GRAN PARADISO self-guided

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7 days 7 days
Self-guided Self-guided
With baggage transport With baggage transport
Accommodation Classic (dormitory)
Level *** Level ***
From 615 € From 615 €

You, your hiking boots and your map, we take care of the rest...

Founded in 1922, the first natural park in Italy and Europe, the Gran Paradiso National Park defines an impressive high mountain range furrowed by deep valleys. Created on the initiative of King Victor Emmanuel II to protect ibex, the park remains a safe haven and protective area for animals including: chamois, ibex, marmot, fox and vultures.

We propose an unusual circuit crossing some of the finest high mountain passes between the Valgrisenche and Valsavaranche with the imposing summit of the Gran Paradiso (4061m) in view. Seven days hiking, escaping civilisation to discover a universe shared between valleys, traditional pastures and high mountain wilderness.

You will like

  • Alpine scenery alongside vast glaciers
  • Crossing high mountain passes and colourful flowery meadows
  • The presence of an active pastoral farming culture
  • Wildlife easily visible and well protected in the heart of the park
  • The warm hospitality in Italian mountain refuges

GRAN PARADISO self-guided

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Dates & prices

DEPARTURES AND PRICES

Departure from end of June to mid September 2022

7 day tour, classic.

Without luggage transport, daily departure
615€ per person, classic accommodation.
Single person supplement: +90€

With luggage transport (except on Day 6), daily departure
835€/pers. for a group of 2, classic accommodation
770€/pers. for a group of 3, classic accommodation
725€/pers. for a group of 4, classic accommodation
700€/pers. for a group of 5, classic accommodation
685€/pers. for a group of 6, classic accommodation

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THE PRICE

The price includes

  • Half board from dinner of day 1 to breakfast of the last day ;
  • A road book: description and IGC map (1 road book per registration up to 4 people. Extra road book for groups of 5 or more will be charged 10-25€);
  • Daily luggage transport between accommodation, if you have chosen this option (except Day 6) ;
  • Transfer on day 3 (Bruil >> Valgrisenche)
  • Tourist taxe ;
  • Organisation and booking fees.

The price does not include:

  • Picnic lunches ;
  • Personal expenses, drinks, touristic visits, etc.;
  • Luggage transfer on day 6 ;
  • Go and Return transfer Chamonix/Pont ;
  • Cancellation insurance (4.2% of total tour cost).

L’itinéraire jour après jour...

Day 1

Departure from Pont, Valsavarenche, in the Aosta Valley.

PONT - VALLON DE MEYES - EAUX ROUSSES
Climb to the dry stone built hamlet of Paradis and Meyes then descend to the village Eaux Rousses. Night in a gite, in dormitory.
4.5 hour walk / Elevation: +650m -900m

Day 2

LACS DJOUAN ET NERO - COL DE L’ENTRELOR - BRUIL
Long steady climb without difficulty to Col de l’Entrelor (3023m) via the pastures and Lakes Djouan and Nero. From the mountain pass, view over the Grand Paradiso summit. Descend to Bruil village. Night in a gite, in dormitory.
7 hour walk / Elevation: +1300m -1280m

Day 3

VALGRISENCHE - REFUGE DE L’EPEE - COL FENETRE
Taxi transfer in the Valgrisenche to Refuge de l’Epée. Leave your baggage at the refuge, climb to Lake Tei then to Col Fenêtre (2873m). Return to the refuge.
4.5 hour walk / Elevation: +1100m ; -550m

Day 4

LAKE SAN MARTINO - REFUGE BEZZI
Traverse above Valgrisenche along the balcony trail opposite the Ruitor chain of mountains. Small detour possible to Lake San Martino at 2770m. Descend to the refuge Bezzi, at the foot of the glaciers. Night in a refuge.
5.5 hour walk / Elevation: +500m -600m

