Gran Paradiso ascent

For those dreaming about peaks and altitude, this is surely the ideal destination if you want to overreach 4 000m. Located in the Italian natural reserve, 1h30 away from Saint Gervais, Gran Paradiso is an accessible summit for a first mountaineering experience. National Park since 1922, the beauty of this preserved mountain will delight you. Although it is a legendary Italian summit, this snow trail requires a fair degree of effort and will allow you to discover the most beautiful landscapes of the Alps. It's a much more enjoyable climb if you have done some acclimatation beforehand. 

Starting our route from the Valsavarenche valley in Italy, we will hike slowly to the first refuge, Chabod (2 750m), discovering High Mountain and glacial mountaineering. Then comes the day of the monarch ascent of this National Park, the Gran Paradiso ascent at an altitude of 4061m. You will follow a stunning glacier route with a rocky end before getting to the top. We will feel blissed out while heading down to the Victor Emmanuel II refuge. On the last day, we’ll head down to the tiny hamlet of Pont in the valley walking on a charming descending path through flower and larch fields. We will admire the Gran Paradiso massif from an easily reachable peak, Tresenta (3 609m) before heading back home. 

Itinerary

  • Day 1 Meet at the group's hotel in the Chamonix Valley

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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.

Important: This program may be modified by the guide or tour organizer, according to mountain and weather conditions, required physical condition of participants and, above all, your safety. For safety reasons and to ensure the conduct of the announced program, we need to ensure that all participants have the required level of mental and physical conditions demanded by the program. We reserve the right to end your participation if your technical and/or physical form does not match the minimum required level. The interruption cannot result in a reimbursement or payment compensation.

Dates & prices

Departures for English-speaking groups:

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Trip code: AGP5

Included

- Technical organization of your stay
- Supervision by a mountain guide
- Accommodation in a lodge, in half board, and in a 3*** hotel in Chamonix
- Picnic - lunch 
- Transfer by private bus Chamonix to Pont Italie
- Safety and technical equipment necessary for security 

Not included

- Snacks (cereal and energy bars, dried fruits, chocolate) are at your convenience
- Individual technical equipment
- Drinks and personal expenses 
- Insurance / Assistance: research costs, first aid and emergency costs and repatriation 
- Anything that is not in "the price includes" 
- Dinners day 1 and 4  in Chamonix
- Application fees (18€ per person)

Notes

To be paid on site : 

- Drinks and personal expenses
- Rental of personal equipment if necessary
- Shoes, harness, crampons, ice ax and helmet 

International flights

We can book your international flight to Geneva. Feel free to ask our team !

Terms and conditions

Subscription

Subscribe to one of our activities or travels means accepting general sales conditions. Each client must fill a subscription form, which will be accepted only after the payment of a deposit accounting for 30% of the travel’s price and according to the availability. If you subscribe less than 30 days before the trip, you must pay the whole price during the subscription. You can pay by bank transfer (SWIFT/IBAN) or with your credit card directly through our website (available soon). A booking confirmation will be sent to you be e-mail very soon. 

Invoice procedure

Once your booking is registered, we will send you an email containing the invoice. Full payment is required at least 30 days before your arrival. If the customer does not settle the payment of the travel price within the period agreed upon, Altaï Alpes has the right to cancel the booking free of charge. 

Cancellation policy

If for any reason, you decide to withdraw from a journey, the amount already paid will be refunded subject to the following exceptions:

More than 30 days before departure, you will be charged for the amount of 50€

  • 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 

Particular case :

Whatever the date of the cancellation or contract change, the following fees will be added to the charges above :

  • 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

If you have no choice but to cancel your trip before departure, you must inform Altaï Alpes and your insurance provider with a written statement as soon as possible, you will get a receipt. 

The receipt date will be taken as the cancellation date to charge cancellation fees.  

If Altaï Alpes has no choice but to cancel a group travel due to an insufficient number of participants, the decision will be taken and the clients informed at least 31 days before departure. Altaï Alpes can also cancel a departure due to exceptional events threatening participants safety (social events, strikes, weather conditions). In that case, the trip’s price will be fully refunded but the participants will not get any compensation.

Changes to travel contract

If any change in travel contract is made at the customer’s request, the customer shall pay any fee that might arise from this change. In any case, every request for changes shall be notified in writing. In case of external events that could not be foreseen, Altaï Alpes might change some aspects of the travel contract. We will inform you of any changes as quickly as possible.

Pricing

All group travel prices on our website have been calculated for the indicated number of participants for each trip. The price list is confirmed after the booking. If the number of participants is lower than expected, an additional payment charge might be applied. For each travel and program, we mention the price per person – valid for the minimum number of participants – and we provide you with detailed explanations about the services included or not. Any change in the exchange rates or in the price of travel services in particular regarding the cost of the fuel, might entail price revision.

Contract transfer

In case of transfer of the contract by the customer to an assignee, modification and cancellation conditions apply.

