Gran Paradiso Weekend
Summit the only 100% Italian 4000m peak
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Tough
Group Size Small Group
An exciting and challenging short break to complete the ascent of Gran Paradiso, the only 4000m peak entirely in Italy. Discover the stunning Gran Paradiso National Park, sleep in mountain refuges and complete the ascent all in a long weekend.
* All breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
* 2 nights hotel, 2 nights mountain refuges
* All transport and listed activities
* Tour leader throughout, group normally 2 to 4, plus UIAGM mountain guide(s) as appropriate
* Use of crampons and ice-axe (previous experience not essential)
* Arrival & departure transfers (at designated times)
- Single Accommodation (for the hotels nights only on request, inquire for supplement)
- Iconic 4000m Alpine peak
- Short weekend adventure
- Start and end in beautiful Chamonix
Start Chamonix Valley
Start at your hotel in the Chamonix valley. The dinner is free tonight and your guide will meet you the next morning.
Meet with the guide; check all equipment before transferring to the Valsavarenche Valley in Italy. Walk up to the Chabod refuge (2750m)
Your guide will give a briefing of the weekend, after which we will check all the equipment necessary and take a transfer to Valsavarenche in Italy. From Pravieux, a good walking path will lead us to the Chabod refuge (2750m) for the night. There will be time for some ice-axe and crampons practice.Approx. 4hrs walking , Ascent/descent: +916m**
Early morning start for the Gran Paradiso Ascent (4061m)
Early morning start for the Gran Paradiso ascent (4061m). We follow the traditional route up and back; this is one of the most beautiful balcony walks in the Alps with views of Monte Viso, Monte Rosa, the Mont Blanc, and many other summits. Crossing snow fields, we slowly make our way to the final exposed ridge to reach the summit. From here we can enjoy the most incredible views.Approx. 10 to 12hrs walking, Ascent: 1330m, Descent: 1330m**
Climb to the summit of Tresenta (3609m) before descending to the Victor Emmauel II refuge and down to the valley.
Today we begin by climbing to the summit of Tresenta (3609m) before descending to the Victor Emmauel II refuge and down to the valley from where we transfer back to Chamonix for the night.Approx 6 to 7hrs walking, Ascent: 877m, Descent: 1650m**
End Chamonix Valley.
Hotels & mountain huts
2 nights hotel in the Chamonix Valley and 2 nights mountain huts. Single accommodation may be available for the 2 hotel nights.
All breakfasts, 3 picnic lunches and 4 dinners.
Typical meals: Breakfast: coffee, tea, hot chocolate, bread, jam, and cereals. Lunch: sandwiches of cold meats, cheese, or sometimes tinned fish. Cakes, chocolate and energy bars. Evening meal: first course of soup or salad or charcuterie, a main course with one or two vegetables, rice or pasta, and a dessert. Beer, wine, coffee or tea, bottled water and other drinks are not included. Vegetarians: In France and Italy, hotels and restaurants are not very well geared up to provide separate vegetarian menus, especially smaller establishments in the mountains. Vegetarians will usually find that there is little difficulty as long as they are prepared to be reasonably flexible. Please note mountain hut meals will be more basic that the chalet meals listed above.
Activity Level 7 – Tough
Much of the weekend is spent on glaciers and there is plenty of time for training in snow and ice climbing (ice-axe and crampon skills, ropework etc). We spend much of the time at around 3,000m which is essential for helping acclimatisation. The climax of the week is the summit attempt.
In good weather the ascent is not particularly technical but it is extremely arduous. To have a reasonable chance of success a high degree of fitness and stamina and some previous experience of altitude is highly recommended. Please note that you cannot achieve the required level of fitness during the week – you must arrive fit. Previous experience with ice-axe and crampons is a plus, however it is not essential as long as you are physically fit for the challenge.
Please note that although the itinerary presented here is the one we intend to follow there is a high chance that variations may be necessary. Many factors can affect climbing in high mountains. Individual member’s abilities vary, as does their ability to assimilate the skills needed. Adverse weather during the week may curtail training or even make the climb impossible, while previous weather conditions may have left the mountain in a difficult or dangerous condition. Any such factor may mean we have to re-arrange or curtail the program.