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 Vittorio Sella (2580m)
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 Chabod hut (2750 m)
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 Vittorio Emanuele II hut (2735 m)
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 Pontese hut (2220 m)
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 Return to Cogne
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