Gran Paradiso Fontina Tour

Gran Paradiso mountain range is a beautiful area for ski touring, an ideal place for skiers with some experience in ski touring and basic fitness and skills. Here we are also sure to find good snow until late in the season.

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Gran Paradiso is the only mountain whose summit reaches over 4,000 meters that is entirely within Italian territory. The peak, the 7th highest mountain in the Alpi Graie, with an elevation of 4061 m, is located on the border between Piemonte Region and Valle d’Aosta region and is quite close to Mont Blanc on the nearby border with France. The area is quite vast and this ski touring program gives us the possibility to discover most of it: we’ll start from Valgrisenche, one of the wild valleys right on the south of Mont Blanc massif and we’ll end the last two days with the climb of the main summit of Gran Paradiso. The program requires good skills but can be adapted also for beginners, with some itinerary variations, and every day we have the possibility to “escape” to the bottom of the valley if the weather is bad, and also skip some sections by car transfers if the snow conditions are not safe.
Gran Paradiso Fontina Tour
LocationGran Paradiso – Valle d’Aosta – Italian Alps
Level requiredAdvanced to Expert
Max group size7 per guide
Group of 7€ 1040 x person

We can help you to find the gear you need or you can take your own. You need a safety kit (with ABS), ski touring set with skins, harness, crampons, ice axe and training shoes.

Day by day program Gran Paradiso Fontina Tour:

1st day: Transfer from Milano Malpensa Airport or Torino Caselle Airport to Bonne (1810 m) in Valgrisenche, one of the side valleys of the main Valle d’Aosta. On the way we pass by Aosta City, we stop for a quick break and we do together the checking of the luggage you need for the week. Any gear you need or is missing we will rent in Aosta. From Aosta after approximately one hour we reach Bonne, where we stay the night in the cozy Hotel Perret. A big plate of Polenta with Fontina, the local cheese, and a couple of glasses of the tasty Torrette Superiore wine in front of the fire will give us the first approach with the atmosphere of the Italian Alps.

2nd day: After a little transfer or directly from Bonne, if there is enough snow, we reach the Giasson Glacier and we climb up to Becca di Giasson (3215 m) and we ski down to the Rifugio Bezzi (2284 m) where we stay for the night.

3rd day: From Rifugio Bezzi we climb up to Becca della Traversière (3337 m) and we ski down to Rifugio Benevolo and to the Village of Rhème Notre Dame where we stay for the night, at the Hotel Grand Rousse or at the Albergo Galisia.

4th day: Today is one of the longest days with the climb up to Cima d’Entrelor (3430 m) and the long descent to Eau Rousse (1666 m) where we stay at the charming Hostellerie du Paradis for the night, or to Pont Valsavarenche where we can stay at the Hotel Gran Paradiso.

5th day: Meeting in the morning with a second guide that will join the group, if more then 4 guests, for the 2 days of the climb of the Gran Paradiso. Easy and short day to recover from the long day of yesterday, with just the climb up to Rifugio Chabod (2750 m). Short tour in the afternoon close to the hut, if we like.

6th day: A big day for the main achievement of the week: the climb of the main summit of Gran Paradiso (4061 m). The long descent will take us to Rifugio Vittorio Emanuele (2775 m), where we stay for the night. Good by drink with the second guide at the hut.

7th day: From Rifugio Vittorio Emanuele (2775 m), we climb up to Colle del Gran Paradiso (3345 m), or to Tresenta (3609 m), or to Col del Grand Etret (3150 m) and we ski back down to the parking in Pont Valsavarenche for the well deserved beer! We sleep in the valley over night.

8th day: Transfer day to go back to airport or extra day if we are late with the program, for example in case the weather is bad.

The program will be updated every day by the guide with the group members, after knowing the expectations of everyone, the weather and the snow conditions.

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Detailed Pricing and Booking

Our guiding prices for this all-inclusive are based on the group size (I’ve seen it, take me to the BOOKING FORM)

Group sizePrice per person
3 people€ 1520
4 people€ 1250
5 people€ 1220
6 people€ 1120
7 people€ 1040

GENERAL INFORMATION:

Price Includes
– 6 days guiding with one UIAGM mountain guide. A second guide will join the group for the 2 days of the climb of the Gran Paradiso if will be more then 4 members in the group.
– 2 nights accommodation half-board in Hotel Perret in Bonne and Hotel Gran Paradiso in Pont, 4 nights half-board in mountain huts, last night in a B&B in the valley with pizza for dinner.
Transfers from Milano Malpensa or Torino Caselle Airport to Bonne and back are included.

Not included
– Lift passes and extra transfer if we have to change the itinery in case of bad weather.
– Lunches and drinks in the huts/hotels
– Mountain rescue insurance:

We highly recommend that you arrange your own personal insurance before undertaking any mountain activity. If you don’t have a personal insurance please keep in touch with us and we will help you:
You can buy a personal insurance for rescue and first medical care at this address: https://pos.larcasrl.it/default.aspx?IDCON=9325
Please note that the insurance is valid ONLY if you are guided by one of our guides.

– Avalanche transceiver, shovel, probe, backpack and glacier equipment if required.
– ABS backpack and the ski touring gear is not included but we can arrange for it.
– We also recommend that you wear your helmet.

Download the recommended EQUIPMENT LIST for this program here: Haute Route and more days ski touring Equipment list Eng.

Group size: max. 7 people per guide. Private groups only.

This is the “classic” program but other options are available and we can also tailor a program to suit you.

All of these programs must be booked in advance in order to secure hotel and huts accommodation.

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