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Grand Paradiso is an exceptional mountain range, and is the home of Italy’s first national park, created in 1922. In 1850, the King of Sardinia had declared the area the “Royal Hunting Reserve”, giving birth to alpine wildlife protection in Europe. A well-established trail-network allows hikers to access wild mountain passes and summits.
This trip offers breathtaking views over pristine snowy peaks, during the hike we will discover the beautiful open larch forest, alpine meadows and tundra, as well as turquoise mountain lakes. Welcome to mountain wildlife heaven, and its 6000 chamois, 4500 ibexes for the latest counting. The latter was long ago chosen as the Park’s emblem.
Our Valdotain cousins speak French elegantly with a hint of an accent that adds incomparable charm to this week of hiking.
Benefit from the knowledge of our mountain leaders without worrying about the logistics.
Luggage transport is provided throughout the hike except on the fourth evening since we sleep in a refuge. Food for picnics is found either in the villages crossed throughout your hike, or in the refuge.
Day 1 : Pila-Col de Tza Setze- Cogne
We depart from Aosta and take the ski lift to reach an altitude of 2000m. After this gentil start, the ascent to the Tza Sete Pass (2870m) is a good way to get into the rythem of the hike. From the pass the view is magnificent from all sides, The summits of the Grand Paradis, Mont Rose , Mont Blanc ...
We take a long gradual descent to the Val de Cogne and the Gimilan village (1787m). We take a short transfer to Cogne where we will spend the night.
Elevation gain: 650m - Elevation drop: 1 000m
Day 2 : Lac le Loie-Vallon de Bardonney
We start todays hike in the village of Lillaz (1617m) in the Cogne valley where we hike up to the Lac de Loire (2354m). We take our time along this steep trail. Once at the lake, we cross along the river bank to emerge above the vast Baronney valley (2232m). A true postcard image ! We descend through the Larch trees into the valley. We take a 1hour transfer to the small hamlet of Eaux Rousses (1658m) where we will spend the night in the Valsavarenche.
Elevation gain: 750m - Elevation drop: 750m
Day 3 : Les Pravieux - Pont
After a short morning transfer to the locality of Pravieux (1871m) we start our hike along the trail to the Chabod Refuge (2750m) under the shade of the Larch trees. Just under the refuge, we cross over the Polis Glaciers under the majestic summit of the Grand Paradis. We then start our descent to the Pont village where we will spend the night.
Elevation gain: 900m - Elevation drop: 900m
Day 4 : Pont - Refuge Savoia
We leave the village of Pont (1960m) for a quiete day with the Chamois. We steadily climb to the Gran Collet (2832m). After a short descent under the pass, we leave the trail and cross mountain pastures and sheep covered rocks towards the Col du Nivolet and the Savoia Refuge (2532m), renowned for it copious meals !
Elevation gain: 870m - Elevation drop: 300m
Day 5 : Refuge Savoia - Val de Rhêmes We climb above the refuge and quickly reach grassy slopes and the lakes that reflect mirror like images of the surrounding peaks. We continue our ascent to the Col Rosset (3023m), where we discover another valley and new peaks including that of the Grande Traversières (3496m). We begin our descent into the Val di Rhêmes until Thumel (1900m) where we will spend the night in the hamlet of Bruil.
Elevation gain: 490m - Elevation drop: 1 120m
Day 6 : Vallon de Sort
Leaving Bruil (1723m), we climb the beutiful wild valley of Sort until we reach the the mountain pastures of the same name (2448m). After crossing the small pass (2560m), we descend through the Combe d'Entrelor. Here we find the Alta Via n°2 trail which we have in part taken this week.
Elevation gain: 840m - Elevation drop: 840m
The guide may have to adapt the route to weather conditions and/or to group physical and/or technical ability.
The collective formula associates several people who do not necessarily know each other. It allows for a planned program to benefit from an attractive price on fixed dates. This formula is ideal for people looking for the friendliness of a group.
Dates in 2021 : From Sunday July 18th to Friday July 23rd - From Monday August 16th to Saturday August 21th
Price for 2021 : 840€ per person - based on a minimum of 6 participants.
This price includes:
- The organization and supervision by a state qualified trekking guide,
- Half-board accommodation (dinner, breakfast and night) in mountain huts and basic hotels (4-bed room & dormitory)
- picnic lunches,
- lift passes,
- transfers throughout the hike,
- luggage transportation throughout the trek - except night 4 (1 piece of luggage per person, maximum 15kg).
Not included in the price :
- Drinks and personal expenditure (souvenirs…),
- repatriation insurance (compulsory).
A private engagement is the historical relationship that binds a mountain leader to their clients. It allows you to be alone or in your own group with your mountain leader who will meet your specific needs.It is undoubtedly the ideal formula realise your projects because it guarentees you a maximum amount of comfort. You are free to choose your departure date (subject to the availability in the accommodation). Depending on the weather conditions, the proposed route can be adjusted according to your level and expectations, the professional can suggest alternatives to the itinerary.
