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Gran Paradiso (Italy)

Gran Paradiso (Italy)
Technical Level 4  
Number of days : 5
Price : 660€

Follow us for a snowshoe tour into Gran Paradiso National Park

Bordering with the French Vanoise National Park, with glaciers nearby, this superb region of Italy is at the doorstep of an exceptional high alpine range. In addition to its friendly residents and its delicious food, Aosta valley offers endless snowshoe hike possibilities. During this exclusive trip, we will make you discover Val de Rhêmes and Val de Cogne.

For any further information, feel free to contact Anaïs +33 450 53 00 88 or by email:

Day 1 : Alpine pastures of Leysser                                     Elevation gain : 2 150ft , Loss of altitude : 2 150ft

After a transfer of an hour and a half, we start our hike and leave the hamlet of Vétan. We quickly reach the alpine pastures of Leysser, a perfect terrain offering various snowshoe options and a breathtaking view of Gran Paradiso. After our hike we will get another transfer across the Aosta Valley to our comfortable hotel in Val de Cogne.


Day 2 : Val de Cogne – Têtes des Goilles                             Elevation gain : 2 470ft , Loss of altitude : 2 470ft
We leave from the village of Lillaz (5 350ft), 3 km away from Cogne, and slowly make our way up to the Urtier alpine valley with Punta Tervisa (1 160ft) just above us. After hiking to the other side of the creek, we follow a forest road to the beautiful alpine plateau of Pian delle Goilles just below Testa delle Goilles (7 830ft). We spend the night in our hotel in Val de Cogne.


Day3 : Val de Rhèmes - Refuge Benevolo                           Elevation gain : 1 520ft , Loss of altitude : 1 520ft
Transfer to Val de Rhêmes. From the hamlet of Pelaud (6 000ft) we hike towards Benevolo hut (7 540ft), admiring the spectacular alpine setting with the Granta Pareï face (11 112ft) and its glaciers. The Vanoise range is only 4 miles away. With a light backpack, we hike along the pastures above the hut and appreciate the alpine surroundings. We spend the night at Benevolo hut.


Day 4 : Hiking towards Col de la Nivoletta                                    Elevation gain : 2 900ft , Loss of altitude : 2 900ft

An unforgettable day in an exceptional area. We adapt our program today to the snow conditions and the group motivation and energy. Wide-open spaces invite us to hike up gradual slopes, or through little dips and small canyons… Nivoletta mountain pass (10 300ft) is one of the many hiking options of the day. It is a superb viewpoint to admire the north face of Gran Paradiso. We spend the night at Benevolo hut.        


Day 5 : Val de Rhèmes – Truc di Tsanteleina                                Elevation gain : 1 320ft , Loss of altitude : 2 900ft
After hiking to the graceful-looking hill of Truc di Tsanteleina (8 900ft), it is time to enjoy a last panoramic view of the surrounding mountains, and the Val de Rhèmes. After admiring the beauty of the landscape, we finally decide to make our way down to Pelaud and head back to Chamonix.   


Important : guides and leaders may have to adapt program and hiking route to weather/terrain conditions and according to group hiking skills.


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Dates: Monday to Friday.
-  March 26th to 30th

Price : 660€ per person (group starts at 5).

-  Mountain Leader guiding service
-  Half-board accommodation
-  Picnic lunches
-  Snowshoe, pole, avalanche beacon, probe, and shovel rental
-  Shuttles and van assistance

Not including:
-  Drinks and personal expense (souvenirs…)
- Repatriation insurance (mandatory)

Documentation :
-  ID or valid passport.
Repatriation insurance (mandatory). Cancellation insurance is highly recommended.
We provide optional insurance contracts for repatriation and trip cancellation.
Individual insurance covering mountain activities is also recommended as a complementary insurance.


LEVEL 4/5 : Strenuous trek. For very active people with a good experience in multiday snowshoe-hikes.
7 to 8-hour hike with average vertical gain between 2 620 ft and 3 280 ft.
A good snowshoeing experience required. Snowshoeing on somewhat steep slopes that may require some technique.
For people who can deal with all types of snow and who can adapt to all situations.

We hike light packed each day, except for the day to Benevolo hut, during which we carry our sleeping items, a change of clothes in addition to our daily needs.

ACCOMMODATION : 2 nights in a hotel (twin room) and 2 nights in a comfortable catered mountain hut ( mixed dormitory + hot showers).

GUIDING : Each mountain leader guides groups of 5 (min) to 8 people (max). The Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix's guiding policy is one of the most restrictive in the mountain guiding industry.
Important : no booking accepted in our scheduled groups for people under the age of 18.

MEETING PLACE : 8.00 am at the Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix, 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.

EQUIPMENT : See attached list.

INSURANCE : Repatriation insurance (mandatory). Cancellation insurance is highly recommended.
We provide optional insurance contracts for repatriation and trip cancellation.
Individual insurance covering mountain activities is also recommended as a complementary 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.

If you already have a group we can organize for you a private tour with your own mountain leader !

- 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 Anaïs :
Tel : +33 (0)4 50 53 00 88 or E-mail :


190 place de l'Eglise

+33 (0)4 50 53 00 88