Gran Paradiso is Italy’s highest all-Italian peak. At 4061 m (13 400ft), it is an incredible belvedere to have an overall view of almost all the great summits of the Alps. The normal route via Victor Emanuel hut is a classic snow climb, with a beautiful section nearby a suspended glacier and an airy ridge at the summit.
Note: in the Aosta valley it is called “Grande Paroi” (the great face) or Mont Iseran, whereas people in the Piémont region often name it “Monte del Broglio”. In was first climbed on September 4th, 1860, by John Jeremy Cowell, W. Dundas, Michel-Clément Payot and Jean Tairraz.
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Ascending Gran Paradiso
We leave Chamonix very early in the morning. We stop at Victor Emanuel hut on the way up and on the way down from the summit. We return to Chamonix later the same day.
Meeting point: We meet in Chamonix on Day 2, Place de l’Eglise in front of the Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix. It takes 1H30 to reach Pont (Valsavarenche).
Starting point: the village of PONT, 1960m (6 468ft): + 0m
Point 1, Victor Emanuel hut 2 732m (9 015ft): + 835m (2 755ft).
We follow the GR (marked and maintained alpine hiking network) and hike up to the hut. No difficulty.
Point 3, at the base of the glacier at 3 300m (10 890ft): + 565m (1 864ft). We follow the moraine and set foot on the glacier.
Point 4: the summit of Gran Paradiso 4061 m (13 400ft): + 761m (2 511 ft). The route follows a regular 40° slope and is entirely on glacier. An airy ridge leads to the summit.
Climbing times: 4 to 6 hours up and 2 to 4 hours down.
The descent follows the same route.
This program will depend on weather and terrain conditions at time of ascent, as well as group’s mountaineering skills and fitness level. The guide will suggest another ascent if necessary.
PHYSICAL DIFFICULTY: For people in excellent physical shape: from the parking area in the village of Pont to the summit entails a 2161 m (7 131 ft) vertical gain. It is a good speed climbing start. Yet it requires regular training in order to make it a successful adventure.
TECHNICAL DIFFICULTY: Hiking experience on glacier with crampons is necessary
People who wish to climb Gran Paradiso should have a good experience of the use of crampons on a glacier at high altitude.
The group will be under the responsibility of a certified and trained mountain guide, who has a good knowledge and experience in alpitrailing. 4 people per guide max. The guiding policy applied by Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix is one of the strictest in the mountain guiding industry.
Breakfast and lunch are taken at Victor Emmanuel hut. (2735m/ 9 025 ft). Participants must bring energy snacks (dry fruits, energy gel, chocolate…). Drinkable water is available from the hut to refill your energy drinks. Bring small change in euros for extra drinks.
Valid ID card or passport.
Repatriation insurance is mandatory. We strongly recommend the purchase of a cancellation insurance. Both insurance contracts are available from our office (please refer to registration form).
Meet your guide and the group at 8H30 on Day 1 at the Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix, 190 place de l’Eglise in Chamonix.
2017 Course Price: only for private groups
Number of people
Price/pers with a training day
Price/pers without a training day (Only the Gran paradiso)
- Guiding services
- Technical equipment*
- Private transfer from Chamonix
* Compagnie des Guides ‘special service: we supply light technical PETZL equipment (crampons, ice-axe, helmet and rope).
- Mountaineering equipment rental
- Cancellation and repatriation insurance
- Accommodation (on demand)
- Food, energy snacks and drinks
We recommend an overlaying dressing device in order to adapt to changing temperatures.
Technical Gore-Tex type jacket with a hood,
A couple of fleeces (a thin and a thicker/warmer one)
Technical synthetic underwear (pants and tee-shirt)
Quality technical gloves or mittens,
A pair of warm socks,
A 30 liter back-pack,
Glacier sun-glasses and snow goggles,
A water bottle,
NOTE: personal trail running equipment is highly recommended to access the hut
Very good quality, non-tightening, mountaineering boots (with rigid sole).