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

Gran Paradiso
Gran Paradiso

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

Alps

8 Days

Jul - Sep

High

Intermediate


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.

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Breakfast

- Dinner

- Transportation start and back

- Transport during the trip

Price details

The price does not include insurance (mandatory for every participant) as well as the guide´s expenses (accommodation, meals, lift tickets, etc).

This is the price to join one of our Group Tours.


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!

 

Details

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Insurance

It is compulsory that you take out adequate travel insurance, and it is a condition of booking with us that your insurance covers the following as a minimum: medical expenses, injury, illness, death, repatriation, personal accident, mountain rescue including helicopter evacuation, along with cancellation and curtailment. Your insurance must be valid for the duration of your tour.

Meeting point

The chalet in Argentière.

About the guide

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-Emma & Guides' team

4.60

(9)

Mountain Leader

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 work together with qualified mountain leaders like me, If I'm not available to guide you, one of my colleagues will take care of you.

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.

Languages

Russian | French | English

Certificates

UIMLA

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What people are saying about -Emma & Guides' team

5.00

Emma was a very sweet and knowledgeable guide. She was adaptive to the different personalities and skill level of our group. Easygoing, talkative, friendly and pleasant to be around! Couldn't be happier with our guide!

Paul

5.00

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.

jeanne

4.00

We were Very pleased With Emma guiding us through the hikes. We really enjoyed the entire trip:) As we were just our family we would have loved a little more flexibility hiking in our own pace - felt we were rushed a bit too much. We should have informed Emma about this but we were too compliant:) The explore-share platform was a bit rigid/ formel - it was not clear that exploreshare hired another firm to do the job. Also quite a High fee to explore share We were first told to have an (expensive) extended travel insurance (with mountain rescue) up to departure / after we had plaid. We should have been told this before signing up. Another mistake were that explore share had told us last payment were due closer to departure - so in a rush we had to pay up 60 days before as this is cloud9advenures policy. This made us uncertain if it was fraud. But it wasn’t:) overall pleased with our trip

Fausto

4.00

Bruno our guide was very helpful and profesional

Jill

5.00

AMAZING! This was a last minute decision and my first multi day trekking tour and it far exceeded my expectations. The communication and preparation was comprehensive and accurate. Our guide (Lindsay) was phenomenal. The route was the perfect mix of challenge and comfort. I will definitely be booking my next hiking trek thru Emma.


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