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 575 € From 575 €

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 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.

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 of Italian mountain refuges

GRAN PARADISO self-guided

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Dates & prices

DEPARTURES AND PRICES

Departure from end of June to mid September 2020

7 day tour, classic.

Without baggage transport
575€ per person, classic accommodation.
Single person supplement: +90€
Daily departures.

With baggage transport (except on Day 6)
775€ per person, 6 nights classic accommodation.
Groups 2-3 persons, daily departures.
685€ per person, 6 nights classic accommodation.
Groups of 4-5 persons, daily departures.
645€ per person, 6 nights classic accommodation.
Groups of 6+ persons, daily departures.

Information and reservation is simple by telephone or e-mail.

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THE PRICE

The price includes

  • Half board from dinner the first evening to breakfast of the last day ;
  • A road book: description and IGC map (1 road book per registration up to 4 people. A supplementary road book for groups of 5 or more. Extra road book supplement 10-25€).
  • Daily baggage transport between accommodation if you have chosen this option, except Day 6 ;
  • Taxes ;
  • Organisation and booking fees.

The price does not include:

  • Picnic lunches ;
  • Personal expenses, drinks, touristic visits, etc. ;
  • Baggage transfer at the Nivolet Pass (J6) ;
  • Return transfer Chamonix/Pont ;
  • Cancellation insurance (3.8% of total tour cost).

The price is all inclusive from departure to end point.

The route day to day...

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
Traverse the pastures and ascend to the Col Rosset (3023m). Descend to the Plateau Rosset via the lakes Chavaney and Lieta. Night in a refuge without your baggage.
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 in Pont during 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

2 nights in a gite in a dormitory of 2 to 8 people.
4 nights in refuge in a dormitory of 4 to 10 people.
All accommodation offers hot showers.

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

DEPART

From mid June to mid September.
Departures every Saturday and Sunday, option with baggage transport.
Daily departures for groups of minimum 6 persons, option with baggage transport.
Daily departures (except Saturday and Sunday), option without baggage transport.

ACCESS TO DEPARTURE POINT

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

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
https://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 (49€ 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 baggage.

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

Pont, Valsavarenche - 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

INSURANCE

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.

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

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 between accommodation by our vehicle (except day 6).

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 to refuges, which access is not always easy! 
Please use one bag per person; gathering the belongings of two people often results in a heavy bag. Two bags of 10kg is better than one bag of 20 !

Luggage which are too big and too heavy won't be accepted by the drivers!

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