Gran Paradiso Haute Route and Gran Paradiso ascent
Italy - Italy
Period :June to September
Price :From 745 €
Physical Condition :
Technical level :
Group :From 4 to 5 personnes
Duration :5 jours
At 43 miles from Chamonix, protected from the Atlantic atmospheric disturbances by the barrier of the Mont-Blanc massif, the Grand-Paradis Haute Route embodies the softness of life in Aoste Valley, the sole region of Italy with French-speaking tradition. Essentially known for its National Park which shelters the most beautiful herds of ibexes of the Alps, the Grand-Paradis is also one of the easiest "Thirteeners peaks" in Europe. Its ascent is the high point of five days all superb and different.
Day 1 Meeting point at Pont, in the Gran Paradiso group, height 1,960 m, at 10.00 am. From Pont, the Haute Route begins with the descent of Val Savarenche till Pravieux mountain pasture (6,138 feet). There starts the nice footpath going up, through larch trees forests, to Chabod hut (9,022 feet), a typical Italian mountain hut, where we will have a course about the different knots used in mountaineering. Free transfer from Chamonix to Pont for the first registered participants. Duration of walking: 3 hours and a half. Difference of level : 2,884 feet up, 292 feet down. Day 2 With light backpacks (as we will sleep a second night in Chabod hut), following the footpath through old moraines, we go up till Montandayné glacier. Going up on the glacier till Sberna pass, 11,191 feet, we will have a ice-climbing school, studying the main techniques used to walk with crampons on easy glaciers, and the safe way to walk for a roped party. Way down back to Chabod hut Duration of walking: 5 hours. Difference of level : 2,169 feet up, 2,169 feet down. Day 3 We start early, following old moraines footpaths, till the glacier coming down from Gran Paradiso North Face. We rope on, and continue our ascent on the glacier till the altitude 10,820 feet, where we reach a stones plateau. Going down on a easy footpath, we will be at Vittorio Emanuele hut (8,963 feet) before mid-day. We will have there a course on the different kinds of knots used in mountaineering. Pic-nic on the terrace. Rest during the afternoon. Duration of walking: 4 hours and a half. Difference of level : 1,798 feet up, 1,857 feet down. Day 4 From Vittorio-Emanuele hut, with light backpacks, we ascend Tresenta peak, 11,840 feet, superb wiewpoint on all Gran Paradiso range. Pic-nic on the summit. Way down back to Vittorio-Emanuele hut. Duration of walking: 4 hours and a half. Difference of level : 2,877 feet up, 2,877 feet down. Day 5 Ascent of the highest summit of the National Park, Gran Paradiso, 13,323 feet, with light backpacks, up on Gran Paradiso glacier. Way down back to Vittorio-Emanuele hut, and further down to Pont. Transfer to Chamonix. Duration of walking: 9 hours. Difference of level : 4,360 feet up, 6,893 feet down. End of the course in Chamonix by 4 or 5 pm. Your mountain guide will do everything possible to make this tour being a success. But, in high altitude, exceptional risks may exist : storms, fog, .... Your guide, responsible for your life, may change the program of this tour for your safety.
