Mountaineering and ice climbing techniques are taught, to equip all participants with the skills necessary to reach the summit.
Make an ascent of the highest peak that lies within the borders of Italy at 4061m high.
Journey through some of the most picturesque regions of the Alps.
An incredible adventure trekking and glacier walking in stunning scenery with an easy climb to conquer the highest peak in Italy. From your hut in the Valsavarenche Valley surrounded by high peaks, you will learn mountaineering and ice climbing skills before ascending Gran Paradiso where you can take in the amazing views across to the Mt Blanc Massif.
This is one of the region’s most straight forward 4000m summits and a perfect introduction to alpine mountaineering. The beautiful Gran Paradiso National Park is a breathtaking location where you may catch a glimpse of alpine ibex, golden eagles or bearded vultures.
Scale the heights of European giants and conquer a colossal peak in the Alps.
Benefit from experienced, professional guides, who guide and lead climbers, even with no prior experience.
Enjoy learning a variety of practical techniques, to equip climbers with the skills necessary for a successful summit bid.
Warm beanie style hat, neck gaiter or scarf, sun hat, sunglasses, snow goggles, headlamp
Gloves (warm fleece or wool gloves, with silk or merino liners, insulated gloves or mittens, thermal base layer, lightweight fleece or windshirt, fleece jacket and a wind and waterproof shell jacket.
Leggings as a thermal or fleece base layer, mountaineering trousers and wind and waterproof over-trousers.
Gaiters, Mountaineering boots with compatible crampons, thermal trekking socks, and breathable liner socks.
Whilst using personal equipment is recommended, this may not always be possible. Rental equipment can be obtained in Chamonix. This includes
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It's best to fly to Geneva International Airport (GVA) as Chamonix is only 53 miles away and transport will be arranged from the airport to the hotel as part of the trek. Transport is generally available at 2pm and takes around an hour and a half.
Arrive at Geneva Airport to rendezvous with guides and take a transfer to the pre-climb hotel in Chamonix. Full group briefing to prepare for the climb.
Morning spent reviewing itinerary, checking kit and any equipment rental that is required. Depart for the Valsavarenche Valley, 70K from Chamonix, where the trek begins, to the Chabod Refuge.
An early start to begin the ascent of Gran Paradiso. Follow glacial slopes, and a beautiful ice ridge, before tackling the craggy final ascent to the Virgin's Peak. Descent from the summit is by an easy and quiet path to the Vittorio Emmanuele II refuge.
Ice climb the slopes of the Moncorvé Glacier, with sensational views over the Gran Paradiso massif. Descend to the Valsavarenche valley before returning to Chamonix.
Transfer after breakfast from Chamonix to Geneva Airport.
This trip takes responsibility seriously and ‘goes the extra mile’ to ensure that your presence in this country is entirely positive.
All guides and partners are hand picked to ensure that every aspect of your trip operates to the highest standard and reflect the strong values, ethics and joy of travel.
This commitment to Responsible Travel is mutually beneficial without compromising the countries and communities touched or the depth and uniqueness of your adventure.
Let’s help keep these wonderful places precious.
All crew are paid proper wages and are treated with respect and dignity. This trip with IMEC, IPPG and KPAP, all not-for-profit organisations that focus on improving the working conditions of porters.
Travellers are given the opportunity to mitigate some of the environmental impacts of flying by supporting community and conservation initiatives.
This trip is a proud supporter of the Leave No Trace and Travellers Against Plastic campaigns, which help educate travellers on the impact of travel and provide practical guidance for enjoying the outdoors responsibly.
Price per person (inc deposit)
We had a wonderful experience hiking the Dolomites. Exceeded our expectations. | Karen