Gran Paradiso Loop

Italy
Walking
Self-Guided
Gran Paradiso Loop

Gran Paradiso Loop

Prices

From $795USD

Difficulty

Self-guided

Huts, hotels

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Highlights

Experience the splendour of the Aosta Valley on this 8-day self-guided trek

Discover the mesmerizing landscapes of the Italian Alps as you trek its alpine meadows, lakes, and pastures.

Experience some of Italy’s best trekking as you uncover the wonders of Gran Paradiso National Park.

Visit remote mountain villages and enjoy local delicacies like Aosta Valley’s world-famous fontina cheese.

Enjoy high-adrenalin trekking as you tackle thrilling mountains passes that soar 3000m above.

The 8-Day self-guided Gran Paradiso Loop will introduce you to the might and majesty of the Italian alps as you venture deep into the Aoasta Valley and discover the wonders of Gran Paradiso National Park. From one rustic mountain hut to another, you’ll explore the park’s breathtaking alpine meadows, glacier-fed lakes, and towering peaks.

Hike through fragrant pine forests as you navigate the alpine pastures of Entrelor and witness the beauty of the Valgrisenche Valley below as you traverse a spectacular balcony section. Each night you’ll retire in rustic mountain huts and enjoy local specialties like Aosta Valley’s fontina cheese and the famous Aostan Coffee.

The option to add a 2-day guided extension to the tour to climb Gran Paradiso Peak comes highly recommended and can be added during the booking process.

Gran Paradiso Loop Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival

Make your way to Aosta, the capital of the Val d'Aoste, a truly special place in Italy and the location where your self-guided tour begins. Check into your hotel in Aosta and prepare for the exhilarating days of trekking that lie ahead. If time permits, make sure to explore this charming town, steeped in fascinating Roman history.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Aosta
Distance
None
Meals
None

Day 2 Hike from Pont

A brilliant first day of hiking awaits you as you transfer from Aosta to the starting point of your hike in Valsavarenche valley. Start the day's hike from the trailhead in Pont, located at the end of the road that leads up Valsavarenche Valley. If you chose the "baggage transfer" option, meet in Pont at 1:30pm with the taxi that will handle transferring your bags.

Choose from two options for today’s hike.

Option 1:
A longer hike that starts in Pont (1,994m) and follows a trail that climbs to Grand Collet Pass (2,832m). From here, enjoy spectacular views of the legendary Gran Paradiso Peak. Then, descend into Nivolet Valley to join the trail that leads to the Savoia (2,533m) and Chivasso (2,600m) huts.
For today's hike, you have two options:

This is a shorter option compared to option one that also starts in Pont (1,994m) and follows a trail that climbs straight to Rolley/Arolley (2,313m) where you’ll revel in the insurmountable beauty of Grand Paradiso Peak. From here, you’ll continue up the valley along Nivolet creek all the way to your hut accommodations.

Overnight Location
Dormitory accommodation in Savoia Hut
Distance
2.5-4hours, 600-1000m of ascent
Meals
Breakfast, dinner

Day 3 Alpine Lakes and Meadows

This morning, with Gran Paradiso Peak behind you, follow the trail (and animal tracks) through the area's serene alpine meadows, with lakes scattered here and there, and then through a snowfield or two until you reach Col Rosset Pass (3,023m). This is the week's first mountain pass above 3,000m! Enjoy the descent into Val di Rhêmes, as well as dinner and spending the night in the Benevolo Hut (2,287 m). If you're lucky, the hut managers will offer you a cup of "Aostan coffee."

Overnight Location
Dormitory accommodation in Benevolo Hut
Distance
5hours, 650m of ascent
Meals
Breakfast, dinner

Day 4 Mountains and Glaciers

Following breakfast this morning, depart the hut, and pursue the trail that passes through a rocky bottleneck on your way to glacier formed Golette Lake, which reflects in its waters the seracs and glaciers looming above.

Press on to climb to Col Bassac-Déré Pass (3,082m) and take full advantage of your high perch to soak in the views of the surrounding mountains and glaciers. The descent on the other side of the pass takes you right along the edge of the Glairetta Glacier and then to Mario Bezzi Hut (2,240m), where you will spend the night.

