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Gran Paradiso Massif

Beginner's mountaineering course - Gran Paradiso

Technical lev. : 4 / 5

Technical lev. : 4 / 5

5 clients maximum per Guide but the number can be reduced to 3 people depending on the routes and mountain conditions.
You should be comfortable walking in the mountains and on varied terrain. Easy climbing.
If you have already done a glacier trek, it is better, but not compulsory, if you have a good physical and mental condition.
Learning the techniques of progression in the high mountains, for fairly easy routes and easy rescue techniques.

Example of level: an easy 4000, such as Gran Paradiso (4061 mt) - Gran Paradiso National Park

Physical lev. : 4 / 5

Physical lev. : 4 / 5

Effort corresponding to approximately 1200 - 1700m of ascent per day.
You like and practice endurance sports at a good level.

  • 2 days & 1 Nights
  • Participants : 4
  • From mid July to mid September
  • All inclusive

We will do a beautiful and funnly Via Ferrata in the Rhêmes Notre Dames valley in the morning to familiarise you with ropes and heights, then we will discover the Valsavarenche valley and hike to the Chabod hut. On the last day we will climb to the summit of Gran Paradiso at 4061m.

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The highlights
of this mountaineering trip

. A via ferrata and 4000 mt summit in two days!
. Perfect programme for beginners in mountaineering
. Climbing in small groups, max 4 people
. Discovery of the Gran Paradiso Park
. Magnificent panorama with many 4000
. Italian welcome in a high altitude hut: the cuisine will not disappoint you

Dates & Prices



Price *



Du 25/05/2024 au 26/05/2024

au 26/05/2024


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Du 01/06/2024 au 02/06/2024

au 02/06/2024


Confirmed with you!

Du 08/06/2024 au 09/06/2024

au 09/06/2024


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Du 12/06/2024 au 13/06/2024

au 13/06/2024



Du 15/06/2024 au 16/06/2024

au 16/06/2024


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Du 22/06/2024 au 23/06/2024

au 23/06/2024


Confirmed with you!

Du 26/06/2024 au 27/06/2024

au 27/06/2024


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Du 29/06/2024 au 30/06/2024

au 30/06/2024




Du 02/07/2024 au 03/07/2024

au 03/07/2024


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Du 06/07/2024 au 07/07/2024

au 07/07/2024



Du 10/07/2024 au 11/07/2024

au 11/07/2024


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Du 13/07/2024 au 14/07/2024

au 14/07/2024



Du 20/07/2024 au 21/07/2024

au 21/07/2024


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Du 24/07/2024 au 25/07/2024

au 25/07/2024


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Du 27/07/2024 au 28/07/2024

au 28/07/2024


Confirmed with you!


Du 03/08/2024 au 04/08/2024

au 04/08/2024


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Du 07/08/2024 au 08/08/2024

au 08/08/2024


Bookings in progress

Du 10/08/2024 au 11/08/2024

au 11/08/2024



Du 17/08/2024 au 18/08/2024

au 18/08/2024


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Du 21/08/2024 au 22/08/2024

au 22/08/2024


Bookings in progress

Du 24/08/2024 au 25/08/2024

au 25/08/2024


Confirmed in 2 signup/s


Du 31/08/2024 au 01/09/2024

au 01/09/2024


Bookings in progress

Du 07/09/2024 au 08/09/2024

au 08/09/2024


Confirmed in 2 signup/s

Du 14/09/2024 au 15/09/2024

au 15/09/2024


Bookings in progress

Du 21/09/2024 au 22/09/2024

au 22/09/2024


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* Price per person (without insurance)

PRICES for the mountaineering course

  • 510 € by person, if 4 people in the group;
  • 550 € by person, if 3 people in the group;
  • 740 € by person, if 2 perons in the group;
  • 1250 € if one person in the group.

The ascent for the dates above is guaranteed from 4 participants at the rate of 510 euros.

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


Contact us via this link if you wish to organise the climb on a different date than the ones on the schedule!

The trip

Mountaineering Course for beginners, in Italy on easy summits!

These two days are perfect for discovering the high altitude world and for learning rope and climbing techniques before the ascent of the Gran Paradiso at 4061 metres.

The via ferrata will have introduced you to rope handling and to this mountain ambiance.

Two days at the heart of the Gran Paradiso National Park, to enjoy its wild nature and improve little by little on an accessible route.

Esprit Montagne also offers a beginner's mountaineering course in the Vanoise National Park (France): an easier mountaineering course if you want to start more gently, without exceeding the 4000 metre bar.

The Program

Programme of the beginner mountaineering course to Gran Paradiso:


Reminder : do not take the motorway at the exit of the Mont Blanc Tunnel otherwise you will lose 20 minutes and 20 euros.

Meeting with the Guide and the rest of the group at 9.00 am in the Val de Rhêmes, opposite the Hôtel Granta Parey, to start the day on a lovely Via Ferrata.

You will meet your mountain guide, who will give you the equipment for the via ferrata.
We will rent crampons and ice axe at the Chabod hut, which allows us to have a lighter backpack for those who do not have one.


We discover the superb valley of Rhêmes and climb its Via Ferrata above the old village, we climb a superb cliff surrounded by larches with a magnificent panorama. You will learn how to use ropes and how to move on a Via Ferrata which will allow you to be at ease on the summit of Gran Paradisio the next day as the summit is accessible by a Via Ferrata at 4000 meters.

We eat at the summit and then quickly return to the cars to go to the Valsavarenche at the start of the path from the Chabod refuge.

The ascent is done on foot on a beautiful path in about two hours which allows us to arrive early enough at the refuge to get the crampons and ice axes, with your guide you will learn how to adjust your crampons so that the equipment is ready the next day.

