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Monte Rosa Massif

From Gran Paradiso to Monte Rosa, Aosta Valley - Mountaineering Stage 2

Technical lev. : 4 / 5

Technical lev. : 4 / 5

Maximum 5 clients per guide, but this can be reduced to 3 depending on the course and mountain conditions.
You should be comfortable in mountain walking and varied terrain. Easy crampons walking on glacier.
If you have already done a glacier hike it is better but it is not mandatory: if you have good shape and good mental handling, you should have no problem.
Learning of hiking progression in High Mountain, for rather easy races and easy rescue techniques.
Example of level: an easy 4000, such as Gran Paradiso (4061 mt) - Gran Paradiso National Park

Physical lev. : 4.5 / 5

Physical lev. : 4.5 / 5

Intermediate level, between 4 and 5. Effort corresponding to approximately 1400m - 2000m of elevation.

  • 4 days & 3 nights
  • Participants : 3 to 4 max
  • From June to September
  • All Included

Starting from the king of the Gran Paradiso National Park to end with the climb of the Capanna Margherita, Europe highest mountain Hut at 4554 mt, on the well known Signalkuppe or Punta Gnifetti.
This program will allow you in one week to learn the basic techniques of mountaineering, of glacier walking and of new safety systems, while being in a beautiful alpine environment, with huts known for their Italian quality.

From 1060

The highlights
of this mountaineering trip

. Small groups, maximum 5 people
. Local guides, fluent in English
. Ascent to two 4000m summits in four days - progressive programme
. Discovery of the Gran Paradiso National Park and the magnificent glaciers of Monte Rosa
. View of the most beautiful 4000m peaks of the Alps
. Italian welcome at the Refuge Chabod and Refuge Mantova, well known for their warm welcome and good food

Some of the most beautiful Mountaineering in the Alps: the climb of Gran Paradiso and Monte Rosa, discovering the Aosta Valley

This program will allow you in one week to learn the basic techniques of mountaineering, of glacier walking and of new safety systems, while being in a beautiful alpine environment, with huts known for their Italian quality.
We will start with the ascent of Gran Paradiso (4061 mt) to finish with the ascent of the Punta Gnifetti (4554 mt), in the Monte Rosa massif, where we will stay two days.
Gran Paradiso, a summit at 4000 meters accessible to novice mountaineers who are in good physical condition, is located at the heart of the Gran Paradiso National Park, it is a jewel of the Aosta Valley. It will be your first 4000 which will allow you to well acclimatize for the next ascent.
The Punta Gnifetti is one of the main peaks of the Monte Rosa Massif and it is surely the highest peak in the Alps easily accessible for intermediate mountaineers.
The view from up there is exceptional on all the Alps, you have the impression of having the world at our feet, only the Punta Dufour overlooks us.
Once at the top, we will visit the famous Capanna Margherita - 4554 mt - the highest observatory hut in Europe and we will eat Europe highest pizza before heading back down to the Città di Mantova hut. The hut will be our base camp for the ascent to the Pyramide Vincent (or another 4000 in the surrounding area) and to the Punta Gnifetti.
The guide will adapt to the weather and mountain and group conditions to make the most of this week.

Day 1

Meeting at 9:00 a.m. in Valsavarenche and departure for the Chabod Hut. Click on the Map below to see the departure point: you can park the car just aside the river.

We will walk about 2/3 hours to reach the hut. During the walk we will have the chance to appreciate the landscapes, the fauna and the flora of the Gran Paradiso National Park. Once we arrive at the hut and after settling in, we will check the equipment and organize the backpack the next day. Night at the refuge.

Day 2

Departure at 4/5 am, ascent to Gran Paradiso and return (6 to 8 hours). The day starts with about 40 minutes of walking on a path to reach the first part of the glacier; the climb continues to reach the glacier shoulder in about 2/3 hours, leaving the last ramp to overtake the glacier terminal and reach then to the Madonnina, following easy steps along the rocky ridge. The descent will be done on the same side. Walking time: about 6/8 hours - return to the hut scheduled for 12.00/1.00 pm, depending on the training of the group. Afternoon and night at the hut to rest properly for the next day.

Day 3

Descent from the Rifugio Chabod in the morning. Once back down in Valsavarenche, you will drive together with the guide to Staffal, the last inhabited hamlet in the Gressoney valley, and reach the departure of the Gabiet cable car. We will therefore reach Punta Indren by cable car and from there we will walk for 40 minutes to reach the refuge "Città di Mantova" where we will have dinner and stay overnight.

Day 4

The climb to Margherita Hut starts at the early lights of dawn. After a good breakfast, using front lamps and after being roped up, you will begin your climb along Lys glacier, which will take you to the saddle of the homonym Pass (4248 mt). You will reach the Capanna Margherita, climbing on the top of Punta Gnifetti (4554 mt.), around mid-morning. Once on top our eyes open on the magnificent summits of Punta Zumstein (4561 mt) and Punta Dufour (4633 mt - the highest summit of Mont Rose) and the vertiginous walls of Lyskamm. You will enjoy the satisfaction and the panorama from the hut’s terrace and resume your energies, warming yourself up with a cup of hot tea. The descent will be along the same climbing route. Consider about 5/6 hours of ascent and 3 of descent. You will arrive at Rifugio Mantova for lunch time - you can then take a break and stop for a pasta and finally walk down with the guide to Punta Indren again, to take the cable car back to Staffal. In the afternoon we will descend back down in the valley and return to Aosta.



