Tour de Gran Paradiso

An Alpine walking holiday through the Gran Paradiso National Park




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Holiday Overview


  • A fantastic walking circuit in an unspoilt region of the Alps
  • Views of Gran Paradiso from the Col d\'Entrelor
  • Gran Paradiso National Park is renowned as a wildlife habitat
  • Enjoy traditional Italian hospitality and cuisine

Sandwiched between the Aosta Valley and the Italian Piedmont, the Gran Paradiso National Park in Italy offers the chance of a walking holiday in Paradise! Our circuit trek takes us through a high mountain environment of hanging valleys, snow covered Alpine peaks, towering cliffs and impressive glaciers in the shadow of the highest peak situated entirely in Italy - Gran Paradiso. En route, we trek through picturesque valleys and cross high cols, looking out for the Alpine wildlife that Gran Paradiso National Park is famous for, such as chamois, ibex, marmots and eagles. Although an area of outstanding beauty, the Gran Paradiso has escaped the attention of the crowds, thereby rewarding the intrepid and discerning hiker with a wild solitude which has been long lost in other regions of the Alps. This new Alpine walking holiday is the one to do if you really want to get off the beaten trail!

Is this holiday for you?

The Tour del Gran Paradiso is a new KE Alpine walk in the Gran Paradiso National Park of Italy. This walking holiday does not involve glacial travel but there is a considerable amount of ascent and descent as we travel through a quiet wilderness area. It is not practicable to provide vehicle support for this circuit as nights are spent in inaccessible mountain refuges so this is an unsupported trek. You will have to carry all of your own equipment from the start of the trip to the finish. In practice, especially considering that neither sleeping bag nor camping mattress are needed for this trip, you should be able to keep the packed weight of your rucksack to as little as 8kg. On average, we will walk for 7 - 9 hours each day, with the possibility of some longer days. This is among our hardest graded non-glacial Alpine walking trips and you should have a good level of fitness and previous walking experience before coming on this holiday.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group chalet in Argentiere (1240m) in the Chamonix Valley.
  • Drive to Pont in Italy and walk via the Grand Collet (2832m) to the Refuge Chivasso (2603m).
  • Walk via Lago Leyta and Lago Rosset and cross the Col de Basey (3174m) to reach the Refuge Benevelo.
  • Cross the Col Bassac Dere (3085m) and descend on moraine to the Refuge Bezzi (2279m).
  • Walk to the Aosta Valley, then cross the Colle Finestra de Torrent (2875m) to Rhemes Notre Dame.
  • Walk via the Plan de Feya and cross the Col d'Entrelor (3007m) to Eaux Rousses (1666m).
  • Ascend to the Refuge Chabod (2750m) at the foot of the north-west face of the Gran Paradiso.
  • Traverse to the Rigufio Vittorio Emanuele, walk down to Pont and drive back to Argentiere.
  • Departure day
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The dates above are for the LAND ONLY itinerary, joining at the group hotel in Chamonix. The nearest airport is Geneva. Please refer to Joining Arrangements and Transfers in the trip dossier for further details.

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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group chalet in Argentiere (1240m) in the Chamonix Valley.

    Meet at the group chalet in Argentiere (1240m), just above Chamonix. Lying beneath the stunning north face of Mont Blanc, the views are awesome from the start! Before dinner, you will meet your trip leader to have an informal chat about the days ahead and have the chance to check out your clothing and gear and to decide if you will need to pick up any further items of equipment, before setting out in the morning. KE Land Only package services begin with the evening meal.

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  • Drive to Pont in Italy and walk via the Grand Collet (2832m) to the Refuge Chivasso (2603m).

    We begin our day with a trip through the Mont Blanc tunnel which has recently marked it's 50th anniversary. On the other side we are in Italy and we enter the Aosta Valley before taking a mountain road into Valsavarenche. We climb steadily until we reach the hamlet of Pont (1952m), our starting point for our circuit of the Gran Paradiso National Park. After an Italian coffee we ascend slowly up this steep sided valley to reach the Grand Collet (2840m). Rock spires and soaring ridges are all around as we head under the Pointe de la Roley and continue to the large meadow and marshlands which surround the Laghi del Nivolet, the 'lake of the snow'. Passing the lake we continue to our overnight stop at the Refuge Chivasso at 2603 metres.

    • Accommodation Mountain Hut / Refuge

    • Ascent 1080m

    • Distance 11km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 440m

    • Time 5 - 7 hrs walking

  • Walk via Lago Leyta and Lago Rosset and cross the Col de Basey (3174m) to reach the Refuge Benevelo.

    From the hut we hike through grassy meadows, covered in alpine flowers, and make our way to the lakes of Lago Leyta and Lago Rosset. The views of the valley and the surrounding peaks are stunning as we climb steadily to the Col Rosset (3025m). Keep a look out for edelweiss here!. En route we pass between rocky cliff bands as the terrain becomes steadily wilder, and the feeling of remoteness grows. From the Col we look down onto the glaciated terrain of Glacier de Lavassey and it's many streams which drain into the Val di Rhemes. We traverse across the mountain side as we descend steadily to the Refuge Benevelo. This is an older style of hut providing a traditionally warm welcome for mountaineers. An open valley lies in front of the hut and this is a favourite grazing area for groups of ibex. The Rifugio Gian Federico Benevolo (2287m) was built in 1930 and has 60 beds, hydro-electricity and a newly added wing with excellent showers/ washing facilities. The water is drinkable and there is always plenty of wine.

    • Accommodation Mountain Hut / Refuge

    • Ascent 590m

    • Distance 12km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 870m

    • Time 5 - 6 hrs walking

  • Cross the Col Bassac Dere (3085m) and descend on moraine to the Refuge Bezzi (2279m).

    Out the door and straight up the mountain this morning as we climb steadily to the Col Bassac Dere which sits at 3085 metres. There are edelweiss to be found growing all around, and a photo opportunity not to be missed! If the weather and time permits, it is possible to ascend further to 336 metres for panoramic views. We now enjoy another day of wild glaciated terrain as we hike past the Lac de Golette and the glacier of the same name. On this circuit of the Gran Paradiso National Park we are often walking very close to the glaciers which gives a true feeling of wild mountains, but without the need for any of the technical equipment used to hike actually 'on' the glacier - a real bonus! Once at the Col we are greeted with views in the distance of the peak of Grand Sassiere, and the immense rocky ridgeline ahead. Our descent into Valgrisenche provides another wild valley with ribbons of streams and torrents cascading from the surrounding mountains. We spend the night at the Rifugio Mario Bezzi, at 2279 m, where there are hot showers and a fantastic Italian meal.

    • Accommodation Mountain Hut / Refuge

    • Ascent 830m

    • Distance 12km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 860m

    • Time 5 - 7 hrs walking

  • Walk to the Aosta Valley, then cross the Colle Finestra de Torrent (2875m) to Rhemes Notre Dame.

    We make an early start for a long day. A relatively easy start from the Rifugio Bezzi as we take pick up a high traversing mountain path and gradually gain height using various gully lines as we head for the Chalet de l'Epee, we we should reach after around 4.5 hours. If the guardian is in residence this is a good place to stop for lunch. From the Chalet de l'Epee we climb easily up and over the Colle Finestra de Torrent (2875m), before a steep descent to the tiny community of Rhemes Notre Dame (1723m), a popular ski resort in the Aosta valley, where we check into a simple hotel. Another good day for spotting ibex and chamois.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 1190m

    • Distance 19km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1690m

    • Time 8 - 9 hrs walking

  • Walk via the Plan de Feya and cross the Col d'Entrelor (3007m) to Eaux Rousses (1666m).

    Leaving Rhemes we cross the river and climb up through woods and through several alpages to the Plan de Feya where there are the remains of old huts. The first part of the day is in the treeline, which on a hot morning is a welcome relief, but eventually we break out of the larches and firs, and enjoy yet more great views of the mountains of the Grand Paradiso National Park. The trail crosses more meadows then rises across a moraine to climb up to the Col d'Entrelor (3007m) where we have a superb view of the Gran Paradiso. Once over the Col we are once more looking down into Valsavarenche which is where we began our journey. An afternoon spent traversing the mountains while steadily descending through high summer alpages and passing several lakes, brings us to the village of Eaux Rousses (1666m) and our hotel for the night.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 1300m

    • Distance 16km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1300m

    • Time 7 - 8 hrs walking

  • Ascend to the Refuge Chabod (2750m) at the foot of the north-west face of the Gran Paradiso.

    Following 3 long days we enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the Hotel Paradis in Eaux Rousses. We then walk along by the river to park campground where we begin our climb through larch woods to a more open alpine landscape on the slopes of the Gran Paradiso itself. We often wander past herds of Chamois and Ibex as many of these mountain animals are to be found grazing below the refuge. The Grand Paradiso National Park was in fact set up to protect and conserve the herds of Ibex, a complete success story since today they thrive in relatively large numbers. We continue our climb to the Refuge Federico Chabod (2750m). Built in the 1970s, the hut underwent a major refurbishment in 2007 and is now a comfortable mountain chalet offering good food, coffee and wine with sensational views! Once at the refuge we can enjoy the ambiance of the high mountains. The Chabod is used as the starting point for the summit bid on the Grand Paradiso, and much entertainment is to be had in the evening as the teams of climbers prepare their gear for the climb. We can enjoy the fact that we will not be joining them in a 3 am start!

    • Accommodation Mountain Hut / Refuge

    • Ascent 940m

    • Distance 8km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 70m

    • Time 4 hrs walking

  • Traverse to the Rigufio Vittorio Emanuele, walk down to Pont and drive back to Argentiere.

