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Snowshoeing in Gran Paradiso (Italy)

Snowshoeing in Gran Paradiso (Italy)
Physical Level 3  
Technical Level 4  
Category Snowshoeing
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. The warm welcoming 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:

After an hour and a half drive, we leave the hamlet of Vétan and reach the alpine pastures of Leysser. The terrain offers various snowshoe options and the view of Gran Paradiso is absolutely amazing. After our day hike we drive across the Aosta Valley to our comfortable hotel in Val de Cogne.
+/- 2 150ft

We leave from the village of Lilaz (5 350ft), 3 km away from Cogne, and slowly make our way up the Urtier alpine valley with Punta Tervisa (1 160ft) just above us. After hiking to the other side of the creek, we follow the forestry 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.
+/- 2 470ft

We transfer to Val de Rhêmes, to the hamlet of Peleaud (6 000ft) at the end of the road. We hike towards Benevolo hut (7 540ft), admiring the spectacular alpine setting with Granta Pareï (11 112ft) and its many small glaciers. The Vanoise range is only 4 miles away. Lightly packed, we hike along the pastures above the hut and appreciate the alpine surroundings. We spend the night at Benevolo hut.
+ 1 520ft

For this incredible view day, we adapt our goal to snow conditions and our group’s energy resources. Wide open spaces invite us to hike up gradual slopes, or through little dips and small ravines… Nivoletta mountain pass (10 300ft) is one of the many hiking options of the day. It is a superb view point to admire the north face of Gran Paradiso.  We spend the night at Benevolo hut.
+/- 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 Val de Rhèmes. Only after admiring the beauty of nature in winter, we finally decide to make our way down to Péleaud and head back to Chamonix.
+ 1 320ft / - 2 900ft

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

Download the trip description

Important :
Estimated hiking time are based on a 825ft uphill, 1 650ft downhill progression per hour, covering an average distance of 2 miles. Average hiking times do not include lunch and view admiring breaks. Progression rythm for snowshoeing depends on snow quality, visibility and hikers' skills.

2018 WINTER DATE : Monday to Friday. January 15th to 19th, and March 26th to 30th.

2018 WINTER PRICE : 660€ per person
(group starts at 5).



Mountain Leader guiding services

Drinks and personal expense (souvenirs…), we recommend euros in small bills

Half-board at the hotel (in double room), and at the hut (dormitory)

 Avalanche beacon, probe, and shovel rental (mandatory)

Pic-nic lunches Repatriation insurance (mandatory)

Snowshoe and pole rental


Transfers during the trip


Transfer from Chamonix and back


We can organize a private departure for this trek. Quotation on request.


- Valid passport or ID
- Repatriation insurance (mandatory). Cancellation insurance is highly recommended.
We provide optional insurance contracts for repatriation and trip cancellation (see booking form).


DIFFICULTY : This snowshoe hike is graded moderate. For active people who don’t mind training with a good experience in hiking and/or snowshoeing. We hike 6H00 per day, with a daily average vertical gain of 2000 to 2900ft. 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 small hotel (double room), 2 nights in a comfortable catered mountain hut (dormitory + hot showers).

GUIDING : Each mountain leader guides groups of 6 (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 : 8am at the Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix (190, place de l'église, 74400 Chamonix).

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. Individual insurance cover for mountain activities is also recommended (ie. Carte Neige) 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.

Please, feel free to contact the Compagnie des Guides for any further information.

You're a group of friends. You're a family. You would like to book this hike.
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 Laurence :
Tel : +33 450 53 94 32 or E-mail :


190 place de l'Eglise

+33 (0)4 50 53 00 88