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Gran Paradiso Guided Ascent- All Inclusive

Gran Paradiso
Gran Paradiso 2 Day Guided Ascent
Gran Paradiso
Gran Paradiso

Come and spend 2 days climbing the famous Gran Paradiso peak in the Italian Graian Alps with one of the IFMGA-certified guides in the Peakshunter team.

Alps

2 Days

Jun - Oct

High

Intermediate


Highlights

Climb the only 4000 meters peak entirely within Italy.

Stay in the comfortable Chabod Hut and, of course, taste local food.

Train for other summits, experiencing the necessary fitness and skills required for this kind of challenges.

Description

Scale the majestic Gran Paradiso, Italy's highest peak, in a 2-day climb led by experienced IFMGA guides!

The Gran Paradiso (4,061m) is one of the highest peaks in the Italian Graian Alps and the only mountain over 4000 meters that has the entirety of its summit within Italy. The peak is located in the Gran Paradiso National Park, one of the best-known parks in Italy, founded in 1922 to safeguard the biodiversity of one of the wildest areas in Italy.

While the Gran Paradiso offers stunning vistas from any vantage point, the summit experience is truly unparalleled. Here, you'll not only witness the vastness of the Alps, but also clearly see the iconic Mont Blanc (4,810m) standing tall. This panoramic perspective is a testament to the mountain's grandeur and a reward for your challenging climb.

The Gran Paradiso is considered one of the easiest of the Alps' 4000 meter peaks to climb. However, some mountaineering experience is needed because the final ascent has some rocky terrain and the recent changes in the glacier morphology require very good confidence in using crampons on an iced and very steep itinerary.

On day 1 we will spend 2 to 3 hours walking up to the Chabod Hut (2,710). On day 2 we will make the exciting climb to the summit of this beautiful mountain before making our way back down. The climbing time should take between 8 to 10 hours, including the descent.

The Gran Paradiso is a magnificent mountain. And because of the relative ease that comes with climbing it, its magnificence is readily accessible. Please send us a message if you want to summit this amazing peak!

We also offer a 2 day climb of Mont Velan located on the border between Italy and Switzerland.

Price includes

Price details

We take care of the hut booking (Federico Chabod hut).

We can offer extra services to support you for the planning of accommodations and logistics before and after the trip: these extra fees are not included and have to be paid on the spot.

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

- Hiring of trekking poles - to be paid directly on the spot

- Mountaineering boots (to be rented, paid and collected by customer at rental shops in the area one day before the trip)

- Extra meals, water and beverages/drinks for the clients and the Guide

- Transportation to the starting point

- Transport during the trip

- Luggage transfer and storage during the trip

- Research and rescue insurance with UVGAM coverage (recommended): €5 per person for 3 days

- Personal Insurance- Anything that is not mentioned under "Price Includes"

- Anything that is not mentioned under "Price Includes"


Itinerary

Day 1: Chabod Hut

From the Pravieux Valsavarenche parking lot (1,830 m), we follow the path in the woods that make our way into the valley and lead to the Chabod Hut. During the walk, we enjoy the wildlife of Gran Paradiso National Park.

D +900

Day 2: Gran Paradiso summit

At 3 a.m. we wake up and take the Normal Route from the Chabod Hut (2,710 m), following a moraine ridge up to the Laveciau Glacier (3,200m). At the distinctive “Schiena d’Asino” (Donkey’s Back) we take a short break, then ascend the col of the Becca di Moncorvé and continue towards the bergschrund. A brief but demanding final ridge is all that separates us from the statue-clad summit.

D +1300

 

FAQs

What experience and how fit do I need to be to climb this mountain? Is this program suitable for children or older people?

The Gran Paradiso doesn’t require you to have particular technical mountaineering skills. Of course, some previous knowledge and hiking of the mountains are a must. During the ascent on the glacier, you need to use crampons and an ice axe, be roped in progression with the guide, have confidence with the technical equipment, and have done some practice.

Because of recent conditions on the glacier (due to climate changes of the last 3 years), a good physical level and some previous experience in mountaineering activities are basic skills that are better to have. In particular, it could be useful to have some confidence in progression with crampons on glaciers and some previous hiking ability, even on snow and ice, to be safe on steep and have no fear on the crampons, even on rock passages.

