TOUR OF THE GRAN PARADISO

The Gran Paradiso National Park, situated in the heart of the Alps, in close contact with the highest Italian mountain reaching 4.061 m, from which it takes its name, is a wonderful natural sanctuary where you can observe the typical flora and fauna of high altitude environments and is also a fantastic territory for trekking through its mountain pastures, its high altitude rocky environments and its lakes of glacial origin.

 

 In short:

 

  • Duration: 5 days/4 nights

  • Overnight: 4 nights in a hut  with half board (dinner and breakfast).

  • Elevation gain : about 4.500 m (referred only to trekking)

  • Length: about 53 km

  • Kind of activity: group trekking in total autonomy with hiking guide and no luggage transport service during the activity

  • Altitude of the highest point of the trek: about 3.025 masl (Col Rosset) - For those who will climb to the summit of Gran Paradiso (4.061 m asl)

  • Terrain characteristics: mountain trail with no technical difficulties. Scree close to the cols (Entrelor, Rosset and Manteau) 

  • Possible unexpected events: possible crossing of snow covered terrain

  • Trek confirmed with at least: 6 participants

 

Strengths:

 

  • The numerous lakes of glacial origin we find along the way

  • Easy and daily observation of wild animals

  • Possibility to climb the mountain that gives the Park its name, the Gran Paradiso (4.061 m asl)

  • The support of an Aosta Valley hiking guide throughout the whole trek

 

 

Scheduled treks:

 

18th of July and 16th of August

 

Other treks can be planned on request for groups of at least 6 people

 

 

Difficulty of the trek:

 

An average of about 7 hour walk a day. Elevation gain of 450 to 1350 metres.  A good level of fitness and health is required. Consider a minimum of workout before the departure.

 

 

 

Minimum age: 16 years

 

This 5-day trek runs through the valleys of  Rhêmes and Valsavarenche, within the Aosta Valley borders of the Gran Paradiso National Park, through some of its most spectacular landscapes. In this environment of exceptional interest we can spot numerous animals like chamois, ibex, marmots, eagles, lammergeyers, foxes. During the trek, we cross the border into Piedmont for a short stretch (that is from Col Rosset to the Chivasso hut situated close to the Col Nivolet). On the last day, for those who want, there will be the opportunity to climb the summit of Gran Paradiso accompanied by an Alpine Guide, while the rest of the group will continue the trek by making the path that connects the Vittorio Emanuele II Refuge to the Chabod Refuge. Here the two groups will meet to reach the valley floor of the Valsavarenche and conclude this magnificent itinerary immersed in the unspoiled nature of the Park.

TREK ITINERARY

1st day L’Eau Rousse

 

Meeting the guide in Eau-Rousse (at 8.00 o'clock) in the municipality of Valsavarenche

 

Explanation of the itinerary, check of the equipment and start of the hike

 

First day: L’Eau-Rousse – Col Entrelor – Rhêmes-Notre-Dame

 

We leave the hamlet Eau-Rousse (1.660 masl) and we take the trail Alta Via n°2 which runs through the wood dominating the village, until we get to the large plateau where the Royal Hunting House of Orvieille is situated (2.168 masl). The trail climbs diagonally the mountain pastures preceding Lake Djouan (2.516 masl) and continues on the scree up to Col Entrelor at 3.200 masl, the highest point we reach in this day. From the col we go downhill and get first to the alpine hut Plan de Feyes and then to the lush plateau where the alpine hut of Entrelor is situated (2.142 masl). The last stretch of the track runs into a thick wood of mixed conifers at the foot of which lies Bruil (1.723 masl), the main village of the municipality of Rhêmes-Notre-Dame, final goal of our first day trek.  

