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 mountaineering destination.

The traverse of Piccolo and Gran Paradiso is an extraordinary and challenging mountaineering adventure; it develops on a long spectacular, snowy and exposed, ridge with incredible landscapes and panoramic view, on mixed terrain; a must in every real alpinist's curriculum.

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

Gran Paradiso traverse

The traverse of Piccolo Paradiso and Gran Paradiso is one of the most interesting and scenic ridge routes of the Gran Paradiso group and the entire Alpine range. It is a long and challenging itinerary, suitable for well-trained mountaineers with good experience on various terrains.

The trip starts from the little village of Pont Valsavaranche. Going up heading south the mountaineers will reach the Chabod refuge, at an elevation of 27310 meters, or Vittorio Emanuele refuge (2735 meters) for the night. On the second day the mountaineers will leave at dawn and proceed first on the glacier -inclination between 45 and 50 degrees- and then along the spectacular ridge, which alternates aerial and exposed ridges of snow with towers of good rock. Reached the summit the return will be along the Normal route.

Good training and a resume with some high mountains climbed is required. The itinerary includes steep glacier and unsteady rocks with crampons and some little rock climbing (III degree)

Day one of Gran Paradiso traverse

Start: Pont Valsavaranche (1956 meters)
Arrival: Chabod refuge (2710 meters)
Elevation gap: 754 meters

Day two of Gran Paradiso traverse

Piccolo and Gran Paradiso ridge route
Start: Chabod refuge (2710 meters)
Arrival: summit of Gran Paradiso (4061 meters)
Elevation gap: about 1326 meters
Itinerary and peacks: Chabod refuge - Colle di Montandayné, 3723 - Piccolo Paradiso (P. Vaccarone, 3872 - P. Farrar, 3921 - P. Frassy, 3923) - Colle del Piccolo Paradiso, 3871 - Gran Paradiso, 4061
Return: by the Normal route - lunch in the refuge

Mountain guide price for Gran Paradiso traverse:

€ 1100 - 1 person

The price not includes:

Overnight stay, lunch, dinner and breakfast (1 nigth)

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 to be defined
  • Geographic coordinates 45°31'27.9"N 7°12'02.0"E

What to bring

  • Crampons
  • Climbing helmet
  • Climbing harness
  • Descender
  • Carabiners
  • Mountain boots
  • Ice axes
  • Water bottle
  • Snacks
  • Technical apparel
  • Change of clothing
  • 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.
  • 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 IFMGA-UIAGM Certified Mountain Guides for the ridge traverse of Piccolo Paradiso and Gran Paradiso, 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 traverse.
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 mountaineering experience.
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.