Gran Paradiso

Level: Enthusiasts
Start date: 1 June
End date: 15 September
Participants: 4

My goal

The Gran Paradiso Normal Route is a genuine gateway to alpine adventure. A captivating and accessible ascent that serves as an ideal introduction to mountaineering without overwhelming difficulty. This meticulously crafted itinerary is tailored for those eager to embark on their inaugural 4,000-meter altitude experience.

The ascent to the summit not only promises a fulfilling climbing experience but also unveils the breathtaking beauty of the Gran Paradiso National Park. Explore the diverse alpine fauna and relish the warm hospitality provided by Rifugio Chabod and Vittorio Emanuele. This journey offers an ideal initiation into the world of high-altitude adventures. It provide a taste of the remarkable landscapes and natural wonders of the region.

Coaching tips

1 alpinist € 920,00
2 alpinists € 500,00 / person
3 alpinists € 360,00 / person
4 alpinists € 290,00 / person
The price includes
IFMGA guide mountain guide for the climb, half board at rifugio Chabod or Vittorio Emanuele, technical equipment

Day 1

Our adventure begins with a meeting with the guide, where we’ll conduct a thorough equipment check and distribute technical materials essential for our journey. The ascent kicks off within the breathtaking landscape of Gran Paradiso, surrounded by majestic larches and towering peaks. After approximately 2,5 hours, we’ll arrive at Rifugio Chabod or Vittorio Emanuele, where a well-deserved dinner awaits, followed by an overnight stay. With hopes high for a full moon, we anticipate the magical touch it will add to our overnight stay.

Day 2

As the first light of day breaks, we embark on an exhilarating journey. Our path takes us across the moraine and the awe-inspiring Laveciau glacier. Over the course of about 5 hours, we’ll make our way to the summit cross on Gran Paradiso, a pinnacle that promises not only a challenging climb but also unparalleled views of the surrounding alpine beauty. This day is a culmination of our efforts, rewarding us with the achievement of reaching the summit and taking in the majestic panorama that unfolds before us

– 5 layers of clothing for the upper body (thermal shirt, light fleece, heavy fleece, down jacket, anorak.)
– two set of gloves (soft and ski ones)
– sunglasses (with 3 or 4 protection)
– heavy trousers (windproof)
– underpants
– gaiters
– rigid, ankle height, waterproof boots.
– two pair of ski socks
– headlamp
– hat that covers your ears
– bag sheet for the hut
– sun screen & lip balm
– poles
– ice axe (if are used to it)
– helmet is recommended but not compulsory
– 1lt water bottle/thermos
– harness & crampons

Please note, a sleeping bag liner is mandatory in all mountain huts.
We suggest a lightweight, reusable sleeping bag liner. Let’s protect the mountains from waste
Our favorite sleeping bag liner

Difficulty: PD- some mountaineering difficulties on rock or snow, rock or ice slopes up to 34-40°. Technically not difficult glacier hike, but followed by an exposed snowy ridge.

Ascent time: approximately 5 hours

Elevation gain: approximately 890 meters

Mountaineering is a dangerous activity by nature, the Monte Rosa guides, all UIAGM certified, undertake to do everything possible to minimize the dangers but the risk can never be eliminated and must be accepted before registering for the our activities.

The Monte Rosa Guides will always do their best to help you achieve your goals and ensure you have the best possible experience; however you must agree to rely on their unquestionable judgment while you are in the mountains and to respect any decision they make, including the return, if it is deemed necessary. Being adequately prepared and having a minimum standard of fitness is necessary to maintain an adequate margin of safety in our activities. If, due to your physical condition or for any other reason, your guide decides that you are not ready for the activity you have chosen, you will be offered alternatives adapted to your level of preparation.

FAQ #1 – Will I suffer from altitude sickness?
High altitude can cause altitude sickness, with symptoms such as headaches, nausea, fatigue, and difficulty concentrating. These symptoms can vary from person to person. Some people adapt more easily to altitude than others. If possible, gradual acclimatization by spending time at higher altitudes before reaching 4000 meters can help reduce altitude sickness symptoms. Good physical fitness can also aid adaptation to altitude.
FAQ #2 – Are there any medications that can help with altitude sickness?
Altitude sickness is highly subjective, and there is no one-size-fits-all solution. It is advisable to bring only the headache and nausea medications that you are already familiar with and have used before. Nevertheless, we recommend consulting your primary healthcare provider for personalized advice
FAQ #3 – What happens if I feel unwell during the ascent?
If you feel unwell in the refuge, we will organize an early descent. If you feel unwell along the route, we will turn back. In the case of severe discomfort, the accompanying guide will alert rescue services, and you will be evacuated by helicopter.
FAQ #4 – Can I join a group if I’m alone?
No, we do not organize group excursions for this type of climb. The team must have good preparation and confidence.
FAQ #5 – Can I rent high mountain clothing and equipment?
You can rent equipment (boots, poles, ice axe) in Alagna, Gressoney and Champoluc. However, it will not be possible to rent clothing.
FAQ #6 – If I do not reach the summit, will I be refunded?
No, there will be no refunds as you will have already used the refuge, guide, and lifts.
FAQ #7 – Do I need to bring a sleeping bag?
No, refuges provide pillows, duvets, or blankets! However, the use of a sleeping bag liner is mandatory, and you can purchase it for a minimal cost at specialized stores. Click here for more information (affiliate link)
FAQ #8 – What is the required fitness level for the excursion?
PD – some alpine difficulties on rock or snow, rock or ice slopes up to 34-40°. The glacier hike is technically not difficult but is followed by an exposed snowy ridge.

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Gran Paradiso