceful path to the Refuge Vittorio Emanuele II to have some rest.
Elevation gain +: about 1350 meters, vertical drop - : about 1350 meters, max altitude: 4061 meters, accommodations: Vittorio Emanuele II hut, activity hours: 10 - 12 hours
Day 4 Peak Tresenta (3609m), Vittorio Emmanuele II hut
We start our last day of walk by ice climbing on the mild slopes of the Moncorvé glacier whilst admiring a wonderful view on the Tresenta (3609m) and over the Gran Paradiso massif.
We head down to the Vittorio Emanuele II refuge and back to the valley late afternoon. We’ll check-in to our hotel in Chamonix and have a farewell dinner (at your own charge).
Elevation gain + : about 877 meters, vertical drop - : about 1650 meters, max Altitude: 3609 meters, accommodations: Vittorio Emanuele II hut, activity hours: 6-7 hours
Day 5 Departure day
Sadly, our amazing trip comes to an end. Land only package services ends after breakfast.
We’ll take you back to Geneva airport for your return flight around 9am.
Dates & prices
Departures for English-speaking groups:
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Trip code: AGP5
Terms and conditions
- From 30 to 21 days before departure, you will be charged for the amount of the deposit (30% of the trip’s price)
- From 20 to 14 days before departure, you will be charged for 50% of the trip’s price
- From 13 to 7 days before departure, you will be charged for 75% of the trip’s price
- Less than 7 days before departure, you will be charged for the whole trip’s price
- Airline fixed costs : plane tickets are bought in advance to avoid too high airline prices, however they are non refundable in case of cancellation or plane changes. In that case, the charges above apply to the price of your trip without the plane ticket’s price
- Ground fixed costs : you will be charged for the fees that were paid early Insurance fees :
- Insurance fees will not be refunded if you subscribed to a multi-risk or cancellation insurance. The specific conditions will be written on your subscription confirmation
Budget & exchange
- Up to 90 days visit : citizens from most countries do not need a visa to visit France and Italy.
- Over 90 days visit : non-EU or non-EFTA citizens must have a visa to visit France and Italy over 90 days.
Health information & recommendations
- Most of our accommodations are run by locals, thus ensuring that the largest part of the revenue generated through your trip will stay within the region.
- Italy is known for its exquisite cuisine. The art of cooking and the joy of eating are part of everyday life. Each region has its particular foods and flavors which we would like you to explore and appreciate.
- Water is a precious and rare good. Our team and those travelling with us are thus advised to use it with consideration and avoid excessive water use where possible.
- Please try to recycle your waste whenever possible, even though recycling may not be a well-known concept in all areas.
- Be cautious and respectful when hiking. Make sure to wear suitable footwear and avoid picking flowers, moving stones or lighting fires.