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Duration: 3 days
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Price from: 570 €

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The Gran Paradiso is very well known probably because it is one of the most accessible of the 4000m Alpine peaks. The Madonna on the summit also bears witness to the prominent place the mountain occupies in the Italian psyche, as it is the only 4000m peak entirely in Italy. It is located in the heart of a national park created in 1922 and provides frequent encounters with a rich variety of wildlife, such as chamois and ibex.
 
The Gran Paradiso is the ideal peak for a first experience of the high-mountain environment. Our three-day programme takes you on a superb loop from the Chabot hut to the Victor Emmanuel hut. This combination guarantees you a more evenly spread physical challenge and enables to you to make the most of the ambiance of the glaciated terrain.
 

 

Itinerary

Day 1: Climb up to the Chabod hut
We drive to Valsavarenche from Chamonix via the Mont Blanc tunnel. We start walking from near the village of Pont (1960m). Our climb begins via a steep path through larches. The gentle slopes of high-mountain pastures, or alpages, then lead us to the Chabod hut (2750m).
Vertical ascent: 790m
 
Day 2: Ascent of the Gran Paradiso
We begin the day by the light of our headtorches along a path leading to the Lavaciau glaier (3200m). We climb up the gentle gradient of the glacier to the junction with the Gran Paradiso glacier (3600m). We continue our ascent via a steeper path to the foot of the summit ridge. The final 50 metres leading to the summit (4065m) are over rock, and gives superb views over the Alps. Descent to the Victor Emmanuel hut (2732m), where we spend the night.
Vertical ascent: 1311m / Vertical descent: 1329m
 
 
Day 3: Ascent of the Tresenta
We head for the Tresenta (3609m), which we climb in a return trip from the hut. This satellite summit of the Gran Paradiso provides superb panoramic views of Italy’s Piedmont region, with the Monte Viso as a backdrop. Return to hut and descent to Pont. Return to Chamonix in mid-afternoon.
As the ascent of the Tresenta is a roundtrip from the hut, it can be made optional depending on how you are feeling on the day.
Vertical ascent: 877/0m / Vertical descent: 1649/772m
 
This programme is meant as a guide only. Depending on the abilities of the group and the conditions in the mountains, your mountain guide may alter the route.

 

GROUP BOOKING

Dates 2019: From Friday to Sunday
June 14th-16th  – June 28th-30th  – July 12th-14th – July 26th-28th – August 09th-11th – August 23th-25th  – September 06th-08th

Price 2019: 560€ per person based on minimum of 3 participants.
 
Included in the package:
- IFMGA English speaking mountain guiding service,
- Half-board in  Victor Emmanuel hut 2 nights  (dinner, breakfast and night),
- Transfers as per programme,
 
Not included:
- Personal drinks and other personal expenses (we recommend you bring Euros),
- Take out lunches and daily snacks,
- Cost of getting to meeting point,
- Personal technical equipment including your mountaineering shoes.

 

 

 

 

 

PRIVATE BOOKING

Private booking:
 

Number of people
rates per person

2
825,00 €

3
595,00 €

4
480,00

Included in the package:
- IFMGA English speaking mountain guiding service,
- Half-board  Victor Emmanuel hut - 2 nights  (dinner, breakfast and night),
- Transfers as per programme,
 
Not included:
- Personal drinks and other personal expenses (we recommend you bring Euros),
- Take out lunches and daily snacks,
- Cost of getting to meeting point,
- Personal technical equipment including your mountaineering shoes.
 

 

Further information

Meeting and transport: Meet at 10.00am at the Chamonix Guides Company: 190 place de l’église.

Ability level: A successful trip largely depends on how fit you are. Regular sport practice, enhanced with a strenuous activity during the months preceding the trip are a promise of success.  Last minute intense training results in increasing exhaustion during the trip. The effects of altitude and the weight of your pack will increase difficulty and therefore tiredness. We strongly recommend you arrive in Chamonix well-rested, well-prepared and equipped adequately in order to enjoy our mountainous surroundings at best.
 
For people who regularly exercise/take part in sports. Eight  to ten hours of exercise per day. No mountaineering experience necessary.

Accommodation: Half-board in hut.
 
Group: 3 to 4 people. The Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix's guiding policy is one of the strictest in the mountain guiding business. It guarantees the most balanced groups as possible as well as high-quality personalised advice.

Documentation: Participants must have mountain sports insurance with repatriation cover. We strongly recommend that this also includes cancellation cover. You can take out insurance offering both of these types of cover when you sign up. Participants must also take valid ID with them.
 
 
 

Equipment

We recommend you take particular care over you choice of equipment, as it plays a large role in the success of your trip. Weight is critical, and you must always evaluate the weight-to-comfort ratio to find the best compromise.
Weather conditions can be extremely variable: from 20ºC on the approach route to the hut, to -15ºC on the summit (like a cold winter’s day in a ski resort).
Generally speaking, it is better to put on several thin layers than to have one bulky item of warm clothing, and it is vital that you remain dry at all times.

 
Equipment
- 35-litre backpack
- High-altitude mountaineering boots that are not too tight
- Gaiters, if needed for your trousers
- Telescopic trekking poles
- Crampons with anti-balling plates; helmet, harness and straight ice axe
 
 
Clothing
- Warm hat that can be worn under a helmet
- Sun hat or cap
- Neck protection such as a ‘Buff’
- ‘Micro-fibre’ style long-sleeve base layer
- Fleece
- ‘Gore Tex’ style shell jacket with hood
- Down jacket
- Base layer leggings
- Durable summer mountaineering trousers (not ski trousers)
- ‘Gore Tex’ style over-trousers
- Warm specialist walking socks
- Lightweight specialist walking socks
- Ski gloves or good quality mitts
- Leather or fleece gloves
- Change of clothes at your discretion
 
Accessories
- Category 4 sunglasses
- Ski goggles
- Headtorch plus spare batteries
- Sheet sleeping bag
- Water bottle (minimum 1.5l) and thermos bottle
- Personalised first aid kit with a minimum of: sun cream, lip balm, cotton buds, blister kit, antisickness medication
- Watertight bag to contain your ID/passport and Euros
 

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