Haute Route ski-touring to Gran Paradiso
It is the only 4000m in Italy : the famous Gran Paradiso (4061m) is renowned to be true paradise for skiers.
Day 1 Cogne - Vittorio Sella (2584m)
We meet very early in the morning in Chamonix for those who want to and a bit later in the village of Cogne for the others. Short transfer to Valnontey. From there, we'll hike through a nice forest followed by mountain pastures before reaching the Vittorio Sella refuge where we'll spend our first night.
Positive difference in altitude : 950m | Accommodation : Vittorio Sella refuge
Day 2 Tuf pass & peak
After a good night sleep, we start our day on the path leading us to the Dell'Inferno peak from where we'll have an incredible panoramic view on the Lauson valley. To avoid consuming all of our energy before tomorrow's big day, we'll only go back and forth to the peak at 3393m and we'll come back to the Vittorio Sella refuge to have some rest.
Positive difference in altitude : 850m | Negative difference in altitude : 850m | Accommodation : Vittorio Sella refuge
Day 3 Vittorio Sella refuge - Grand Serraz - Grand Neyron pass - Chabod refuge (2750m)
Today is intense : we'll cross the Grand Serraz peak at 3552m and the Grand Nevron pass at 3414m, allowing us to discover breathtaking views before going back to the warm and welcoming Chabod refuge to rest our weary feet !
Positive difference in altitude : 1500m | Negative difference in altitude : 1350m | Altitude Max : 3414m | Accommodation : Chabod refuge
Day 4 Gran Paradiso ascent (4061m) - Victor Emmanuel II refuge (2730m)
After crossing the Laveciau glacier on the Northside of Gran Paradiso to join the classic itinerary, we will reach the top after crossing a few climbing steps, using rope. We'll enjoy our victory once at the top, and nothing better than the amazing view can reward us for our efforts !
We'll descend on the glacier's slope of Gran Paradiso to rejoin the Vittorio Emmanuele II refuge.
Positive difference in altitude : 1350m | Negative difference in altitude : 1350m | Accommodation : Victor Emmanuel II refuge
Day 5 Gran Paradiso pass (3345m) - Col dei Becchi (2990m) - Pontese refuge (2200m)
Today, we change sides by crossing the Gran Paradiso pass (a steep passage under the pass), the Dei Becchi pass. Then comes a long descent to join the Pontese refuge, where we will spend the night.
Positive difference in altitude : 670m | Negative difference in altitude : 1200m | Accommodation : Pontese refuge
Day 6 Col di Teleccio (3304m) - Lillaz (1617m) - Cogne
Today is our last day! So we'll get out early in the morning and start climbing a pretty steep slope until we reach the Col di Teleccio at 3304m from where we can contemplate the Torre of the Gran San Pietro. We'll get back on tracks on nice curves in Di Valeille valley towards Lillaz. Once in the village, we'll have a bus transfer to Cogne to get back to our cars. This is where we'll say goodbye after a wonderful week together !
Positive difference in altitude : 1100m | Negative difference in altitude : 1690m
Dates & prices
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Trip code: SRHRG
- A deposit of 30% of the trip’s price will be needed during the booking, the whole price must be paid at least 30 days before departure.
- The technical organization of the stay
- Mountaineering with high-mountain guides
- Collective equipment provided (ropes)
- Half-board accommodation in refuges, cottages and lodges
- Lunch picnics
- Safety equipment : avalanche transceiver (batteries non provided), probe, shovel
- Minibus transfers
- Individual equipment : harness, crampons, ice axe, helmet
- 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
Terms and conditions
- 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
- 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.
Changes to travel contract
- Lunch picnics
- 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.
Budget & exchange
- 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
- Ice axe
- Harness and carabineers
- Survival blanket
- 1 headlamp with extra batteries and bulb
- Pocket knife
- Windstopper bonnet
- Hat or cap
- Neck scarf
- 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
- 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
- Personal medicine
- Pain reliever (preferably paracetamol)
- Double skin
- Local disinfectant
- Intestinal antiseptic
- Light sleeping pills
- Broad spectrum antibiotic
- Vitamins C
- 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.
Health information & recommendations
- 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.