It's the only 4000 entirely in Italy : this famous Gran Paradiso is renowned to be a true paradise for skiers.
Vast glaciers and gentle slopes make this emblematic summit the most easy of the highest skiable peaks. Certainly an ideal destination to cross the mythical 4000m, skis on foot. Our itinerary starts by joining the Victor Emmanuel refuge, one of the most warm and hearty mountain huts in the Italian Alps with always a friendly welcome.
The second day will lead us to the gran Paradiso peak by a succession of deep valleys leading us to a very large glacier that we will climb up until a high slope. A few easy climbing steps will allow us to join the summit from where the view of the Mont Blanc and the Valais are incredible.
The last day is dedicated to the Tresenta ascent, an exquisite summit and descent for three unforgettable days in altitude.
Day 1Pont (Italy) - Victor Emmanuel Refuge(2730m)
We meet in Chamonix. Our guide will present the following days program and verify your backpacks and personal equipment. We drive in our own cars to the village of Pont in Italy in the Valsavarenche valley. We then climb up to the Victor Emmanuel refuge (2730m).
Positive difference in altitude : around 800 | Altitude Max : 2730m | Accommodation : Victor Emmanuel refuge
Day 2Gran Paradiso ascent (4061m)
We climb up a succession of deep valleys giving us access to a large glacier that we cross until the final slope. The last few meters are on a rocky ground, including a few climbing steps. We finally reach the top : a beautiful rocky platform with a statue of the Virgin Mary contemplating the breath taking view. It is one of the Alps' most gorgeous belvederes with a view on Monte Viso and Monte Rosa.
Astonishing descent to the Victor Emmanuel refuge.
Positive difference in altitude : Around 1350m | Negative difference in altitude : Around 1350m | Altitude Max : 4061m | Accommodation : Victor Emmanuel refuge
Day 3Tresenta ascent (3609 m)
today we ascent the pretty summit of Tresenta and then descend by the summer path through the woods, and then return to the village of Pont in the afternoon.
Return car transfer to Chamonix.
Positive difference in altitude : Around 900m | Negative difference in altitude : Around 1650m | Altitude Max : 3609m
Important: This program may be modified by the guide or tour organizer, according to mountain and weather conditions, required physical condition of participants and, above all, your safety. For safety reasons and to ensure the conduct of the announced program, we need to ensure that all participants have the required level of mental and physical conditions demanded by the program. We reserve the right to end your participation if your technical and/or physical form does not match the minimum required level. The interruption cannot result in a reimbursement or payment compensation.
Ski-touring equipment : shoes, skis, skins, knifes, poles
Batteries for the avalanche transceiver (4 batteries LR03 AAA)
Drinks and personal expenses
Snacks (cereal bars, dried fruits, chocolate bars, etc...) at your own convenience
Transfers to the meeting and dispersion points
Insurance / assistance : research fees and helicopter rescue, hospitalisation and repatriation mandatory
If you wish, we can take care of booking your international flights to the closest airport of your destination.
Terms and conditions
Subscribe to one of our activities or travels means accepting general sales conditions. Each client must fill a subscription form, which will be accepted only after the payment of a deposit accounting for 30% of the travel’s price and according to the availability. If you subscribe less than 30 days before the trip, you must pay the whole price during the subscription. You can pay by bank transfer (SWIFT/IBAN) or with your credit card directly through our website (available soon). A booking confirmation will be sent to you be e-mail very soon.
Once your booking is registered, we will send you an email containing the invoice. Full payment is required at least 30 days before your arrival. If the customer does not settle the payment of the travel price within the period agreed upon, Altaï Alpes has the right to cancel the booking free of charge.
If for any reason, you decide to withdraw from a journey, the amount already paid will be refunded subject to the following exceptions:
More than 30 days before departure, you will be charged for the amount of 50€
From 30 to 21 days before departure, you will be charged for the amount of the deposit (30% of the trip’s price)
From 20 to 14 days before departure, you will be charged for 50% of the trip’s price
From 13 to 7 days before departure, you will be charged for 75% of the trip’s priceLess than 7 days before departure, you will be charged for the whole trip’s price
Particular case :
Whatever the cancellation or contract change date, the following fees will be added to the charges above:
Airline fixed costs: plane tickets are bought in advance to avoid too high airline prices, however they are non refundable in case of cancellation or plan changes. In that case, the charges above apply to the price of your trip without the plane ticket’s price
Ground fixed costs: you will be charged for the fees that were paid early
Insurance fees: Insurance fees will not be refunded if you have subscribed to a multi-risk or cancellation insurance. The specific conditions will be written on your subscription confirmationIf you have no choice but to cancel your trip before departure, you must inform Montagne Expeditions and your insurance provider with a written statement as soon as possible, you will get a receipt.
