Trek the Gran Paradiso in Italy on an 8-day trip

Wander through the Gran Paradiso National Park in Italy as UIMLA-certified leader Emma leads you through stunning landscapes and past alpine wildlife.

 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

8 days

Mountain Range

Alps

People per Guide

10 people

Trip Level

Intermediate

Offer Period

Jul, Aug, Sep

Type of Trip

Not specified

Highlights

 
     

    Surround yourself with stunning scenery and local wildlife as I lead you on a tour through the Gran Paradiso National Park in Italy.

    With soaring peaks, jagged cliffs and isolated glaciers, get an intimate sense of the western section of the Alps.

    With our base on the French side of the border, we soon cross and surround ourselves on the Italian section of the Alps and into the national park.

    Trekking past rock spires, tranquil lakes and cascading waterfalls, we climb deeper into the wilderness. And our 7 nights in refuges and hotels gives us the chance to eat traditional Italian food high in the Alps.

    Because of the long stretches of trekking involved (7-9 hours per day) a good level of fitness and hill-walking experience is essential.

    No specialist equipment is need on the trip. However, we will be travelling through the wilderness with a fair amount of ascents and descents. Also, the mountain refuges we stay in are inaccessible, so there is no vehicle support for the majority of the trip. So we need to carry our own equipment. Although we don’t need to pack sleeping bags or camping mattresses, so we should be able to keep our packs light.

    Immerse yourself in the Alpine wilderness and challenge yourself on this 8-day trip. Reserve your place and join me as we cross some unforgettable scenery.

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    Price per person

     
    Group of 1
    1245 GBP

     

    Price includes

     
    • Accommodation
    • Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back
    • Transport during the trip
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
     The price does not include the guide´s expenses (accommodation, meals, lift tickets, etc). This is the price to join one of our Group Tours.
     

    Itinerary

     
    • Day 2Arrive in Chamonix

      We begin in the mountain village of Argentière in the Chamonix valley. Before our first dinner I will brief you on the week’s activities.

    • Day 2 Argentière to the Rifugio Chivasso

      With a trip through the Mount Blanc tunnel we cross into Italy. After being dropped off in Pont, we begin with a steep but slow trek into the large meadows surrounding the Laghi del Nivolet lakes.

    • Day 3Rifugio Chivasso to the Rifugio Benevolo

      We head to the lakes of Lago Leyta and Lago Rosset, enjoying  beautiful vistas of mountains and valleys. Traversing the mountainside and descend  steadily to the Rifugio Benevolo.

    • Day 4Rifugio Benevolo to the Rifugio Bezzi

      A steady climb takes us towards the Col Bassac Dere (3,085m)  before trekking past the Lac de Golette and the Glacier de Golette. Making our way past the cascading streams and waterfalls, we find our base for the night.

    • Day 5Rifugio Bezzi to Rhêmes-Notre-Dame

      Starting gently with easy paths that take us to  the Chalet de l’Epée. From here we climb the Colle Finestra de Torrent (2,875m), followed by a steep descent to the commune of Rhêmes-Notre-Dame (1,723m).

    • Day 6Rhêmes-Notre-Dame to Eaux Rousses

      Crossing a river and climbing through forests, we reach the Plan de Feya. As we ascend above the treeline we are greeted with beautiful views of the mountain range. As we make our way to the Col d’Entrelor (3,007m) wonderful views of Gran Paradiso appear.

    • Day 7Eaux Rousses to Chamonix

      The final day is spent in the shadow of Gran Paradiso, as we traverse its slopes, and enjoy the vistas of the whole Valsavarenche commune. At the bottom of the trail we take our transfer back to Argentière.

    • Day 8Depart Chamonix

      Our trip finishes after breakfast!

     
     

    Other details

     
    Skill level required

    Intermediate

    Fitness level required

    Fit

    Meeting point

    The chalet in Argentière.

    Accommodation

    2 nights in hotels and 5 nights in refuges

     

    About the Guide

     
     

    I'm a qualified International Mountain Leader (IML) and I have been leading expeditions for the last 15 years. I have led the Tour du Mont Blanc over 40 times, the Everest Base Camp trek 27 times, Kilimanjaro 10 times, and I have also led trips in Nepal, Peru, Cuba, India, Bhutan, Cambodia, Thailand, the Alps, the Pyrenees, Russia, Uzbekistan and Madagascar, amongst others.

    I'm a passionate skier, in 2009 I made the first ski descent of Manaslu, the 8th highest mountain in the world (8156m).

    Fluent in French, Russian and Spanish, I also work as an interpreter and love to chat.

     
     


     

     

    What People are Saying about Emma Jack

     

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    Piyush Yawalkar
    Emma was very easy to communicate with (once we we able e in the same time zone, of course!). Our guide Phil was fabulous. Thanks to all.
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    Paul Connolly
    We booked 3 full days of private showshoeing in Chamonix. Emma Jack was very responsive to our inquiry during booking and our emails leading up to our trip. We were paired with a local guide, Sebastian, who was very knowledgeable about the Chamonix area and picked the perfect spots for us to snowshoe each day based on the weather and snowfall accumulation. I highly recommend booking your trip with Emma Jack and would use her again if we return.
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    Jule Mansfield
    Excellent start for us in snow shoeing with Phil our guide who kept things nice and easy - an enjoyable activity to redo.
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