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1-week Gran Paradiso guided trek

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Enjoy a week of trekking in Italy and reach the summit of Gran Paradiso by joining this program along with IFMGA certified guide Paolo.

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7 Days

Jun, Jul, Aug




I invite you to spend a week exploring the Gran Paradiso National Park on this spectacular trekking program.

This beautiful park is situated in the Aosta Valley and Piamonte regions of Italy. It is one of the most popular parks in the country and it is the home of the Gran Paradiso Massif. This massif belongs to the Graian Alps and its highest peak reaches 4,061 meters above sea level.

During these 7 days, we’ll  enjoy trekking through this beautiful area and visit some of its huts. We’ll contemplate the incredible landscapes of the Alps and get to see part of the local fauna, such as ibex, marmots, hares and the golden eagle. Finally, on the last day of the program, we’ll face a challenging ascent to the top of Gran Paradiso. At the bottom of the page, you can find a detailed itinerary of each day’s activities.

Although technical abilities are not mandatory for this program, it is important to have a good training and some experience in the use of crampons. Of course, I will be there to help and guide you on the way. 

Are you ready for a great trekking experience in the Aosta Valley? Then send the request now and start planning this adventure to Gran Paradiso.

I also offer a mountaineering program in Chamonix. Check it out!

Price includes

- Guiding fee

Price details

Not included: accommodation and transportation.


Day 1: Valsavarenche - città di Chivasso

First, we’ll go to Valsavarenche (1,960 meters) and begin our trek to Nivolet Pass (2,641 meters). Finally, in the evening we will have dinner and stay overnight in città di Chivasso refuge.

Trekking: 2-2.30 hours.

Elevation gain: 650 meters.

Day 2: Noaschetta Refuge

On this day, we’ll go to Colle della Terra (2,911 meters) and Colle della Porta (3,002 meters). Afterwards, we’ll descend to Alpe Foges (2,214 meters) and go to casa di caccia del Gran Piano (2,222 meters). Finally, we’ll descend to Noaschetta Refuge (1,520 meters), where we’ll spend the night.

Trekking: 7-8 hours.

Elevation gain: 1,850 meters.

Day 3: Pontese Refuge

On day 3, we’ll ascend to Colle dei Becchi (2,990 meters) and go to Pontese Refuge.

Trekking: 6-7 hours.

Elevation gain: 1,470 meters.

Day 4: Cogne

From Pontese, we’ll trek to Colle di Teleccio (3,304 meters). Then, we’ll start the descent to Cogne (1,554 meters). Accommodation in a hotel in Cogne.

Trekking: 8-9 hours.

Elevation gain: 1,100 meters.

Day 5: Vittorio Sella

This will be a quiet day. We’ll go to Valnontey and then to Vittorio Sella Refuge (2,584 meters), where we’ll spend the night.

Trekking: 4 hours.

Elevation gain: 1,050 meters.

Day 6: Chabod Refuge

On this day, we’ll go through Col du Loson and Punta Money to Chabod Refuge (2,750 meters).

Trekking: 7-8 hours.

Elevation gain: 2,100 meters.

Day 7: Gran Paradiso

The last day of the program will be the day of the ascent to Gran Paradiso. Early in the morning, we’ll start the trekking from the hut to the summit. Then, we’ll descend through Vittorio Emanuele Refuge and reach Pont Valsavarenche, where we’ll enjoy a snack.

Trekking: 8-9 hours.

Elevation gain: 2,100 meters.




città di Chivasso Noaschetta Refuge hotel in Cogne Vittorio Sella Refuge Chabod Refuge

About the guide

Strange to say, I began my climbing career after I left behind my valley and my own mountains.

When I finished high school I moved to Turin, in order to get a mechanical engineer degree.
There I started to climb on a little indoor wall at the University Sport Centre and, very soon, I found myself dreaming on the greatest alps walls. I lived adventures made of fun, fatigue and satisfaction, I shared them with many friends who became climbing partners as well.

