Gran Paradiso ascent in 3 days


Gran Paradiso is a classic peak over 4000m in Italy. Summit it with a certified mountain guide from the Azimut Montagne team on this exciting 3-day program.


3 Days

Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep




Reaching the summit of a 4-thousander is a goal for many mountaineers. I propose you to join me and summit Gran Paradiso (4061m), in the heart of the Alps. 

The Gran Paradiso summit is within the reach of good hikers with some prior experience in the use of crampons. Being in Italy will allow you to enjoy the Italian lifestyle. Indeed, the warm welcome and good meals are one of the highlights of this program!

In addition to Gran Paradiso, we will summit Tresenta, near the Vittorio Emanuele refuge.

This short mountaineering excursion is totally doable in one weekend. But it’s also a chance of prolonging your stay in the Alps.

Besides, getting there is very easy as I can pick you up at the TGV station in Oulx (although you can also get to Pont Valsavarenche on your own).

I particularly like this program for the following reasons:
– the ascent crosses a glacial environment
– the incredible panorama of the Alpine massif with a particularly mild weather
– the chance to travel light and get great food at the refuges

This is course is accessible for eager beginners! No specific difficulty. However, you are advised to have some experience walking with crampons and to be used to walking off-trail in the mountains carrying your backpack with some gear in it. You should be able to cope with walking at altitudes above 3000 minimum.

You should be used to outdoor sports and do endurance training on a regular basis (cycling, hiking, cross country skiing, swimming). If this is not the case you should run at least 3 times a week (10 km/hr) two to three months before this alpine course. Expect to be on the go for 6 to 8 hours per day with approx 900 to 1300 m ascent/descent.

Tempted to get to the top of famous Gran Paradiso? Then please get in touch with me indicating your preferred dates! If you are a group let me know as I can adapt the program to suit your needs. Of course Gran Paradiso is also great in the winter, join me for some ski touring there!


Day 1: Vittorio Emanuele Refuge

We meet in Chamonix and drive to Pont in the Valsaverenche valley. A large part of the walk is in a magnificent larch forest where we can often spot ibex!
We reach the Vittorio Emanuele Refuge (2734m), very cozy, in a high mountain environment. The views over Piccolo Paradiso, Tresenta and Herbetet are impressive.

On the first day, we will also do an equipment check and some rock climbing training.

Dinner and overnight at the refuge.

D +800m

Picnic and dinner included.

Day 2: Tresenta

From the refuge we have excellent views over 3 emblematic peaks: Becca di Montclair (3544m), Ciarforon (3648m) and Tresenta (3609m). We will go for the Tresenta. It is a good acclimatization in which we will get used to the rope and crampons. From the summit, we will get to see our next day’s goal. Then, we will descend to the refuge to share a meal.

D +/-900

Breakfast, picnic and dinner included.

Day 3: Gran Paradiso summit

We leave when it’s still dark. We go up the beautiful Laveciau glacier to reach, at 3600 meters, the mountaineers coming from the Chabod refuge.
There’s a magnificent an easy ridge that allows us to reach the summit of Gran Paradiso (4061m). From there, the views are simply breathtaking. From Monte Rosa to Matterhorn, from Mont Blanc to the Ecrins, and even Monviso and the Mercantour!
Descent to Valsavarenche valley and head back to Mont Blanc.

D +/-1350m

Breakfast and picnic included.




During the ascent we will stay in Vittorio Emanuele refuge. If you need to book accommodation in the area for before or after your climb, we recommend Hotel du Bois in Chamonix-Les Houches.

More info

  • Group size: 3-4 people.
  • I recommend you to have cancellation insurance. Search and repatriation insurance is mandatory. I propose you to hire insurance through Europ Assistance upon booking the trip with me.
  • Equipment: crampons, harness, ice ax, helmet, walking poles recommended. If you don't have the necessary equipment, you can rent it with us!

Meeting point

There will be 2 meeting points: Chamonix – Les Houches Train Station at 9 :30 am Pont Valsavarenche – Parking at the end of the road at 11 am


About the guide

We enjoy very much discovering and re discovering the most beautiful spots in the world, in the Ecrins mountain range but also all around the planet.

Together with the guides in the team, we will share with you unique moments and an amazing journey. From les Ecrins to Chile, from Morocco to Greenland, from Les Gorges du Verdon to Japan, from Italy to Norway… tons of destinations offering all types of mountain activities, different every season. It makes us so happy when I can share them with my friends and clients.

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Prices per person

Group of 1

EUR 769 Each

Group of 2

EUR 769 Each

Group of 3

EUR 769 Each

Group of 4

EUR 769 Each

Group of 5

EUR 769 Each

Group of 6

EUR 769 Each

Group of 7

EUR 769 Each

Group of 8

EUR 769 Each

Want a different number of travellers?

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation included

- Transport during the trip

- Mountain guide expenses

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

Price details

Price per person for a group of 3 to 4 clients. Not included: transport to the start of the trip, personal equipment, personal insurance, drinks, extra expenses and anything not listed as included.



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