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.


Large glaciers and gentle slopes make this emblematic summit the easiest of high skiable mountain peaks. It is certainly the ideal destination to cross the mythical limit of 4000m altitude, skis on foot. 
We start our trip by meeting in Cogne early in the afternoon, allowing us to join the Vittorio Sella refuge where we will spend two nights. After ascending Point Dell'Inferno on the second day, we'll cross a summit and a pass on the third day : the Grand Serraz and the Grand Nevron pass, leading us to the Chabod refuge. 
From there, we'll leave for this mythical summit ascent : Gran Paradiso. At 4000m, we will then overcome Italy : breathtaking view that you'll never forget ! The Vittorio Emmanuele II refuge is waiting for us to allow our thoughts and emotions to settle. 
Gran Paradiso and Teleccio passes are included in the program to finish this trip on a high note, before getting back down in the valley with our heads full of memories... 

Itinerary

  • 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

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.

Dates & prices

International departures:

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Trip code: SRHRG

Included

  • 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

Not included

  • 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

International flights

If you wish, we can take care of booking your international flights to the closest airport of your destination. 

Terms and conditions

Subscription

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. 

Invoice procedure

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. 

Cancellation policy

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.

Pricing


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.

Contract transfer

In case of contract transfer by the customer to an assignee, modification and cancellation conditions apply. 

Insurance

We recommend you to get your personal insurance before your departure to cover the activities undertaken by Montagne Expedition. 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. 

Practical info

Staff

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.

Food

Meals
  • Lunch picnics
  • Diners : meals prepared by shelter keepers
  • Take some race food according to your own tastes (cereals bars, chocolate bars, dry fruits,…).

Drinks
  • 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.

Accommodation

  • 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. 

Transportation

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/

Tips

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). 

Supplied equipment

  • 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

Vital equipment

Skis
  • 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

Other
  • 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
  • Thermos

Material

Upper body : 
  • 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

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

Other : 
  • 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

Luggage

You will carry all of your belongings in your 40/50L comfortable backpack, as well as your picnics and your technical equipment. 

Medicine

Your guide has a pharmacy of first urgency.
Plan with your doctor your personal pharmacy:
  • Personal medicine
  • Pain reliever (preferably paracetamol)
  • Double skin
  • Elastoplast
  • Local disinfectant
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antispasmodic
  • Anti-diarrheal
  • Anti-vomiting
  • Intestinal antiseptic
  • Eyewash
  • Light sleeping pills
  • Earplugs
  • Broad spectrum antibiotic
  • Vitamins C 
Non-exhaustive list.

Passport

Please make sure your passport and travel documents are valid.

Visa

  • 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.

For further information, please check the following website : https://france-visas.gouv.fr/

Mandatory vaccines

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...

Weather

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.   

Electricity

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.

Local time

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).

Sustainable tourism

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.  
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  • Passionate about mountains and particularly with backcountry skiing.
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Region
Italy
Activity
Ski Ski-Touring
Duration
6 days
Group
4 to 5 people
Code
SRHRG
Price
From €1,095
Level
4/5
Comfort
3/5
Language(s)
English

Strengths

  • The ascent of a 4000m high peak
  • The discovery of the Gran Paradiso national park

Guide's advice

« 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 ! »

Required level

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).
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