The Gran Paradiso is located within the namesake National Park, it is among the few 4000 entirely in Italian territory. IS’ one of the technically easier mountains but, with a respectable altitude. The Vittorio Emanuele refuge 2584 mt. IS’ easily reachable by nature lovers and mountaineers along the Royal hunting mule track that the Savoy had built at the end of the 18th century. In the National park, you can see rare plants of distant origins such as Linnea Borealis (of Arctic origin), and Aethionema Thomasianum (Moroccan Atlas range). From the refuge you can enjoy a truly interesting view, often ibex and chamois graze peacefully around the refuge. The path in the first part winds on paths and moraines. In the upper part, the climb is on a medium slope glacier. To reach the summit you have to overcome 10 meters of easy rocks that lead to the Madonna which is located on the summit.


  • Day 1
    From the Pont 1960 car park, mt. in Valsavarenche through pastures and woods in 2:30 - 3:00 hours you reach the Vittorio Emanuele refuge 2584 mt. Dinner and overnight at the refuge.
  • Day 2
    Wake up at 3:30 am, breakfast and departure at 4:15 am. For about an hour, you can walk on little marked paths and stony ground, after a moraine part, you reach the glacier, which does not present particular difficulties. The duration of the ascent is about 4/6 hours. The return is usually on the same route or towards the Chabod refuge by descending the Lavenciau glacier. On average it takes 2/3 hours for the descent.
  • Average times for round trip 8 - 10 hours
  • Total height difference uphill + 2101 mt.
  • Period from June to September
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The price includes

  • Assistance of the mountain guide, commonly used material.
  • Insurance that covers the emergency intervention in the event of an accident.

The fee does not include

  • Room and board at the refuge of the participants and the guide
  • Car transfers and anything not specified in the entry The price includes.

Technical difficulty


Physical training


  • harness
  • Maximum ice ax 60 cm
  • Classic crampons with anti-cocoon
  • High mountain boots
  • Helmet
  • Telescopic ski pole
  • Harness, ice ax, crampons, ski pole and helmet missing will be provided by the guide.


  • High mountain / glacier sunglasses
  • Sun cream and cocoa butter
  • Cap
  • High mountain gloves
  • Breathable t-shirt
  • Sweet life
  • Windstopper or fleece jacket
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Shoeller mountain pants
  • Mountain socks
  • Leggings


  • A tights
  • Ski mask
  • Lightweight spare gloves
  • A front lamp with new batteries
  • Small personal pharmacy (compeed, aspirin, high protection sunscreen)
  • Waterproof over trousers
  • Camera
  • 1 liter bottle or Thermos
  • Energy bars, dried fruit, chocolate, sandwich
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Paper towels
  • Sun hat
  • Fleece or goose down gillet
  • Ear plugs (useful in shelter)
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