Insurance

We recommend you to get your personal insurance before your departure to cover the activities undertaken by Altaï Alpes. If you have not purchased any of our insurances, we ask you to email us your insurance contract information (company, contract name, contract number, phone number) and bring those information with you on your trip. 

Practical info

Staff

The tour is supervised by a mountain guide who has been chosen for his field experience, his specific knowledge of one geographical area and the culture attached, as well as his passion for the region.

Food

- Lunch – picnic
- Dinner at the cottage, traditional and generous meals prepared by shelters keepers
- Dinners in Chamonix at your own charge
- Remember to bring snacks that you like (cereal or energy bars, chocolate, dried fruits) before departure
- Drinks are not included in the price (water, tea, coffee, beer, cola, etc ...)
- Bring change or coins for the coffees, juices, or sodas during the breaks. Trust us, you will need that refreshing beer to get some energy back! Keep in mind that often shelters do not accept credit card payment
- Bottled water is not free in shelters. In some shelters there is tap water, still we advise you to take purification pills (type Aquatabs) that will allow you to consume tap water

Accommodation

In Chamonix : 3*** hotels in twin rooms 
In Shelters : Nights are in shared bedrooms. Blankets and quilts are provided in refuges. Bathrooms are shared with other travellers. Slippers are available at the shelter. Remember to take sleeping sheet for hygiene issues.

Transportation

Mainly on foot. You will carry your personal items and picnics for lunch (10 kg bag maximum). Your guide will help you arrange your bag the first day. For a comfortable trip, it’s important that your bag does not exceed 10-12 kg with water and food for the day.

Budget & exchange

Italy and France are in the Eurozone. Therefore, the unit of the currency is the Euro.

Credit cards and debit cards are very useful for cash advances (but don’t forget to bring your PIN number!).
ATMs are available in most of the towns you will cross during your stay, but there are no guarantees that your credit card will actually work in France or Italy. Also, refuges often don’t have EPT (Electronic Payment Terminal): it is best to bring cash.
Be aware of the fees usually applied when purchasing products or services on a credit card. 

Always take more rather than less, as you don’t want to spend your trip constantly feeling short on funds. 

As currency exchange rates can often fluctuate, we recommend to check the following website for daily exchange rates: https://www.xe.com/

Tips

Clients usually pay for the guides’ drinks : you might find it practical to make a group kitty at the beginning of your stay (no obligation). 

Supplied equipment

- The group equipment (ropes, carabineers) is provided
- Slippers are available at the lodges 

Vital equipment

- Wind stopper hat
- Sun cap
- Scarf 
- Sunscreen (high protection index) and lip balm
- Snow Goggles category 4 + goggles 
- 1 pair of fleece or wool gloves
- 1 pair of warm gloves 
- Breathable technical underwear
- Breathable Technical Sub-pull (carline, light fleece)… 
- Fleece jacket
- 1 windbreaker jacket and waterproof Gore-Tex 
- 1 pair of breathable technical tights 
- 1 pair of cosy mountain pants 
- 2 pairs of socks (a thin pair and a warm one) 

Material

Technical equipment : 

- Comfortable climbing mountain shoes with crampons
- A comfortable backpack, without reinforcement, anatomic type, with a capacity of 40 to 50 liters
- An ice axe, crampons, helmet, a harness equipped with two screw carabineers (do not hire, lend or borrow carabineers, purchase is mandatory) 
- A pair of telescopic canes
- A pair of gaiters 
- A sheet-type for sleeping bag (there are blankets in the shelters)
- A small toiletry bag and a small towel fast drying (from specialized stores)
- A headlamp (LED type)
- A pocketknife
- Toilet paper (biodegradable if possible)
- Two plastic bags (100 liters) to protect the backpack from rain
- A waterproof pouch/ carrier for your papers, money, phone, insurance / assistance contract, and all your numbers in case of emergency  

Equipment rental In Chamonix :

You can rent equipment like :
- Climbing mountain shoes with crampons 
- Ice axe
- Crampons 
- Harness 
- Helmet 
- Trousers 
- Jacket 
- Headlamp 
- Backpack
- Collapsible walking poles  

How to buy equipment ?
Technical equipment, ice axe, crampons and harness can be purchased online on the company's website SIMOND: www.simond.com 

Luggage

- In your anatomic daily backpack, you will carry your food (snacks and picnic), all your belongings and your equipment. It has to have a 40 to 50L capacity and not weigh more than 10 to 12kg. Your bag should be pretty comfortable to carry all day ! 

Medicine

Your guide has a first aid kit. With your doctor's advice, prepare your personal pharmacy kit according to your medical profile and the nature of the intended stay.