Day 5

COL BASSAC DERE - LAKE GOLLETA - REFUGE BENEVOLO OR FOND
Trek alongside the Gliairetta Glacier. Climb to the Col Bassac Déré (3083m) and descend to Lake Goletta, under the Goletta Glacier then on to the refuge Benevolo.
6.5 hour walk / Elevation: +800m -800m

Day 6

COL ROSSET - LAKES CHAVANEY - LAKE NIVOLET
Cross the pastures and go up to Rosset pass (3023m). Going down to the Plateau Rosset via the lakes Chavaney and Lieta. Night in a refuge without luggage.
5.5 hour walk / Elevation: +750m -500m

Day 7

VALLEY OF NIVOLET - PONT
An easy traverse through pastures opposite the snow topped Gran Paradiso summit. Descend to Pont by the "Sentier des alpagistes" trail or via the Col du Grand Collet at 2800m.
3.5 hour walk / Elevation: -650m
5.5 hour via the Grand Collet / Elevation : +400m / -1050m

End point at Pont in the afternoon.

Personalised tour available, contact us...

The trip

LEVEL ***         

Elevation: +/- 500 to 1300m average per day.
Walking time: 5 - 7 hours average per day.
Type of trek: Stony trails that daily reach high passes between 2800m and 3000m above sea level. The route has a few aerial passes or passages across snowfields. Trails are well marked, except at the approach of some passes. Good map reading skills are highly important especially in times of bad weather.

ROAD BOOK

Before departure, we send you a travel folder containing: 
- 1 IGC map (nb 102)
- 1 road-book containing all the information necessary for the trek. 
- 1 waterproof map holder.
- Accommodation list.

SIGNPOSTS AND WAYMARKS ALONG THE TREK

The route is marked with a yellow arrow and regular ground markings (in both directions)
The trails are identified with numbers.

It is preferable to know how to read a topographical map at 1/25000.

BAGGAGE TRANSPORT

Two options:
without baggage transport: you carry your own bag.
with baggage transport: your baggage is transported daily (except day 6) by our logistics vehicle.

ACCOMMODATION

3 nights in refuge, in dormitory
2 nights in gite, in a shared room
1 night in refuge, in a shared room
All accommodation offers hot showers.

YOUR BACKPACK FOR THE NIGHT WITHOUT YOUR BAGGAGE

For the night without your baggage at the accommodation (you will get it back the night after), here are the things to add to your backpack (about 2 kilos are enough!):
- small toilet bag
- sleeping bag liner sheet
- change of clothes (bare necessities!)

MEALS

Breakfast and dinner are provided in each accommodation.
Picnics are not included and can be pre-ordered at each accomodation in the evening. 
Possibility to buy picnic supplies in small local shops (on day 2 in Breuil).

FITNESS LEVEL

Ability to easily walk 20km (on flat trails) in a maximum of 4 hours. 
If this is not the case, we recommend that you train during the three weeks prior to departure, for example running 4-5km or hiking/cycling 3-4 hours, 2 to 3 times per week. Your physical preparation will enable you to enjoy your trek to the maximum.

PERSONALISED TOURS

We can personalise a tour according to your requirements (number of days, participants, level of route, accommodation, etc.)

MAPS

Instituto Geografico Centrale: 
n°102 VALSAVARENCHE, VAL DI RHEMES, VALGRISENCHE

Practical information

DEPARTURE

From end of June to mid September.
Daily departure.

ACCESS TO DEPARTURE POINT

Meeting point at the parking in Pont to collect your luggage.

BY TRAIN
TO AOSTA VIA TURIN OR
TO CHAMONIX VIA PARIS
Inbound: depart Gare de Lyon (Paris) the day before at 12:45pm arrive in Chamonix at 7:50pm.
Night train: depart Gare de Lyon (Paris) at 11:06pm arrive in Chamonix at 09:50am.
Return night train: depart Chamonix at 6:14pm arrive in (Paris) Gare de Lyon at 06:18am.
Times given are indicative and should be verified at a train station or at www.oui.sncf

