Tour del Gran Paradiso
Italy & France & Switzerland, Trek & Walk, 9 days - from £995 (land only) - from €1,395 (land only) - from $1,620 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at. the group's accommodation in Chamonix. KE Land Only package services begin with an evening briefing from the guide and dinner in the chalet.
Day 2: We drive through the Mont Blanc tunnel to Pont (1952m) on the Italian side which we should reach after approximately 1.5 hours. From Pont we hike over the Grand Collet (2832m) to the Refuge Chivasso at 2603 metres. Approximate walking time: 6 hours.
Day 3: We walk through Alpine meadows, passing the lakes of Lago Leyta and Lago Rosset, before climbing to the Col de Basey (3174m). From here, a descending traverse takes us to the Refuge Benevelo (2287m). Approximate walking time: 6.5 hours.
Day 4: Today's hike takes us across the Col Bassac Dere (3085m) where we have superb views of the Grande Sassiere (3751m). We descend beside the glacier and from its terminal moraine it is a further hour on the trail to the Refuge Bezzi (2279m). Approximate walking time: 7 hours.
Day 5: We follow a rising traverse to 2475 metres then drop down to the Chalet de L'Epee (2370m) in the Aosta Valley where we can stop for refreshment. We now climb to cross the Colle Finestra de Torrent (2875m) and descend to Rhemes Notre Dame (1723m), a popular ski resort in the Aosta valley where we check into a simple hotel. Approximate walking time: 9 hours.
Day 6: Leaving Rhemes, we cross the river and climb up through woods and via several alpages to the Plan de Feya where there are the remains of old huts. Beyond, the trail crosses more meadows then rises across a moraine to climb up to the Col d'Entrelor (3007m) where we have a wonderful view of the Gran Paradiso. we now descend to Eaux Rousses (1666m). Approximate walking time: 8.5 hours.
Day 7: From Euax Rousses we climb through thick larch woods to a more open Alpine landscape and to the Refuge Chabod (2750m) at the foot of the north-west face of the Gran Paradiso itself. Approximate walking time: 4 hours.
Day 8: This morning we follow a trail which traverses the slopes of Gran Paradiso to the Rigufio Vittorio Emanuele, which is the other starting point for the ascent of the mountain. After a refreshment stop here, we descend to our original starting point at Pont. Here we meet our transport and drive through the tunnel to Chamonix, where we check in at our chalet. Approximate walking time: 4 to 5 hours.
Day 9: KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. Your guide will assist with any onward travel arrangements you have made.
GPS Trip Data
Click on the link below to view the detailed stats for this holiday via Garmin Connect. Tracked using a Garmin etrex20 you can see detailed mapping of the route, daily distances travelled, the total ascent and descent each day and maximum altitude.