Climb Gran Paradiso
- Trekking peaks
- Trekking & Hiking
The Kandoo team will meet you at Geneva airport and transfer you to your pre-climb hotel in Chamonix. Later you will attend a pre-climb briefing with your Guide to prepare you for your climb. There are many typical Savoyard restaurants close to your hotel where you can sample some alpine specialities.
We will spend the morning in Chamonix with our guide, reviewing the itinerary, checking kit and assisting with any equipment rental that may be required. We will then depart for the Valsavarenche Valley in Italy, a 70km drive from Chamonix. We will arrive at Pravieux and begin our trek to Chabod refuge (2750m) using a well-marked path.
An early departure is required this morning for the Gran Paradiso ascent. This is one of the highest vantage points in the Alps with views of Mont Viso, Monte Rosa, the Mont Blanc massif and many other peaks. You won’t be disappointed by the spectacular panoramas! On the trail we will follow varied glacial slopes, the beautiful ice ridge and finally the craggy finale, which takes us to the Virgin’s peak. We’ll take time for a photo stop to capture this magic moment before descending on an easy and quiet path to the Vittorio Emmanuele II refuge.
Today we can ice climb on the Moncorvé Glacier’s gentle slopes, with a wonderful view from La Tresenta (3609m) across to the Gran Paradiso massif. At the end of the afternoon, we return to the Vittorio Emmanuele II refuge and descend to the Valsavarenche Valley. We will return to Chamonix where we’ll spend our last night at the hotel and you can enjoy a leisurely evening in town.
Farewell Chamonix. After breakfast we will transfer to you to Geneva airport for your flight home.
One question we often get asked is, 'How fit do I need to be to climb Gran Paradiso?'
If you are comfortable walking for 6-7 hours with an ascent of 1000m over consecutive days then you are certainly fit enough to succeed on Gran Paradiso. It is worth being aware of how to use a mountaineering axe and be able to walk in crampons, although you will undergo basic training in the first few days. For UK guests, mountain centres in the Cairngorms or Lake District offer winter skills courses that are the perfect introduction to winter climbing. If there aren't any of these centres near to you then some climbing walls in London, Glasgow and Manchester have indoor ice walls where you can hone in your skills. Otherwise something as simple as walking up and down the stairs at home kitted up in all your gear, can make the world of difference.
This trip is on a full board basis (except for nights in Chamonix). For your evening meals in Chamonix there is a
wide range of local restaurants for you to sample. If you have a dietary
requirement or are a vegetarian then just let us know when you book so that we
can plan a suitable menu.
The refuges provide hearty traditional and
generous meals prepared by the refuge keepers. Drinks are not included with
dinner, so please make sure you have some Euros with you. Refuges do not
generally accept credit cards.
Packed lunches will be produced by
your guide and include local meats and cheeses, crusty bread and fresh seasonal
vegetables. The lunch items will be shared between all of the group for
carrying each day. Remember to bring your favourite snacks (cereal or energy
bars, dried fruits, chocolate) with you to keep you going through the day. If you are vegan, we often find that the refuges will be able to provide hearty evening meals, however their lunch and breakfast options are often restricted as food supply is limited due to the location of the huts, so we would recommend bringing some accompaniments to go with bread for your daytime meals.
Tap water is typically safe to
drink in France so you can fill up your water bottle in Chamonix. Unfortunately
not all of the refuges have running water, and where water is available it is
not drinkable. You will need to bring purification tablets to treat the water,
and when running water is not available you will need to buy bottled water
which is very expensive (5 to 10 euros per bottle).
in Chamonix will be in a 3-star
hotel in twin rooms. You will stay in Chamonix on the first and last
night of the trip. Please note that your evening meal is not included when you
are in Chamonix.
The mountain refuges we use are authentic huts with catering facilities and shared mixed-sex dormitory rooms: blankets, pillows and mattresses are provided but you will need to bring a sleeping bag liner. Please only bring very basic toiletries as sometimes there is no running water available at the huts. On arrival at the huts, you will be expected to take off your boots and use indoor shoes.
In your daily rucksack, you will carry
your food (snacks and picnic), your personal belongings and your climbing
equipment. It has to have a 40 to 50L capacity and should not weigh more than
10 to 12kg. Your rucksack should be pretty comfortable to carry all day. Your
guide will help you arrange your rucksack on the first day of your trip.
We recommend that wherever possible you use your own gear for your
climb as this is the best way to ensure your comfort and enjoyment. We
recogniSe though that the cost of some items is very high and this may not be
possible. We do not have our own gear available for rental but there are many
places offering gear for rental in Chamonix. It is your responsibility to
check carefully the condition of any item you rent. We accept no
responsibility for the quality of equipment hired.
note that you will require two locking carabiners and these cannot be
rented. You must
bring your own
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