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Mountaineering in the Alps: from Ruitor to the climb of Gran Paradiso

1250 €

A progression mountaineering week in the Italian Alps, in a beautiful alpine environment at altitude, at the heart of Italy and its gastronomy and of the Gran Paradiso National Park!
This is a perfect week thought for people who would like to quietly discover High Mountaineering and to approach glacier walking and rope handling techniques to finally climb Gran Paradiso (4061) by the end of the week.

Aosta Valley: from Ruitor to the Ascent of Gran Paradiso

This is a beginner mountaineering program to discover Aosta Valley, an alpine region in northern Italy and at the heart of the Alps.
The week begins with a beautiful day on the Via Ferrata of Valgrisenche, to then continue with the climb of the Ruitor, which will have you acclimatize to the altitude before crossing the 4000m bar with the climb to Gran Paradiso. 
A progression mountaineering week in a beautiful Alpine environment at altitude, at the heart of Italy and its gastronomy and of the Gran Paradiso National Park!


Arrival at the Hôtel Paramont in Planaval, Valgrisenche. Evening briefing with the Mountain Guide at 7:00 p.m.

Meeting with you Mountain Guide, who will explain how to pack your backpack and will check your technical equipment for the week.


Elevation: + 1250m
Length: 6 to 7 hours approximately

You will leave from Valgrisenche to discover its beautiful the Via Ferrata, you will climb into this large cliff local Mountain Guides have equipped with cables and bars, the Via Ferrata crosses several great Gneiss walls, the atmosphere is magnificent with a great view in the whole valley all along, the Via Ferrata is 1000 m long but the highest walls make 300 mt. Once on top, you will leave the Via Ferrata to keep walking on the path to reach the Rifugio degli Angeli. The evening should be very pleasant in this cozy hut which has been renovated some years ago.


Elevation: + 600 m and -1900 m
Length: about 7h of activity

You will leave at dawn to reach the summit of Ruitor shortly after sunrise, you will then walk back on the Ruitor glacier facing the whole Mont Blanc Massif. If you are not too tired, you might do some practice with rope handling on the glacier before heading down to the Hotel Paramont, maybe passing by the Col de Chateau Blanc, depending on the conditions.


Elevation: + 900 m
Length: approximately 3 hours for the climb to the refuge

After a good rest at the Hotel, you will leave around 10 am to reach the Valley of Valsavanche, at the heart of the Gran Paradiso National Park. You will walk up to the Chabod Hut (2710 m) at the feet of Gran Paradiso. You will enjoy the atmosphere and a nice dinner at this beautiful refuge, before going to bed early.


Elevation: + 1400 m and - 1400m
Length: 7 to 8 hours of activity

You will leave between 3 and 5 am depending on the temperatures, to start climbing on the Laveciau Glacier. After a couple hours you will reach the Glacier Shoulder, connecting to the normal route from Vittorio Emanuele Hut: the route from the Chabod Hut is more varied with a more beautiful glacier.
You will walk back down on the same route.
Rest in the afternoon and night at the Rifugio Chabod.


Elevation: - 1400 m and + 550 m
Length: around 5 hours of activity

You have an additional day in case of bad weather to make the Summit, otherwise you will climb the nice peak of Grand Neyron (3250m) to beautifully end the week and we descend to Valsavarenche.

YOUR BUDGET FOR 5 Days Mountaineering & 5 Nights 

The price includes:

  • 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;
  • night in ** Hotel in Valgrisenche on Day 0 & Day 2 (night and Breakfast).

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;
  • transfers from Valgrisenche to Valsavarenche., about 40 minutes drive
  • all what is not explicitly mentioned in the "price includes".

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.


  • Hiking 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:

  • 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).


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.

Hotel for the first night and Meeting point with the Mountain Guide at 7:00 p.m. for the Briefing: Hotel Paramont in the valley of Valgrisenche.

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).

Level needed for the climb of Gran Paradiso and Ruitor

This mountaineering tour is aimed at all well-trained hikers and trekkers who are looking for new perspectives. The ascent does not require any technical skills, but a good physical condition (approx. 8 to 10 hours ascent and descent time!) And good acclimatization is a basic requirement.

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