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Gran Paradiso National Park 7-day hiking traverse

Discover the amazing natural beauty of the Gran Paradiso National Park and reach the summit of the Gran Paradiso (4061m), with this 7-day hiking traverse along with Pascale, an UIMLA Mountain Leader.

Mountain RangeAlps
Duration7 days
Offer periodSep
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripNot specified


Walking into the Gran Paradiso National Park is to enter another world. This spectacular natural reserve is an alpine park, but it also has a Mediterranean character. Join me on this 7-day hike to discover the stunning natural beauty of this region in Italy and reach the summit of the Gran Paradiso (4061m).

We will meet in Villeneuve and from there our hiking traverse begins. Please note this is an Open Group departure, so check the date below and join the group! Also note you need an excellent physical condition to join this traverse.

During these days, we will walk on beautiful balcony trails, crossing ice landscapes, flowery lakes and enjoying the view of impressive mountains and breathtaking landscapes. You can check the day-by-day itinerary below.

Every night, we will stay in a different mountain hut, and will also spend a night in a hotel. The Vittorio Sella, the Chabod and Vittorio Emmanuele Huts are some of the historical refuges from this region where we will stay.

On the third day of our traverse, we will climb the Gran Paradiso (4061m), the tallest peak in the Gran Paradiso National Park and the only 4000-metre mountain located completely in Italian territory. It has a high ascent of 1300 meters on the summit day, although it is considered one of the least difficult 4000- meter peaks to climb.

So send me a request if you want to join me on this amazing hike! Check the date below and book your trip! We will spend an unforgettable week in the Gran Paradiso National Park.

If you are looking for other hiking options, you can check my  Val d’Anniviers 5-day hiking tour or my Matterhorn 8-day guided hiking circuit.


5 nights Mountain Hut- 1 night in a hotel

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EQUIPMENT -35-liter backpack -Walking shoes -Jacket and pants, windbreaker/rain -Clothing for walking: t-shirt, fleece -Clothes for the evening -Sleeping bag in cotton or silk (obligatory in Italy) -Slippers for the huts -Gloves - hat -Headlamp -Small toiletry set with travel linens -Personal drugs -Gourd or thermos of minimum a liter -Glasses - cap - sun cream -Walking sticks -Binoculars (optional) You should bring something warm for the first part of the tour. Your bag should not weigh more than 8 kilos. We will transfer your spare belongings to Pont.

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Day 1: Villeneuve – Giardino Alpino Paradisia – Vittorio Sella Hut

11:00-We meet in  Villeneuve. At 11:30 we transfer to the hike starting point. The Giardino Alpino Paradisia is a beautiful alpine botanical garden. We will have a picnic by the water and continue our hike up in the mountains. We spend the night at the Vittorio Sella Hut, a refuge with a great atmosphere. Altitude difference: 800 +. Walking time: 3 hours

Day 2: Vittorio Sella Hut – Col Loson – Chabod Hut

Beautiful chamois greet us as we enter a colorful mineral paradise, with stone towers dominating the landscape. It is a quite technical path. We spend the night in the Chabod Hut. Altitude difference: 1000 + / 1000 -. Walking time: 6 hours


Day 3: F. Chabod Hut – Gran Paradiso summit (4061 m) - Vittorio Emmanuele Hut

We start very early in the morning and walk along the glacier. Suddenly,  the summit ridge! The crevasses are really impressive. There is a little statue of the Virgin Mary at the summit of Gran Paradiso. We have a nice coffee to celebrate this moment! We spend the night at the Vittorio Emmanuele Hut. Altitude difference: 1400 + / 1400 -Walking time: 9 hours

Day 4: Vittorio Emmanuele Hut- Pont

We wake up and hike down the mountain leisurely. We have dinner at the hotel and enjoy a relaxing afternoon. We spend the night in a hotel. Altitude difference: 800-. Walking time: 2 hours.

Day 5: Pont - Chivasso Hut

We start our climb in the morning. Water will be our companion during this day. And why not enjoying a natural jacuzzi break?Along the way, marmots greet us. We enjoy a delicious meal made with love. Night in a dormitory at the Chivasso Hut. Altitude difference: 600 + / 200 -. Walking time: 4 hours 30

Day 6: Chivasso Hut – Col Di Nivoletta - Benevolo Hut

A big bowl of hot chocolate and we set out for another dream hike with amazing scenery: flowery lakes, one after the other, and beautiful edelweiss fields. We spend the night in a dormitory at the Benevolo Hut. Altitude difference: 700 + / 1000 -. Walking time: 6 hours.

Day 7: Benevolo Hut – Rhêmes-Notre-Dame

Today we do not get up too early. Along the way, impressive waterfalls. We stop to buy a piece of cheese and enjoy a last coffee all together, on our way back. Transfer to Villeneuve. Altitude difference: 100 + / 600 -. Actual walking time: 3 hours.

About the guide

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I'm a UIMLA mountain leader, a rescuer and a journalist. Since 18 years, the mountain is my office and my full-time job. My passion is about to transmit the small and big secrets of nature but also to allow everyone to find his right balance in an environment which might appear as hostile but which is actually a large reservoir of unsuspected individual energy. Here in the mountain, the masks fall down and that's the good point of it !

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Prices per person

Group of 1

EUR 4537 each

Group of 2

EUR 2269 each

Group of 3

EUR 1513 each

Group of 4

EUR 1135 each

Group of 5

EUR 1135 each

Group of 6

EUR 1031 each

Group of 7

EUR 1031 each

Group of 8

EUR 1031 each

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Price includes

• Guiding fee

• Accommodation

• Transport during the trip

• Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Price details

• The price includes 5 nights in a hut with half-board meals, 1 night in a double room in ahotel, 2 transport in a taxi, 1 transport in a bus, guidance of Mountain Leader and ascension of Gran Paradiso with a high-mountain guide, climbing equipment, luggage transfer to the halfway point.// The price does note include drinks and picnics.

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