This is why we suggest having a 1-day introduction to mountaineering on a glacier if you are a beginner or have never been on a mountain over 3,500m. See the following link: https://www.explore-share.com/trip/1-day-glacier-travel-on-mont-blanc-beginner-program/

Regarding your fitness, you should consider that Gran Paradiso is a quite demanding adventure, especially on the second day, in which we will walk for 8/9 hours. Therefore, a good workout in the months leading up to the trip is recommended so that you can experience the adventure to the fullest and not get too fatigued.

How far in advance should I start training and what kind of training do you suggest?

In the months leading up to the trip, we recommend consistent training to improve your endurance and your cardiovascular fitness (running, hiking, biking). When you confirm the trip, we will send you specific recommendations about the training.

Will I need to bring any technical equipment of my own? Is it possible to rent equipment, and if so, what would be the approximate cost of that?

The loan of the personal technical equipment is included in the tariff; the guide provides it on the day of departure, after the starting briefing. The gear for rental includes a mountaineering helmet, mountaineering harness, straight-hand ice axe, crampons, and trekking poles (only if you don’t have yours).

In addition, the guide will bring the common safety gear, such as rope, ice screws, daisy chains, and carabiners.

All you need to check and bring is your personal mountaineering clothing, including technical mountaineering boots, waterproof, and rigid soles (please avoid bringing new ones you have never used before the ascent!). After your booking confirmation, we will send a complete and detailed list of recommended equipment and clothing and if you need anything for rent, we will recommend some shops where you can hire the necessary gear. Boots renting is around 20-22€/day, and trekking poles are 8-10€/day.

Will there be porters to help to carry group and personal equipment?

Absolutely no porters are expected for this ascent. Each participant should bring a personal backpack and technical equipment, including a thermos for tea/water and energy bars/dried fruit and energy food for the trip.

How will accommodation and meals be handled on the mountain?

We will take care of the accommodation booking that includes the overnight stay at the Federico Chabod Hut with half-board formula, which includes breakfast and dinner, but not the beverages/drinks or the extra meals.

A packed lunch is provided for the summit day.

Any other extra meals and all the beverages (water, beer, sparkling beverages, etc.) are NOT included and have to be covered by the customers directly on the spot for them and for the guide too.

What happens in the event of bad weather?

Please consider that weather and conditions can change unexpectedly, especially in recent years due to climate change. There are not always the best conditions for a safe ascent. In such cases, because your and our safety is our priority, we will propose an alternative trip to nearby mountains with better conditions. Note that you are booking the guide’s availability for the duration of the tour, which means that it will not be possible to cancel due to poor conditions. We will be careful to arrange an experience that lives up to your expectations. We understand that this may be a frustrating outcome, however, safety is a top priority, and every mountain has a lesson to teach.

Are there any other special requirements such as permits/insurance/vaccines that we need to consider before the tour?

Yes, there are several special requirements that you need to consider for this trip. Here are some of them; please read them carefully before confirming the booking.

  • It is strongly recommended to have rescue and research insurance; if you need one, after your confirmation, we can recommend some solutions suitable for you.
  • There are no specific vaccine requirements for this trip, but it is always a good idea to check with your doctor or a travel clinic to make sure you are up to date on routine vaccinations. Also, there is no longer a need to provide proof of vaccination, recovery from COVID-19, or negative test results.
  • We finally invite all non-EU citizens to inform themselves about specific permits to enter Italy.

What is the guide-to-client ratio to climb this mountain?

The maximum number of clients for each guide is 4 (ratio 1:4). This is the maximum number in order to ensure safety during the trip and it is established by local regulations. We are not going to take more than 4 people for each guide.

If you are a group of more than 4 people, we have more guides available to undertake the adventure. We will be happy to support your group with other professionals on our team!

What is the best time of the year to climb this mountain?

The best time to do this ascent is from the end of May to the end of September. If conditions are good, the ascent could be done even till the end of October, by overnight staying at the winter hut; in this case, you have to plan to bring extra food with you (the winter hut has a wood stove, blankets, and crockery for the cook).

Can I join a group?

Yes, you can choose to book a private tour or decide to join a group to reduce the costs.

We have already confirmed and planned group trips, departing in 2023, on the following dates:

  • September 23rd

Before confirming a group tour, please remember that you will share the ascent with other climbers who could have a different fit and previous experience. The guide will be responsible for the entire team and in any case or reason, it could guarantee the summit if only 1 participant has physical problems or isn’t enough fit to respect the timetable for the ascent and descent. The decision to share a trip with others to reduce the total costs requires accepting to be part of a team, in which adaptation and capacity for mutual support are essential requirements for all participants.

