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Skiing the Haute Route, Gran Paradiso

Go on this unique skiing traverse through the Alps with Edy, IFMGA certified mountain guide. Ski your way to the impressive Gran Paradiso peak.

Mountain RangeAlps
Duration7 days
Offer periodJan, Mar, Apr
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelOccasional
Type of tripNot specified

Description

Let me take you across this spectacular section of the Alps, across the Haute Route. During 5 days immersed in the mountain, we will work our way towards the impressive Gran Paradiso mountain (4,061 m).

First, we will meet at Courmayeur. Later, I will provide an Evening Briefing. I will cover safety routines, check kits and hand out the rental equipment. This will also be a great time for any questions and ambitions the group would like to discuss.

Next day, I will start by helping in the organization of the equipment. Then, I will go over a safety session on avalanche procedure and the use of transceivers. Next, the adventure begins. We will transfer to Val di Rhemes, and ski in to the Refuge Benevolo for the night.

On Day 2 we will climb to Pta Bassi, and experience the amazing ski down to Chivasso Hut. Next day, I will take you on a high level circuit which will get us close to the Piedmont border, and through 3 spectacular glaciers. We will then spend the night at the Vittorio Emanuele Hut.

Day 4 will be summit day! I will lead the ascent to Gran Paradiso summit (4,061 m), the highest mountain located entirely in Italy. Later, we will descend back to the Hut.

On our last Day of program, I will lead the way on a big skin up to Cima di Entrelor (3,340 m), located in Val d’Aosta. The descent from that point will make for a great, long descent to beautiful Rhemes Notre Dame, from which we will transfer back to Courmayeur for the night. This will be the end of this program.

Interested in Skiing the Haute route, Gran Paradiso? Contact me with questions. Also, check out other activities around the same area like: Introduction to ski mountaineering in Courmayeur, and Mont Blanc off-piste skiing course.

Meeting point

Courmayeur, Italy

Accommodation

Mountain huts and local hotel

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Itinerary

Day 1: Sunday: Arrival

  • Meeting at Courmayeur
  • Evening briefing
  • Overnight at the valley

Day 2: Monday: Val di Rhemes

  • Equipment organization
  • Safety session of avalanche procedure and the use of transceivers
  • Transfer to Val di Rhemes
  • Skiing in to Refuge Benevolo
  • Ascent to hut (600 m ascent – 3 hours)
  • Overnight at the hut

Day 3: Tuesday: Pta Basei

  • Climb to Pta Basei
  • Ski descent to Chivasso Hut
  • 1,200 m ascent / 900 m descent – 5 to 6 hours
  • Overnight at the hut

Day 4: Wednesday: Traverse near to Piedmont border

  • Hig level traverse close to the Piedmont border, through 3 glaciers
  • Arrival at the Vittorio Emanuele Hut
  • 800 m ascent / 700 m descent – 6 hours
  • Overnight at the hut

Day 5: Thursday: Gran Paradiso

  • Ascent to Gran Paradiso (4,061 m)
  • Return to the Vittorio Emanuele Hut
  • 1,350 m ascent + descent / 6 hours
  • Descent to Pont – Overnight at a local hotel

Day 6: Friday: Cima di Entrelor

  • Skin up to the Cime di Entrelor
  • Long descent to Rhemes Notre Dame
  • Transfer to Courmayeur
  • 1,400 m ascent / 1,700 m descent / 7-8 hours

Day 7: Saturday: Departure

  • End of program
  • Departure from Courmayeur


About the guide

I was born in 1966. I was an aspirant Mountain Guide from 1986 and a Mountain Guide (IFMGA) as from 1989. In 1988, I joined the Mountain Guides company of Courmayeur, which was the 1st Italian guiding company and the 2nd in the world in 1850. From 1995 to 2001, I had the role of leading guide with as main function the coordination of the work and the promotion of the guiding programs we were organising.
From 1986, I worked in the Mountain Rescue Team of the Aosta Valley. I became a Mountain Rescue Instructor in 2000. As a mountain guide, I practice a lot mountaineering, rock climbing, off-piste skiing, ski touring, snowshoeing, etc.
The past 22 years, I have climbed with my clients many classic routes in the Alps, of mixed, ice and rock; I have climbed the mountains of South America (Aconcagua in Argentina, Cordillera Blanca in Peru, trekking in Torres del Paine in Chile and Fitz Roy in Argentina, the slopes of Alpamayo Pequeno, Sajama, Huayna Potosi, in Illimani Bolivia, Cayambe, Cotopaxi, Chimborazo in Ecuador). Each year, I keep on travelling the Andes with clients and friends to discover new mountains to satisfy the desire of mountaineering.


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Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 897 each

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Price includes

• Guiding fee

• Accommodation

• Lifts tickets

• Transport during the trip

• Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


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