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Combine hiking with ice climbing and scrambling to make your way up to the summit of this iconic Italian peak. Stay in a classic mountain hut en route and enjoy stunning views as well as options to see native wildlife too.
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Rising to 4.061 meters in elevation, Gran Paradiso is the tallest mountain solely located within Italy. It also happens to be an easy peak to climb, making it an attractive destination for first-time and novice mountaineers.
The ascent is generally made in two to three days, depending on how well you acclimatize. The first day is the approach and involved hiking to the mountain htu at which you will stay over boulder strewn fields.
You will then either spend the night in the Rifugio Chaboud or Rifugio Vittorio Emanuele II, both of which offer authentic mountain hut ambience and fantastic views.
Summit day is the highlight of the trip and requires some glacier travel with ice axe and crampons as well as a bit of mixed ice and rock scrambling to get to the top.
During the summer months, the weather for climbing Gran Paradiso is ideal. Average temperatures on the mountain hover between 8ºC to 12ºC. Weather on the mountain can be fairly unpredictable, but the summer months tend to be the driest.
Any trip to Gran Paradiso generally begins with a flight into either Geneva International Airport (GVA) or Turin’s international airport (TRN). From here, Port Valsavarenche is only a few hours drive away. Many guides also will opt to meet you in either Turin or Chamonix.
June to September
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