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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.

Mountain RangeAlps
Duration8 days
Offer periodJul, Aug, Sep
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripNot specified

Description

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.

Accommodation

2 nights in hotels and 5 nights in refuges

Meeting point

The chalet in Argentière.

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Itinerary

Day 2: Arrive 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 3: Rifugio 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 4: Rifugio 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 5: Rifugio 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 6: Rhêmes-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 7: Eaux 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 8: Depart Chamonix

Our trip finishes after breakfast!


About the guide

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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.


Deal opportunities

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Jul 25, 2020 - Aug 01, 2020

GBP 1232 per traveller

Aug 12, 2020 - Aug 19, 2020

GBP 1232 per traveller

Aug 15, 2020 - Aug 22, 2020

GBP 1232 per traveller

Jul 24, 2021 - Jul 31, 2021

GBP 1336 per traveller

Aug 14, 2021 - Aug 21, 2021

GBP 1336 per traveller

Sep 11, 2021 - Sep 18, 2021

GBP 1336 per traveller


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Prices per person

Group of 1

GBP 1232 each

Group of 2

GBP 1232 each

Group of 3

GBP 1232 each

Group of 4

GBP 1232 each

Group of 5

GBP 1232 each

Group of 6

GBP 1232 each

Group of 7

GBP 1232 each

Group of 8

GBP 1232 each

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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

Price details

• 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.


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