* The price includes : - guiding by a Mountain Guide, and all his expenses (food, lodgings, transfers), + a second Mountain Guide on the day of ascent of Gran Paradiso - the following group equipment: radio linked to the relief organization, pharmacy, survival blanket, ropes, maps, compass, GPS, altimeter - the loan of a mountaineering harness - the reservation of the places in the mountain huts - lodging and half-board in the mountain huts and lodge from Day 1 dinner included to Day 5 breakfast included (dinner and breakfast are prepared and served by the hut-keepers) * The price does not include : - optional insurances EUROP ASSISTANCE - your lunchs - your drinks in the huts - your personal expenses - the personal equipment and the technical equipment required for this tour - additional transfers related to a modification of the program - transfer from your residence to Pont, and from Pont to your residence - generally speaking, all the expenses not indicated in the paragraph " the price includes "
During all this programme, Le Pays d'En Haut will loan you freely a mountaineering sit-harness. Please, take care of this safety equipment, and, when you do not use it, store it in your mountaineering backpack. Your clothes : * for your head : - a scarf - a balaclava or a high quality woollen hat - a cap for the sun - a pair of high quality sun glasses * for your upper body : - warm underclothing (wool, or light polar fur) - a warm long sleeve shirt: on a glacier, the underarms must be protected from the sun rays - a thick and warm polar fur, or a high quality pullover sweater, or a down jacket - to protect you from the wind or from bad weather : a Goretex mountaineering jacket, with a hood (you may use a high quality windproof and waterproof skiing jacket) * for your legs : - warm sports skin-tights - light cotton mountaineering trousers (to wear in a hut, or while walking on the footpaths) - windproof and waterproof Goretex trousers (you may use high quality windproof and waterproof skiing trousers) * for your feet : - two pairs of woollen socks, a pair of cotton socks - a pair of mountaineering gaiters * for your hands : - a pair of silk undergloves - a pair of high quality mountaineering gloves (you may use high quality skiing gloves), waterproof and windproof, designed to endure a temperature of - 10 Fahrenheit degrees ___________________________________________________ In your mountaineering backpack : - additional underwear - a few toilet paper sheets - tooth paste, tooth brush, light razor - large plastic bags to store your clothes in your backpack in case of rain (no backpack is perfectly hermetic) - a very light LED Head Lamp. Place a new alkaline battery in your head lamp, and bring with you an additional battery.- to sleep in the huts, do not bring a sleeping bag. The hutkeeper will deliver you woollen blankets. For Glaciers Treks in Switzerland (including Chamonix-Zermatt Haute Route), Italy and Austria, you must bring a silk or cotton sheet (obligation imposed by the hut-keepers). - a water bottle ( 1.5 liter minimum ), light, isothermal (thermos) - a pocket knife - sun cream, lipstick - medicines : "Compeed" to prevent blisters, Aspirins, eye-drop lotion, earplugs (many people snore in the huts !), personal drugs, elastic adhesive wrap (3-Cut tape) - a survival blanket (made of aluminium) - a hermetic bag containing : your passport, Euros (for your drinks in the huts; most of the huts do not accept Visa or American Express Cards), your Alpine Club Card (if you are a member of this Club, tell it to your guide ) - camera ___________________________________________________ Technical equipment : - a mountaineering backpack with a volume between 50 and 60 liters. For your comfort, your backpack should have broad and comfortable straps to carry it, and small straps on its back to fix your ice-axe when you will be walking on footpaths. - a light ice axe (length between 60 and 70 cms). Do not choose a technical ice axe, choose a ice axe designed for beginners. - a pair of crampons with automatic bindings. Your crampons must be perfectly adjusted to your shoes (this is the job of your shop-assistant). Choose crampons of category C 2 : semi-flexible crampons that can be used for both walking and climbing at harder grades, suitable for most alpine routes. Your crampons must imperatively be equipped with "Anti-balling plates" (plastic sheets placed under the crampons, in contact with the snow when you walk and climb). These "Anti-balling plates" will prevent the wet snow from sticking to your crampons, and will avoid accidents due to this hoof of wet snow covering the pins of the crampons, transforming them into skis ... All the good mountain sports shops hire only crampons with "Anti-balling plates". - a pair of mountaineering boots , with Vibram stiff soles. We advise you to test your boots before your training course, and to protect the zones of friction on your feet with "Compeed". Choose boots of category B 2 : stiff 4-season boots with a supportive upper, having facility for heel clip bindings to be fitted. Boots designed for hiking, even expensive hiking boots are inefficient and dangerous when climbing or walking on glaciers. - telescopic walking sticks. A participant in this programme not equipped with mountaineering boots, or not equipped with "Anti-balling plates" on his crampons will not be authorized to attend the course. In this event, no refund will be made by Le Pays d'En Haut. You can rent in any sports shop in Chamonix the following technical equipment: mountaineering shoes, ice axe, crampons. Ask the shop assistant to show you how to put on your crampons, and ask him to adjust them perfectly to your shoes.
4 nights in mountain huts, in dormitories, with hot showers.
- technical level : you are a complete beginner in Glacier Trek and mountaineering, but you are used to hike through hills and low-altitude mountains. Your Mountain Guide will teach you the basic techniques of mountaineering, to walk safely with your crampons, linked with the rope to the other members of your roped party . - fitness level : you practise twice a week either walking, running, or biking. The average pace is 1,000 feet of rise per hour, with a difference of level climbed each day rising from 1,798 to 4,360 feet. The average time of walking is 5 hours and a half per day.