Gran Paradis

Grand Paradiso: From rifugio Vittorio Emanuelle II

  • Activity: Alpinism
  • Country: Italy
  • Level: F (Easy)
  • Season: June, July, August, September, October
  • Max guests: 3
  • Transfer: 100€ / 100км

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Where are we going?

Ascending Gran Paradiso is a great opportunity to get closer to the mountain world. Special training is not required, but experience in trekking is welcomed.

Grand Paradiso is the only 4,000-meter peak in Italy that is entirely within its borders. It is located in the eponymous Gran Paradiso National Park. The national park is a popular destination for outdoor activities, including trekking, rock climbing, and winter sports such as skiing. The famous ice climbing area of Cogne is also located within the national park.


  • The group size is a maximum of 3 guests. You will be with the guide for 2 days. The guide will adapt the intensity of the program to you.
  • This ascent is usually done as preparation and acclimatization for climbing Mont Blanc.
  • Overnight stay in an affordable Italian mountain hut.
  • In case of unfavorable weather conditions, it is possible to postpone the ascent or climb another 4,000-meter peak in the Alps.

Included in price

  • Guide's fee
  • Group equipment
  • Assistance with the refuge reservation
  • Accomodation and food in Chamonix for the guide

Not included in price

  • Personal equipment rentals
  • Accomodation and food in Chamonix for guest
  • Accomodation and food in refuges for guest
  • Accomodation and food in refuges for the guide
  • All transfers


Parking Pravieux (1834 m) - refugio Vittorio Emanuelle II (2735 m) - Grand Paradiso glacier - Grand Paradiso (4061 m).


Meeting point

The meeting point with the group is arranged by the guide.

Day 1. Approach to the Vittorio Emanuele II hut.

In the morning, there will be a short briefing and equipment check. Gear rental is available if needed. We will then transfer to the Pravieux parking lot and begin the approach to the Vittorio Emanuele II hut (2735 m). After checking in, we will take a short walk before dinner. Dinner and overnight stay at the refuge.

Gain in altitude is 650 m. It takes 2-3 hours along the trail.

Day 2. Ascent of Gran Paradiso, descent, and departure.

On Day 2, we start from the hut at 6 am. We hike up the trail to the glacier, where we put on our crampons and approach the steep section where we need to rope up. The summit is a rocky ridge, but it's quite easy and short, and at the top, you will be greeted by the Madonna statue. The ascent from the hut takes around 4-5 hours. We will descend the same way we came up. After a lunch break at the hut, we will hike down to the parking lot and depart.

Elev. gain 1350 meters and a descent of 1900 meters, in total 10 hours of trekking and alpinism.

Possible changes

The guide may make changes to the program if required by weather conditions, physical and psychological condition of the guests, up to its cancellation.


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