Gran Paradiso (4061m) lies 25 miles to the south-east of Mont Blanc, and is the highest mountain entirely within Italy. A world away from the hustle and bustle of summertime Chamonix, it is the crowning centrepiece of the delightful Gran Paradiso National Park. The climb is long but technically straightforward, and is an ideal first Alpine mountaineering peak.
Guided days – 3
Guiding Ratio – up to 1:4
Our climb is normally made from the Chabod hut at 2700m, with 1300m of steady ascent on the glacier leading to a short section of easy scrambling on the final exposed summit rocks. The summit provides a fantastic remote viewpoint of the Mont Blanc massif and the central Swiss Alps. Descent can then be made via the Vittoria Emmanuelle hut, giving the variety of a circuit, but returning to the Valsavarenche valley. The climb will typically take 5hrs from the hut, with a further 4-5hrs for the descent all the way back to the valley.
This course is ideal if you are looking for a big mountain experience, but have little or no mountaineering background. The technical difficulties are minimal, and thorough training in mountaineering skills will be given to prepare you for the ascent.
The round trip on summit day usually takes around 9-10 hours, much of it at relatively high altitude, so requires a good level of hill fitness.
This course requires a minimum two bookings to run, and will be at a maximum guiding ratio of 1:4. A private booking can be made, at the same prices. For those with some previous mountaineering experience, a shorter 2-day option (missing out the skills training on day one) is available as a private booking, at the rate of £385 per person.
Ice axe, crampons, harness and helmet can be provided for a hire fee of £10 per day. Mountaineering boot hire can be arranged with Snell Sports in Chamonix.