Gran Paradiso is a beautiful 4061m peak, and is the only 4000m peak which is entirely within Italian territory. The Gran Paradiso could be therefore considered as the highest peak in Italy.

Climb your first 4000m peak
This is ideal introduction course to high altitude climbing.
No previous mountaineering experience required.
However, you need to be physically fit.

CLIMB GRAN PARADISO

Train in Chamonix & climb your first 4000m on the highest peak in Italy

From 1,370.00€

Price per person; groups of minimum 3 participants.

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Beginner tech level

 

Guiding ratio 1:4

 

Groups of 8 maximum

 

Available June - September

 

6 days course

 

2 nights on mountain huts

Located in the Gran Paradiso national park, it offers a challenging but beautiful ascent through picturesque landscapes rich in alpine flora and wildlife. You will also enjoy views of the majestic Mont Blanc range.

Although high, the ascent of the Gran Paradiso is not technically very demanding, making this peak the perfect introduction to high alpine climbing. On this course, you will learn the essential skills of high mountain climbing; crampon and ice axe techniques, glacier travel safety technique and rope work skills.

Prior to climbing Gran Paradiso we will take you up to two major glaciers of the Mont Blanc range; Vallee Blanche and Glacier du Trient. As part of the course you will climb two alpine peaks, Aiguille du Tour (3544m) and Gran Paradiso (4016m), and you will spent two nights in mountain huts where you can enjoy the spectacular sunsets over the snow covered alpine peaks.

Level Requirements

You don’t need to have any previous experience in alpine climbing to join our Gran Paradiso course. However, it is essential that you are in a good physical shape, you should be able to complete a 5 hour hill hike without difficulty. Regular running, swimming or hill walking are the best forms of training for this course. If you need further advice on how to prepare for the climb, please contact us on info@chamex.com.

There will be maximum 4 climbers for one guide and we accept groups of maximum 8 clients on this course.

Additional Services

Airport transfers

We can help you to organise your transport to/from Chamonix. We work with well-established airport transfer companies which use new and comfortable vehicles and which have the capacity and know-how to handle everything from delayed and cancelled flights, to unexpected traffic jams with professionalism and efficiency.

To book your transfer, we will need the following: 
  • Your full name 
  • Mobile phone number 
  • Email address 
  • Your destination address 
  • Your flight details (date, time and flight number)
SHARED TRANSFERS: 

This is the most economic and ecologically friendly way of travel. The driver will meet and greet you at the airport, gather you and the rest of the passenger group together and then head off to your chosen destination. The door-to-door service means that you will be dropped off and picked up right at your hotel /chalet / apartment. From 40€ per person for one-way and 80€ per person for a return trip.

PRIVATE TRANSFERS: 


Private Transfers are the quickest way to get to and from the airport. Your driver will meet and greet you at the airport and guide you to your vehicle. There is no waiting for other passengers. Private transfers are available for one to eight person bookings and travelling together and you are guaranteed sole occupancy of the vehicle for your transfer. And, of course, it's a door-to-door service, so you won't be lugging any bags very far. 250€ per car for one-way and 500€ per car for a return trip.

Mountain rescue insurance

We don’t include mountain rescue insurance in any of our courses but we strongly recommend that you have it. Mountain rescue may be very expensive, particularly if helicopters are involved. Check with your travel insurance provider if you are covered for the specific activity you are going to do with us.

However, we can organise the mountain rescue insurance for you. The cost is 8€ per person per day for EU residents and 12€ per person per day for non-EU residents. Details of the insurance cover are different for EU and non-EU residents; please contact us for more information.

Equipment hire

We highly recommend that you book any equipment with us at least 2 weeks in advance as the hire shops can have limited availability in the busy season.

You can collect your equipment the evening before the start of the course and return it in the evening at the end of your course. We work with the following Chamonix ski hire and mountain shop:

• Concept Pro Shop that is conveniently located directly next door from our office. Open 7/7 08:00-19:00

Accommodation in Chamonix

If you wish to book accommodation in Chamonix we would be happy to recommend some local hotels, gites, self-catered apartments, or chalets and advise on the best locations. Please contact us if you would like help finding accommodation in Chamonix.

Itinerary

Arrival Day

The course starts with an evening meeting at our offices with your course leader and the other members of your group. Your guide will go through the itinerary for the week and answer any questions you may have.

Day 1 : Glacier Training at Mer de Glace

Today is dedicated to crampon and ice axe training on glacial terrain. The Mer de Glace glacier offers the perfect terrain with many easily accessible crevasses to practice on. You'll learn how to traverse glaciers as well as crevasse rescue and other important safety skills.

