Gran Paradiso (4062m) Tour
Where: Aosta Valley - Piemont
Technical level: ski mountaineering level 2
Physical condition: ski mountaineering level 3
Duration: six days
Dates: on request
Period: from mid-March to end of April
Meeting point: to be agreed on
This Tour is one of the most beautiful and gratifying ski mountaineering round trips in the Alps. The summit of the Gran Paradiso divides Piedmont from the Aosta Valley.
Its name evokes a pristine sense of uncontaminated mountains, easily experienced here.
You’ll have the chance to enjoy memorable experiences:
- 5 days of skiing in the foremost Italian National Park;
- the ascent to one of the most isolated 4,000mt peaks with no auxiliary ski facilities; and
- Cozy mountain huts with excellent food, according to the best, authentic Italian tradition.
Cogne – Vittorio Sella Refuge (2,584mt)
Tot. rise 900mt - drop ...mt. TM: 3 h.
Vittorio Sella Refuge (2,584mt) – Punta Rossa on the Grivola (3,630mt)
Tot. rise 1,045mt - drop 1,045mt. TM: 4 h.
Rif. Vittorio Sella - Gran Serz (3,552mt) – Col Gran Neyron, Sberna Biv. (3,414mt) – Chabot Refuge (2,750mt)
Tot. rise 1,430mt - drop 1,285mt. TM: 7 / 8 h.
Chabot Refuge (2,750mt) – Laveciau Glacier - Gran Paradiso (4,061mt) - Vittorio Emanuele Refuge (2,730mt).
Tot. rise 1,311mt - drop 1,331mt. TM: 6 / 7 h
Vittorio Emanuele Refuge - Colle del Gran Paradiso ( 3,345mt) –Ivrea Biv. (2,770mt) - Colle dei Becchi ( 2,990mt) – Pontese Refuge (2,200mt)
Tot. rise 1,410mt - drop 1,370mt. TM: 5 / 6 h
Pontese Refuge (2,200mt) - Colle del Teleccio (3,304mt) – Valeille – Lillaz – Cogne ( 1,615mt)
Tot. rise 1,104mt - drop 1,689mt. TM: 6 / 7 h
Technical/physical level required: good physical preparation, ski mountaineering experience, strong skier in all snow conditions.
Experience with crampons on 30° slopes.
Ski mountaineering at maximum difficulty: BS (buoni sciatori - good skiers)
The programme may be modified, suspended or stopped at the discretion of the Alpine Guide if the participants’ technical abilities prove to be inadequate or in case of adverse weather conditions.
Cost: € each (group of 2 persons per Guide)
€ each (group of 3/4 persons per Guide)
- Alpine Guide assistance
- Refuge half-board
- Packed lunch from day 2 to day 6
- Body harness + ARTVA avalanche transceiver + shovel + probe (for participants who do not have one)
- group materials.
Fee does not include:
Beverages, any incurred costs for rentals and any item not specified in “Fee includes”.
In case of any itinerary changes due to unpredictable circumstances that are not attributable to the organisers (e.g. bad weather, inadequate technical ability of participants, etc.), any extra costs incurred will be debited to participants.
30 days before the planned excursion. Bookings are accepted on a non-refundable 30% down payment of the total price. Payment in full must be made 10 days before the start of the activities.
a) in front of the Cogne Tourism Office 1pm
b) on request in front of the Chamonix Railway Station at 11am
c) on request in front of the Courmayeur Tourism Office in Piazzale Monte Bianco at 12am
a) in front of the Cogne Tourism Office at 3pm
b) on request in front of the Chamonix Railway Station at 4.30pm
c) on request in front of the Courmayeur Tourism Office in Piazzale Monte Bianco at 4pm
Trekking Weekend vol. 9, Valsavarenche - Gran Paradiso (IT/ENG/FR), L’Escursionista editore
Trekking Weekend vol. 10, Valle di Cogne - Gran Paradiso (IT/ENG/FR), L’Escursionista editore
Vanoise Gran Paradiso IGN (National Geographic Institute) fr.
Bring the bare minimum, a backpack is a must!!!!
- Backpack with ski rack max. 35/45lt
PERSONAL TECHNICAL MATERIALS
- Mountaineering skis
- Ski mountaineering boots
- Seal skins
- ARVA - Avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe
- Ski crampons
- Ski poles
- Light harness
- A screw lock karabiner
- Crampons with anti-balling snow plate
- Light pick 60cm max.
WHAT TO WEAR
- Glacier/high altitude sun glasses
- Mountain gloves
- Transpiring underwear
- Turtleneck fibre top
- Wind-stopper jacket or polar fleece jumper
- Waterproof jacket (e.g. Gore-tex, pac-lite, conduit…)
- Schoeller or polartec mountain trousers
- Mountain socks
INSIDE YOUR BACKPACK
- Extra T-shirt
- Extra pair of mountain socks
- Ski mask
- Extra pair of light gloves
- Head torch with new batteries
- Small personal pharmacy (Compeed, aspirin, sun block)
- Waterproof over-trousers (e.g. Gore-tex, pac-lite, conduit, k-way)
- 1lt thermos or flask
- Swiss army knife
- Toothpaste and toothbrush
- Sleeping bag liner
- Spray glue for seal skins
- Anti-balling snow plate spray for seal skins