Gran Paradiso Summits - Trek the Alps of Italy
Italy, Climbing, 8 days - from £1,195 (land only) - from €1,675 (land only) - from $1,940 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at the group's chalet in Argentiere in the Chamonix Valley. KE Land Only package services begin with the evening meal.
Day 2: Transfer through the Mont Blanc Tunnel to Italy's Aosta Valley and Valgrisenche. We then trek through woodland above Lake Beauregard to the Rifugio Chalet de Epee (2370m). Approximately 6 hours walking.
Day 3: We cross the Becca Refreita (2620m) and descend gently via Berlo Ross, enjoying views of Ruitor and the Grande Sassiereto, to reach the excellent Rifugio Bezzi.
Day 4: Cross the Col Bassac Dere and ascend the Becca della Traversiere (3334m). Then, descend to the Rifugio Benevolo.
Day 5: Today, our route takes us across the Col Nivolettaz, from where we ascend our second summit Punta Basei (3338m). Overnight at the Rifugio Chivasso.
Day 6: A beautiful descent to the Albergo Paradiso where we pick up our technical equipment for Gran Paradiso. Afternoon walk to the Rifugio Vittorio Emanuele (2732m).
Day 7: An early start for the classic easy snow climb and rocky scramble to the summit of the Gran Paradiso (4061m). Descend to the Rifugio Federico Chabod, below the north face. We have some time to relax and take lunch before continuing our descent (2 hours) to the road where we meet our vehicle and drive back to Argentiere for a celebratory dinner.
Day 8: KE Land Only packages services end with breakfast at the chalet.
This holiday involves going to high altitude. During the course of your trip you will reach altitudes in excess of 3500 metres. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatise successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude.