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From Gran Paradiso to Monte Rosa, discovering the Aosta Valley

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1470 €

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 Gran Paradiso to 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
VALSAVARENCHE - RIFUGIO CHABOD (2710 mt)

Meeting at 12 noon in Valsavarenche and departure to the Chabod refuge. 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
RIFUGIO CHABOD - GRAN PARADISO (4061 mt) - AOSTA

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.

On the way down, we will stop at the refuge for a little rest before going back down to Aosta. Night in a B&B in Aosta, one of the most beautiful cities in the Alps with its ancient Roman city. You can dedicate the evening to a visit to the Roman Theater, jewel of the region surrounded by the Gran Combin and Mont Emilius, and enjoy the Italian and Aosta Valley gastronomy.

Day 3
AOSTA - GRESSONEY - RIFUGIO CITTA DI MANTOVA (3498 mt)

The meeting is at your hotel around 11:30 am. Travel by car to Gressoney with the guide to reach Staffal, the last inhabited hamlet in the valley, and the departure of the Gabiet cable car. We will therefore reach Punta Indren by cable car and from there walk for 40 minutes to reach the refuge "Città di Mantova" where we will have dinner and stay overnight.

Day 4
CITTA DI MANTOVA HUT - PYRAMID VINCENT (4215 mt) - CITTA DI MANTOVA HUT

Departure not too early in the morning for the Pyramide Vincent, your first ascent on the Mont Rose chain, which is technically and physically quite accessible, to allow the whole group to improve the glacier techniques and to acclimatize to the altitude. Return to the Città di Mantova hut in the afternoon and overnight at the refuge.

Day 5
CITTA DI MANTOVA HUT - SNIGNALKUPPE / CAPANNA MARGHERITA (4554 mt) - GRESSONEY - AOSTA 

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.

The price includes:

  • the assistance of an experienced 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;
  • night in B&B in Aosta the 2nd day (night and Breakfast);
  • transfers from Aosta to Gressoney, round trip;
  • cablecar tickets from Staffal to Punta Indren, round trip.

Not included in the price

  • 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".

TECHNICAL EQUIPMENT

  • Hiking Goretex shoes suitable to crampons
  • crampons
  • walking poles
  • iceaxe
  • helmet.

HOW TO DRESS

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).

Level needed

Well-trained mountaineers of an average level, in search of new perspectives: From Gran Paradiso to Monte Rosa provides a great variety of terrain. You will need to have a good level of fitness, good sense of balance and the ability to walk on rough terrain. This is a fairly non-technical excursion apart from some glaciated sections.
It is necessary to have a resistance to about 5/8 hours of walking a day and a good acclimatization to the high altitude as you will be staying at above 3500 mt. It would be advisable for you to properly train and to climb a 4000 peak at least once before leaving for this Tour.
 

Insurance

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.

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).

Further information

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