The Gran Paradiso is very well known probably because it is one of the most accessible of the 4000m Alpine peaks. The Madonna on the summit also bears witness to the prominent place the mountain occupies in the Italian psyche, as it is the only 4000m peak entirely in Italy. It is located in the heart of a national park created in 1922 and provides frequent encounters with a rich variety of wildlife, such as chamois and ibex.
The Victor Emmanuel hut is the ideal starting point for the ascent of the Gran Paradiso. It gives access to the wide, low gradient slopes that are perfect for skiing. Only the last 50m require crampons to reach the summit.
Day 1: Transfer by minibus from Chamonix to Pont (1960m). We commence our climb to the Victor Emmanuel hut on a steep path through larches. The gradient now eases off and gentle slopes lead to the hut.
Vertical ascent: 770m
Day 2: We climb the Gran Paradiso in a round-trip from the hut. This allows us to take our time and make the most of the atmosphere here. From the hut a climb over an even gradient leads us to the Gran Paradiso glacier (3200m), then the junction with the Lavaciau glacier (3600m) and finally the foot of the Gran Paradiso (4060m). The final 50m require crampons and rope. We are greeted on the summit by a statue of the Madonna and a breath-taking panorama. Superb descent to the Victor Emmanuel hut.
Vertical ascent: 1350m / Vertical descent: 1350m
Day 3: We climb up to the base of the northeast arête of Le Ciarforon (2935m), from where reach the Grand Etret glacier via a long descending traverse. We put our skins back on to reach the Col du Grand Etret (3150m) from where we are afforded handsome views of the Southern Alps. We descend the untouched valley of the Grand Etret to rejoin Pont. Transfer to Chamonix, which we reach by mid-afternoon.
Vertical ascent: 550m / Vertical descent: 1300m
This programme is meant as a guide only. Depending on the abilities of the group and the conditions in the mountains, your mountain guide may alter the route.
Ability level: For people who regularly exercise/take part in sports and who have a previous ski touring experience.
Accommodation: Half-board in huts.
Preparing for the trip: Our “Ski touring adviser” is available if you have any question.
Group: 4 to 5 people. The Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix's guiding policy is one of the strictest in the mountain guiding business. It guarantees the most balanced groups as possible as well as high-quality personalised advice.
Equipment: File can be downloaded.
Documentation: Participants must have mountain sports insurance with repatriation cover. We strongly recommend that this also includes cancellation cover. You can take out insurance offering both of these types of cover when you sign up. Participants must also take valid ID with them.
Meeting and transport: Meet at 08:30 at the Compagnie des Guides office in Chamonix. Transfer by minibus to the departure point. (Participants may leave personal belongings in our office until the group returns). Return to Chamonix by minibus.
Price 2019: 560€ per person based on minimum of 4 participants.
Included in the package:
- IFMGA English speaking mountain guiding service,
- Half-board in mountain huts (dinner, breakfast and night),
- Ski lift access as per programme,
- Transfers as per programme,
- Rental of full safety kit (avalanche transceiver/DVA, shovel, probe).
- Take out lunches and daily snacks,
- Personal drinks in huts and other personal expenses (we recommend you bring Euros),
- Cost of getting to meeting point (Chamonix),
- Personal technical equipment.
We can organize and privatize this ski touring trip for you.
You are your own group (friends, family…)? We propose you a personalized trip; you chose your date of departure
(depending on hut availability).
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