Gran Paradiso Weekend

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Trip code: 
TVW
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Short Breaks
Activity:
Walking & Trekking
Group size:
2–4
Min age:
18

Summit the only 100% Italian 4000m peak

An exciting and challenging short break to complete the ascent of Gran Paradiso, the only 4000m peak entirely in Italy. Discover the stunning Gran Paradiso National Park, sleep in mountain refuges and complete the ascent all in a long weekend.

Highlights

  • Iconic 4000m Alpine peak
  • Short weekend adventure
  • Start and end in beautiful Chamonix

Key information

  • 2 nights hotel, 2 nights mountain refuges
  • 3 days high level trekking 
  • Use of crampons and ice-axe (previous experience not essential)
  • Altitude maximum 4061m, average 3000m
  • Group normally 2 to 4, plus UIAGM mountain guide/s as appropriate.

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
  • All accommodation
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • Arrival & departure transfers

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (for the hotel nights only) GBP80
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for tailormade trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

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Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

3

Days of Walking & Trekking
Pace:

Challenging: 5-6km/3-4miles an hour

Terrain:

High altitude; including steep, rocky terrain

Day by day breakdown
Day 24.0km/2.0miles
Day 311.0km/6.0miles
Day 44.0km/2.0miles

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Itinerary

Chamonix
to
Chamonix
Trip Notes

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Essential Info

Visas

Vaccinations

Italy

There are no specific health risks.

France

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 3 picnic lunches and 4 dinners.

Typical meals: Breakfast: coffee, tea, hot chocolate, bread, jam, and cereals. Lunch: sandwiches of cold meats, cheese, or sometimes tinned fish. Cakes, chocolate and energy bars. Evening meal: first course of soup or salad or charcuterie, a main course with one or two vegetables, rice or pasta, and a dessert. Beer, wine, coffee or tea, bottled water and other drinks are not included. Vegetarians: In France and Italy, hotels and restaurants are not very well geared up to provide separate vegetarian menus, especially smaller establishments in the mountains. Vegetarians will usually find that there is little difficulty as long as they are prepared to be reasonably flexible. Please note mountain hut meals will be more basic that the chalet meals listed above.

Weather

The main climbing season is from June to September. Our trips run during this time, when finding a window of suitable weather is most likely. High summits in the Alps always attract variable weather conditions and although we have built a degree of flexibility into this itinerary there may be disruptions. The possibility of the climb being abandoned or the route changed in case of unsuitable conditions must be accepted. In the overall interests of safety the guides' decision will be final. Expect warm temperatures (15 to 25ºC) in the valleys, cool (5 to 15ºC) on the passes (though it will feel colder if wet and windy) and very cold (-10/-15ºC) on the summit. Strong winds are very likely on the summit; in this case it can feel even colder. It can and does rain and especially on the high passes it can be surprisingly cold at times.

Is this trip for you?

Activity Level 7 - Tough
Much of the weekend is spent on glaciers and there is plenty of time for training in snow and ice climbing (ice-axe and crampon skills, ropework etc). We spend much of the time at around 3,000m which is essential for helping acclimatisation. The climax of the week is the summit attempt.

In good weather the ascent is not particularly technical but it is extremely arduous. To have a reasonable chance of success a high degree of fitness and stamina and some previous experience of altitude is highly recommended. Please note that you cannot achieve the required level of fitness during the week - you must arrive fit. Previous experience with ice-axe and crampons is a plus, however it is not essential as long as you are physically fit for the challenge.

Please note that although the itinerary presented here is the one we intend to follow there is a high chance that variations may be necessary. Many factors can affect climbing in high mountains. Individual member's abilities vary, as does their ability to assimilate the skills needed. Adverse weather during the week may curtail training or even make the climb impossible, while previous weather conditions may have left the mountain in a difficult or dangerous condition. Any such factor may mean we have to re-arrange or curtail the programme.

You may find our Fitness Training Guide a useful reference.

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for tailormade trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotels & mountain huts

2 nights hotel in the Chamonix Valley and 2 nights mountain huts. Single accommodation may be available for the 2 hotel nights.

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for tailormade trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed July 2018
    Daniel Fletcher

    A Grand Weekend

    The RockyPop Hotel wasn't planned, it was a last minute alteration by Exodus who had issued the wrong hotel name in the Joining Instructions. Upon hearing the hotels name I feared that I was about to enter a cheesy 70s themed hotel: little did I know. From moment I entered the RockyPop Hotel I was mesmerised by the stylish decor, cinema meets alpnsim. This was going to be a good trip. Trips like these are made by the people you meet, your fellow travelers and settling in to the evening I knew that these interesting individuals, who were sharing their enthralling mountain stories with me, were going to provide delightful company over the weekend. Meeting the guide the following morning, it was clear that Jerome had a lust for life, we were going to get on. The transfer to the Gran Paradiso National Park was stunning. The Chamonix valley and beyond the border in Italy boast fantastic postcard views. And now to the hard part. The ascent of Gran Paradiso was fairly tough, but this could be done by anybody looking for an introduction into Alpinism. The technical aspects of the climb were rewarding and Jerome timed it right so that we had this busy summit all to ourselves. Tresenta on the following morning was a bit more of a slog, more mentally than physically, skipping over rocks until the summit. But the views up there were magnificent and 15 minutes of rest on the summit gave the group time to soak in the surroundings. The itinerary could be altered to do the peaks the other way around to aid acclimatisation, but I can honestly say the way we did it was the best. allowing us a night at the iconic Refuge Chabod and a more interesting route up Gran Paradiso. We were lucky to have a private room for our group in the refuges, which were to a decent standard. The food in the Refuge Chabod really took us by surprise. The whole trip was superb and I can't believe it was crammed in to one long weekend.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Our guide Jerome. His love of the mountains and nature cascaded to the whole group and we could really feel his passion. This enthusiasm could only have a positive effect on the whole groups experience.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    I can't say enough about him. Funny, sociable and experienced. I always felt safe under his watchful eye.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be very cautious not to overload your backpack.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Book this trip whether you are a beginner or an experienced summiteer.
  • Reviewed September 2017
    Richard Binstead

    A Good Challenge for Those Needing a Quick Mountain Fix

    This is quite a tough trip for the reason that you get straight in to it, after a walk up to the mountain refuge on day 1 you are up early to attempt the summit, so definitely worth making sure you have done some training beforehand. Overall Its a good experience with lots of glacier traversing and some rock climbing to reach the top so not a straight-forward trek.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The views from Gran Paradiso are beautiful, looking out across to Mont Blanc at sunrise!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Bernard was amazing, his experience in the mountains is vast so you have no doubt in his abilities, and he was great at keeping us motivated all the way to the top.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Pack light as you will be carrying everything up to the top and be prepared for a crowded summit, which can be unnerving as the summit is very small.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We had bad weather on day one so could not go to the top, however on day two we got to have another attempt and made it, so this is not a one chance trip there are options if circumstances go against you.
  • Reviewed September 2017
    louise taylor

    Gran Paradiso, Italy Alps

    What a great adventure over a long weekend, travelling through three countries to finally stop in Italy, its a long hard slog of a climb, patience and experience helps, ropes, crampons and use of ice picks experience helps again dont come untrained, the last 500 meters of the summit is great fun, dont look down if you dont have a head for heights, recommend this trip for fit people only or you will struggle! Loved the guide and the friendly mountain hut staff, thanks Exodus

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Summit on the 2nd attempted as the the weather was unkind on our 1st attempt

    What did you think of your group leader?

    our group leader was very experienced and had a good sense of humor!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared and dont take risks, always listen to your group leader!

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