Tour del Gran Paradiso
Italy & France & Switzerland, Trek & Walk, 9 days - from £995 (land only) - from €1,195 (land only) - from $1,640 (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 Savoia at 2533 metres. Total ascent: 1004m. Descent: 423m.
Day 3: From the Savoia hut we hike over the Col de Basey (3174m) to reach the Refuge Benevelo (2287m). Ascent 641m. Descent 887m.
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). Ascent: 798m. Descent 806m.
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. Ascent 522m. Descent 1275m.
Day 6: Leaving Rhemes we cross the river and climb up through woods through 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). Ascent: 1285m. Descent: 1341m.
Day 7: From Eux Rousses we climb through thick woods to a more open alpine landscape and to the spectacularly located Refuge Vittorio Emanuele (2734m) on the slopes of Gran Paradiso itself. Ascent: 1068m.
Day 8: On our last day of this circuit trek through the wild Gran Paradiso National Park, we descend from the Emanuelle hut down to our original starting point at Pont. Here we meet with our transfer vehicle for the 1.5 hour drive through the tunnel to Chamonix, where we check into our chalet.
Day 9: KE Land Only package services end after breakfast.