Price *


Du 18/07/2022 au 21/07/2022

au 21/07/2022


Bookings in progress

Du 25/07/2022 au 28/07/2022

au 28/07/2022



Du 01/08/2022 au 04/08/2022

au 04/08/2022


Bookings in progress

Du 08/08/2022 au 11/08/2022

au 11/08/2022



Du 15/08/2022 au 18/08/2022

au 18/08/2022


Bookings in progress

Du 22/08/2022 au 25/08/2022

au 25/08/2022


Bookings in progress

* Price per person (without insurance)


Below are some dates we propose, but do not hesitate to contact us at if you wish to organise the Ascent on a different date.

The Ascent for the dates below is guaranteed with 4 participants.

If the number of participants is not reached 21 days before departure, Esprit des Guides SA will cancel the reservation and refund the payment received (3% will be kept for bank fees).
If you wish and if you agree, Esprit des Guides SA can still offer you to pay the remaining balance based on the number of participants reached (see prices above) and therefore guarantee the departure.

Mountaineering Technical Equipment

  • mountaineering goretex shoes suitable to crampons
  • crampons
  • walking poles
  • iceaxe
  • helmet.

How to dress for climbing in the Alps

First layer on the skin:

  • (merino wool) thermal/breathable long sleeve
  • (merino wool) long thermal/breathable underwear
  • woolen warm socks

Second layer:

  • warm technical sweater
  • waterproof & windproof hiking pants

Third layer:

  • thin but warm duvet (to wear just in case of cold temperatures)

Last layer:

  • waterproof & windproof Goretex jacket

Important Additionals:

  • warm winter hat
  • buff/head-neckband
  • warm winter gloves
  • headlamp
  • suncream (protection factor 50+)
  • sunglasses
  • camera

N.B. Consider a change for when you are back to the hut (you can leave some stuff at the hut).

Covid 19 Special:

  • 1 pair of light shoes or sleepers to walk inside the hut
  • 1 light sack sheet / sleeping sheet for the refuge
  • 1 pillowcase or light inflatable cushion for the refuge
  • hydroalcolic gel and masks

Difficulty of the Mountaineering Tour

Programme thought for well-trained hikers, in search of new perspectives: From Gran Paradiso to Monte Rosa provides a great variety of terrain.
This programme is designed for those who want to discover the mountaineering world and to progressively improve your level throughout the week.
You will need to have a good level of fitness, good sense of balance and the ability to walk on rough terrain.
It is necessary to have a resistance to about 6 to 10 hours of walking a day and a good acclimatization to the high altitude as you will be staying at above 3500 mt. Be aware that the weight of your backpack and high altitude will reduce your usual strength.
It would be advisable for you to properly train and to climb a 3000 peak at least once before leaving for this Tour.


We recommend to have your own personal travel insurance, covering accident abroad and repatriation.

How to reach Aosta Valley

  • Via Chamonix Mont Blanc – you can reach Chamonix by train from the main French airports or from Geneva airport – then you can reach Courmayeur – Aosta Valley through the Mont Blanc Tunnel (there are buses connections from Chamonix to Aosta Valley, but if you would like to be free to move it is advisable to rent a car).
  • Via Geneva or Martigny – you can easily reach Martigny by train from Geneva airport - then you reach Aosta city center via the tunnel of Grand Saint Bernard (there are buses connections from Martigny to Aosta Valley, but if you would like to be free to move it is advisable to rent a car).
  • Via Milan/Turin airport – rent a car directly to reach Aosta via the highway;
  • Or via Bourg Saint Maurice (73700, France) - Col du Petit Saint Bernard - you can reach Bourg Saint Maurice by train from the main French airports. Once in Bourg Saint Maurice you will need to rent a car to reach the Aosta Valley via the Col du Petit Saint Bernard (2 hours drive). It's a slightly longer trip but you can save the toll at the Mont Blanc Tunnel.

Meeting point on the first day:

Meeting at 9:00 a.m. in Valsavarenche and departure for the Chabod Hut. Click on the Map below to see the departure point: you can park the car just aside the river.

If you are coming only for the climb, we can organize you a taxi to pick you up or the mountain guide can come to pick you up on the road nearby Aosta (organization upon booking).

The budget for the mountaineering course


. The assistance of an experienced UIAGM Mountain Guide of our Team;

. The use of equipment for the group (ropes, pitons, karabiners).

. Half board to the huts for yourself and the guide;

. Transfers from Aosta to Gressoney, round trip;

. Cablecar tickets from Staffal to Punta Indren, round trip.



. Personal technical equipment: crampons, harness and ice axe rental in case of need (it can be organized upon booking);

. Lunches, snacks an drinks;

. All what is not explicitly mentioned in the "price includes".

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