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5-day Guided ascent to the top of Gran Paradiso
Experience one of the most charming summits of Aosta Valley - Gran Paradiso. During this climb you will reach not one, but two summits - Tresenta (as a part of your acclimatization) and Gran Paradiso. On your way to the top you will face mountain glaciers and rocky patches, which will come as a good test of your strength and endurance. This program as a holiday escape for those who are eager to try themselves in alpinism.

Brief info

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Length: 21 km
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Multi-day climbs with some technical elements. Requires an average level of physical fitness.
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Duration: 5 days
Altitude gain: 1879 m
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Climbing sections clearly arranged and unproblematic. Might include short steep passages and a few crevasses.
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1. Easy
1-day or multi-day climbs at an altitude up to 3000 meters. Easy, mostly walking terrain. Good for most fitness levels. Also suitable for children and elderly people. Perfect for those who have never climbed a mountain and who want to try it out.

2. Moderate
1-day or multi-day climbs at an altitude of up to 3000 meters with some technical elements. Mostly walking terrain. Requires an average level of physical fitness.

3. Challenging
Multi-day climbs with longer and more exposed climbing areas at the altitude up to 5000-6000 meters. Requires high endurance to walk several days for about 4-6 hours a day. Steeper slopes, many crevasses. Requires an average to above average fitness level.

4. Strenuous
Strenuous climbs at altitudes of 5000-7000 meters. Requires high endurance to walk and climb on a moderate snow and ice slopes for several days for up to 8 hours a day. Continuously steep terrain, wall passages that require great commitment. Requires an above average fitness level and high level of stamina.

5. Extreme
Extremely challenging climbs for experienced mountaineers, high altitudes up to 8848 meters. Requires extremely high level of physical fitness and stamina, as well as great practical experience of technical mountaineering.
CLIMBING/MOUNTAINEERING ACTIVITY LEVELS
What intensity you should expect from this activity and what fitness level is required for this activity
0. No requirements/ minimal requirements
Easy climbs with non-technical elements. No certain knowledge or experience is required for this activity.

1. Beginner
Climbing sections clearly arranged and unproblematic. Might include short steep passages and a few crevasses. Increased step safety is necessary. No prior experience is required, all necessary techniques will be explained by the guide before or during the climb.

2. Intermediate
Good navigational skills and efficient rope handling required, long climbing sections. Basic experience in using crampons and ice axes is required.

3. Advanced
Good sense of orientation en route, efficient rope handling, long climbs, requires securing at halting-points. Requires proficiency in basic mountaineering skills including: cramponing, walking on snow, self-arrest, crevasse rescue, and glacier travel on a rope team.

4. Professional
Extremely steep, partly overhanging wall passages, ice climbing sections. Requires proficiency in basic and advanced mountaineering skills including: cramponing, walking on snow, self-arrest, crevasse rescue, and glacier travel on a rope team.
CLIMBING/MOUNTAINEERING: TECHNICAL DIFFICULTY LEVELS
Some activities might envolve technical elements for which certain practical experience or training is needed.

Itinerary

Important details

Accommodation
During the ascent we will be spending nights in a simple, no-frills mountain hut. While we are in Courmayeur, you will be staying in hotels or apartments (at your will).

Please, note that accommodation is not included in the price of the tour (about €110 per night), though we will help you make all the booking arrangements before your trip.
Meals
While your stay in the mountain hut the meals will be included. For the rest of the time we prefer not to include meals in the package. We would like to give our clients the choice to order what they like.
Your guide
During this climb you will be accompanied by a qualified mountain guide.

All guides are certified by Mountain Planet experts for their experience and quality services.
How hard it is
To climb Gran Paradiso there is no climbing experience needed. Everything you need for the successful climb will be demonstrated during the program.

