Day 1: the group will meet the guide at the refuge Chabod or Vittorio Emanuele for dinner. Briefing on the next days’ ascent, equipment check and a pleasant relaxing evening in the refuge.
Day 2: departure from the Refuge between 4 – 5 am to begin the ascent to the peak of Gran Paradiso at 4061mt. The first hour is along a barely visible footpath, then the first easy steps on a snow covered glacier up to around 3800mt, at which point the conditions change to a mixture of easy rock and snow passages up to the peak itself. The ascent takes between 4 – 6 hours.At the summit is the awarding breathtaking panorama, unique due to it’s central high position.The descent can be made either back down to the same refuge or towards the other side, this takes between 2 - 3 hours.Then after a break at the refuge the descent is completed down to the valley floor.
This is an excursion at high altitude, suitable for those who want to begin to discover high mountain walking and its fantastic scenery. There are no particular technical difficulties, it is obligatory to use crampons, an ice axe and harness. To be able to take part in this excursion it is important to be in good physical shape and a good walker with stamina, as on the second day there is a total of 9 – 10 hours of walking between the ascent and descent.
It is recommended to ascend up from the Rif. Chabod and descend down towards the Rif. Vittorio Emanuele or vice versa – to complete a panoramic circuit.
Weatherproof shoes with the possibility to attach crampons - ice axe – harness – backpack - water bottle – sunglasses - sun protection cream : min. protection factor 8 – anorak - wind jacket – woollen hat - gloves – socks– undervest – long underwear – pullover - change of T shirt – camera – healdlamp.
Harness, crampons and pick axe can be rented from Baroli at Villeneuve or directly in the hut– cost about 15/20 euro per day per person.
Group size: Maximum 5 persons per Alpine Guide.
Period: Every day from June to September – weather permitting.
Cost for the up & down to the same side
group of 4 person: 140,00 euro per person;
group of 3 person: 170,00 euro per person;
group of 2 person: 240,00 euro per person
1 person: 450,00 euro.
Included in the cost of the tour are: the assistance of an alpine guide; use of equipment for the group (ropes, pitons, karabiners); professional insurance in case of accident.
Not included in the cost of the tour are: board and lodging; the technical equipment rental (ice axe, harness and crampons – about 15/20 euro per day); transfers (the organisation can provide for a minibus if request).
Cost of refuge: half board about 42/46 Euro per person.