If you evaluate your fitness level and your technical skills as too low or inadequate to the abilities and efforts that this demanding ascent requires, you probably should take the PRIVATE trip, as the best option for you.

How can I reach the meeting point?

The meeting point is at Pravieux village (Valsavarenche Valley - Italy), in the hearth of Gran Paradiso National Park. If you are not familiar with this area, let us give you some more information.

Depending on your country of origin, you can decide to reach Aosta Valley arriving from:

  • Italy; the nearest airports are Turin Caselle or Milan (Malpensa or Orio al Serio). Once you arrive at the airport, you can move to Aosta Valley by train (Trenitalia national services), by bus (Flixbus and Arriva operate coach run every day), by private transfer, or (better choice) by renting a car.
  • France; Geneva Airport (Switzerland) is the closest to Chamonix (around 90km), so it only takes about 2hr to drive; you can move to Aosta Valley by car, by bus, or by private transfer from Chamonix, passing through the Mont Blanc tunnel.
  • Switzerland; Geneva Airport is the closest to Chamonix (around 90km), so it only takes about 1hr 20 mins to drive. You can move to Aosta Valley by car, bus, or private transfer from Chamonix, passing through the Mont Blanc tunnel. Also, Lausanne Airport is the closest to Aosta (around 150km), so it only takes about 2hr 10 mins to drive by car or private transfer, passing through the Great St. Bernard Tunnel.

To get around Aosta Valley, if you don't have a car and don't want to use private transfers, you can rely on the regional bus service, with daily runs to all municipalities of Aosta Valley.

At what time does the trip start on the first day? At what time will we be back to the parking area?

The meeting with the guide on the first day will be around 2.30-3.00 pm at the parking area in Pravieux village (Valsavarenche Valley - Italy); please remember to check the bus timetable, in case you need to reach the meeting point by public transport starting from Aosta bus station. If you need a private transfer, please check it in advance; we can support you, but we need to know in advance of your time arrival in Aosta. This extra service is NOT included and has to be covered on the spot by the customers.

Time back to the parking area on the second day is around 4.00-4.30 pm.

Is this trip suitable for children? Which is the minimum age for participants?

Yes, the ascent could be done even by young people (the minimum age is 12-14 years, depending on the fitness level and skills). They must be accompanied by at least 1 parent. We ask both parents to fill out and sign a release form for their children, with privacy consent and self-declaration of responsibility.

What additional costs should I consider?

The renting of the boots (around 20-22€/day) is NOT included. If needed, the renting has to be done by the customers before the trip in one of the shops in Aosta. We will send you more details in case of need.

After the ascent, we generally have a break (light lunch) out back to the refuge, to have something to eat together and a beer to celebrate the experience with the guide. The costs for the lunch and beverages are NOT included and have to be covered on the spots, sharing the guide’s fee between all the participants.

Where should I stay the night before and after the tour?

The ideal place to stay the night before and after of the tour is in Aosta or somewhere in Aosta Valley. But since the meeting time on day 1 is at 2.30 pm in Valsavarenche, and on the last day we go back there at 4pm, it's also possible to stay before and after in Turin, Milan, Chamonix or Geneva (as long as you can secure transportation to get on time to the meeting point).

Are there any transfers not included in the trip? How much do they cost?

All transfers are included on the trip price. However, transportation to the meeting point at the parking area in Pravieux village (Valsavarenche Valley - Italy) is NOT included.

Where is the nearest airport?

Depending on your country of origin, you can decide to reach Aosta Valley arriving from:

  • Italy; the nearest airports are Turin Caselle or Milan (Malpensa or Orio al Serio). Once you arrive at the airport, you can move to Aosta Valley by train (Trenitalia national services), by bus (Flixbus and Arriva operate coach run every day), by private transfer, or (better choice) by renting a car.
  • France; Geneva Airport (Switzerland) is the closest to Chamonix (around 90km), so it only takes about 2hr to drive; you can move to Aosta Valley by car, by bus, or by private transfer from Chamonix, passing through the Mont Blanc tunnel.
  • Switzerland; Geneva Airport is the closest to Chamonix (around 90km), so it only takes about 1hr 20 mins to drive. You can move to Aosta Valley by car, bus, or private transfer from Chamonix, passing through the Mont Blanc tunnel. Also, Lausanne Airport is the closest to Aosta (around 150km), so it only takes about 2hr 10 mins to drive by car or private transfer, passing through the Great St. Bernard Tunnel.