Even beginners will feel comfortable during this program due to graduate acclimatization in Mt Tresenta.
Transfers
Please make sure you make all the transfer arrangements in advance as this package does not include a transportation to and from your meeting point in Courmayeur.
You can use a personal transfer for €250 per car or get on a public transport (from €50 per person).
Medicine & Insurance
In addition to standard medical insurance, we strongly recommend you to purchase specialized insurance for extreme sports. It is important that your insurance covers expenses related to the work of rescuers in the mountains (rescue work) using a rescue helicopter.
Equipment to bring
Clothing
Make sure you pack walking trousers, fleece or jumper, waterproof Gore-Tex jacket, gaiters, a pair of mountaineering gloves and a pair of lightweight fleece or wool glove, warm hat and mountaineering boots suitable for use with crampons.

Other equipment
Toilet bag with the bare minimum, small quick drying towel, glacier sunglasses with side protection, ski mask, sun cream factor +50, flask, small First Aid kit, survival blanket, sleeping bag liner sheet, identity card or passport.

Technical equipment
40-50 litre backpack, ice axe, pair of telescopic walking poles, pair of crampons already adjusted, climbing harness, climbing safety carabiner, lightweight climbing helmet

Gran Paradiso options to go

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COVID-19 Cancellation Policy
Group of 3 people
This option is perfect for a group of friends looking for a holiday destination. With our 3:1 climber-to-guide ratio you will have an opportunity to fully enjoy this amazing climb and learn from a guide everything you need for successful ascent. In case there is a group of more than 3 people we will add one more guide to accompany you.
You are just sending a request, no payment is needed at this point. Our Expert will get in touch with you to answer all your questions and help you book the best option for you.
€590 per person
Group of 2 people
A perfect holiday escape for couples eager to try something new. This option will let you experience the beauty of Gran Paradiso and it's surroundings without any additional climbers. Having the guide all to yourselves will give you an opportunity to learn all the basic mountaineering skills without any distractions.
You are just sending a request, no payment is needed at this point. Our Expert will get in touch with you to answer all your questions and help you book the best option for you.
€790 per person
Group climbs are available on 1 June - 3 June 2020
Private Climbs — Enjoy the Retreat
This climb, organized specially for you, will let you tailor a prefect trip for yourself. Breathtaking views and unique Alpine nature will make this easy climb one of those unforgettable experience you will tell stories about to you friends and family.
You are just sending a request, no payment is needed at this point. Our Expert will get in touch with you to answer all your questions and help you book the best option for you.
1390 per person

Each option available for customization

You are free to chose any dates from June till mid September for your private climb. Drop us a line and we will pick a perfect proposal suitable for you.
What's included
Services of a mountain guide
  • Services of a certified mountain guide
  • Guiding fees
Meeting in Courmayeur
  • Orientation meeting on the first day of the tour in Courmayeur
Mountain huts booking
What's not included
Airplane tickets
  • Airplane tickets to and from Geneva (€400/ person)
Transfer
  • Personal transfer from or to Geneva Airport (€250/ car, or public transport for €50)
Meals
  • Meals (€20-30/day)
Accommodation
  • Accommodation in mountain huts (€110/person)
  • Even though the price of the tour does not include the accommodation, we will help you make all the booking arrangements before your trip
Insurance
  • Mountaineering insurance
Schengen visa
Rental of the equipment
Reserve day
  • Reserve day in case of unexpected events (cable car or additional night in a mountain hut)
Tips for guide(s)
Good to know
What if I don't have any climbing experience?
Even beginners will feel comfortable during this program due to graduate acclimatization in Mt Tresenta. To climb Gran Paradiso there is no climbing experience needed. Everything you need for the successful climb will be demonstrated during the program by professional guides.
What is you climber-to-guide ratio?
There won't be more than 3 people in a group for security reasons (the mountain guide is not able to ensure safety of more people)
Do I need an insurance?
In addition to standard medical insurance, we strongly recommend you to purchase specialized insurance for extreme sports. It is important that your insurance covers expenses related to the work of rescuers in the mountains (rescue work) using a rescue helicopter in cases of emergency evacuation (bad weather, health problems)
Should I leave tips for the guide?
You won't offend your guides if you tip them. Typically, tips for mountain guides are 100-150 euros per group.
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