Founded in 1922, the Gran Paradiso National Park, first natural park in Italy and Europe, was created to protect wildlife and remains a safe haven and protective area plants and animals including: chamois, ibex, marmot, fox and vultures. This park sits alongside its little brother in France, the Vanoise National Park. Both of them together offer a protective area of over 1200 km2.
Between the parks is a large natural mountainous barrier, traversed by high mountain passes. This tour makes the most of the rarely frequented wilderness and unmarked trails. A physical tour with basic mountain comfort offering a real immersion into this virgin mountain space.
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For a 7 days guided tour :
885 euros per person
The price includes:
- Organisation and booking costs, guiding by a qualified and insured mountain leader.
- All meals including picnic lunch and simple snacks during the day.
- Accommodation in gîtes, refuges and small hotels.
- Shower tokens in accomodation if required.
- Baggage transport between accommodation (except days 1,2 and 5). - Bus transfers.
The price does not include:
- Personal expenses (drinks etc...). - Touristic visits. - Airport taxes. - Cancellation insurance. - Your return journey from home to the point of departure/end point.
The price is all inclusive from departure to end point.
Meeting point at the train station in Bourg Saint Maurice at 8h30,
transfer to the departure point in St Foy in the Tarentaise.
COL DU ROCHER BLANC OR DU MONT - REFUGE BEZZI
Climb to Col de l’Argentière, then traverse the wild plateau from Lake Blanc to Col du Rocher Blanc (2833m), creating the border with Italy. Descend into the Valgrisenche by Lake Grapillon. Another route is possible passing by the Col du Mont (2636m). Descend to Refuge Bezzi. Nigth in refuge, with luggage.
5.5 hour walk / Elevation: +950m -550m
COL BASSAC DERE - REFUGE BENEVOLO
Hike close alongside the Gliairetta Glacier. Climb to Col de Bassac Déré at 3083m, descend to the glacial Lake Goletta, then to Refuge Benevolo. Night in refuge.
6.5 hour walk / Elevation: +800m -800m
COL ROSSET - LACS LIETA - REFUGE CHIVASSO
Traverse the pastures and ascend to Col Rosset at 3023m. Descend to the Plateau de Rosset via Lakes Chavaney and Lieta. A dream landscape facing the summit of the Grand Paradis!
Night in Refuge Chivasso. (*no baggage transport).
5.5 hour walk / Elevation: +800m -550m
COL DU CARRO - BONNEVAL SUR ARC
Climb the Carro Valley with a cabled passage from Col du Carro (3122m). Descend via Lakes Noir and Blanc to Refuge du Carro, for a night (without your bagages).
6 hour walk / Elevation: +900m -750m
REFUGE DU CARRO - ARC SPRINGS - BONNEVAL SUR ARC
Start from Refuge du Carro to climb to Col des Pariotes (3034m). descend to then to the village of Ecot, classed the most beautiful in France. Night in a gîte in the local traditional style village of Bonneval sur Arc.
5 hour walk / Elevation: +300m -1250
COL DE BEZIN ET LA ROCHEURE - LA FEMMA
Transfer to l'Oulietta in bus . Climb to the Col de Bezin (2929m) via unmarked tracks. Traverse the wild, deserted, high glacial flats of Méan Martin to reach the Col de la Rocheure (2911m). Impressive view over the Dômes de la Vanoise. Descend to Refuge de la Femma.(*no baggage transport).
6 hour walk / Elevation: +950m -1050m
COL DES PIERRES BLANCHES - COL DE LA SEIGNE - TIGNES
Clim to col des pierres Blanches (2842m) to access at Vallon de la Leisse, under pics of Grande casse and Grande Motte. Descent in Tignes Valley for the end of this magical tour.
6 hour walk / Elevation: +800m -1050m
End of tour at 15:00 at Tignes and transfer for 16:00 at Bourg Saint Maurice.
Elevation: +/-900m average per day.
Walking time: 5 - 7 hours average per day.
Type of trek: Mountain route with several aerial passages and some unmarked trails.
Number in a group between 6 -14 people supervised by a qualified professional mountain leader.
5 nights in dormitories in refuges.
1 night in hôtel or gite, in share room.
All accommodation has 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 a 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.
A good fitness level is highly important for this tour.
Ability to easily walk 20km (on the flat) in a maximum of 4 hours. This trek, requires a certain physical fitness level but presents no particular technical difficulty. Good advance preparation is nevertheless necessary in order to appreciate the beauty of this high altitude domaine. Your physical preparation will enable you to enjoy your trek to the maximum.
IGN Top 25 - 3532 ET - les Arcs, la Plagne and Top 25
3633 ET - Tignes, Val d’Isère (1/25 000)
Istituto Geografico Centrale: map 102 Valsavarenche, Val di Rhêmes, Valgrisenche
Meet Sunday at 8:30 at the train station in Bourg Saint Maurice. Transfer to Tignes.
Inbound: Depart Gare de Lyon (Paris) at 12:45 arrive in Bourg Saint Maurice at 17:55.
Return: Depart Bourg Saint Maurice at 16:45 arrive in (Paris) Gare de Lyon at 23:19.
Times given are indicative and should be verified at a train station or at
Take the A430 motorway to Albertville, then the N90 to Bourg Saint Maurice. The train station is on the main road in the town centre.
End point in Tignes at 15:00, transfer to Bourg St. Maurice arrive at 16:00.
Bourg Saint Maurice Tourist Office: +33 (0)4 79 07 12 57
Sainte-Foy Tourist Office: +33 (0)4 79 06 95 19
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.
+33 (0)4 50 79 09 16 or +33 (0)6 42 49 76 07
- 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
- 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
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.
Your baggage will be transported daily between accommodation by our logistics vehicle. You are allowed 1 soft, sports type bag with all your possessions inside, no heavier than 10kg (for your own ease and comfort carrying your bag up stairs and in the dormitories, we do not advise rigid suitcases, heavy or large baggage).
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.