BY BUS
VIA CHAMONIX
From Chamonix to Aosta by SAT bus.
www.sat-montblanc.com
VIA AOSTA
Inbound: Depart Aosta at 
7:15am, 12:30pm and 4:50pm on bus to Pont, Valsavarenche.
Return: Depart Pont at 2:00pm arrive in Aosta at 3:15pm.
Times given are indicative and should be verified at www.savda.it

BY CAR
VIA THE MONT-BLANC TUNNEL
Take the A40 motorway towards Chamonix, follow signs for Milan and take the Mont-Blanc Tunnel to Italy (58€ return) www.atmb.net
Follow signs for Courmayeur/Aosta (signed blue), then direction Introd and Valsavarenche, 3kms after the village Aviez continue to to the end of the valley to arrive in Pont.
VIA THE COL DU PETIT-SAINT-BERNARD
From the southern regions of France take the A43 motorway to Chambéry, the A30 to Albertville and follow direction Bourg St Maurice. Follow signs for Col du Petit St Bernard and Italy (a very good mountain road) passing through La Thuile to Pré St Didier. Follow signs for Aosta (signed blue), then direction Introd and Valsavarenche, 3kms after the village Aviez continue to to the end of the valley to arrive in Pont.

End point at the parking in Pont to collect your luggage.

ACCOMMODATION BEFORE AND AFTER 

Chamonix - Hôtel de l’Arve : +33 (0)4 50 53 02 31
Hôtel Vallée Blanche: +33 (0)4 50 53 04 50
Chamonix Tourist Office: +33 (0) 4 50 53 00 24
www.chamonix.com
Hôtel Gran Paradiso: +39 01 65 95 454 
Hôtel Genzianella: +39 01 65 95 393
Aosta Tourist Office: +39 01 65 23 66 27 www.aoste.ialpes.com www.lovevda.it

CONTACT US

If you are late please contact the agency as soon as possible: +33 (0)4 50 79 09 16 or +33 (0)6 42 49 76 07

Equipment & baggage

EQUIPMENT LIST

Covid-19 special equipment

- Sleeping bag
- Masks
- Hydroalcoholic gel
- Slippers
- Pillowcase

Clothing

  • Walking trousers
  • Shorts (Bikini/swimsuit, just in case!)
  • Breathable or merino wool t-shirts
  • Breathable or merino wool leggings
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Wind stopper or Goretex jacket
  • Waterproof poncho + gaiters or Goretex trousers + waterproof rucksack cover
  • Pair of gloves and a warm hat
  • Sun hat or baseball cap
  • Walking socks (1 pair per day)
  • Sturdy walking boots with a good sole, already broken in
  • 1 change of clothes for the evening
  • A pair of comfortable shoes for the evening

Other Equipment

  • Toilet bag
  • Quick drying towel
  • Sunglasses and sun cream
  • Water bottle or Camelback (1.5 litre minimum)
  • Knife, fork and spoon
  • Plastic lunch box/plate for your picnic lunches
  • Plastic cup for coffee
  • Small First Aid kit (antihistamine, ibuprofen, Compeed type blister pads...)
  • Survival blanket
  • Head torch or hand torch
  • Sleeping bag liner sheet and pillowcase (blankets provided at accommodation)
  • Two adjustable walking poles (highly recommended)
  • Identity card or passport

BACKPACK

Bring a comfortable backpack of 30 to 40 litres for your personal belongings for the day (warm clothes, waterproofs, water, plate and cutlery for your picnic, sunscreen and your identity papers) and please keep a little room to carry a picnic and snacks.

BAGGAGE TRANSPORT

Your baggage will be transported daily (except Day 6) between accommodation by our logistics vehicle. You are allowed 1 soft, sports type bag with all your possessions inside, no heavier than 12kg. Your bag has to be carried everyday by the driver, where access is not always easy, please think of their backs! Baggage which is too big and too heavy won't be accepted by the drivers!

If you wish to prolong your holiday, we can safely hold another bag for you which you may leave with us at the departure point and it will be deposited at the end point with your other baggage.

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