The receipt date will be taken as the cancellation date to charge cancellation fees.
If Montagne Expeditions has no choice but to cancel a group travel due to an insufficient number of participants, the decision will be taken and the clients informed at least 31 days before departure. Altaï Alpes can also cancel a departure due to exceptional events threatening participants safety (social events, strikes, weather conditions). In that case, the trip’s price will be fully refunded but the participants will not get any compensation.
Changes to travel contract
If any change in travel contract is made at the customer’s request, the customer shall pay any fee that might arise from this change. In any case, every request for changes shall be notified in writing. In case of external events that could not be foreseen, Altaï Alpes might change some aspects of the travel contract. We will inform you of any changes as quickly as possible.
All group travel prices on our website have been calculated for the indicated number of participants for each trip. The price list is confirmed after the booking. If the number of participants is lower than expected, an additional payment charge might be applied. For each travel and program, we mention the price per person – valid for the minimum number of participants – and we provide you with detailed explanations about the services included or not. Any change in the exchange rates or in the price of travel services in particular regarding the cost of the fuel, might entail price revision.
In case of contract transfer by the customer to an assignee, modification and cancellation conditions apply.
We recommend you to get your personal insurance before your departure to cover the activities undertaken by Altaï Alpes. If you have not purchased any of our insurances, we ask you to email us your insurance contract information (company, contract name, contract number, phone number) and bring those information with you on your trip.
The tour is supervised by a mountain guide who has been chosen for his field experience, his specific knowledge of one geographical area and the culture attached, as well as his passion for the region.
Diners : meals prepared by shelter keepers
Take some race food according to your own tastes (cereals bars, chocolate bars, dry fruits,…).
Water is not for free in refuges (from 5 to 8 euros one bottle). We advise you to bring some water purification tablets (Aquatabs or Micropur) in order to drink tap water.
Personal drinks are not included in the trip's price
Bring cash for coffees, fruit juices, coke or beers during breaks… Shelters usually don’t accept bank card payments and Euros.
Every refuges of this itinerary are comfortable and warm. Dormitories are equipped with blankets for the night (plan to bring your personal bed sheet for hygiene reasons).
Slippers are at your disposal : no need to bring trainers.
We advise you to bring protection against noise (ear plugs).
A few electrical plugs are available in refuges, but plan to bring an external battery to charge your camera and switch off your phone during the day.
Mainly on foot. You will carry your personal items and picnics for lunch (10 kg bag maximum). Your guide will help you arrange your bag the first day. For a comfortable trip, it’s important that your bag does not exceed 10-12 kg with water and food for the day.
Budget & exchange
Italy and France are in the Eurozone. Therefore, the unit of the currency is the Euro.
Credit cards and debit cards are very useful for cash advances (but don’t forget to bring your PIN number!).
ATMs are available in most of the towns you will cross during your stay, but there are no guarantees that your credit card will actually work in France or Italy.
Also, refuges often don’t have EPT (Electronic Payment Terminal): it is best to bring cash.
Be aware of the fees usually applied when purchasing products or services on a credit card.
Always take more rather than less, as you don’t want to spend your trip constantly feeling short on funds.
As currency exchange rates can often fluctuate, we recommend to check the following website for daily exchange rates: https://www.xe.com/
Clients usually pay for the guides’ drinks : you might find it practical to make a group kitty at the beginning of your stay (no obligation).
The group equipment (ropes, carabineers) is provided
Slippers and blankets are available at the lodges and refuges : plan to bring your own bed sheet
Individual safety equipment (beacon, probe and shovel) : thank you for letting us know if you have your own
1 pair of ski touring skis, light and with adapted fixations as well as a break or safety strips, and sharpened
1 pair of ski touring shoes with VIBRAM soles
1 pair of adhesive seals skin adapted to your skis
Knifes adapted to fixations
Poles with large disks
Safety equipment : beacon, probe and shovel
crampons with "Antibott" system
Harness and carabineers
1 headlamp with extra batteries and bulb
Upper body :
Hat or cap
Sunscreen (high protection) for skin and lips
Sunglasses for glacier category 4 + ski goggles
2 technical breathable long sleeve underwear type "Carline" (no coton which dries too slowly)
1 technical and breathable shirt to put under your jumper
1 thick fleece jacket
1 fuzz jacket
1 wind stopper and waterproof jacket type Goretex
1 pair of wind stopper mittens (fleece or wool)
1 pair of undergloves
Lower body :
1 technical and breathable pair of tights type "Carline"
1 pair of comfortable mountain trousers
1 pair of wind stopper and waterproof trousers type Goretex
2 pairs of socks : 1 thin and 1 thick
1 bed sheet for refuges
1 small toiletry bag with 1 fast drying towel
Cream for sunburns (Biafine)
Biodegradable toilet paper
1 or 2 100L plastic bags and an overbag to protect your belongings and your bag
1 waterproof pouch in which you will put your identity paper, your phone, your money and your insurance/assistance contract with all of your emergency numbers
You will carry all of your belongings in your 40/50L comfortable backpack, as well as your picnics and your technical equipment.