Overnight Location
Dormitory accommodation in Mario Bezzi Hut
Distance
4.5hours, 850m of ascent with optional extention
Meals
Breakfast, dinner

Day 5 Views of the Valgrisenche Valley

No high-altitude passes to cross today! Instead, you’ll walk along a spectacular balcony traverse Above the beautiful Valgrisenche Valley. Stroll through meadows and pastures, as well as rocky alpine terrain scattered with small lakes and creeks fed by the summer's glacier meltwater. You are now in the heart of where Aosta Valley's world-famous fontina cheese is made. All throughout the day, enjoy views of Ruitor Peak, whose summit offers one of the most spectacular vistas in the Alps. The warm and welcoming Epée Hut (2,373m) is the day's final destination.

Overnight Location
Dormitory accommodation in Épée Hut
Distance
4hours, 750m of ascent
Meals
Breakfast, dinner

Day 6 Glacial Peaks

This morning, another high-adrenalin trek awaits as you ascend to Lake Part (2,458 m). The Col de Chavière (2,796 m) is a small indentation in the ridge between the Péclet-Polset area and the Pointe de l'Echelle, glacial peaks. Later, descend to the Péclet-Polset refuge where you’ll enjoy a well earned rest (2,474 m).

Overnight Location
Dormitory accommodation in Rhêmes Notre Dame Hut
Distance
4.5hours, 450m of ascent
Meals
Breakfast

Day 7 Hike to Eaux-Rousse

The longest stage of your trip is before you this morning! Enjoy this outstanding traverse through varied terrain, with unforgettable views from beginning to end. Your early-morning start leads out of Rhêmes-Notre-Day and through beautiful pine forests to the alpine pastures of Entrelor (2,142m). The trail follows Entrelor Creek for a while, and then slowly but surely climbs to Entrelor Pass, the trip's last high-mountain pass above 3,000m elevation! The descent takes you to Noir Lake (2,670m), and then towards Djouan Lakes (2,516m), with great views of Gran Paradiso Peak all along the way. At this point, your final destination and the end of the trip are near. Traverse along the mountainside to the national park's visitor center, through the pine forest to the village of Eaux-Rousses (166m), and to the end your six-day adventure through Gran Paradiso National Park. Transfer by public bus back to Aosta.

You have the option of extending your trip by two days to climb Gran Paradiso Peak with a high-mountain guide. Enjoy the company, guidance, and instruction of a state-certified high mountain guide for a group of one to four people. Please request this add on at time of booking.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Aosta
Distance
6.5hours, 1300m of ascent
Meals
Breakfast

Day 8 Departure

With a storehouse of memories made in Italy’s breathtaking Aosta Valley, it’s time to depart this morning after breakfast. Arrivederci!

Overnight Location
None
Distance
None
Meals
Breakfast

Gran Paradiso Loop Tour Price and Dates

The pricing for this self-guided tour in Italian Alps depends on the size of your group. You also have an option to opt out of luggage transfers to reduce the tour price. All the prices below are per person sharing a double or a triple room where possible (note only dormitory rooms are available in huts) and those who need single rooms will have to pay a supplement.

Self-guided Gran Paradiso Loop Tour Price without Luggage Transfers

Enjoy a private self-guided tour for your group only:

  • Groups of 2-3: €750EUR per person
  • Groups of 4+: €695EUR per person

Self-guided Gran Paradiso Loop Tour Price with Luggage Transfers included in the price

Enjoy a private self-guided tour for your group only with luggage transfers included in the tour package:

  • Groups of 2: €1,225EUR per person
  • Groups of 3: €1,050EUR per person
  • Groups of 4: €975EUR per person
  • Groups of 5: €875EUR per person
  • Groups of 6+: €850EUR per person

Optional Extension: Climb to Gran Paradiso Peak

This is a great opportunity to climb one of the highest peaks in Italy! This extension is guided (1 guide per 4 travellers) and includes 2 additional nights in Vittorio-Emanuele II Hut (with breakfast and dinner included), as well as all safety gear.

  • Groups of 2: €625EUR per person
  • Groups of 3: €495EUR per person
  • Groups of 4: €425EUR per person
  • Groups of 5: €550EUR per person
  • Groups of 6+: €495EUR per person
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Accommodation on Gran Paradiso Loop Trek

This tour is based in mountain huts and hotels. Hotels on this trip are 2 star and offer modern conveniences that can make this trip more pleasant. The accommodation in mountain huts is based in shared dormitory rooms.

In some cases, the accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
Rooms in hotel are of double and those willing to stay in a single room will have to pay a supplement (please enquire about the pricing). Please note that the single accommodations are not available in dormitory-style mountain huts, where all of the living spaces are shared with other trekkers.

