Grand Paradiso is an exceptional mountain range, and is the home of Italy’s first national park, created in 1922. In1850, 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.
Group transfers, luggage transportation and lunch preparation are taken care of by the mountain leader team. Bring just the hiking necessary and fully enjoy the hike !
Day 1 : Truc de Tsanteleina - Rifugio Benevolo
Transfer to the Val di Rhêmes and the hamlet of Thumel (1 880m), where our hike will start. The path reach the wild glacier cirque of Tsantéleyna and lead us at the bottom of the Granta Parei (3 386m) vertical faces. Nigh at Rifugio Bénévolo (2 287m). No access to your luggage.
Elevation gain: 760m - Elevation drop: 360m
Day 2 : Col Rosset
We are progressing in the valley of Gran Vaudala, the colorful alpine pastures mix with the black and gray scree cling to the steep slopes. The passage of the Col Rosset (3 023m) is magnificent and offer us new and breathtaking views. Here we are in Val Savarenche, our descent takes us to Pont. Night at rifugio Tetras-Lyre (2 000m).
Elevation gain: 740m - Elevation drop: 1 050m
Day 3 : Gran Paradiso balcony
We walk towards the refuge Vittorio Emanuele (2 732m) to join the trail to Chabod refuge (2 750m). This crossing offers a beautiful view on the entire chain of Gran Paradiso. We can admire all the main summits that make the reputation of Gran Paradiso. We descend to the hamlet of Les Eaux Rousses, and spend the night at the hostellerie du Grand Paradis.
Elevation gain: 810m - Elevation drop: 920m
Day 4 : Col Lauson - Rifugio Sella
The path is very nice and we easily gain altitude. Col Lauson (3 296m) is the highest non-glacial pass in the park accessible to hikers. After a steep descent among limestone and schistose rocks, ibex’s favourite place, we quickly reach grassy meadows where, hopefully, we will see chamois. Night at rifugio Vittorio Sella (2 584m). No access to your luggage.
Elevation gain: 1 500m - Elevation drop: 1 700m
Day 5 : Val di Cogne
A wonderful balcony path leads us to the heart of the Herbetet cirque, near the eastern face of Gran Paradiso, where a dozen glaciers flow into the valley of Valnontey. Our hike finish at the charming village of Cogne. After a visit of the village, a quick transfer lead us to the hamlet of Lillaz where we will spend the night.
Elevation gain: 1000m - Elevation drop: 1000m
Day 6 : Lago di Loie
Leaving the hotel, at Lillaz (1 617m), we gradually climb up, partly under the larch trees, towards the Vallon de Bardonney, a wild alpine pasture that seems to have frozen in time. It is a real picture of postcard! The trail continues on a balcony towards Lac de Loie (2 354m). Our trail makes a loop and we are back in Lillaz. We will be back in Chamonix at the end of the afternoon.
Elevation gain: 750m - Elevation drop: 750m
The guide may have to adapt the route to weather conditions and/or to group physical and/or technical ability.
Group session associates several people who don’t 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 2021 :
- From Sunday July 18th to Friday July 23rd
- From Monday August 16th to Saturday August 21th
Price 2021 : Coming soon - based on minimum 6 participants.
Included in the package :
- The organization and supervision of each tour by State qualified trekking guide/s
- Half-board accommodation in mountain hut, or basic hotel (dormitory)
- The picnic lunches
- Transfers throughout the trek
- Luggage transportation throughout the trek (except on Day1 and 4 - maximum 1 luggage of 15kg per person).
Not included in the package :
- Drinks and personal expenditure (souvenirs…)
- Repatriation insurance (mandatory)
You are a private group, you can ask for a customized trip.
- Exclusive guide
A more individualized relationship between your group and the professional.
- Choose your date of departure
You can choose your date of departure within the limit of the hut availabilities.
- Flexibility all along the trip
Depending on weather conditions, your level and your expectations, the guide can suggest you some different options of itinerary.
Meeting point : at 7.30 am at the Compagnie des Guides office, 190 Place de l’Eglise, 74400 Chamonix Mont-Blanc.
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 : By a state qualified trekking guide with a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 12 people in the group. 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: no booking accepted in our scheduled groups for people under the age of 18 without a legal guardian.
- During the trip : 3 nights in basic hotel (double/twin room or quadruple) and 2 nights in mountain hut (dormitory or 4/5 beds room).
Please note : no access to your luggage on Day 1 and day 4 (no road access).
- Before & after the trip : we have some hotel partners in Chamonix with special prices for our customers. If you want to receive information just ask Anaïs.
- Participants must have an insurance with repatriation cover. Cancellation insurance is highly recommended. 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 : you are welcome to come and meet your guide the evening before at our office at 6 pm.
- Ankle supporting boots with notched technical rubber sole (i.e. VIBRAM).
- We strongly recommend wearing new boots to break them in before the hike.
- To avoid blisters, try rubbing baby talc on dry feet before using boots (sprinkling talc inside boot works too.
- Minimum size recommended 30 L (bigger is better than too small).
- Take out lunch should still fit after packing for the day.
- Bad weather precaution: pack covers are great to protect pack from rain or snow. We also recommend packing your belongings in a large and solid plastic bag (i.e. garbage bag) for a better protection in case of heavy rainfall.
A solid travel bag (suitcase, framed duffle bag), weighing 33 lbs (15 kg) at the most.
Avoid using cotton underwear. Compared to technical synthetic material, it is heavier and it dries slowly. Wool is also getting popular amongst sportswear brands. Synthetic and wool are warmer; they dry fast, and allow you to pack light (you can easily wash a piece of underwear in the sink as you arrive at the mountain inn/hut. It will be dry before you finish your first beer!).
- 1 long-sleeve shirt + 1 Tshirt (both synthetic)
- 1 polar fleece + 1 light down jacket (or a second fleece)
- 1 pair of shorts + 1 pair of hiking pants
- 1 pair of synthetic hiking socks
- 1 Goretex jacket (waterproof windbreaker)
- 1 poncho (large rain cover that fits over your pack) or 1 pack cover
- 1 pair of rain pants (although light Gore-tex pants are expensive, other types of light rain pants work too)
- 1 water bottle (1.5 quart, to 2 quarts minimum) 1 pocket knife + 1 « spork »
- Sun hat or ball cap, sunscreen, sun glasses, lip protection
- 1 warm hat and a pair of gloves
- 1 pair of telescopic poles
FOR THE ENTIRE HIKE
- 2 changes of clothes: (T-shirt, underwear and socks) prefer synthetic to cotton
- 1 pair of long underwear (synthetic recommended)
- 1 pair of ultra-light shoes (i.e. flip flops, slippers)
- 1 pocket light or head-lamp
- Personal first aid kit **
- 1 one-person sleep-sheet (silk is the most comfortable and remains the lightest)
- Ultra-light shower kit (feel free to customize ...) + synthetic « dry fast » towel
- ID card or valid passport + small change/ bills for personal expenses
- A small amount of laundry detergent
- Optional : low gaiters ( early season trekking), camera, binoculars, umbrella, etc …
** Elastoplast (stretchable strapping tape), band-aids, second skin, medicine for common aches and pains (diarrhea, headaches, sore throat…) Don’t forget to bring your personal prescription treatment if you have one. Mountain leaders also carry a complete first aid kit. Remember that packing light is essential.
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