Gran Paradiso – 8 Day Climb
Since our first trip in 2004 we have ran many successful trips to the Gran Paradiso area. The walking here is superb though quite tough – 4 to 7 hours per day involving considerable uphill and downhill sections but generally this is on well made up, gentle-angled, zig-zagging paths
Itinerary for Climb Gran Paradiso – 8 Day Climb
Day 1: Turin to San Lorenzo
Arrive at Turin airport and transfer by private bus to our guest house in the small, unspoilt village of San Lorenzo. Afternoon stroll in the valley and a tasty dinner (unless a late flight is used). No meals on the journey to San Lorenzo are included.
Day 2: San Lorenzo to Rifugio Pontese
We walk up a road to the Lago di Teleccio then up a rough steep path to the beautifully located Rifugio Pontese (2217m, 2-3 hours walk). This is one of the most welcoming refugios in the whole of the Alps. After a sumptuous lunch, time can be spent visiting the ancient deserted mountain village of Muanda di Teleccio and wandering up this grand valley.
Day 3: Rifugio Pontese to Casa di Caccia
This walk requires an early start. We ascend through alpine pastures, often passing herds of ibex and chamois, to reach the Colle dei Becchi (2990m) beneath the elegant granite spires of Becchi della Tribulazione. A long descent initially, over big boulders, leads to the upper Noaschetta Valley (locally known as ‘little Tibet‘). Easy downhill walking to 2400m, then a final uphill climb leads to the Bocchetta del Ges pass (2692m) before descending to the Casa di Caccia, one of the former king’s hunting lodges, now taken over and refurbished by the National Park (2222m, 6-7 hours total walking). Much of this days walking is on excellent paths made for Vittorio Emanuele, the scenery is magnificent and the area rich in wildlife. Note: This day may be altered slightly – details will be sent out with the trip information sheet.
Day 4: Casa di Caccia to Chalet del Lago
The day starts with a high level traverse with fine views up to the snowy high peaks of the massif and down into the dramatic Vallone del Roc. Then a gradual descent takes us down to pine forests beside the Lago di Ceresole Reale. This village used to be the king’s base for his hunting trips. Our hotel, the ** Chalet del Lago, is located a short walk from the lake which it overlooks. It is a friendly small hotel renowned locally for its excellent food, 1583m, 5-6 hours walking, dinner not included.
Day 5: Chalet del Lago to Citta di Chivasso
A steep zig-zag path leads out of the forests back to the high level trails. A steady climb to Lago Lillet (2765m) then Colle della Terra (2911m) which offers views south to the fine peaks of the Tre Levanna on the French frontier. The trail descends gently then traverses to the last hairpins of the road leading to Col del Nivole and the refugio at 2684m (5 hours). The refuge has an outstanding library of mountain literature and maps.
Day 6: Citta di Chivasso to Rifugio Vittorio Emanuele
We follow the Nivolet valley northwards to the little village of Pont with superb views of Gran Paradiso. Now a trail leads north then steeply up east to the Rifugio Vittorio Emanuele, (2732m, 5 hours). This is a famous old hut and the most popular base for the ascent of the Gran Paradiso.
Day 7: Ascent of Gran Paradiso and traverse to Rifugio Federico Chabod
An early start rewards us with morning views or even sunrise seen from the summit – a magnificent panorama. The ascent itself is by an easy, slightly crevassed glacier with a short section of airy and exposed rock scrambling to the summit. The upper sections of the ascent involving being roped together. Crampons and ski poles or an ice axe are required. Those who do not wish to make the ascent can enjoy exploring the area around the hut (4-5 hours in ascent, 2-3 hours in descent). After a rest we traverse round to the Rifugio Federico Chabod.
Day 8: Rifugio Federico Chabod to Degioz, Aosta and Turin
We follow the Camino Real to Colle del Gran Neyron (3227m). A steep descent protected by cables is followed by a long descent to beautiful meadows and excellent views of Mont Blanc. Many ibex are seen here. Continue descending to Degioz from where we take a public bus back to Aosta. After a late lunch there is time to wander around Aosta before taking a public bus back to Turin. Private transport may be used depending on flight times.
If the weather is bad the Colle del Gran Neyron can be omitted. Meals at the airport are not included.
In the event of bad weather on day 7 and under very favourable circumstances it may be possible to attempt Gran Paradiso on day 8. In this case there will be a surcharge to cover extra guide and transport costs.
Prices for Grand Paradiso – 8 Day Climb
Included in costs: All transportation, all accommodation, all food (other than that mentioned in the itinerary), guides.
Not included: Drink, dinner on day 4, personal insurance.
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