Prices for 2021 :
1 person : 3635€ per person | 7 people : 930€ par person
2 people : 2055€ par person | 8 people : 875€ par person
3 people : 1530€ par person | 9 people : 830€ par person
4 people : 1270€ par person | 10 people : 795€ par person
5 people : 1110€ par person | 11 people : 770€ par person
6 people : 1005€ par person | 12 perople : 745€ par person
These prices use the same conditions as the collective group formula.
In this section, find all the information about this activity. For further information, please contact our advisor (contact details above).
Meeting point : meet at 7.30 am in front of the Compagnie des Guides in Chamonix.
Ability level : 4/5 - The Gran Paradiso National Park hiking is a strenuous trek. A minimum of 800m (2700ft) vertical gain and about 8 hours of hiking daily day. Hiking on maintained trails with off trail hiking sections, in scree and bouldery areas. Mountain terrain can involve difficult and exposed trails, for sure-footed hikers. Good physical training and multiday hiking experience on mountain trails are required. Each hiker carries all his personal belongings, and the picnic along the entire trek.
Guiding policy : minimum 6 and maximum 12 people per guide. 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.
Important: Registration possible from 16 years of age. Registration is not permitted to anyone under the age of 18 without a legal guardian.
- During the trip : 1 night in a refuge (dormitory) and 4 nights in a hotel (double/twin or quadruple room*). Luggage transported by a taxi along the trip except on day 5.
* For people signing up alone, we cannot guarantee that you will share your room with a person of the same gender.
- Before & after the trip : benefit from preferential prices from our partner hotels in Chamonix. If you wish to receive information just ask the Randonnée department.
- Participants must have 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.
Preparing for the trip : There is an information meeting with your mountain leader the day before departure at 6pm at the Compagnie des Guides Office.
We recommend that you take special care in choosing your equipment because it contributes greatly to the success of your trip. As alpine conditions can be highly variable with sudden changes, it can get very cold in altitude, it is preferable to have numerous layers rather than one thick piece of clothing. It is not uncommon to have snow in the middle of summer, do not skimp on warm clothes even if the weather seems favourable. Contrarily, the sun can be scorching hot. Without weighing too much, you should always have sufficient equipment in your backpack to deal with the capricious and severe weather.
- A backpack with a capacity of at least 30 litres (better too big than too small). Make sure you have enough space for the picnic. A small tip in case it rains : even if you have a backpack cover, always protect your belongings in a plastic bag (a big rubbish bag) inside your backpack.
- A compact and solid travel bag, maximum 15kg.
- A pair of top-quality hiking boots with Vibram soles. For new shoes, we strongly suggest that you wear them beforehand to mold them to the shape of your foot. If you are prone to blisters : talcum powder applied to dry feet and in your shoes before you start your days hiking.
For added comfort regarding underwear, (t-shirts, boxers, socks), avoid cotton which is heavy, cold and dries very slowly. Opt for synthetic technical fabrics or wool, which is making a comeback. They are warmer and dry quickly.
For the day :
- 1 short-sleeved t-shirt
- 1 long-sleeved t-shirt (technical fabric)
- 1 polar fleece
- 1 light down jacket (or a second fleece)
- 1 pair of shorts
- 1 pair of hiking trousers
- 1 pair of hiking socks (technical fabric)
- 1 Goretex jacket (waterproof windbreaker)
- 1 poncho (large rain cover that fits over your pack) or 1 pack cover
- 1 pair of waterproof trousers (although light Gore-tex trousers are expensive, other types of light waterproof trousers will do)
- Sun hat or baseball cap
- 1 warm hat
- 1 pair of gloves
For the entire trip :
- At least 2 changes of clothes - t-shirt, underwear & socks (technical fabric)
- 1 pair of long underwear (technical fabric)
- 1 pair of ultra-light shoes (i.e. flip flops, slippers)
- optional : short gators (start of the season)
For the day :
- Sun cream and lip salve
- 1 water bottle (minimum 1 litre but 1.5 litres is better)
- 1 knife
- 1 fork (type "spork")
- 1 pair of telescopic poles
For the entire trip :
- 1 sleeping bag liner
- Flashlight or headlight
- Personal pharmacy : elastoplast, (stretchable strapping tape), band-aids "second skin" kit, compresses, medicines for common ailments : diarrhea, constipation, sore throat, headaches, pain relief, allergies and any prescribed medication. The mountain leader always carries a first aid kit with them. Remember that packing light is essential.
- Toiletries, hand towel, earplugs
- Identification (passport or ID card)
- Money for your personal expenses
- A bit of soap for laundry
Select the package of your choice: