Chamonix & Gran Paradiso
France & Italy, Climbing, 8 days - from £1,350 (land only) - from €1,620 (land only) - from $2,225 (land only)
- Introductory Alpine climbing in sight of Mont Blanc
- Alpine training in the Chamonix Valley
- Perfect for beginners and budding Alpinists
- Climb Gran Paradiso and the Aiguille du Tour
- All meals except lunches included
Gran Paradiso, the only 4000 metre peak entirely within Italy, makes a great climbing holiday for anyone looking to make their first Alpine climb. Its location, close to the border with France, means that we can acclimatise and prepare for the ascent in the Chamonix Valley. This great climbing holiday starts with a day of glacier skills training on the Mer de Glace, followed by a night at the Albert Premier Refuge and an ascent of the splendid Aiguille du Tour (3544m). Then, after a morning practicing our rock-climbing at Les Gaillands, we drive through the Mont Blanc Tunnel and walk in to the Chabod Refuge on the upper slopes of Gran Paradiso (4061m). After a night at this welcoming mountain hut, we tackle the classic, easy glacier and rocky ridge ascent to the summit, where the views extend northwards to prominent Mont Blanc. A perfect holiday for Alpine debutants!
Is this holiday for you?
This is fundamentally an Introductory Alpine climbing holiday. Led by professional IFMGA guides, it is aimed at giving instruction to fit hill-walkers with little or limited experience of using crampons and a single ice axe. The two peaks included, Aiguille du Tour in France (3544m) and Gran Paradiso in Italy (4061m) will involve glacier travel, easy snow-slope climbing and some easy scrambling. Ropes, crampons and an ice axe will be used. Given our high guide to client ratio (1:4) and the non-technical nature of these summits, this mountain holiday should be feasible for anyone looking to gain mountaineering experience in a stunning environment.