In Turin I got my degree and I worked for some years as a mechanical engineer consultant but, more than that, I discovered a new way to live and look at the mountains: sometimes they became playgrounds with attractions for everyone, sometimes a shelter, where to find myself again.

Meanwhile, an idea started to grow inside me and became a dream; a dream I would never give up: working in an office as big as the alps!

Making the long story short, I applied for the mountain guide training, had a huge professional development and became a UIAGM mountain guide.

Now I’m working full-time as a mountain guide, sharing my passion with a lot of different people on the Alps, since I'm based in the Monte Rosa area, but also around the world.


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What people are saying about Paolo Zanoli

elyasaf neustadter


August, 2023

Paolo is an amazing guide, very nice and very professional. I would like to go on more trips with him, and I recommend others do too!

Vincent Raffard


August, 2023

Honnêtement une expérience vraiment magnifique avec un guide, Paolo, très compétant et très agréable. Malgré le vent fort lors de notre ascension nous en garderons que des bons souvenirs ! Hate de la prochaine !

Urszula Starakiewicz-Krawczyk


August, 2023

We really appreciate explore-share service. The team helped us to find a guide when the one we approached wasn’t available, payment was easy and conditions clear. We’ll use the service again planning the next adventure. We actually climbed with Pietro Garanzini as Paolo’s plans changed due to the weather conditions in previous days. Pietro is very experienced guide who perfectly knew the road, even though we started climbing at night and it was very foggy. I would appreciate some more stops on the way though, as it was my first time above 4km and I didn’t feel well. Next time I’ll prepare better for the altitude.

Nicholas and Digby


January, 2022

I just wanted to thank you very much for all the help in the difficult snow conditions.  The primary aim of teaching Digby and reminding me of avalanche protocols and about skinning have been fully achieved.  You made it all fund, clear and precise. Too bad we had poor conditions, but we still found some reasonable snow and mashed an awesome couloir, so we did really well considering. So thank you very much and only sorry that we could not make full use of you for the full five days.

Steven Jeanty


August, 2021

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Frans Blommestein


July, 2021

Our Guide Massimo was very professional. We were heading to the Margharita hut at 4,559 meters but unfortunately one of us got mountain sickness at 4,100 at Piramide Vincent. Furthermore the weather was getting worse...lots of wind and snow starting. Our guide was very firm and 'advised' to go back to the Mantova hut. We were extremely lucky because a few hours later the storm was very bad and as people may have heart, 2 Italian ladies died at Primade Vincent from the cold . So Massimo thanks for your perseverance!



August, 2020

We had an amazing climbing experience which was primarily duw to the excellent and experienced guide (Marco and Paolo). High calibre individuals wgo really care about the group’s well being and pushing the tea. To their limits in a good way. The only comment we have is the primitive toilet facilities and lack of water to wash up at Margerita hutte.

Eilish McConville


July, 2019

Marco helped arrange for our group to have 2 amazing guides: Paolo and Pietro. We were a large group of 11 people with no glacier crossing experience as well as variable fitness and comfort levels. Our guides brought all the necessary equipment and made sure that safely was a priority. They helped give extra support to those in the group that needed assistance. There is a brand new route to the Monte Rosa Hutte (open since mid-June 2019). Our guides hadn't taken the new route yet and took us on the old route on the way up to the hut. After having a day to gauge the group ability, and gathering more information about the new route at the hut, we did the new route on the way back to Zermatt. Everyone in the group had a great time.

Arielle Falcone


March, 2018

Our guide was Pietro and not marco like we initially thought. Pietro was awesome, it is all about his clients and most importantly safety. We did two runs and it was an incredible experience. Guide is a must to explore the hidden spots because Monterosa ski is massive.

James Miller


February, 2018

PAOLO was an amazing guide. This trip was the “craziest” experience of our groups lives. We saw incredible terrain, had great snow, and challenged ourselves. Highly recommend

Lorne Brown


February, 2018

We had a fablupus day. We were initially booked with Marco but due to the weather we went later in the week and Marco wasn't available. We had another guide called Paolo Tombini and he was very good, very professional and good company.


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