Climb up a 4000 m high summit, is a goal for a lot of us. We propose to take you up the Gran Paradiso, a summit that stands out at 4061 m above sea level amidst an incredible alpine panorama. The Gran Paradiso is a mountaineering project accessible to all good walkers who've never done any mountaineering before. Situated in Italy, this is also a good chance to enjoy Italian food and hospitality, truly delightful.
We pick you up in the morning with our minibus for this mountaineering course. Once we've checked gear, we head off for Pont-Valsaverenche, the starting point for the Gran Paradiso. This course can be done just over a weekend, that you can also extend with a trip in the Alps by yourself.
Above all, this course is an excellent preparation for the Mont Blanc !
- One of the most beautiful and most accessible 4000m peaks in the Alps
- Mountaineering workshops for 2 days including a climbing workshop, a glacier workshop and the ascent of the Monte Tresenta in preparation for the Gran Paradiso
- One guide for 4 participants max
- 2 possible attempts for the summit depending on weather conditions
- Just relax and climb, we take care of all logistics
- No booking fees
Get together in Briancon, Oulx-Cesana or directly on site. We reach Ponte Valsavarenche (1960 m), Italy (approx 1 1/2 hrs driving).
After a rockclimbing workshop in order to get used to climbing with mountaineering boots, we start our approach from the Le Pont hamlet. A good part of the walk takes us through a beautiful larch forest where it is common to see ibex ! We will reach the Vittorio Emanuele mountain hut (2734 m), nicely set with breathtaking views of the Piccolo Paradiso (3868 m), the Herbetet (3778m) and the Monte Tresenta (3609 m), our goal for the next day.
Ascent/descent: + 800 m
Meals included: picnic and dinner
Accomodation included: mountain hut
From the mountain hut, three emblematic peaks catch our eyes: the Becca di Montclair (3544 m), the Ciarforon (3648 m) and the Tresenta (3609 m). We set off for the ascent of the Tresenta. We discover the use of crampons and learn to walk on a glacier, get used to the altitude and being roped up. From the hut we climb up towards the Moncorvé glacier to reach the steeper Tresenta slopes. From the summit we get a good idea of what's waiting for us the next day. Descent back down to Vittorio Emanuele hut for our meal and the night.
In case of bad weather the next day, the guide may decide to switch round days 2 & 3.
Ascent/descent: +/- 900 m
Meals included: breakfast, picnic and dinner
Accomodation included: mountain hut
We have an early start and leave in the middle of the night. We climb up the beautiful Gran Paradiso glacier, to meet at 3600 m, mountaineers arriving from the Chabod mountain hut. A beautiful easy ridge leads up to the summit of Gran Paradiso (4061 m). From the top of the Gran Paradiso, the panorama is absolutely stunning. We can see from Monterosa to the Matterhorn, from the Mont Blanc to the Ecrins and even Mount Viso and in the far distance the Mercantour ! Descent to Valsavarence valley. Transfer back to the meeting points. End of course.
Ascent/descent: +/- 1350m
Meals included: breakfast and picnic
Please note: this itinerary is an example of a mountaineering course on with ascent of the Gran Paradiso, Italy, and should only be used as a guide. The guide may adjust certain itineraries according to weather conditions and participants' abilities. We kindly ask you to respect such decision. We may also change accomodation, maintaining identical standards, according to logistics and availabilities.
This trip was created in October 2018. Prices are based on practices and customs at the being. In case the latter are modified (ex: number of clients allowed per guide, for safety reasons), Azimut respects these guidelines, and we may adjust our prices accordingly.
3 to 4 participants
Azimut selected mountain guide.
We have a great bunch of mountain guides, and select our guides mainly for their sympathy, their teaching and organisational skills. We stay tuned in, work hands in hands, and make sure their working conditions are the best.
Meet our guides and instructors just around the corner
You will have to carry your personal belongings, picnics and mountaineering gear. Your backpack will weigh approx 6 to 8 kilos (please leave behind any useless excess baggage).
A 30% deposit, as well as the insurance cost if you choose to subscribe the latter, is required to secure your booking. You will receive a reminder email 35 days prior to departure for the outstanding balance due latest 30 days prior to departure.
We strongly recommend you to be properly insured for the chosen activity. You should be covered for medical expenses, personal accident & liabilité, third party risks and rescue (helicopter), as well as trip cancellation or curtailment.
