Climb from the Geant Glacier, visit the Gran Paradiso National Park and climb the Gran Paradiso 4061m peak on your long weekend brake. Enjoy the sunsets from mountain huts and Italian food and wine.

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 THE GRAN PARADISO

Alpine climbing weekend brake with the Gran Paradiso summit

From 720.00€

Price per person; based on a group of 4. You can chose any dates you wish. 

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Beginner tech level

 

Guiding ratio 1:4 maximum

 

Available June - September

 

3 days of climbing

 

2 nights in mountain huts

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.

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. 

This weekend will take you up the SKYWAY to hike on the mighty Glacier du Geant. There is an amazing terrain for climbing, scrambling and crampon treks. 

Pricing: 

Private 1:1 trip 1990€

Group of 2 climbers 1150€ per person

Group of 3 climbers 890€ per person

Group of 4 climbers 720€ per person

Dates

Climb the Gran Paradiso dates - 2019

Start date Spaces
Price from
 
August 29, 2019
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720.00€
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   Limited Availability
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Fully Booked
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Guaranteed
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Two More to Guarantee

Itinerary

Arrival Day

Your guide will meet you in our offices in Chamonix on the evening prior start of the trip. This is a great opportunity to run the equipment check, discuss the itinerary, weather forecast & conditions and answer any questions you have.

Day 1: Glacier Training at the Glacier du Geant

Today is dedicated to crampon and ice axe training on glacial terrain. Depending on your previous climbing experience and size of your group, you will learn how to use crampons and basic mountaineering skills or climb one of the alpine routes in the area. You will also stay in the historical Torino hut for the night 

Day 2 : Travel to the Gran Paradiso National Park and hike up to the hut.

Transport to the Gran 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 3 : Climb Gran Paradiso 4061m

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 ascent and then back to Chamonix. 

Level Requirements

Previous experience in alpine climbing is an advantage but not a requirement to join our Gran Paradiso course. However, it is essential that you are in a very good physical shape, you should be able to complete a 8 hour hill hike without difficulty. Regular running or swimming and 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

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

3 x Screwgate carabiner

3 x Screwgate carabiner

Belay device

Belay device

Climbing helmet

Climbing helmet

Crampons

Crampons

25-30 litres rucksack

25-30 litres rucksack

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

Included or not

Included

Guide Fees

3 days of guiding and instruction by a UIAGM qualified mountain guide.

Mountain huts

2 nights accommodation in mountain huts with breakfast and dinner included.

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 personalised 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.

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.

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