 

  • 7/8 hour walk

  • Elevation gain: 1350 m

  • Elevation loss: 1290 m

  • Kind of accommodation: in a two-star hotel (Galisia) with half board (dinner and breakfast)

 

View in Google earth

Ciaspolate in Valle d'Aosta

2nd day Rhêmes-Notre-Dame

 

Breakfast in the hut

 

Second day: Rhêmes-Notre-Dame – Benevolo hut– Goletta lake – Benevolo hut

 

From the village of Bruil (1.723 masl) we go up the valley along the Dora di Rhêmes,  heading south, until we first reach Pellaud Lake and the hamlet of Thumel (1.723 masl), where we take the trail leading to the Benevolo hut. After about 30 minutes walk, we leave the above mentioned trail and take the one going uphill on the left orographic side to a Forestry bivouac. From here the trail twists and turns its way through the lush mountain pastures preceding the Goletta lake, situated at 2.699 masl. To get to the Benevolo hut, we go downhill, partly following the way up and then turning right descending rapidly at 2.285 masl, where the hut is located.

 

  • 6/7 hour walk

  • Elevation gain: 1090 m

  • Elevation loss: 520 m

  • Kind of accommodation: half board at Benevolo hut (dinner and breakfast)

View in Google earth

Ciaspolate in Valle d'Aosta

3rd day  Benevolo hut

 

Breakfast in the hut

 

Third day: Benevolo hut – Col Rosset – Città di Chivasso hut

 

From the Benevolo hut, we take the local trail heading east into the valley of Grand Vaudalaz. After a long traverse we reach the alpine hut of Grand Vaudalaz (2.2348 masl). The trail then runs uphill, first through mountain pastures and then, in its steepest stretch, on the scree leading to Col Rosset (3.025 masl). Here we can enjoy a stunning view on the opposite side, characterized by numerous lakes, such as Rosset lake (2.701 masl) and Leytà lake (2.699 masl). The trail then continues alongside the shores of the above mentioned lakes heading to Col Nivolet, where the Città di Chivasso hut(2.600 masl) is situated.

 

  • 6 hours

  • Elevation gain: 930 m

  • Elevation loss: 620 m

  • Kind of accommodation: half board at Benevolo hut (dinner and breakfast)

View in Google earth

Ciaspolate in Valle d'Aosta

4thday Chivasso hut

 

Breakfast in the hut

 

Fourth day: Città di Chivasso hut – Pont - Refuge Vittorio Emanuele II

From the Città di Chivasso hut, we descend northwards along the valley floor of the splendid Nivolet valley. After about 2 hours of walking we reach the “Roley Cross”  at an altitude of 2.325 m a.s.l., a panoramic point from which you can enjoy a spectacular view over the west side of the Gran Paradiso massif. From the aforementioned cross we descend, first on rocky terrain to overcome some cliffs, then on a more regular track that crosses a sparse larch wood, until we reach the village of Pont in the municipality of Valsavarenche (1.960 m a.s.l.). From here the stage continues faithfully following the itinerary nr. 1 that connects the village of Pont to the Refuge Vittorio Emanuele II. The trail climbs the steep orographic right slope with numerous hairpin bends, crossing a larch forest until the ruins of Alpe Chanté (2.300 m a.s.l.); the path then continues with a less pronounced slope up to the base of a last hill beyond which you reach the Moncorvè lake and the refuge easily recognizable for its half-barrel shape.

 

 

  • 7 hours walk

  • Elevation gain: 780 m

  • Elevation loss: 700 m

5th day Vittorio Emanuele II hut

 

Breakfast in the hut

 

a.      Trekking route

 

Fifth stage: Refuge Vittorio Emanuele II - Refuge Chabod – Pravieux village

From the Vittorio Emanuele II hut, we descend a few meters along the route made the day before and take the local path nr.1A at a signpost. The route develops halfway uphill with continuous ups and downs and passes through majestic glacial landscapes of high altitude: moraine sectors and stretches of bare rock where the Laveciau glacier once flowed. Approximately in 2 h 30 mins, we reach the Chabod refuge (2.710 m a.s.l.). Leaving the Chabod shelter behind, you descend along the right orographic side, at first on pasture sectors, then through the sparse larch wood until you reach first the Lavassey alpage (2.200 m a.s.l.) and then the valley near the village of Pravieux (1.830 m s.l.m.)

