A wild and spectacular ski tour for experienced skiers, topping out at 4061 m! The Grand Paradiso National park is an unspoiled mountain treasure. Comfortable huts contrast the testing mountains!

Visit the Gran Paradiso National Park
Ski a 4000m peak
Savour Italian food and wine

GRAN PARADISO SKI TOUR

Remote five day ski tour summiting italy’s 4000m peak

From 1,350.00€

Price per person for a group of 4 skiers.

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Advanced tech level

 

Fitness level 5/5

 

5 days of skiing

 

4 nights in huts

 

Guiding ratio 1:4

 

Available March - April

The summit of the Gran Paradiso was first climbed in 1860 by J. J. Cowell, W. Dundas, M-A. Payot and J. Tairraz. Over time it has become a landmark for beginner mountaineers, and climbing it will be an unforgettable day. The first ski tour was completed in 1932, and today’s route is the route taken by these pioneers.

Standing at 4 061m, the Gran Paradiso is a proud, solitary summit in the western Italian alps. Located in the Valle d'Aosta region, it is the only 4,000m peak not sharing a border with another country. It lends it's name to the massif (which is the only summit to exceed 4,000 meters) and to the national park. 

The Gran Paradiso National Park was created in 1856 as the royal hunting reserve of King Vittorio Emanuele II , to protect the ibex,  and in 1922 became the first Italian national park. There is an abundance of wildlife in the park. Located between Piemonte and the Valle d'Aosta, it covers an area of 70,318 hectares and is a wild, wonderful environment for ski touring.

A 5-day circuit leaving from and returning to Cogne via the summit of the Gran Paradiso and the beautiful and wild valley of Piantonetto. We will enjoy legendary Italian food and hospitality, taking in this mythical mountain from a special and unique perspective.

Prices

  • Group of 2 skiers 1990€ per person
  • Group of 3 skiers 1490€ per person
  • Group of 4 skiers 1350€ per person

Dates

Gran Paradiso ski tour dates - 2022

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Prices
 
March 14, 2022
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1,350.00€
March 21, 2022
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1,350.00€
March 28, 2022
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1,350.00€
April 04, 2022
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1,350.00€
April 11, 2022
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1,350.00€
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   Spaces available
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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 - Welcome meeting in Chamonix

The evening before the start of the course, you will have the chance to meet your guide and the other course members to discuss the itinerary, mountain conditions and ask any questions. Your guide will also use this time to check over your equipment and help you prepare what you will need for day 1 of the course. Those who have reserved rental equipment will be accompanied to our partner shop to pick up what they will need for the duration of the course. It is a good idea to bring with you any clothing or technical gear that you would like checked over prior to the start of the course.

Day 1

Verify equipment, refresh basic skills, and ski to the Vittorio Sella (2580m) where we stay for the night. Depending on the conditions this day can be more or less long and complicated. 

Ascent 910m / Time 4 hours

Day 2

We climb to the Grand Serra (3550 m). The top of the Grand Serra and the Timorion glacier reveals technical terrain requiring the rope. We continue to the Grand Neyron glacier and climb to the Col Hononyme (3400 m), from which a nice descent leads us to the Chabod hut (2750 m).

Ascent 1490m / Descent 1300m / Time 8-10 hours

Day 3

Grand Paradiso Day!!! From the hut, we go up the Laveciau glacier until we reach the “Dos d'âne” (3400 m) and the Gran Paradiso glacier (which we will follow on the descent). We leave the skis at the base of the mountain ridge and follow it back and forth. The summit (4061 m), with it’s iconic virgin statue offers us a wonderful view of the Mont Blanc, Mont Rose, and the Matterhorn. A lovely ski from the top of Italy leads us to the famous Vittorio Emanuele II hut (2735 m).

Ascent 1310 m / Descent 1330 m / Time 6-8 hours

Day 4

From the refuge we climb to the Col du Mont Gran Paradiso (3335 m) by the Montcorvé glacier. We descend the Noachetta glacier to the Ivrea bivouac (2770 m), and ascend to the Col dei Becchi (2990 m). A nice descent brings us to the Pontese hut (2220 m) located in the Piantonetto valley (Piemonte).

Ascent 850 m / Descent 1380 m / Time 5-7 hours

Day 5

Last and magnificent day of our tour. Climb to the Teleccio pass (3312 m) by the Homonymous glacier. A long descent on the Valeille glacier, and through the valley of Valeille leads us to the small village of Lillaz (1630 m), a hamlet of Cogne.

Ascent 1100 m / Descent 1680 m / Time 6-8 hours

Level Requirements

Technical level

This trip is for intermediate to advanced ski tourers. You have to have the following skills.

  • Good and efficient skinning technique, solid kick turns on steep and icy terrain
  • Experience using boot and ski crampons, ice axe
  • Experience in basic level roped climbing and scrambling using boot crampons and ice axe

Physical fitness

You can expect up to 9h ski days with up to 1300 vertical meters climbs per day. You have to be very fit and strong, be able to skin uphill 400m/h for up to 4h per day without being exhausted the next day. As a preparation, you should regularly do about 4 hours od cardio training per week – either biking, hiking or running. 

Equipment

Clothing

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

Sun hat

Sun hat

Technical gear

Ice Axe

Ice Axe

Climbing harness

Climbing harness

Ski goggles

Ski goggles

Ski poles

Ski poles

30 - 40 litres rucksack with attachment loops for skis or snowboard

30 - 40 litres rucksack with attachment loops for skis or snowboard

Crampons

Crampons

Ski touring skis

Ski touring skis

Ski touring boots

Ski touring boots

Ski / splitboard crampons

Ski / splitboard crampons

Lanyard

Lanyard

Screwgate carabiner

Screwgate carabiner

Safety Equipment

Avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe

Avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe

Other essentials

Sunglasses

Sunglasses

Water bottle - Ideally two 1L bottles

Water bottle - Ideally two 1L bottles

Sun cream high protection (for lips and face)

Sun cream high protection (for lips and face)

Headlamp with fresh batteries

Headlamp with fresh batteries

Optional items

Sleeping bag liner

Sleeping bag liner

Included or not

Included

Guide Fees

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

Mountain huts

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

Transport

Return transport from Chamonix to Italy.

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

Accommodation in Chamonix

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

Insurance

Travel insurance including a mountain search and rescue insurance is mandatory on all our trips (we can organise the mountai search and rescue insurance for you on request). We highly advice to have a policy covering the cost of medical treatment and to protect the value of your holiday in the event of cancellation. When taking out insurance please ensure the policy you choose covers you for the activities and altitude included in your itinerary.

Skis / Snowboards

The price does not include skis/snowboards, boots or clothing. If you do not have your own we can help you organise rental, please ask us for details.

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.

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