Night 1

Hotel in Aosta

Enjoy this comfortable hotel stay in the capital of the Valle d’Aosta region, a fascinating city well worth exploring with deep Roman roots.

Night 2

Dormitory accommodation in Savoia Hut

Rest well in this cozy mountain hut situated north of Alpe Pilocca in the Aosta Valley.

Night 3

Dormitory accommodation in Benevolo Hut

Wake up to majestic views, surrounded by mountains at the Benevolo Hut.

Night 4

Dormitory accommodation in Mario Bezzi Hut

Built in 1925, this historic hut located nearby Alpi Vaudet provides the perfect place to lay your head after a day of exciting trekking.

Night 5

Dormitory accommodation in Épée Hut

A beautifully rustic stone hut serving up tasty food and endless mountain views!

Night 6

Dormitory accommodation in Rhêmes Notre Dame Hut

Find yourself surrounded by majestic mountains and sprawling green meadows at this comfortable mountain hut located at the end of the Rhêmes Notre Dame Valley.

Night 7

Hotel in Aosta

Enjoy this comfortable hotel stay in the capital of the Valle d’Aosta region, a fascinating city well worth exploring with deep Roman roots.

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s Included in the Gran Paradiso Loop Tour?

Meals

6 breakfasts and 5 dinners are included.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 7 nights are included.

Transportation during the Tour

This tour includes luggage transfers, however, personal transfers are not included and you will be in charge of organising your own logistics, such as getting to the start of the tour. You can also exclude luggage transfers from your tour package to lower the price.

Also Included

  • The roadbook (1 per 4 travellers)
  • Support hotline 24/7
  • Access to mobile application for GPS guidance

Not included

  • Lunches and any other meals not mentioned as ‘included’
  • Showers in mountain huts
  • Insurance
  • Guide services
  • Anything not mentioned as ‘included’

Optional Extras

  • Extra night in Aosta before or after the tour
  • Transfers between Aosta and starting/ending points of the tour
  • Optional extension to climb to Gran Paradiso

Frequenty Asked Questions about Gran Paradiso Loop

How hard is the Gran Paradiso Loop Tour?

We rate this tour as a 4 / 5. The distances are moderate; however, the elevation gain is significant, therefore this tour is not recommended for beginners. Optional ascending to Gran Paradiso peak is technically quite straight forward (it is one of the easiest 4,000m peaks in Alps) but is physically demanding due to elevation gain.

Do I need a visa to travel to Italy?

Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

Are meals included on the Gran Paradiso Loop Tour?

6 breakfasts and 5 dinners are included.

Do I need insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory to have health and medical insurance to join this trip, and your insurance should cover (activity). Get your Travel Insurance.

How do I get to Aosta to start this tour?

The closest airport to Aosta is Turin (TRN) however, Aosta can also be easily reach from Malpensa Airport near Milano (MXP). There are numerous options to reach Aosta with public transport, however, renting a car would be the best solution.

Is the Gran Paradiso Loop Tour in English?

This tour is not guided, however, you’ll get all the necessary information provided to you in English.

Where does the Gran Paradiso Loop Tour end?

The tour ends where it starts, in Aosta.

Do I need special vaccines to travel to Italy?

Check with your family doctor.

Are there any travel restrictions for Italy?

Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.

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Prices

From $795USD

Difficulty

Self-guided

Huts, hotels

Active Travel is what we do

10Adventures knows Active and Adventure Travel because everything we do is focused on Active and Adventure Travel. We understand the needs of travellers and partner with excellent local guides who specialize in active, experiential and adventure travel.

Real humans are always a click or call away

Your time is important, and you shouldn't have to deal with automated bots or a confusing phone system. At 10Adventures you are assigned an Adventure Concierge, who is a real person who has one job: to support you during the planning & booking of your trip.

Customize or go private and get the perfect trip for you

Taking a holiday can be the most fun you have all year. At 10Adventures we believe that you should have the ability to personalize the trip, to get it just the way you want. Sometimes that's joining a group, but more often it's going private with your loved ones, and getting the dates and itinerary that's just right for you.

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Tour Difficulty

We rate this tour as a 4 / 5. The distances are moderate; however, the elevation gain is significant, therefore this tour is not recommended for beginners. Optional ascending to Gran Paradiso peak is technically quite straight forward (it is one of the easiest 4,000m peaks in Alps) but is physically demanding due to elevation gain.


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Chamonix, France

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