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Grand Paradiso Hiking Tour

Technical lev. : 3 / 5

Technical lev. : 3 / 5

The hike has dizzying, physical and technical passages, the path is sometimes equipped with cables and ladders to allow progress.
You must master the activity, you are autonomous in the mountain in the easy passages, the guide will help you in the difficult passages.
You will learn about the weather and how to use a mountain rope to help you progress.
Maximum 10 clients per guide.

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.

  • 5 days & 4 nights
  • Participants : min 4 max 10
  • From 9 to 13.07.22 - From 16 to 20.07.22 - From 23 to 27.07.22
  • All inclusive in Mountain Hut

Discover the Gran Paradiso National Park in Italy, a trekking trip that will not disappoint you.
A great adventure trip to discover some wild hiking itineraries!

From 690

The highlights of the
hiking trip

. Small groups, maximum 10 people;
. Stunning panoramas guaranteed and a wild itinerary;
. Hiking at the feet of the Gran Paradiso 4061mt !
. Discovery of the Gran Paradiso National Park, one of the oldest in Europe;
. Italian style welcome in mountain huts well known for their cuisine and warm atmosphere.

Trekking in the Gran Paradiso National Park:

This trekking holiday will allow you to discover the glacial world and carrying out an itinerant hiking trip, the Valle d'Aosta is one of the most beautiful outdoor destinations in the Alps. The trip takes place in the Gran Paradiso National Park, which was the first reserve created in Europe by King Victor Emmanuel. The Gran Paradiso tour is one of the most beautiful hiking tours in Italy, just a few hours from Chamonix, France. The Gran Paradiso climb is one of the easiest 4000m summits in the Alps and the weather is often good! It is the largest reserve in Europe with the Vanoise National Park.

Discover the Gran Paradiso massif in Italy:

The Gran Paradiso massif is in the Val d'Aosta, it is an autonomous region in Italy, the locals speak French fluently with a charming little accent, it's handy to communicate with people. Valle d'Aosta is surrounded by 4000 summits such as Mont Blanc, Matterhorn, Grand Combin, Monte Rosa and Gran Paradiso. The Gran Paradiso massif extends into the Val de Rhêmes, the Cogne valley and several valleys in the Piedmont.

Gran Paradiso hiking Tour and climbing programme


Vertical drop: + 1000 m and - 450 m; about 10 km
Walking time: 5 to 6 hours
Night in mountain hut

Meeting point : 9.00 am in front of the Chamonix train station. Your guide will be there to welcome you and give you a short briefing.
Departure by minibus from Chamonix station to the starting point of the trek in the village of Pont, in the Valsavarenche valley. We arrive in Valsavarenche after a two hours drive. We are at the feet of Gran Paradiso (4061 meters).
The trek starts with the ascent of the Gran Collet, we walk in front of the Gran Paradiso glaciers, the peaks of Tresenta and Ciarforon are stunning in front of us. At the top of the pass we may have the chance to see ibexes. The walk up is quite fast, the path is quite steep with a few small technical passages. We will eat at the pass to enjoy the view. The descent is then quite fast to the Nivolet plateau, we walk along a small river before arriving at the Nivolet lake and the refuge.


Vertical drop: + 1000 m and - 1400 m; about 16 km
Walking time: 7 to 8 hours approx.
Night in a refuge

We leave the refuge in the early morning to reach the magnificent Rosset and Leyta lakes. We take a small path with some technical passages to reach the Leynir pass. The view on the Gran Paradiso is magnificent! In the beginning of the season, we may have to walk down on a snowfield, while further on in summer we will cross the Rosset pass to reach the Rhêmes Notre Dames valley. The trails are very wild with some off-path sections, perfect to get you going before the Gran Paradiso climb. We will sleep in a beautiful little mountain village, in a newly renovated refuge.


Vertical drop: + 900 m and - 1350 m; about 13 km
Walking time: about 7 hours
Night in a refuge

We leave the refuge to climb to the Entrelor pass at 3007 metres. The valley to reach the pass is very wild. The descent takes us past lakes, and with a little sunshine we may be able to take a swim.
The descent brings us back to the Valsavarenche valley, we will sleep at the bottom of the valley in a cosy guesthouse.


Vertical drop: + 1050 m and 9 km approx.
Walking time: about 7 hours
Night in a refuge

We set off for a short day trip to the Chabod hut, tomorrow is the Grand Paradis climb!
A short walk at the bottom of the valley leads us to the start of the path to the Chabod refuge. We climb through a superb melèzerai before finding the alpine pastures at the foot of the Grand Paradis. In the afternoon we can continue to the foot of the glacier to get a closer look at the north face of Grand Paradis.
Once back in the late afternoon, we will enjoy the comfort of the Chabod hut and its good Italian and Aosta Valley dishes.
This is our last evening in the refuge, we will enjoy the sunset and the starry night...


Vertical drop : + 200 m and - 950 m and about 8 km
Walking time: 3 to 4 hours approx.