To get around Aosta Valley, if you don't have a car and don't want to use private transfers, you can rely on the regional bus service, with daily runs to all municipalities of Aosta Valley.

What are some recommended accommodations near our adventure location?

We understand that finding the perfect place to stay is an essential part of your adventure experience. To help you with this, we’ve curated a list of three highly recommended hotels that offer comfort, convenience, and a touch of local charm. These accommodations are well-suited for adventurers looking to relax and rejuvenate after an exciting day of exploration
Hotel Relais Des Glaciers Cogne Italy
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Hotel Bouton d'Or Cogne Italy
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Hotel Du Grand Paradis Cogne Italy
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About the guide

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-PeaksHunter

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Mountain Guide

Giving and receiving smiles, seeing the satisfaction on the faces of our customers, seeking opportunities for growth, stimulating authenticity in personal and group relationships, in sharing mountaineering disciplines, fears, efforts, and moments of difficulty, which are part of the integrated with experiences, essential ingredients of every summit climb: these are our focus, our beliefs, and our most important results, as outdoor Professionals and as people who love the mountains and their work as Alpine Guides!

Founded in 2013 by Elis and Silvia, PEAKSHUNTER Mountain Guides is a team of IFMGA-certified Mountain Professionals and outdoor activities experts, based in the town of Aosta, not far from Courmayeur-Chamonix, on the Italian side of the Mont Blanc massif.

We live and work in the beautiful Aosta Valley region, very close to French and Swiss borders near to Geneva, Milan, and Turin international airports.

Mont Blanc, Matterhorn, Dufourspitze, Pyramide Vincent and Regina Margherita Hut, Gran Paradiso, Breithorn, Lyskamm, Castor and Pollux are only a few of several 4000 Alps summits you can climb with us: most of our team of Guides were born and grew up close to these mountains and they have explored the ascent routes several times during different seasons, with skis or crampons!

- We love our work: we plan all our trips with great commitment and deep respect for the Alpine environment, for its inhabitants, and its territories. Including local traditions in different valleys and Alpine areas.

- We love Mountain, Nature, and Outdoor activities, that we like to share with people from all around the world. We are enthusiastic to meet like-minded adventurers and share new experiences and memorable emotions with the support of our Mountain Guides.

- Safety and Risk Management are essential for us, as elements of fundamental importance during every single trip we plan and carry out with our customers: for this reason, we offer introductory courses to the different alpine disciplines (Mountaineering, Rock climbing, Ice climbing, Ski mountaineering, Freeride, Rescue Crevasse, and Avalanche) to convey awareness and responsibility to our customers.

- We offer solid Experience, with several years organizing outdoor disciplines around mountain and wild areas, in many different countries of Italy and Europe, for individuals or groups, including 7-day customer support for booking, logistics, and personal assistance for planning and reservations.

- As certified Mountain Guides, we offer training courses, to improve technical skills and to learn basic knowledge about mountaineering in the Alps, which is essential to explore and climb the Mountains safely in any situation or conditions.

- We are happy to provide customized programs for every customer's demand: our Experience is synonymous with Professionalism and Customer Care to guarantee unforgettable emotions and beautiful smiles!

Fulfill your dreams, discover breathtaking views or simply enjoy an extraordinary day: you just need to use your imagination and we will carry out your trip as you desire to live it!

Let’s plan your next mountain project together!

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What people are saying about this trip

Giorgio

5.00

The guides were both very professional and enthusiastic, able to motivate the group and answer all technical questions. Explore-Share staff was also very quick in responding to payment-related issues and the whole experience was very user friendly. Everything was paid in advance as described under "what's included". Highly recommended!!!

Alexandru

5.00

Really nice tour

Nikita

3.00

Fabrizzio is a very good guide, however, I felt like there was not enough time planned for the trip - one person was too tired and walked too slowly with very frequent stops, thus we could not explore the summit as much as most of us expected. So, I would definitely recommend to review the timing for the trip to deal with the situation where some of the group members are underperforming

Alfie

5.00

SOUND LA!!

Joshua

5.00

We just remember now the breathing, the view and the joy we had in Gran Paradiso accompanied by our guides Silvia and Elis. This kind of memory makes us smile and look for the next adventure. Silvia and Elis were attentive, kind and professionally fully prepared to help us reach a great experience of discovery and safety. For sure the moment would not be the same without our guides. We feel grateful and lucky to have their support and company. Elis, Silvia, thanks for taking us beyond.


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