Founded in 1922, the first natural park in Italy and Europe, the National Park Gran Paradiso 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 at 4061m in view. Seven days of trekking, escaping civilization to discover a universe shared with wildlife of valleys, traditional pastures and high mountain wilderness.
The highlight and 'cherry on the cake' of this trek is climbing the Gran Paradiso summit, allowing you to appreciate the entire mountain range, climbing above the mythical altitude of 4000m.
From mountain pastures to high mountain, discover one of the jewels of the Italian Alps...
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Meeting point Sunday at 11:45am in Pont, picnic and departure of trek.
PONT - VALSAVARENCHE - VALLON DE NIVOLE
Enter into the Gran Paradiso National Park by the pastures of Nivolé to the mountain pass Col de Nivolé. An immediate immersion into the world of this mountain range, between the peak of Galisia and the Gran Paradiso summit (4061m). Night in a refuge on the shores of Lake Nivolé (*without baggage).
3 hour walk / Elevation: +700m -100m
COL ROSSET - REFUGE BENEVOLO
Starting out on a wide plateau punctuated by a dozen lakes including Lake Rosset and Lieta, creating memorable images. Crossing the Col Rosset mountain pass at 3023m, descend through meadows to the Gran Vaudala valley, then traverse to the Benevolo bowl-shaped glacial amphitheatre. Night in Refuge Benevolo.
5.5 hour walk / Elevation: +500m -750m
COL BASSAC DERE - REFUGE BEZZI
Climb to the Bassac Déré mountain pass at 3082m, under the summit of Grande Sassière. Following along the Goletta Glacier to its glacial lake with an inviting small sandy beach! Descend alongside the terminus of the Gliairetta Glacier. At a bend in the path, lying peacefully on rocks, ibex may await our passage. Night in Refuge Bezzi.
6.5 hour walk / Elevation: +800m -800m
COL DE FENETRE - VILLAGE DE BRUIL
Long traverse overlooking Lake Beauregard, facing the Ruitor mountain range. Climb to Col de Fenêtre via Lake Tei in a wild unfrequented valley allowing us the perfect opportunity to observe the wildlife. Descend to the typical village of Bruil in the Val de Rhême where shepherds live in rhythm with their flocks.
8 hour walk / Elevation: +1100m -1500m
COL DE L’ENTRELOR - EAUX ROUSSES
Easy gradual climb through the Entrelor valley. Cross the mountain pass, facing the Gran Paradiso summit, descend from the mountain pastures passing by Lakes Djouan and Nero then up to the Col di Manteau to finally go down to the village of Pont. Possible encounters with chamois, ibex, marmots and soaring vultures. Night in a gîte.
8.5 hour walk / Elevation: +1560m -1320m
CLIMB TO THE BASE CAMP AT REFUGE VICTOR EMMANUEL II FOR THE SUMMIT
Rest morning to prepare for climbing the Gran Paradiso summit. Climb to Victor Emmanuel II refuge in the afternoon. Meet your high mountain guide and prepare technical equipment including crampons and harness.
Night in the refuge (*without baggage).
3 hour walk / Elevation: +800m
GRAN PARADISO 4061M
Roped climb of the Gran Paradiso summit at 4061m. Return to the refuge and descend to Pont.
8 hour walk / Elevation: +1300m -2000m
End point Saturday around 4:30pm in Pont.
Return transfer if you have chosen the option - arrive in Chamonix around 6:30pm.
The itinerary is established according to the latest information available, the possibility of unknown factors affecting this itinerary is possible including situations beyond our control which may change the route, timings etc.
Elevation: +/-1100 to 1300m approximately per day.
Walking time: 6 to 8 hours per day.
Type of trek: Stony trails that take daily passes located between 2800m and 3000m altitude. Some passes are steep as well as several aerial or technical paths, mainly at the start of the season with the crossing of residual snowfields. The trails are relatively well marked except when approaching certain passes.
Climbing to the Gran Paradiso summit involves walking with crampons without any major technical difficulty, however it is a long glacial walk. The last 100m to the summit are steep and more technical and may induce vertigo in those sensitive to heights. It is always possible to not carry out this stage.
Number in a group between 6 and 14 people supervised by a qualified professional mountain leader and high mountain guide.
5 nights in dormitory in mountain refuges and gites.
1 night in a hotel bedroom for 2-4 people.
All accommodation offers hot showers.
Breakfast and dinner are provided in each accommodation.
Picnics are included and are carefully prepared daily by your mountain leader, comprising a variety of healthy salads and local products.
We do our best to accommodate special diets (gluten-free, vegetarian etc.). However, we encourage you to bring some additional products for your own picnics.
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!)
1/25000 Val Savarenche-Val de Rhême-Val Grisenche N102 Edition Instituto Geografico Centrale
Meet Sunday at 11:45am in the carpark in Pont, in Valsavarenche, Italy.
A return transfer option may be reserved with Altitude Montblanc in our logistics vehicle (1.5 hour bus ride), supplementary cost on registration, 50€ per person. Meet at 9:45am in front of the train station in Chamonix.
If you come by car, several free car parks in the village of Les Houches, at Prarion. Meet at 9:15 a.m. in front of the Jacquier bakery at Le Prarion, Les Houches. You will meet your driver there.
TO AOSTA VIA TURIN OR
TO CHAMONIX VIA PARIS
Inbound: depart Gare de Lyon (Paris) the day before at 12:18pm arrive in Chamonix at 7:10pm.
Times given are indicative and should be verified in a train station or on www.oui.sncf
From Chamonix to Aosta by SAT bus.
The Savda buses drive you 3 times a day to Pont. Departure from Aosta at 7:15am, 12:30pm and 4:50pm (1.5 hour lift).
Times given are indicative and should be verified at https://aosta.arriva.it/area/alta-valle/
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 the end of the valley to arrive in Pont.
VIA THE COL DU PETIT ST 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 the end of the valley to arrive in Pont.
If you chose the return transfer option Chamonix/Pont
Free parking: several free car parks in the village of Les Houches, Prarion sector. Meet at 9:15 a.m. in front of the Jacquet bakery in Le Prarion, Les Houches. You will meet your driver there.
If you wish to leave your car in a covered garage, contact:
Chamonix Auto Park: 04 50 53 65 71 (40 to 50€ per week).
End point around 4:30pm in Pont.
Transfer to Chamonix if option chosen (1.5 hour drive).
Warning: the tunnel may be very busy on Saturday. Think of a little bit more time if you need to book a bus or train from Chamonix.
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
In accordance with regulations, we are covered by Professional Liability Insurance. In no case can we be responsible for your own Personal Liability. If you chose to take out repatriation insurance with EUROP ASSISTANCE whom we propose, Altitude Mont Blanc will only serve as an intermediary between the client and the insurer. We cannot influence either party. We adhere to strict conditions of sale. You are responsible for compliance with the reporting procedures of any incident.
Before making any decision, contact EUROP ASSISTANCE.
If you are late please contact the agency as soon as possible on: +33 (0)4 50 79 09 16 or +33 (0)6 42 49 76 07
Bring a comfortable backpack of about 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.
Crampons, harness, helmet and ice axe for climbing the Gran Paradiso summit are provided. An ascension at 4000m requires warm clothing in case of deterioration in the weather (thermal leggings, warm hat, waterproof gloves, waterproof jacket and supplementary warm layers to add if necessary). High rising walking boots with a good rigid sole are mandatory. Poles are essential.
Your baggage will be transported daily (except day 1 and 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.