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Climb to the Gran Paradiso Summit

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Climb Gran Paradiso, one of the most famous mountains in the Alps, and experience the unique wilderness of this gorgeous peak with the help of a certified local guide.



2 Days

Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct




  • Climb a beautiful 4000m peak in the Alps, without the help of a lift.
  • Take your mountain climbing experience to the next level.
  • Enjoy a 2-day climb that includes a forest, a glacier and a via ferrata!


Standing at an altitude of 4,061 m (13,323 ft), Gran Paradiso, between the Aosta Valley and Piedmont, is one of the most famous 4000m peaks in the Alps. On this 2-day ascent, I will show you to its beautiful summit.

Gran Paradiso boasts an uncontaminated and wild environment due to the absence of a lift or cablecar. However, it requires strength and stamina to make it to the top. To climb Gran Paradiso, there are two different starting points: the Chabod refuge, and the Vittorio Emanuele II refuge. We will take the route from the Chabod hut.

On our way to the Gran Paradiso summit, we will go through a beautiful forest path, climb up a magnificent glacier, and finally enjoy a unique via ferrata experience. You will love the wild environment and gorgeous views.

Keep in mind that this is not a highly technical ascent. However, you will need a good fitness level and to be able to deal with altitudes. If you would like to try your hand at an easier 4000m peak, then join me to the top of Breithorn!

Price includes

- Guiding fee

Price details

Price does not include Guide and clients expenses (halfboard in the hut, meals).


Day 1: Chabod hut

From the parking, we follow a nice path in the woods before traversing through old moraines until er we reach Chabod refuge. 2,30h

Day 2: Summit Day

From the hut, we will walk through a stony path to the entrance to the Lavacieu glacier. We will follow it passing through huge crevasses until we reach the “Schiena d’Asino” pass and then finally the summit for a short via ferrata.

4h Descent for the same itinerary.




mountain hut

Meeting point

Parking of chabod hut (pont savarenche)

Equipment you will need to bring


Ice axe





Watter bottle

About the guide

Raised in the Piedmont mountains, in parallel to the degree in physical education, I conclude the path to become an Alpine Guide, an activity that I start full time and 360 degrees around the Alps.
My favorite activities are ski mountaineering, high mountain and rock climbing.


Italian | French | English



What people are saying about Giovanni Stecca

Fabio Cirandi


September, 2021

Breithorn occidentale , a perfect day whit the Alpin guide Giovanni. The guide was very professional but at the same time friendly. The experience was perfect đź‘Ť.



September, 2018

Let me start by saying that we had an amazing trip to Gran Paradiso and one that Jasper and I both look back on with a great feeling. We initially set out to go climbing a mountain and aim for two things: 1) climb a 4000+ mountain and 2) gain experience with mountaineering in the first place. We found the Gran Paradiso as it was advertised to be a good mountain for beginners and one that’s not overly touristy. Normally, one would take 2 days for climbing Gran Paradiso but since we had an extra day to spare we thought it’d be nice to make it a 3 day trip and climb another, but smaller, peak after Gran Paradiso. Unfortunately, once we got up to Chabot on the first day (Thursday) we realized we had to change our plans as the weather forecast for Friday wasn’t that promising and our guide, Giovanni, recommended taking it easy on Friday, traverse to Vittorio Emanuele II and summit Gran Paradiso on Saturday. Rule number one is trust your guide, and so we chose his plan. Now, nothing can be as unpredictable as the weather in the mountains as Friday (especially the morning) turned out to be a great day weather wise! Alas! Though good for traversing to the other hut. After a short, 2 hour, hike we got to Vittorio Emanuele to chill out for a bit, after which we tried on our crampons for the first time. No problem at all walking with these on! We spent the rest of the afternoon drinking espresso, eating pasta and drinking a Moretti before heading of to bed. Well rested on Saturday morning, we headed out to summit Gran Paradiso just before 5am. With stars aplenty, the first two hours, though steep and rocky, were amazing and we walked up in a big group of people. Soon however, we split up from the rest as Giovanni had decided that the Via Ferrata would be a better / nicer way to go up than over the glacier. Never having climbed a Via Ferrata before this was a big bonus and we thoroughly enjoyed hanging on some irons watching down on the valley beneath us! I guess it took about on hour before we got off the Via Ferrata and after putting on our crampons we started getting closer to the summit. Finding your rhythm, as if meditating, we soon reached the last part where we dropped our bags and poles as it turned out that we needed all fours to reach the Madonnina! With little room at the top and colds wind making our hands numb we were encouraged to not linger too long on the top. Initially in reverse, Giovanni at the end of the rope, we made our way down rather quickly. In stead of going back to Vittorio Emanuele II we now went back to Chabot which meant we had to cross a large glacier, and cross breathtaking, but somewhat dangerous, crevasses. Fortunately, Giovanni proofed to be a great guide and averted those parts that were considered more dangerous and we never felt unsafe at all. And then you get back to Chabot hut and you realize how good it is to be climbing mountains in Italy, when after 7 hours of non-stop hiking, you are well taken care of by the hut’s chef with overly delicious pasta and the obligatory cup of espresso! So, long short short, a wonderful 3 day hike in Valle d’Aosta, a great guide that learned us a lot and kept us safe, and delicious Italian food to top it off. Next year, Monte Rosa?



July, 2018

Everything was perfect. Giovanni is a fantastic guide who took care of me. Moreover, the weather was fine. Great souvenir ! Thanks a lot !



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