Mount Monte Ciarforon is one of the most evocative and fascinating peaks in the Gran Paradiso Massif. The ski mountaineering excursion to the top of its west side is a wonderful itinerary that, developing within a spectacular environment, provides an exciting ascent and a super fun and priceless ski ride. The path is really interesting and it features some rather demanding stretches.

  • Gran Paradiso, Mount Ciarforon
  • 6 hours
  • Medium difficulty
  • Presence of nearby refreshment point
  • Maximum number of participants
  • Suitable for adults only

Information about the ski mountaineering experience to Mount Ciarforon

The backcountry ski excursion starts from the parking lot in Pont Valsavarenche, at an elevation of 1960 meters. Through the cross-country ski track the path goes up skirting the river before crossing it on a nice little bridge close to Rifugio Tetras Lyre. In a marvelous environment, then, the itinerary goes up towards Rifugio Vittorio Emanuele taking the summer mule track. The rifugio, at an elevation of 2732 meters, provides the ideal environment for a stop.

From the rifugio the contour of the side of Mount Monte Ciarforon comes in sight clean and majestic. The itinerary, then, resumes marvelous and it goes up towards Mount Ciarforon and Mount Becca di Monciair. With an exposed traverse the hikers will pass a first rocky rampart before facing a marrow passage and a stretch on vertical snow that leads to another rocky rampart.

The path, then, goes up through a steep little couloirs squeezed between the rocks. Shortly, then, the path reaches the summit cap -often covered with ice- and it keeps going all the way to the rocky tips that offers a wide and marvelous view on the peaks on the Piemonte side of the Gran Paradiso Massif.

The very beautiful descent ski ride takes place through the climb route. From the snowy base between Mount Ciarforon and Mount Monciar, it is possible to go down back towards the rifugio or to complete a spectacular loop traversing and going down through valley Vallone del Grand Etret to go back to the parking lot in Pont Valsavarenche.

The ski mountaineering excursion through the west side of Mount Monte Ciarforon from Pont Valsavarenche is rated as BS (good skier); it features a 1680 meter total elevation gap (772 meter to Rifugio Vittorio Emanuele II).

Price for the ski mountaineering experience to Mount Ciarforon

€ 360 - Price up to 2 persons

€ 400 - Price up to 3 persons

€ 440 - Price up to 4 persons

Where to meet your mountain guide

  • Meeting point On the day of your excursion, meet your guide at:
    Albergo Gran Paradiso
    Località Pont, 25
    11010 Valsavarenche, AO
  • Meeting time 8.30 am
  • Geographic coordinates 45°31'27.9"N 7°12'02.0"E
  • Transfer There are no transfers from the meeting point to the excursion site.

What to bring

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

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.
  • 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.
  • Flexible terms of cancellation The terms of cancellation and change for this experience are flexible. Please view the terms.

How to reserve your mountain guide

To reserve a mountain guide for the backcountry ski to Mount Ciarforon, 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 excursion.
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.