Ascent to Gran Paradiso (4.061 m.)
National Park of Gran Paradiso
Situated between the Aosta Valley and Piemonte, the Gran Paradiso is the highest alpine peak completely inside the Italian border, within the first Italian National Park.
Along with Monte Bianco, Monte Rosa and Cervino/Matterhorn, the Gran Paradiso is one of the four Giants in Aosta Valley: surrounded by the three beautiful peaks of Tresenta, Ciarforon and Becca of Montciair is one of the most sought after destinations in Valsavarenche.
The National Park, famous in Europe due to its high number of resident Stambecchi (Ibex) and immense area allowing the study of wildlife, Flora and Fauna alike.
There are many special inhabitants in the Park and it is quite easy to meet some along the trail: the ibex is very confident and it is not difficult to see it pasturing; there are also chamois, marmots, royal eagles, and lastly the gipeto and lynx, recent acquisitions of the Park thanks to an international project of reintegration into the Alps.
Among the many species of flora in the Park is the Linnea Borealis, which took its origin in the Antartic region, and the Aethionema Thomasianum.
There is no need to be experienced botanist or wildlife specialists to discover the beauty of these places and its inhabitants: the approaching hike along the mule tracks, ancient hunting routes and communication channels between the side valleys, will lead you to the Chabod hut, at the foot of Gran Paradiso glacier, where your adventure to reach the summit will begin!
Program - Itinerary
• Day 1: the group will meet the guide at the hut Rifugio Chabod for dinner. Briefing on the next days’ ascent, equipment check and a pleasant relaxing evening in the refuge.
• Day 2: departure from the Refuge between 4 – 5 am to begin the ascent to the peak of Gran Paradiso at 4061mt. The first hour is along a barely visible footpath, then the first easy steps on a snow covered glacier up to around 3800mt, at which point the conditions change to a mixture of easy rock and snow passages up to the peak itself. The ascent takes between 4 – 6 hours.At the summit is the awarding breathtaking panorama, unique due to it’s central high position.The descent can be made either back down to the same refuge or towards the other side, this takes between 2 - 3 hours.Then after a break at the refuge the descent is completed down to the valley floor.
Price of the ascent
• 1 person: 450,00 €;
• 2 people: 240,00 € per person;
• 3 people: 170,00 € per person;
• 4 people: 140,00 € per person.
The price includes
• the assistance of an experienced mountain guide of our Team;
• use of equipment for the group (ropes, pitons, karabiners).
Not included in the price
• board and lodging at the hut;
• the technical equipment rental, in case of need (ice axe, harness and crampons – The Rifugio Chabod rents technical equipment for about 15/20 euro per day);
Halfboard at the hut: half board about 42/46 Euro per person.
• Hiking Goretex shoes suitable to crampons
• walking poles
Clothes and more
First layer on the skin:
• (merino wool) thermal/breathable long sleeve
• (merino wool) long thermal/breathable underwear
• woolen warm socks
• warm technical sweater
• waterproof & windproof hiking pants
• thin but warm duvet (to wear just in case of cold temperatures)
• waterproof & windproof Goretex jacket
• warm winter hat
• warm winter gloves
• suncream (protection factor 50+)
N.B. Consider a change for when you are back to the hut (you can leave some stuff at the hut).
• Difficulty and leve required – Gran Paradiso
Gran Paradiso is one of the easiest 4000 peak of the Aosta Valley and it is the one that best suits people who want to approach the mountaineering world.
The ascent does not present special technical difficulties, but it is mandatory to use harness and crampons: it is necessary to have good physical training and good resistance to walk for long hours as the second day counts a total of 6 to 8 hours walk, depending on the training and speed of the group.
• Group size:
Maximum of 4 people per Mountain Guide.
- Spring season: from early March to late April - ski mountaineering.
- Summer season: from early June to mid-September.
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.
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).