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 dedlared the area the “Royal Hunting Reserve”, giving birth to alpine wildlife protection in Europe. Originally covering an area of 2 100 hectares, it spreads over 72 000 hectares today. 6 mountain valleys lead to the typical villages of the “Val d’ Aosta”. 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.
As a more traditional type of hike, this trip also requires a good hiking experience.
We carry all our belongings in our backpacks, and use local buses for transfers. We can prepare a bag on the side with extra change of clothes. It will be accessible on day 4. Food and snack supplies are available from mountain villages and huts.
Day 1 : CHAMONIX - REFUGE MARIO BEZZI
A minibus transfer of around 1 ½ hrs takes us to Valgrisenche and the hamlet of Usellières. A hike up to the Epée hut allows us afterwards to enjoy a panoramic traverse to the comfortable Mario Bezzi mountain hut.
Up : 800m / Down : 300m / Hiking Time : 6 H 00
Day 2 : REFUGE MARIO BEZZI - VAL DE RHÊMES
Our gaze takes in the Plattes des Chamoix, the Vaudet and the Gliairette glaciers as we make our way to the Bassac Déré mountain pass. This magnificent viewing point opens out onto not only Gran Paradiso, but also the Vanoise, Mont-Blanc and the Matterhorn in the Swiss Alps. A pleasant descent to Benevolo hut.
Up : 800m / Down : 800m / Hiking Time : 6 H 00
Day 3 : COL DE LA NIVOLETTA - SAVOIA HUT
We are at the doorstep of Gran Paradiso, and only a few steps away from col Nivoletta, the mountain pass and one of our objectives for today. As we enter the old glacier cirque, the fertile alpine lawn and its multiple bright-coloured flowers contrast with the dark slate scree of the steep hillsides. Glaciers are nearby and enlighten the panorama still. The hike over the pass is superb, offering more unforgettable mountain views to our eyes … At the end of the day, we hike down to the Savoia lakes and mountain hut.
Up : 900m / Down : 600m / Hiking Time : 6 H 00
Day 4 : LE TAOU BLANC (3438m)
Today’s highlight is the highest point of the trek. Taou Blanc is a beautiful peak and amazing belvedere from where one can face the 4000-meter peak of Gran Paradiso right in the heart of the whole range. From Col Leynir we hike towards Lac Noir (Black Lake) and the village of Pont in Valsavarenche.
Up : 1300m / Down : 1700m / Hiking Time : 8 H 00
Day 5 : EAUX ROUSSES - VITTORIO SELLA HUT
We leave Eaux Rousses early morning and commence a magnificent hike uphill to the Levionna plain, towards the Col Lauson, the highest non-glacial mountain pass in the park which is accessible to hikers. After a traverse on limestone and schist, a favourite place for mountain ibex, we quickly rejoin the grassy meadows which are home to marmots and chamois, and the Vittorio Sella mountain hut (not accessible by vehicles), where we will spend our last night.
Up : 1630m / Down : 710m / Hiking Time : 8 H 00
Day 6 : VAL DE COGNE
The cherry on the cake! A fantastic balcony trail will lead us to the bottom of the Herbetet natural circus near the east face of Gran Paradiso. The panorama here is grandiose with around ten glaciers descending from the summits of: Herbetet, Becca di Montandayne, Piccolo and Gran Paradiso, Testa di Valnontey, and Torre del Gran San Pietro, which dominates the Valnontey valley. We rejoin the village of Valnontey which marks the end of this superb trek. Transfer back to Chamonix.
Up : 100m / Down : 1000m / Hiking Time : 5 H 00
For safety reasons, the guide may modify the trek itinerary due to terrain, weather or other conditions.
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More pictures on our blog : Un goût de Paradis
2017 DATES : Sunday to Friday.
July 16th to 21st – July 30th to August 04th - August 27th to September 01st.
2017 PRICE : 685€ per person (6 people minimum)
Guiding service and organization
Drinks and personal expenditure (souvenirs…)
Half-board in mountain hut and basic hotel (dormitory)
Repatriation insurance (mandatory)
Shuttle from and back to Chamonix
- ID or valid passport.
- Repatriation insurance (mandatory). Cancellation insurance is highly recommended.
We provide optional insurance contracts for repatriation and trip cancellation (see booking form).
WHY CHOOSE COMPAGNIE DES GUIDES :
- An all-inclusive product
- Only 6 to 12 people per group and mountain leader
- Carefully selected accommodation
- Local products for our take-out lunches
- Truly mountain oriented our certified leaders are happy to share their knowledge and expertise in the guiding field
LEVEL : The Grand Paradiso National Park - Hut to Hut hiking trip 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.
ACCOMMODATION : 5 nights in mountain hut (in dormitory). Mountain huts provide hot shower and blankets. Each hiker carries daily his personal belongings, and the picnicalong the entire trek.
GUIDING : Each mountain leader guides groups of 12 people maximum. For maximum safety and quality guiding, a second mountain leader joins the group at 13 people.
Important : no booking accepted in our scheduled groups for people under the age of 18.
MEETING PLACE : At 7.30am in front of the Compagnie des Guides in Chamonix on Day 1. You are welcome to come and meet your guide the evening before at our office at 6 pm. On last day, returning to Chamonix is expected early evening.
EQUIPMENT : See attached list.
Note : Due to the elevation of the trek, a good equipment is strongly advised.
INSURANCE : Our mountain leaders are self-employed professionals, and therefore covered under a liability insurance via the French Mountain Leaders Association (SNAM). As a tour operator, the Compagnie des Guides is also covered under a tour operator liability insurance contract (MMA IARD).
Repatriation and cancellation insurance are available from our office. Repatriation insurance is mandatory. We strongly recommend the purchase of cancellation insurance.
TRAINING : Good physical condition will allow you to make the most of your holiday. A month before the hike at least, we suggest you walk upstairs, rather than use the elevator. During the weekends you can run, walk or ride your bike to train for the hike. Doing a medical check-up before signing for the trip is recommended. Your guide should be informed of any medical treatment.
CLIMATE : Alpine weather can change suddenly, involving wide temperature variations. Temperatures also drop with altitude, and snow falls in summer are not rare. A high pressure moving in can also bring in cool air. You should anyhow bring warm clothes and be prepared for cold or very hot weather, while minimizing additional weight gain.
Please, feel free to contact the Compagnie des Guides for any further information.
You are a private group, you can ask for a customized trip, and have your own guide !
- 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.
For any further information, please contact Déborah :
Tel : +33 450 53 00 88 or E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org.