Your guide has a pharmacy of first urgency.
Plan with your doctor your personal pharmacy:
Pain reliever (preferably paracetamol)
Light sleeping pills
Broad spectrum antibiotic
Please make sure your passport and travel documents are valid.
Up to 90 days visit : citizens from most countries do not need a visa to visit France and Italy.
Over 90 days visit : non-EU or non-EFTA citizens must have a visa to visit France and Italy over 90 days.
There are no mandatory vaccines needed to travel to Italy.
Health information & recommendations
For this trip, you must be fit : you can train with other sports such as running, cycling, swimming or sportive walk. To have a reasonable chance of success, a high degree of fitness and stamina, some previous experience of altitude is highly recommended.
Training advices to check with your general practionner : six months before departure, try to do at least 1 to 2 endurance sport sessions a week (each one must last at least one hour) and do a 6 hours trekking during the week-end with an elevation of 400m/hour during three hours. Three months before departure, try 2 to 3 endurance sport sessions a week and increase your trekking time during the week end from 7 to 8 hours.
Please inform us of any health issues : allergy, diabetes, asthma, or old strokes...
The best time of year to climb Gran Paradiso is from June through September. However, the weather here is still decent enough for ascents in the late spring and early autumn as well. Indeed, during the summer months, the average temperatures on the mountain fluctuate between 8ºC to 12ºC, but once you reach the glacier and above, it gets much colder. Temperatures at the base of the mountain are generally around 20°C. Thus, we recommend to dress in layers.
While temperatures do not drop too much during the spring and autumn, it is definitely cooler and will require warmer clothing than the summer.
Late spring and early summer is when it precipitates the most in this area. While the weather is generally clear, squalls and afternoon thunderstorms are not uncommon.
July through October are generally drier than May and June.
There will be electricity in most places you will stay. If you are scared to run low on battery, we advise to bring an external battery charger.
Power plugs in France have the particularity of being male and female at the same time : they have 2 prongs and a receptacle. If you need an adapter, please purchase if before departure. In France the power plugs and sockets are of type E. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.
For Italy there are three associated plug types : types C, F and L. Plug type C is the plug which has two round pins, plug type F is the plug which has two round pins with two earth clips on the side and plug type L is the plug type which has three round pins. Italy operates on a 230V supply voltage and 50Hz. Check that you can use your personal electrical appliances safely whilst abroad. If not, you will surely need the use of a travel adaptor.
France and Italy are in the Central European Time Zone. Central European Standard Time (CET) is 1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+1).
We do our best to offer trips subscribed to the principles of responsible and sustainable tourism. Our aim is to allow visitors to discover the many facets of the Alps by taking you off the beaten path and getting you in touch with its nature and residents, while ensuring that your visits do not have a negative effect on its natural environment and people.
Most of our accommodations are run by locals, thus ensuring that the largest part of the revenue generated through your trip will stay within the region.
France is known for its exquisite cuisine. The art of cooking and the joy of eating are part of everyday life. Each region has its particular foods and flavors which we would like you to explore and appreciate.
Water is a precious and rare good. Our team and those travelling with us are thus advised to use it with consideration and avoid excessive water use where possible.
Please try to recycle your waste whenever possible, even though recycling may not be a well-known concept in all areas.
Be cautious and respectful when hiking. Make sure to wear suitable footwear and avoid picking flowers, moving stones or lighting fires.
« The accessible slopes and the great exposure make Gran Paradiso the ideal summit for your first 4000m peak on skis. the beauty of the landscapes and the quality of the snow will even delight the experts ! »
It is a raid with a classic difficulties, accessible to skiers that have a good skiing level on slopes and off-piste, a first experience in ski-touring, and an excellent physical condition (endurance mandatory).