  • 6 hours walk

  • Elevation gain: 350 m

  • Elevation loss: 880 m

b.      Mountaineering route (Vittorio Emanuele II hut - Gran Paradiso peak – Chabod hut – Pravieux village )

For those who want, there is the possibility of climbing to the top of the Gran Paradiso leaded by a mountain guide to best conclude our wonderful trekking. The ascent will take place along the normal ascent route to Gran Paradiso starting from the Vittorio Emanuele II hut, while the descent will take place on the Laveciau glacier. Once the glacier is finished, the participants will reach the Chabod refuge where they will meet the rest of the group who continued on foot along the trekking route.

  • 12 hours walk

  • Elevation gain: 1290 m

  • Elevation loss: 2250 m

N.B.

The above mentioned programmes are  given for guidance  and can be modified for reasons not attributable to the organization (bad weather conditions, technical level of the participants, etc.). The guide reserves the right to change the itinerary according to weather conditions or for the safety of the group.

 

 

Cost per person:

 

430 € for 5 days of trekking

350 € (fee for 4 days of trekking)   +             500 € (fee for ascent to Gran Paradiso of 1 participant + Alpine Guide)

                                                                      275 € (fee for ascent to Gran Paradiso of 2 participants + Alpine Guide)

                                                                      200 € (fee for ascent to Gran Paradiso of 3 participants + Alpine Guide) 

                                                                      165 € (fee for ascent to Gran Paradiso of 4 participants + Alpine Guide) 

 

The enrolment fee includes:

 

  • The technical support of a hiking guide throughout the excursion

  • The technical support of an Alpine Guide during the ascent to the summit of Gran Paradiso

  • Technical equipment needed to climb the Gran Paradiso summit (crampons, harness, rope, etc. ..) N.B. (no hiking boots)

  • A third-party liability insurance for accidents due to the negligent behaviour of the guide

  • 4 overnights in a hut with half board (dinner and breakfast) – Kind of rooms: dormitory of 6 to 15 people according to the hu

 

The enrolment fee does NOT include:

 

  • personal equipment and gear

  • travel costs to get to the meeting point on the first day

  • not mentioned food and drinks (packed lunch bought in the hut)

  • extra drinks in the hut

  • local tourist tax

  • on request personal insurance for mountain accidents for 3 days (cost € 5) or for 7 days (cost € 12)

  • anything not mentioned at “the enrolment fee includes”

  • in case of change of itinerary for reasons not attributable to the organization (bad weather conditions, technical level of the participants, etc.) the unforeseen expenses will be charged to the participants.

 

 

Equipment list for multi-day treks

 

Backpack of 40-50 litres

 

Clothes to wear:

 

Hiking boots

Mountain shorts

T-shirt (preferably of breathable fabric, like microfibre)

Hiking socks (not short socks)

Sun cap/bandana

Sunglasses

Wind stopper jacket

 

Inside the backpack:

 

Mountain trousers (Schoeller, soft shell fabric)

3 Spare t-shirts

Spare socks

Spare underwear

Long sleeved t-shirt

Tights to use if it is cold and to wear as night clothes

Waterproof shell jacket (Gore-tex, pac-lite fabric)

Rain cape

Backpack rain cover if not integrated in the backpack itself

Personal hygiene products (toothpaste, shower gel, etc.)

Towel

Wool hat

Gloves

Water bottle/thermos + snack (like cereal bars, chocolate)

Sleeping bag liner for the hut

Sandals or trainers (for the hut)

Sunscreen

Multipurpose boxcutter

Trekking poles

Personal pharmacy kit (painkillers, compeed, aspirin)

Headlamp

Camera

 

Sign up: within 7 days before the starting date of the hike you have chosen, by email sending a 30% deposit of the total cost for each participant (if the minimum number of participants is reached (n°6 participants)

 

 

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