We recommend to take in your individual pharmacy : 
- An analgesic
- Anti-inflammatory pills or gel
- A broad-spectrum antibiotic
- An antispasmodic, antidiarrheal, antiseptic intestinal, anti-vomiting
- A double skin plaster, compresses, adhesive tape
- An antiseptic
- Sunscreen (SPF 50) and Biafine cream (for sunburns)
- Tablets to purify water (type Aquatabs)
- In addition: eye drops, tweezers, light tranquilizers and sleeping pills and / or earplugs, tonic for veins (against heavy legs)
- Personal medication

Passport

Please make sure your passport and travel documents are valid before departure.

Visa

  • 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.

For further information, please check the following website : https://france-visas.gouv.fr/

Mandatory vaccines

Certain vaccines are recommended or necessary to travel to Italy. The ASPC (Public Health service) and the WHO recommend the following vaccines: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, rabies, MMR (measles; mumps, rubella), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis), chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia and influenza.  

Travellers should take the same precautions as in their country, keeping in mind that the food can be different to the one there are used to.
If your have any questions concerning a trip to Italy or if you’re wandering what vaccines you might need for your trip, take an appointment with your local clinic and travel doctor.

Health information & recommendations

Before departure, it is important to have a good physical condition, corresponding to the program’s requirements and activities. Daily physical activity and a regular practice of a sport with elements of endurance are mandatory for high mountain activities. You can jog, cycle, swim or hike. Thank you for informing the agency about any medical information and particularities concerning your health: food allergies, diabetes, heart and vascular accidents you might have had, asthma, etc...

It is important to consult your doctor for medical travel information well before departure. We recommend that you carry a First Aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements.
Please keep in mind that we are often in remote areas, away from medical facilities. Please carefully read the brochure and itinerary when selecting your trip, to make sure our travel style suits you. 

Please note you will travel to high altitude. Most people can travel to 2 500m with minimal effects. However, everyone reacts differently to altitude and altitude sickness can occur.
For details on how to best prepare your trip please consult your physician.

Weather

The best time of year to climb Gran Paradiso is from June through September. However, the weather here is still decent enough for ascents in the late spring and early autumn as well. Indeed, during the summer months, the average temperatures on the mountain fluctuate between 8ºC to 12ºC, but once you reach the glacier and above, it gets much colder.
Temperatures at the base of the mountain are generally around 20°C. Thus, we recommend to dress in layers. 

While temperatures do not drop too much during the spring and autumn, it is definitely cooler and will require warmer clothing than the summer.
Late spring and early summer is when it precipitates the most in this area. While the weather is generally clear, squalls and afternoon thunderstorms are not uncommon.
July through October are generally drier than May and June.   

Electricity

There will be electricity in most places you will stay. If you are scared to run low on battery, we advise to bring an external battery charger.  

Power plugs in France have the particularity of being male and female at the same time : they have 2 prongs and a receptacle. If you need an adapter, please purchase if before departure. In France the power plugs and sockets are of type E. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.

For Italy there are three associated plug types : types C, F and L. Plug type C is the plug which has two round pins, plug type F is the plug which has two round pins with two earth clips on the side and plug type L is the plug type which has three round pins. Italy operates on a 230V supply voltage and 50Hz. Check that you can use your personal electrical appliances safely whilst abroad. If not, you will surely need the use of a travel adaptor.

Local time

France and Italy are in the Central European Time Zone. Central European Standard Time (CET) is 1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+1).

Sustainable tourism

We do our best to offer trips subscribed to the principles of responsible and sustainable tourism. Our aim is to allow visitors to discover the many facets of a country by taking you off the beaten path and getting you in touch with its nature and residents, while ensuring that your visits do not have a negative effect on its natural environment and people.

  • 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.  
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Region
France
Activity
Alpinism
Duration
5 days
Group
4 to 4 people
Code
AGP5
Price
From €1,095
Level
3/5
Comfort
3/5
Language(s)
English

Strengths

- For those who do not have much time available, climbing for three days only is a solution.
- Interesting program, passing through different landscapes and discovering this Italian Natural Park.
- A first reachable 4000m high summit.

Guide's advice

'' When we have already made a first alpine climbing or mountaineering glacier travel, we often aspire to discover the world above 4000m. The Gran Paradiso is the goal to fulfill this wish ''

Required level

Technical challenge

The main difficulties lie in the last meters before the peak, just a few steps before the end, which are vertiginous. The rest of the rise is mainly on the moraine and on the glacier. To register for this sort of program, you must have done at least one alpine vacation with instructions on alpine climbing techniques or glacier hiking, and know the basics of mountaineering. Basics of alpine climbing includes walking with crampons, use of an ice ax, walking roped with someone else, etc. 

Physical difficulty

This trip requires excellent physical conditions because you are going to climb a peak above 4000 m. You will have little time for acclimatization, but we recommend to do some classical hiking in the mountains before your arrival. 

Engagement 

Your stay at  4000 m altitude or above has a very important impact on your body. However, the guides are there to minimize the possible bad consequences. It is important to follow their instructions at all circumstances. 



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