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Self-guided ascent to the top of Gran Paradiso
Self-guided tour is an unusual opportunity to make your first step to becoming an independent traveler. Experience an unusual circuit crossing some of the finest high mountain passes between the Valgrisenche and Valsavaranche, with the imposing summit of the Gran Paradiso at 4061m in view. Prepare yourself for seven unforgettable days of trekking, escaping civilization to discover a universe shared with wildlife of valleys, traditional pastures and high mountain wilderness with climbing the highest point in Italy on the last day of the program. Walking this route at your own pace only with a map and some instructions will let you have an amazing experience of becoming a true adventurer.

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: 7 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. You will spend 2 nights in a gite in a bedroom or dormitory of 2 to 8 people, and 4 nights in refuge in a dormitory of 4 to 8 people.
Each point offers hot showers.
Meals
Breakfast and dinner are provided in each accommodation.
Picnics are not included and can be pre-ordered at each accommodation in the evening.
Possibility to buy picnic supplies in small local shops on day 2 in Breuil.
Guide book
Before departure, we send you a travel folder containing:

  • 1 IGN TOP 25 with the route highlighted
  • 1 road-book containing all the information necessary for the trek
  • 1 waterproof map holder
  • Accommodation list
The route is marked with a yellow arrow and regular ground markings (in both directions).
The trails are numbered.
How hard it is
Technically this is not a difficult climb and you will be provided with all the necessary instructions, though it is crucial to have some basic sense of direction and know your abilities. You won't be bothered by your heavy luggage because it will be transported by during your trip, but you still should be prepared to walk 4 hours per day. On the summit day you will be accompanied by a certified mountain guide who will show you how to use all the necessary equipment.
Baggage transportation
Your baggage will be transported daily (except Day 6) between accommodation by our logistics vehicle. You are allowed 1 soft, sports type bag with all your possessions inside, no heavier than 12kg. Your bag has to be carried everyday by the driver.

Please not that if your baggage is too big or heavy it won't be accepted by the drivers.
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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7-day tour without baggage transportation
This 7-day self-guided tour to the top of Gran Paradiso package is perfect for independent hikers. The prices depend on the number of people in your group:
from 2 people - €945 per person
for a group of 3 to 6 people - €795 per person
for a group of 7/8 people - €750 per person
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.
from €750 per person
7-day tour with baggage transportation
If you don't like to carry your equipment this 7-day self-guided tour to the top of Gran Paradiso package is for you. The prices depend on the number of people in your group:
groups of 2 people - €1160 per person
groups of 3-4 people - €965 per person
groups of 5-6 people - €920 per person
groups of 7 people & + - €840per person
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.
from €840 per person

Flexible dates

You are free to choose every suitable date for you from the end of June till the mid of September. Drop us a line and we will send you all the information you'll need.

Please note that this trip suggests programs for 2 and more participants.
What's included
Meals
Half board from dinner the first evening to breakfast of the last day
Road book
A road book: description and IGC map (1 road book per registration up to 4 people. A supplementary road book for groups of 5 or more. Extra road book supplement €10-25)
Services of a certified guide
Guiding by a qualified and insured high mountain guide for the ascension to the summit
Equipment
Equipment rental for the ascension of the summit includes harness and crampons
Baggage transportation
Daily baggage transport between accommodation if you have chosen this option
Organisation and booking fees
What's not included
Picnic lunches
Personal expenses
Drinks, touristic visits, etc.
Transporation
  • Bus transfers and cable cars
  • Return transfer Chamonix-Pont

Cancellation insurance
Cancellation insurance (3.8% of total tour cost)
Good to know
How can I reach the meeting point?
Meeting point at the parking in Pont to collect your baggage.

By train
To Aosta via Turin. From Aosta, Savda buses run 3 times a day to Pont. Departures from Aosta at 7:15am, 12:30pm, 4:30pm (1.5 hour lift).
www.savda.it
From Chamonix, join Aosta with SAT buses
www.sat-montblanc.com
For trains in France: https://www.oui.sncf/

By car
VIA THE MONT-BLANC TUNNEL
Take the A40 motorway towards Chamonix, follow signs for Milan and take the Mont-Blanc Tunnel to Italy (49€ return) www.atmb.net
Follow signs for Courmayeur/Aosta (signed blue), then direction Introd and Valsavarenche, 3kms after the village Aviez continue to to the end of the valley to arrive in Pont.

VIA THE COL DU PETIT ST BERNARD
From the southern regions of France take the A43 motorway to Chambéry, the A30 to Albertville and follow direction Bourg-Saint-Maurice. Follow signs for "Col du Petit Saint Bernard" and Italy (a very good mountain road) passing through La Thuile to Pré Saint Didier. Follow signs for Aosta (signed blue), then direction Introd and Valsavarenche, 3kms after the village Aviez continue to to the end of the valley to arrive in Pont.

End point at the parking in Pont to collect your baggage.

What if I don't have any climbing experience?
Technically this is not a difficult climb and you will be provided with all the necessary instructions, though it is crucial to have some basic sense of direction and know your abilities. You won't be bothered by your heavy luggage because it will be transported by during your trip, but you still should be prepared to walk 4 hours per day. On the summit day you will be accompanied by a certified mountain guide who will show you how to use all the necessary equipment.
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)
What if I am not sure about my fitness level?
In case you are not sure if you would be able to easily walk 4 hours per day, we recommend you to start training the three weeks prior to departure. For example running 4-5 km or hiking/cycling 3-4 hours, 2 to 3 times per week. Your physical preparation will enable you to enjoy your trek to the maximum.
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