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Climbing Gran Paradiso, France

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 5 day(s)
Group Size: 6 - 12 people
Destination(s): France  
Specialty Categories: Mountain/Rock Climbing   Glacier Tours  
Season: June - September
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 499 Pound Sterling (GBP)
Maximum Per Person Price: 499 Pound Sterling (GBP)

The Gran Paradiso is the highest peak entirely within Italy and at 4061m, it's the perfect peak to start your ‘4000er' career and very achievable for hill-walkers looking for a new challenge. It sits in the middle of the beautiful Gran Paradiso National Park and despite its popularity with walkers, skiers and mountaineering it has a feeling of remoteness that belies its accessibility. The trip starts and finishes in St Gervais in France - as this is well located for Geneva Airport and from here it is an easy drive through the Mont Blanc tunnel to the trailhead in the Valsavaranche Valley.

Gran Paradiso is an ideal first alpine ascent and very achievable for fit, recreational walkers. Previous experience of alpine climbing and mountaineering is not required and you will be taught the technical skills for walking and traveling on snow and ice. The route crosses glaciated terrain and you will be roped up for added security. The total elevation gained is about 2000m. If you walk regularly in the UK and have a good level of fitness then you should have no problem undertaking the Gran Paradiso ascent. For alpine walking & climbing, aerobic fitness and leg strength is the key. So when preparing for this trip nothing beats activities that increase your heart rate and build your aerobic levels e.g. running, cycling and swimming. Movement skills - agility, balance, flexibility - which allow you to walk easily over rough ground to make your way safely up a snow slope - are also very relevant. If time permits try to include some yoga or pilates into your training schedule.

Day 1: Travel from UK to Geneva and transfer to hotel in St Gervais for evening welcome meeting and briefing with your guide. Stay overnight in hotel.

Day 2: 1½ hour transfer by road through the Mont Blanc tunnel into Italy to Pont at the head of the Valsavaranche. After lunch walk up to Rifugio Chabod (3 hours). Stay overnight in Rifugio (2750m).

Day 3: Superb walk to acclimatize while traversing the northern flank of Gran Paradiso to the Rifugio Vittorio Emanuele (2730m). En route practice cramponning and safe glacier travel.

Day 4: An early alpine start to climb Gran Paradiso (4061m), a magnificent peak with one of the best panoramas in the Alps. Descend via the Vittorio Emanuele hut all the way to Pont where there is a welcoming bar and a transfer vehicle to take you back to your hotel (1½ hours).

Day 5: After breakfast transfer to Geneva for return flight home.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- All guiding fees & expenses;
- 4 nights hotel/hut accommodation;
- Breakfasts, evening meals, local transport and group airport transfers.

Price Excludes:
- Flights, personal insurance, equipment hire, lunches and drinks.
- Single room occupancy (in hotel) may incur an additional charge.

About This Supplier
Location: England
Joined InfoHub: Aug 2003

We are one of the UK's leading teams of mountain professionals specializing in guided mountain adventure. Our worldwide program includes in winter: off-piste skiing, hut-to-hut ski touring, ice-climbing and avalanche awareness; in summer: alpine mountaineering (Mont Blanc, Matterhorn, 4000m peaks) and multi-day...

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