Few words about the trekking…
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 ! This adventure trek will help you discover the more representative areas of the Gran Paradiso massif.
Group transfers, luggage transportation and lunches are taken care of by the mountain leader team. Bring just the hiking necessary and fully enjoy the hike !
This destination is not scheduled for this summer, however :
If you're a group of friends, you can ask for a "private formula", and have your own guide !
Advantages : Exclusive guide - Choose your departure date - Flexibility all along the trip.
For any further information, please contact Déborah.
Day 1 : VALLON DE SORT
We meet in Chamonix at 8H00 and transfer by minivan to Val de Rhêmes (1H30). We start our hike at the village of Bruil. The trail climbs up into the Sort alpine valley and pastures (8 000ft). We then reach a pass (8 400ft) from which the view over surrounding peaks is purely amazing : Granta Parei (11 100ft), la Grande Traversière (11 450ft), and Grande Rousse (11 700ft). On the way down we hike across the Entrelor mountain bowl, and join the Alta Via 2 Trail, a route we will hike on again during this trek. We spend the night at the hamlet of Bruil.
Up / Down : 840m / Hiking Time : 5 H 00
Day 2 : TOUR DU TRUC DE TSANTELEINA
Our hike starts at Thumel, the hamlet that marks the end of the road, deep into the Gran Paradiso National Park. First a wide trail leads to a beautiful alpine valley. We hike to Benevolo hut and continue up into a “cul de sac” alpine valley. Hiking around Mount Truc de Tsanteleina provides merely spectacular view : it seems we can touch the ice of the glaciers, or just about… The vertical wall of the Granta Parei (11 110ft) proudly stands In front of us. We hike back down to Thumel and ride our minivan to Valsavarenche. We stop at Pont for the night (6 400 ft).
Up / Down : 760m / Hiking Time : 6 H 00
Day 3 : GRAND COLLET
From Pont, the trail towards Gran Collet pass is steep and steady. Towards the East we can admire the Gran Paradiso massif. Looking to the West, landscapes are less rugged yet higher and dryer. A short downhill section takes us below the pass. We cut across alpine meadows and glacier polished rock slabs, looking for grazing chamois. The Park’s wilderness is striking by its beauty, showing untouched alpine nature at its best. We hike down to the wide Nivolet plateau to reach Pont to find our hotel again.
Up / Down : 865m / Hiking Time : 6 H 30
Day 4 : REFUGE CHABOD
We hike to the Frederico Chabot hut (9 000ft). The restored stone-covered trail reminds us of the days when King Vittorio Emanuele rode his horse on this wide and comfortable trail, to get to higher hunting areas. Quite some time before the hut, we leave the trail and head into a wild untracked alpine bowl just under the summit of Gran Paradiso. A gentle trail leads to the Pravieux alpine pastures (6 140ft). We transfer to Val de Cogne, and reach Lillaz an hour later where we spend the night (5 300ft).
Up / Down : 900m / Hiking Time : 6 H 00
Day 5 : VALLON DE BARDONNEY - LAC DE LOIE
From Lillaz, the trail cuts across a larch forest, then takes us to the Bardonney alpine valley. In this wild grazing pasture, time seems to have stopped long ago. A short climb leads to a perfect viewpoint, and the panorama looks just like a postcard ! The trail continues across the hillside to Lac de Loie (7 720ft), from where we can admire Mont Blanc… towering high in the distance! On the way back down to the village, we come across the spectacular Lillaz waterfall. We spend the night in the same hotel.
Up / Down : 750m / Hiking Time : 6 H 00
Day 6 : REFUGE VITTORIO SELLA
Our last day hiking starts in the Valnontey hamlet (3 820ft), just above the small Italian mountain town of Cogne. After a short time we leave the main trail to hike across the meadows to Petit Lauson alpine pastures and lakes. The view in front of us is spectacular and dramatic altogether ! The Torre del Gran San Pietro(12 100ft), Testa di Money (11 720ft), and Testa di Valnontey (11 690 ft) rise only a few hundred yards feet away. We enjoy a nice luch break at the welcoming legendary Vittorio Sella hut, and finally make our way down to Valnontey. We transfer back to Chamonix.
Up / Down : 900m / Hiking Time : 5 H 30
For safety reasons, the guide may adapt the trek itinerary due to terrain, weather or other conditions.
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More pictures on our blog : Le Grand Paradis par les sentiers
LEVEL : Gran Paradiso Light Pack hiking trip is a moderate trek. A minimum of 700m (2350ft) vertical gain and about 5 to 7 hours of hiking daily. Hiking on generally well-maintained mountain trails, sometimes including easy out-of-trail sections. For active people who don’t mind training to prepare for the hike. A great multiday hike for people with trekking experience.
ACCOMMODATION : 5 nights in hotel (double share room).
GUIDING : Maximum 8 people per guide. For maximum safety and quality guiding.
MEETING PLACE : At 7.30am ain front of the Compagnie des Guides in Chamonix on Day 1 (190, place de l'église, 74400 Chamonix). 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.
No scheduled date for this summer.
PRICE : Please contact Deborah at the Compagnie des Guides for a private departure.
Here's an example of our all-inclusive price per person :
The organization and supervision of each tour by State qualified trekking guide/s
Drinks and personal expenditure (souvenirs…)
Half-board accommodation in hotel (twin and double room)
Repatriation insurance (mandatory)
The picnic lunches
Minivan assistance throughout the trek
Luggage transportation throughout the trek
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).
EQUIPMENT : See attached list.
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.