Mount Gran Paradiso is the only "4000" completely standing on the Italian soil; it rises within the Gran Paradiso National Park. It is a majestic and superb mountain that represents a marvelous skiing destination. Its massif features several marvelous and extremely evocative peaks that offer fantastic slopes with perfect declivities for extremely rewarding ascents and spectacular ski rides.

Mount Gran Paradiso’s Haute Route is a very beautiful backcountry ski tour that provides five full-immersion days in the marvel of this alpine area; an unforgettable itinerary in a grand and spectacular environment offering a wonderful tour that touches four rifugios of the Gran Paradiso massif covering a definitely notable elevation gap.

  • Gran Paradiso
  • 5 days
  • Medium difficulty
  • Presence of nearby refreshment point
  • Maximum number of participants
  • Suitable for adults only

Information about the Gran Paradiso ski mountaineering tour

Day one of Gran Paradiso ski mountaineering tour

From Valnontey Cogne (1666 meters) to Rifugio Vittorio Sella (2584 meters)

The Gran Paradiso ski mountaineering tour starts from the village of Valnontey. After crossing the creek the path takes the mule track that crosses the valley and it keeps climbing through the summer trail that goes up through the larch woods. After crossing, then, creek Torrente Gran Lauson the hikers will pass some sweet slopes before reaching the huts of Gran Lauson and the plateaux on which the rifugio stands.

Day two of Gran Paradiso ski mountaineering tour

From Rifugio Vittorio Sella to Mount Gran Serraz (3552 meters)

From the rifugio the path resumes going up through the valley and for a short stretch it follows glacier Ghiacciaio del Lauson before going up a steep couloir that goes up all the way to glacier Ghiacciaio Gran Val. Going up through the glacier the hikers will reach the east ridge of Mount Gran Serz on the highest possible spot and then they will keep climbing until they will reach the summit. Going down through an evocative little couloir the path reaches glacier Ghiacciaio di Timorion through which it will go down on wonderful slopes before reaching the slopes that marks the glacier. A marvelous and steep slope leads the hikers to glacier Ghiacciaio del Gran Neiron from where, then, they will go back up to the east hill of Mount Gran Neyron, at an elevation of 3’404 meters, on which bivouac Bivacco Sberna stands. Going down the hikers will reach glacier Ghiacciaio di Montandayne and they will keep going all the way to Rifugio Chabod (2750 meters).

Day three of Gran Paradiso ski mountaineering tour

From Rifugio Chabod (2750 meters) to Mount Gran Paradiso (4061 meters)

Following the summer itinerary the path goes up through glacier Ghiacciaio di Laveciau and with a wide "S" it reaches the plateaux and it keeps going south-east until it gets by Mount Becca di Moncorvé. In steep declivity first and then on milder slopes the path gets closer to the summit that is reached with rope and crampons. The super fun descent ski ride takes place through the climb route until the snowy hump of the Schiena d'Asino that devides glacier Ghiacciaio del Gran Paradiso from glacier Ghiacciaio di Laveciau; through glacier Ghiacciaio del Gran Paradiso the hikers will ski down on marvelous slopes and they will reach Rifugio Vittorio Emanuele.

Day four of Gran Paradiso ski mountaineering tour

From Rifugio Vittorio Emanuele (2735 meters) to the hill of Mount Gran Paradiso (3345 meters)

From the rifugio the path resumes leading the hikers through an evocative and spectacular environment. Shortly they will reach glacier Ghiacciaio del Montcorvè and they will climb it all. Going down, then, through the beautiful glacier Ghiacciaio di Noaschetta the hikers will keep going until they will reach bivouac Bivacco Ivrea, at an elevation of 2770 meters. From the bivouac, through a marvelous climb, the path, then, will reach Col dei Becchi (2990 meters) before going down to Rifugio Pontese, at an elevation of 2200 meters.

Day five of Gran Paradiso ski mountaineering tour

From Pontese (2200 meters) to Mount Punta Ondezana (3492 meters)

The last leg of this spectacular tour features a very beautiful descent that -through the glacier- leads to Mount Colle di Teleccio (3304 meters) and it keeps going through glacier Ghiacciaio di Valleile before going back to Lillaz-Cogne.

Price for the Gran Paradiso Haute Route, a five day ski mountaineering tour

€ 1650 - Price up to 2 persons

€ 1800 - Price up to 3 persons

€ 2000 - Price up to 4 persons

Where to meet your mountain guide for the Gran Paradiso ski mountaineering tour

  • Meeting point On the day of your excursion, meet your guide at:
    Paradiso Park
    Frazione Valnontey, 12
    11012 Cogne AO
  • Meeting time to be defined
  • Geographic coordinates 45°35'15.4"N 7°20'28.7"E

What to bring

  • Skis
  • Ski boots
  • Telescopic poles
  • Skins
  • Ski crampons
  • Crampons
  • Mountaineering ax
  • Avalanche kit
  • Avalanche backpack
  • Climbing harness
  • Carabiners

What you need to know

  • Equipment Remember to bring the minimum required equipment for the activity. If you do not own the equipment let us know, we will provide it for you, if available or for hire.
  • Reservation The reservation for this experience is individual, with a dedicated mountain guide. It may be reserved for a number of participants no greater than the maximum number allowed.
  • Excursion price The price shown is for the excursion with the dedicated mountain guide and possible transfer using the guide's private vehicle. It is valid for individual reservations for a number of participants that does not exceed the maximum number allowed.
  • Price includes The price shown includes the following services: mountain guide, transfers, technical equipment.
  • Safety The mountain guide may cancel or suspend the excursion or change the itinerary if minimum safety conditions are not guaranteed. Please view the terms.
  • Rigid terms of cancellation The terms of cancellation and change for this experience are rigid. Please view the terms.

How to reserve your mountain guide

To reserve a mountain guide for the Gran Paradiso ski mountaineering tour, you must send a request that provides and specifies your contact information, the number of participants and the date/period in which you wish to take the Gran Paradiso Haute Route in five days.
We will respond immediately to confirm the availability of the guide, the deadline, if any, to confirm the option for the reservation, methods of payment, characteristics and organization of the activity.
Once the reservation is confirmed, we will send you the receipt and the presentation voucher with the details of the service, the name of the mountain guide or the mountaineering school, and all the contact information.