- Trek through stunning alpine scenery in Italy’s first national park
- View ibex and chamois as you walk
- Stay in atmospheric refuges with superb views and hearty cuisine
- Share your walking day with a group of like minded travellers
Head deep into the Aosta Valley on foot to experience the rugged alpine beauty of the Gran Paradiso National Park. Deep in Italy's Aosta Valley on the border with France, is Italy's first national park, so declared by King Victor Emmanuel III in 1922 in the tradition of his grandfather who had named it a Royal Game Reserve in 1856 to protect the ibex and chamois populations. As a direct result of this decree, encounters with these animals occur daily in Park, in the valleys and high on alpine passes. With much of the walk over 2000m (up to a maximum altitude of 3152m), it is not suprising that the scenery is exceptional with views to Mont Blanc, Monte Rosa and the Matterhorn ranges from the high passes and lookouts encountered. Rugged valleys carpeted in wildflowers, rocky snow covered passes and glacial lakes are typical of this alpine paradise. At night the hosts of the rifugi (mountain refuges) welcome you with good quality mountain cuisine and a dining room brimming with atmosphere.
Day 1 : Meet Bourg St Maurice, transfer to Ste Foy en Tarentaise, ascend to the refuge (4hrs)
Day 2 : Cross border into Italy via the Col du Mont to arrive in the Gran Paradiso NP (6hrs)
Day 3 : A stunning traverse of the flanks of the Grande Rousse to Refuge Bezzi (5hrs)
Day 4 : Ascend permanently snow covered Col du Bassac, descend to refuge Benevolo (5hrs)
Day 5 : A sustained ascent to Col Basei or Col Rosset and descent to Rifugio Savoya (5-6hrs)
Day 6 : Descend to the historic Rifugio Vittorio Emmanuele II (2732m) (5hrs)
Day 7 : Descend to roadhead then transfer to Bourg Saint Maurice (4hrs), trip concludes
- 6 nights accommodation in mountain refuges in dormitory style accommodation. Alternatively you can upgrade to 2 nights dorm, 2 nights double room and 2 nights quad - supplement applies.
- 6 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners (does not include drinks) – continental breakfasts are served and usually consist of breads, jams, coffee, tea and juices. Lunch is picnic style. Dinner will consist of 2 or 3 courses which include regional specialties
- Experienced certified mountain guide
- Luggage transfer by mule – 7kg limit
- Travel to and from Bourg St Maurice
- Items of a personal nature and storage of luggage
- Travel insurance
- Optional climb of Gran Paradiso peak on the last morning (subject to weather conditions and fitness).
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Gran Paradiso Adventure tour. You can cancel the tour up to 72 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 71 days of departure.Payment
For any tour departures within 10 December 2022, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 10 December 2022, a deposit of 279 USD is required to confirm the tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 71 days before trip departure.Travel Insurance
Gran Paradiso Adventure tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.Visa
For this Gran Paradiso Adventure tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are traveling to, as part of this itinerary.COVID-19 Safety Measures
This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:
- Rigorous hygiene safety measures will be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
- All travellers 18 years and older will be required to be fully vaccinated atleast 14 days prior to departure.
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