We'll go to bed early tomorrow, your guide will give you the time according to the weather and the shape of the group.

Difference in altitude : + 1250 meters and - 350 meters
Length : 4 hours for the Via Ferrata and 2 hours 30 minutes for the ascent to the refuge.


Difference in altitude: + 1400 m and - 2000m
LEGTH: about 8 hours

We leave at night to climb the Glacier de Laveciau before arriving on the shoulder of the Grand Paradis where we find the normal route to access the Grand Paradis.

The route by the Chabod hut is more varied with a superb glacier which is bigger than the one on the Victor Emmanuel 2 side with beautiful passages between crevasses.

The North Face of Grand Paradis with its needles is quite impressive.

We go back down by the same route to find our stuff at the hut which allows us to go up lightly, we enjoy a good plate of pasta at the hut, then we go down to the car park with a light bag as we leave the crampons and ice axe at the hut for those who have rented them!

It's the end of the course and everyone goes back to their own way! You can go down to Aosta or Courmayeur to enjoy the Dolce Vita!

End of the tour: at the refuge Chabod, descent from the refuge on your own.

You can then descend to Aosta or Courmayeur to enjoy the Dolce Vita, before returning to Bourg Saint Maurice, Chamonix, Geneva...

OPTIONAL: if you wish, you can spend an extra night at the Refuge Chabod to lighten up the day, then descend the next morning and set off again rested (extra night to be arranged and booked in advance).



  • Mountaineering Goretex shoes suitable to crampons
  • Crampons
  • Walking poles
  • Iceaxe
  • Helmet

HOW TO DRESS for climbing at altitude

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:

  • sleeping sheet for the hut
  • warm winter hat
  • buff/head-neckband
  • warm winter gloves
  • headlamp
  • suncream (protection factor 50+)
  • sunglasses
  • phone

If you have any doubts or simply need clarification on what gear to take for your climb, you can take a look at our Blog page "What gear for mountaineering?"

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

IMPORTANT: if a person is not properly equipped and dressed, the mountain guide may decide not to allow him/her to take part in the climb. We ask you to read carefully the equipment list provided in the programme PDF and to call us if you have any doubts.


Level needed for the climb of Gran Paradiso

You must be comfortable walking in the mountains. Easy climbing.

If you've already done a glacier trek, that's fine, but it's not compulsory, as long as you're in good physical shape and mentally fit!

This is technically easy mountaineering, but the course is still aimed at sporty, well-trained people: effort corresponding to around 1200 - 1700m of elevation gain per day.

You must enjoy endurance sports and be at a good level.

For more details: take a look at the Esprit Montagne level scale!

Useful infos

Useful information for the mountaineering programme :

Meeting point on DAY 1

Meeting with the Mountain Guide in front of the Hôtel Granta Parey in the Val di Rhêmes at 9:00 a.m.
You will meet your guide, who will explain how to pack your backpack and will check the technical equipment for the two days.
If you wish, we can arrange a taxi for you from the airport: please ask for information when booking.

End of the mountaineering trip 

End of the tour: at Refuge Chabod, descent from the refuge on your own.

OPTIONAL: if you wish, you can spend an extra night at the Refuge Chabod to lighten the day's effort. The following morning, you can head back down to the mountain well rested.


Cancellation and repatriation insurance is mandatory, as is mountain search and rescue insurance (minimum cover of 10,000 Euros).

Esprit Montagne offers the following insurance:


The week before your departure, you will receive a reminder by email with all the information concerning the meeting and the guide in charge of your group.

Esprit Montagne / Esprit des Guides SA takes care of the hut reservation, you do not need to think about it.


Once you have booked your place online, we will confirm the hut booking for you (places for online dates have been pre-booked in advance).


Goretex mountaineering boots of very good quality, cramponable (type Scarpa Triolet GTX, possible to rent at Sport Du Pilier in Morgex, at Gal Sport in Aosta or at Ravanel or Snell in Chamonix and at Intersport in Bourg Saint Maurice)
crampons, ice axe and harness (can be hired at the Refuge Chabod, book in advance directly with the refuge)


Night in a refuge, in a room or dormitory depending on availability.
Remember to bring a sheet (meat bag).
The refuge provides duvets.


  • Picnic lunch on day 1 is not included in the price
  • Dinner, breakfast and meal on day 2 at the refuge, you can taste the famous Italian pasta or other local specialities
  • Remember to bring some groceries according to your tastes before departure (cereal bars, dried fruits, chocolate, etc...)


You can park in the car park in the village of Arvier


French speaking UIAGM mountain guide from our team.

Budget and currency

France and Italy are in the Euro zone, so the currency is the Euro (€).
Also, the refuge has an electronic payment terminal (TPE) but we advise you to bring cash anyway.


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). IMPORTANT: when you exit the Mont Blanc tunnel, do not take the highway in direction of Aosta, but do stay on the normal road (blue signs) that goes to Courmayeur, you will avoid a 20 min additional drive and 20 € of highway;
  • 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.
  • By train:

Public transport in Aosta Valley

Your budget for the mountaineering course


. The guiding of the UIAGM mountain guide of our team, plus his/her accommodation and meal expenses ;

. The equipment of the collective material (ropes, carabiners, etc...) ;

. The harness, lanyards and helmet for the via ferrata on Day 1 and 2

. Half-board accommodation at the Chabod hut, as described in the programme details ;

. The meal at the Chabod refuge after the ascent of the Grand Paradis on DAY 2 (1 dish + 1 dessert)


. Personal technical equipment: crampons, ice axe and harness ;

. Lunch on Day 1 so that you can eat what you want;

. Drinks and personal expenses...

. Mountaineering boots.

. Travel by car but possibility of carpooling from Arvier;

. Everything that is not mentioned in "the price includes".

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