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Climbing Gran Paradiso: Top Outdoor Adventures Awaiting You

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Conquer Italy’s tallest mountain!

At 4,061 m (13,323 ft), Gran Paradiso is a top choice for mountaineers looking to climb a four-thousander. Combine hiking with ice climbing and scrambling to reach the summit of this iconic Italian peak. Stay in a classic mountain hut en route and enjoy stunning views and native wildlife too.

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FAQs: Mountain Climbing in Italy

What should I know about Mountain Climbing Italy?

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 usually takes two to three days, depending on how well you acclimatize. The first day is the approach and involves hiking to the mountain hut. You will then either spend the night in the Rifugio Chaboud or Rifugio Vittorio Emanuele II, where you can enjoy authentic mountain hut ambiance and fantastic views.

Summit day is the highlight of the trip and requires some glacier travel with ice ax and crampons as well as some mixed ice and rock scrambling to get to the summit.

Why should I choose Italy for my Mountain Climbing adventure?

Stunning scenery

Situated in Gran Paradiso National Park, both the approach to and ascent of the mountain are incredibly scenic. Enjoy great views all the way up to the summit of the surrounding forests and valleys. Once you’re at the top, gaze over the glacier you've conquered to get there and get iconic views of Mont Blanc.

Perfect for beginners

Gran Paradiso is consistently ranked as one of the top mountain peaks for novice mountaineers. While a good level of physical fitness is required to reach the top, only a bit of ice climbing and glacier hiking is needed. The skills to do so can all be taught on the mountain, making it the perfect climb for anyone.

Enjoy the journey

While reaching the top are the ultimate goal, the entire trip up Gran Paradiso is part of the experience. Get the chance to see native wildlife, including eagles, ibex and lynx as you hike through the park and up the base of the mountain. Stay in an authentic mountain hut before summit day and take in the ambience. Finally, enjoy a thrilling ascent and descent on summit day.

What can I expect from the weather during my Mountain Climbing trip in Italy?

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.

How can I get to Italy?

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.

Which language is predominantly spoken in the Italy region?

Italian

What's the country code for the Italy region?

+39

What currency is accepted around Italy?

Euro

Best time to climb

June to September

What people are saying about Mountain Climbing | Gran Paradiso

Thomas

5.00

Varesco was a fantastic guide! Very talented and kind. Couldn’t have been happier :)

5.00

Patrick was a great guide! Flawless ascent/descent which we enjoyed very much. Thanks

Thomas

5.00

Proactivity, reactivity, efficiency and great customer services! A great experience

Josephine

5.00

Great trip! Our first ever mountain climb. It was HARD! We are hikers but had never been mountaineering. Ellis took great care of us. We greatly enjoyed our trek up grand Paradiso!!!!

Andre

5.00

We were guided by PeaksHunter in a Gran Paradiso ascent, and it was memorable! We just would like to thank Silvia and Elis for the wonderful trip we've experienced with their guidance. The communication and organization before and during the trip was clear and detailed. We felt completely supported and safe accompanied by Silvia and Elis. Thanks for clarify all our questions and help us very kindly mainly considering our lack of experience in trips like that. At supermarket, the ride to the park, the lunch before we start, during the trail, at meals in the mountain, at all these moments we had great company and support. This was our first ascent in this altitude and Silvia and Elis demonstrated be professionals very experienced and high skilled. We appreciate the way they enjoy the nature in a respectful and safe manner. They were attentive to the minor details regarding our security and also our experience. We are lucky to have had you as our guides. The best photo we took it is not enough to express how good is the feeling to be at this point in the mountains and appreciate pure nature. We saw landscapes completely new for our eyes in a memorable experience. Silvia and Elis, thank you very much. We really appreciate our time in Gran Paradiso and we feel lucky to be guided by you. André and Vânia

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