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Gran Paradiso Massif

Mountaineering from Ruitor to Gran Paradiso

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

Physical lev. : 4 / 5

For trained sporty people, you master the sport activity of the trip you buy! Effort corresponding to approximately 1200 - 1700m of elevation gain in trekking.

  • 4 days & 3 Nights
  • Participants : 3 to 5
  • From mid July to mid September
  • All inclusive

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.

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The highlights
of this mountaineering trip

. 2 summits at 3500 and 4000 metres in two days
. Perfect programme for beginners in mountaineering
. Climbing in small groups, max 5 people.
. Discovery of the Gran Paradiso Park
. View of the most beautiful 4000m peaks of the Alps,
. Italian style welcome in a high altitude refuge: the cuisine will not disappoint you

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!


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

Meeting with your mountain guide at 8:00 o' clock in the morning in the village of Valgrisenche, in front of the main coffee bar.

You will leave from Valgrisenche to discover its beautiful the Via Ferrata, you will climb into this large cliff that 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.
Once back to the Chabod hut, we enjoy a good plate of pasta before heading back down to the car parking!

You can sleep in the Aosta Valley to rest or return to Chamonix or Bourg Saint Maurice, depending on the organisation of your trip.

Our mountaineering course ends in Valsavarenche, we hope to see you next time for a new mountain adventure! t



Price *


Du 11/07/2022 au 14/07/2022

au 14/07/2022



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

au 28/07/2022


Bookings in progress

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

au 11/08/2022


Bookings in progress

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

au 18/08/2022



* Price per person (without insurance)

Above are some dates we propose, but do not hesitate to contact us at if you wish to organise the mountaineering course on different dates.

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

If the number of participants is not reached 12 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).

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

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.




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 and briefing:

Meeting and briefing with your mountain guide at 8:00 o' clock in the morning in the village of Valgrisenche, in front of the main coffee bar.
You will meet your guide, who will check your backpack and will have a look at the technical equipment for the week.

If you wish, we can arrange a taxi from the airport for you: please ask for information when you book.

End of the mountaineering trip:

On the last day at about 16:00 pm, at the car parking in the Valsavarenche valley, where you have left your car.

Your 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;

. Night in ** Hotel in Valgrisenche on Day 2 (night and Breakfast).


. 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".

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