After a good breakfast in the mountains, we take a balcony path to return to our starting point. The traverse towards the Emanuele hut is very nice, before heading back down to Pont where our minibus is. We continue on to Chamonix, stopping in Courmayeur to visit the town and maybe enjoy an Italian ice cream.
We will then head back to Chamonix. We should arrive in Chamonix around 4 pm.
End of our hiking trip, everyone gets off again... see you soon for new travel adventures!

How to prepare your backpack for your Gran Paradiso Tour 

The hiking backpack

If possible take a light backpack with good carrying, the backpack itself should not exceed 1,5 kilos.

Backpack for 5 days:

  • Small size: 45 liters
  • Large size: 50 liters

Your backpack must have 10 to 15 liters of space for the food that you will carry for lunch and sometimes for the day after.

Kilos to carry - it is better to wash than to carry:

  • Small size: 6/7 kilos max, without water and food
  • Large size: 8/9 kilos max, without water and food

Count 2 liters of water and 1 kilo of food for the day.

Covid 19 Special:

  • a pair of light shoes or slippers to walk inside the hut
  • a light sleeping sheet for the refuge 
  • a pillowcase or light inflatable cushion for the refuge
  • hydroalcollic gel and masks

Head to toe material for your hiking trip:

  • one cap or hat for the sun
  • one hat for the cold
  • one buff or neck warmer, optional but very pleasant in bad weather
  • one type Goretex jacket or equivalent for bad weather
  • one pair of gloves, waterproof if possible
  • waterproof extra pair of ski gloves for altitude treks
  • one warm fleece or thick down to withstand freezing temperatures
  • two sweaters: one light and one warmer, if it's cold we will put all layers on
  • three technical t-shirts 
  • three underwear and 3 or 4 warm socks, you can wash them in the streams near the hut (take a solid soap to the washing)
  • one warm pant
  •  a pair of tights
  • one lighter pant, some come off to make shorts
  • one short pant
  • one over-pants in waterproof fabric or Gore tex type for Treks with altitude passes around 3000 meters
  • a light rain cape or waterproof bag protector
  • a waterproof bag to keep your spare clothes dry
  • a plastic or waterproof bag for dirty items
  • a change of clothes for the refuge
  • a pair of good quality mountain shoes with Vibram type sole or equivalent, if possible try them on before starting your hiking trip, beware of old shoes which can deteriorate very quickly in the middle of the mountains.

Do not forget:

  • sunscreen index 30 to 50
  • a pair of category 3 sunglasses
  • one light headlamp
  • cash and your identity papers


  • a light, quick-drying hand towel, hiking type
  • one body soap
  • one toothbrush with small toothpaste or a tube already started
  • one small shampoo (small size - specialty stores sell small bottles that you will keep your whole life as a hiker)
  • a pair of aarplugs to better sleep at night 

Pharmacy & others:

  • your usual or personal treatments
  • a light survival blanket
  • a nail clipper
  • what to make small dressings
  • a few compresses and sticking plaster or better Strappal

Your guide will have a more complete pharmacy in the event of a more serious accident.

A small book or card game (less than 150 grams) ... if you want !

Necessary for meals:

  • a light Opinel type knife
  • a fork and a spoon
  • a nice specialty to share with the rest of the team, liquid or solid

The hiker's enemy is weight, but a frozen or wet hiker is a hiker without pleasure! So take the time to properly prepare your backpack.

Technical level 3/5

The hike has dizzying, physical and technical passages, the path is sometimes equipped with cables and ladders to allow progress.
You must master the activity, you are autonomous in the mountain in the easy passages, the guide will help you in the difficult passages.
You will learn about the weather and how to use a mountain rope to help you progress.
Maximum 10 clients per guide.

Physical Level 4/5

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

Useful information for the organisation of the Gran Paradiso Trek


  • By train, possible access from France or Switzerland  
  • By car via the motorway on the French side, via the Montets pass in Switzerland and via the Mont Blanc Tunnel on the Italian side.


Meeting with the Guide

Your guide will be waiting for you to give you a short briefing and check the weight of your backpacks.



At the Chamonix train station, around 4pm.
Do not plan any transport before 5.30 pm.


You will be welcomed in the charming Italian refuges, well-known for their cuisine and warm atmosphere.
Nights in rooms or dormitories depending on availability.


Here are our advices:


We recommend you to take an insurance for cancellation and repatriation, as well as an insurance for search and rescue in the mountains.

See the insurance contract that Esprit des Guides SA offers.

The Budget for 5 days trekking trip


. Guiding by a qualified UIMLA trekking guide of our team for the trek ;

. Nights in a Refuge on a half-board basis as described in the programme ;

. Picnics from DAY 2 to DAY 5 ;

. Transfer from Chamonix to Valsavarenche on the first day and back to Chamonix on the last day.


. Cancellation/interruption/loss of luggage insurance and emergency assistance ;

. Picnic lunch on DAY 1 ;

. Drinks and personal expenses ;

. Extra nights not included in the programme ;

. Tips ;

. Anything not mentioned in the "Price includes" section.

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