Repatriation and research insurance are mandatory when booking a trip with Azimut. We have a full range of Europ Assistance insurances on offer to suit the trip you select and the risks that it may incur.
Tipping is no obligation. However participants usually hand round an envelope for those who wish to tip the guide.
Azimut's minibus is used throughout the whole trip. Not only does this make the trip easier, but it also makes it more pleasant and open: we can chat, sleep and listen to our own music !
In case of emergency or delay, you can either contact your guide (a phone number will be provided before departure) or contact Azimut on: (+ 33) 04 92 23 07 24.
Please inform your friends and family with these details before departure.
No wifi available in mountain huts, and remember: cash only.
4G and mobile coverage is unreliable.
- Ice axe
- Folding walking poles recommended: those made by Z-pole are compact, light and easy to stow away in your bag
- Gear for the group (such as ropes) is provided
If you don't have the adequate equipment for the trip, don’t worry and travel light: we rent out the required gear and hand it over at the start of the trip ! Our equipment is relatively new, if not brand new, of good quality and adapted to your choice of activity.
Prices of rental equipment during the entire trip (these competitive prices only take into account the number of days of the trip):
|Full mountaineering pack (helmet, ice axe, crampons, harness and mountaineering boots)||€ 90|
|Ice axe||€ 20|
|Mountaineering boots||€ 35|
|Walking poles||€ 18
You can choose to rent equipment when booking your trip, or lateron by clicking on “my account”. If any of the equipment that you’ve chosen is out of stock you’ll be notified and reimbursed.
If you bring your own gear please make sure:
- your boots are rigid and suitable for crampons
- your crampons fit your feet and boots
- your harness and helmet are less than 5 years old
- you have a light ice axe (not a wooden one !) long enough to be used as a support for walking
This list of clothes is designed to give you an idea of clothes that it may be good to have with you. By no means do you need to have the latest brands nor the latest gear, but if you need to renew your wardrobe, this guide would be a good start.
- Light warm hat or buff / scarf / cap for approach walks / sunglasses suitable for glacier (category 4) / ski goggles for the Mont Blanc ascent
Tip for glasses and goggles: photochromic lenses adapt the light intensity and vary from category 2 to 4, they are very useful.
- Base layer: a few breathable long and short sleeved tops (merino wool is breathable and has anti-bacterial properties and is therefore less likely to smell as opposed to synthetic fabrics, don't wear cotton, it will not dry). On a glacier and on snow your arms should always be covered in case you fall or slip.
- Mid-layer: a light fleece or lightweight hooded down jacket to wear during breaks under your Gore-tex or soft shell jacket.
- Outer-layer: it should have a breathable and waterproof membrane. Make sure it's lightweight and compact so it doesn't take up too much space in your backpack.
- Bottom layer: long johns to wear during the ascent, lightweight mountaineering trousers and a pair of trousers with a breathable waterproof membrane (Gore Tex or similar) - those with long side zips are recommended for climbs.
- Hands: light gloves (fleece or soft shell gloves), and pair of silk liners gloves to go underneath. Waterproof and warm mittens (or a second pair of gloves) for ascent day.
- Hiking socks: merino wool socks are warm and breathable
- Rigid mountaineering boots that are crampon compatible
- Gaiters are obligatory if you rent Gore-tex trousers
- Lightweight shoes for your comfort on approach hikes (we can leave gear in the mountain hut during our stay)
Odds & ends
To be perfectly well organised we recommend you to put your gear in several small and different sized bags.
Toiletries and first aid kit
- Personal toilet bag, only take essentials in the mountains
- To make your a first aid kit, please find all information on Ifremmont's website.
Don't forget to
- Leave contact details with your friends and family
- Bring your papers and I.D. (passport and visa if necessary)
- Bring your contract number and documents related to your insurance (if you've chosen not to have insure coverage with us)
- Bring your “carte vitale” and your European health card (EU member states) - if you don't have one you can order one for free online www.ameli.fr
- Check that you have the right equipment
- Take spare batteries and a charger for your electronic devices (camera, video recorder, tracking devices etc)
- Bring some cash and your credit card
- Bring a delicacy from your home country or area to share with the group
- Leave in a good frame of mind: we're going to have a great time even if we may not happen to not make it to the summit !
- Before leaving: water the plants, empty the rubbish bin, turn off water and gas, and tell your partner that you're going to have a good time (please not by text message), that you've well deserved... If you don't follow the latter recommendation, you'll most probably kick yourself when you get back!
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