Day 2 : Vallee Blanche Traverse

Today we take the cable car to the Aiguille du Midi (3842m) to do the Vallee Blanche traverse. This alpine classic route crosses the glacier from the Aiguille du Midi station in France to the Helbronner station in Italy. You will hike beneath stunning peaks such as the Mont Blanc du Tacul, Tour Ronde and Grand Capucin. We will return to Chamonix by the Helbronner gondola and the Aiguille du Midi lift.

Day 3 : Refuge Albert 1er

From Le Tour we hike to the Albert Premier hut at 2702m where we will have a lunch break. The hut sits right beside Glacier du Tour and is perfect for an afternoon dedicated to crevasse rescue training. We will spend the night at the refuge, which is excellent for acclimatisation.

Day 4 : Aiguille du Tour

After an early breakfast on the hut, you will start to ascent the Glacier du Trient up to the summit of the Aiguille du Tour (3544 m). From the summit, you will descent back to Chamonix.

Day 5 : Rock Climbing at Les Gaillands

This morning will be dedicated to rope skills and rock climbing training at Les Gaillands in Chamonix. After lunch we will drive through the Mont Blanc tunnel to Italy and the Grand Paradiso national park, where we will hike up to the Vittorio Emanuele II or the Chabod Refuge. The hike takes 2-3 hours and then we spend the night at either of the two mountain huts.

Day 6 : Climb Gran Paradiso

The big day! An early start (3am) awaits us and we set out to climb the Grand Paradiso (4016m) before dawn. The climb is varied over easy snow slopes, glacier and rocky ridge; it takes around 4-5 hours from the refuge to the summit. We'll see the sun rising along the way and the view from the top will be something special. The descent is by the same path and takes about 3 hours. You will return to Chamonix to celebrate your first 4000m peak!

Dates

Climb Gran Paradiso dates - 2018

Start date Spaces
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June 03, 2018 1,370.00€
June 17, 2018 1,370.00€
June 30, 2018 1,370.00€
July 15, 2018
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1,370.00€
July 29, 2018 1,370.00€
August 12, 2018 1,370.00€
August 26, 2018 1,370.00€
September 09, 2018 1,370.00€
September 16, 2018 1,370.00€
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Included or not

Included

Mountain Guide Fees

Our course includes 6 days of guiding and instruction by experienced UIAGM qualified mountain guide.

All our guides have been chosen for their lovely personality and high standard of skills.

Transport

Return transport from Chamonix to Italy.

Lift passes

The cost of any lift access that is required during the course for the itinerary described above. 

Group Equipment

Ropes, safety equipment, etc will be provided when needed by your guide.

Office Support

Our team is based at the foot of the Aiguillle du Midi cable car and will be happy to help you with any questions you may have before, during or after your trip to Chamonix.

Not Included

Personal Equipment

Please see the "Equipment" tab to find out what you will need. Anything that you do not already have can be rented here in Chamonix, if there is anything you need then please contact us and we will be happy to organise it for you.

For private customised guiding, please contact us directly to confirm your perdoanlised kit list.

Insurance

We strongly recommend that you take our Search and Rescue mountain insurance - we can organise this for you on request.

Food & Drink

The price does not include lunch or snacks. You can bring your own food and we can stop for a picnic, or there may be the option to buy lunch at a mountain hut. Please make sure that you are carrying sufficient water and snacks as we will be in the mountains for a number of hours.

Accommodation in Chamonix

Accommodation in Chamonix is not included in the price but we would be happy to advise or organise it on request.

Travel to Chamonix

The price does not include flights, airport transfers or any other travel to/from Chamonix. However, we can organise airport transfers for you on request, please contact us for details.

Equipment

Clothing

Mountaineering boots

Mountaineering boots

Warm hat

Warm hat

Thermal underwear

Thermal underwear

Fleece or woollen layers

Fleece or woollen layers

Light puffer jacket

Light puffer jacket

Windproof and waterproof jacket

Windproof and waterproof jacket

Windproof and waterproof trousers

Windproof and waterproof trousers

Warm gloves

Warm gloves

Thin gloves

Thin gloves

Gaiters

Gaiters

Sun hat

Sun hat

Climbing shoes

Climbing shoes

Technical gear

Ice Axe

Ice Axe

Harness

Harness

Telescopic poles

Telescopic poles

Ski goggles

Ski goggles

Screwgate carabiner

Screwgate carabiner

Belay device

Belay device

Climbing helmet

Climbing helmet

35 - 45 litres rucksack

35 - 45 litres rucksack

Crampons

Crampons

Extras

Sunglasses

Sunglasses

Water bottle (1 litre minimum)

Water bottle (1 litre minimum)

Sun cream high protection (for lips and face)

Sun cream high protection (for lips and face)

Headlamp with fresh batteries

Headlamp with fresh batteries

Sleeping bag liner

Sleeping bag liner

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