    A spectacular morning's walk along a contour trail, traversing the slopes of the Gran Paradiso with fantastic views of the whole of the Valsavarenche. At the end of this traverse we arrive at the Refuge Vittorio Emanuele which is another hut used by Gran Paradiso ascencionists. We can take a coffee here before descending through the forest to our original starting point at Pont. On the way down there will be more great photo opportunities of the mountains through which we have spent the week walking. Again, herds of Ibex and Chamois are often to be seen on this descent, and even some wild goats as well. A well earned lunch, Italian hot chocolate or beer awaits in the cafe at the bottom of the trail where we will be picked up and driven to Argentiere, Chamonix where we check in at our chalet in sight of Mont Blanc.

    • Accommodation Chalet

    • Ascent 310m

    • Distance 10km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1000m

    • Time 4 hrs walking

  • Departure day

    KE Land Only package services end after breakfast at the chalet. If you have booked a transfer back to Geneva you will be picked up at the designated time from the chalet and transferred to the airport.

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Holiday Information

  • A qualified (IML) English-speaking guide
  • All transfers and cable cars involved in the itinerary
  • All accommodation as described in the trip dossier
  • All meals throughout the holiday

  • Travel Insurance
  • Visa fees (if applicable)
  • Airport transfers
  • Miscellaneous personal expenses

During this holiday, the group will start and finish the trek at the comfortable Yeti Lodge, in Argentiere, a few minutes from downtown Chamonix. Offering stunning views of Mont Blanc and facilities which include hot tubs, saunas and in-house computers and WIFI, Yeti Lodge is the perfect base to start and end your trek. Accommodation here is in twin or triple rooms. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired with another single traveller of the same sex. On the Gran Paradiso circuit, the group will spend 6 nights in simple mountain refuges where the accommodation is in non-segregated dormitories. Single rooms are not available in the huts.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

All meals are included in the holiday price from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 9. Extra snacks and drinks can be bought in the huts.

The food in Yeti Lodge is varied and plentiful. At the huts there will be set 3 course meals including a vegetarian option and breakfasts are continental style consisting of vereals, bread, cheese and jam with yohurt or sometimes fruit and with tea or coffee. Lunch provided by the huts normally consists of a sandwich (meat and/or cheese), snack bar, biscuit or cake, and a piece of fruit.

The group will rendezvous at the Yeti Lodge in Argentiere on the evening of day 1 of the trip itinerary. For clients arriving by air, the easiest way to get to Argentiere is to fly to Geneva Airport and make use of an airport transfer service. We recommend KE clients can get transfers from €26 each way by entering the promo code KE11. Please note that transfers are subject to availability and your flight details are required a minimum of 72 hours before your arrival in Geneva. Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation. If you are driving to Chamonix we will provide route details and directions to the group hotel/chalet in Argentiere. Parking is available for clients arriving by car.

After breakfast at our overnight accommodation, we try to get a reasonably early start. We carry a packed lunch (provided by our overnight accommodation) and stop off for a picnic at an appropriate point in the day. We will generally walk for around six to nine hours each day. We attempt to reach our overnight stop by four or five pm, in time for a wash or shower before dinner. The pace of the trekking will allow us time to stop to admire the views and to take photographs.

The holiday is led by an English-speaking International Mountain Leader.

All meals, transfers and uplift are included in the holiday price. Beer, wine and soft drinks are available every night and you will need to make an allowance for drinks (including water) at the huts and also if you wish to purchase extra snacks. We estimate 100 - 150 Euros should be sufficient for your miscellaneous personal spending.

It is important to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum, since you will be carrying everything you need for the circuit. We suggest that you should be able to keep the weight of your pack to under 8 kgs.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

This holiday involves going to moderately high altitude. During the course of your trip you will reach altitudes in excess of 3000 metres. Most people will have no difficulty with this level of altitude but before coming on the holiday, we recommend you read the advice on trekking at altitude on our website which can be viewed via the link below. You can also talk to one of our trekking experts if you have any concerns about altitude.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As you will be carrying everything you need it is important to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. Since all bedding is provided at the huts you should be able to keep the weight of your pack down to as little as 8kg. Travel clothes can be left at your hotel.

You must bring the following items:

The following items are optional:

  • Trekking poles (recommended)
  • Gaiters
  • Spare laces
  • Shorts
  • Long johns (thermal underwear)
  • Insect repellant
  • Camera, media, batteries
  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)
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For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

Visa Europe

UK and USA passport holders do not require a visa.

You should contact your GP or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations. UK residents should obtain a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). This entitles you to state provided medical treatment, but is not a substitute for medical travel insurance which is still vital when travelling overseas.

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It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on a walking holiday getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. We would suggest that you adopt a weekly exercise regime leading up to your trip. The best exercise for a holiday like this is regular hiking but jogging, squash and swimming are also good for developing better stamina. Before departure, we suggest that you try to fit in a number of long walks in hilly country.

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

The temperatures that we can expect to encounter during the day will be reasonably warm, ranging from 10°C to 25°C. It can be cool in the evenings at our highest overnight stopping places, falling close to freezing point at night. The weather is usually stable from June to September, but mountainous areas do generate their own weather systems and occasional rain and even stormy weather cannot be ruled out. You should be prepared for all eventualities!

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