GUIDED TREK

Mont Blanc Treks Ltd

GRAN PARADISO
GUIDED TREK

TREK OVERVIEW

Trek: Traverse of the Gran Paradiso - guided trek
Duration: 9 nights
Trekking: 8 days
Suitability and grading: Grade 4/5 - very demanding. The trek requires an excellent level of fitness and stamina.
Accommodation: Hotels, auberges and mountain refuges
Meals: 6 x half board (B&B + 3 course evening meal) whilst on the trek, 2 x B&B in Courmayeur
Price: £1745 per person
Dates: 19- 28 August 2018 (bag transfer is included with this trek)

9 NIGHT ITINERARY

 DAY 1

Arrival in Courmayeur, early evening welcome & trek briefing.

DAY 2

CHAMPORCHER TO REFUGE PERADZA
We will take a minibus transfer from Courmayeur to Champorcher (approximately 1 hour). We start the trek from Champorcher by following the river uphill to Torrent Ayasse and traversing westwards through pine trees to Pont Ravire (1567m). The path climbs steeply to the Refuge Dondena (2097m). The refuge is open during the main trekking season for refreshments and accommodation. We continue along the stunning flora to Lake Miserin and steeply up to the Col Finestra di Champorcher (2828m), with stunning views of the national park before making your descent to the Refuge Peradza at (2526m). 
Distance: 13km
Height gain: +1400m
Descent: -300m
Accommodation: Refuge, dormitory, half board.

DAY 3

REFUGE PERADZA TO REFUGE VITTORIA SELLA
Day three starts with a gentle descent through high pastureland and across streams down to Lillaz (1617m). From here, we will walk to Cogne (1540m). Refreshments and shops can be found along the way. We then take the path from the village, across meadows and along the river, to the hamlet of Valnontey. Once past the hamlet, the path climbs up past the botanical gardens and cascading river to the Refuge Vittoria Sella at 2584m.). 
Distance: 17km
Height gain: +1050m
Descent: -990m
Accommodation: Refuge, dormitory, half board.

DAY 4

REFUGE VITTORIA SELLA TO EAUX ROUSSES
The fourth day is one of the best days on the traverse, as you start with a climb up to the highest point on the trek and the Col Lauson (3299m) with stunning views towards the Matterhorn and Monte Rosa, Gran Sassiere and Monte Emilius. A steep and long descent will take us down through the old farm buildings of Levionaz d’en Bas (2303m) and eventually to our resting place for the night at the hamlet of Eaux Rousses (1666m).
Distance: 16km
Height gain: +710m
Descent: -1630m
Accommodation: Auberge with twin or double rooms, half board.

DAY 5

EAUX ROUSSES TO RHEMES NOTRE DAME
From Euax Rousses, we will make a steady climb upwards through larch woodland to the old farm building of Orvieille (2164m). Leaving the woodland behind, we then move into open pastureland as we make our way past a series of lakes, to the Col di Entrelor (3007m) and your first glimpse of Mont Blanc. The descent from the col takes us to the Plan de la Feya (2403m), before the final descent of the day to the village of Rhemes Notre Dame (1723m) with its shops and amenities.
Distance: 16km
Height gain: +1340m
Descent: -1300m
Accommodation: 3-star hotel with twin or double rooms, half board.

DAY 6

RHEMES NOTRE DAME TO VALGRASENCHE
On the 6th day, we make our way steadily up through larch wood to the Alpage Torrent at (2179m). From here, we trek steeply up through the boulder strewn terrain to the Col Fenetre (2840m), surrounded by the stunning views of Gran Becca du Mont Testa del Rutor and Mont Blanc. A relatively easy descent takes us to the Refuge Chalet de l'Epee (2370m) where refreshments can be found. We descend from the refuge with stunning views down into the valley below, working our way down through the larch woodland to the village of Valgrisenche (1675m) and our accommodation for the night. 
Distance: 18km
Height gain: +1260m
Descent: -1350m
Accommodation: Hotel with twin or double 
rooms, half board.

DAY 7

VALGRISENCHE TO VALLON DU FOND
The day starts with an easy walk to the valley bottom to the village of Planval. From here, we climb up through shaded woodland before following the meandering stream to the Baraques du Fond and the Lac du Fond (2439m). We make a steady ascent to the Col de la Crosatie (2838m) with amazing views of the Mont Blanc range. We then make our descent, steeply at first, into the remote valley and the Bivouac Promond. From there, we descend further into the Vallon du Fond to reach our accommodation for the night at the Dortoir du Paradis (1645m).
Distance: 18km
Height gain: +1150m
Descent: -1180m
Accommodation: Refuge di Paradis, dormitory, 
half board.

DAY 8

VALLON DU FOND TO LA THUILLE
We retrace our steps from the day before to the bivouac hut, before making our ascent over the Haute Pass (2860m). From here, we have a long descent past the Refuge Defeyes, Lac du Glacier and the magnificent waterfalls before we reach La Joux (1603m). We then trek ahead to La Thuile.
Distance: 18km
Height gain: +1205m
Descent: -1390m 
Accommodation: 3-star hotel with twin or double rooms, half board.

DAY 9

LA THUILE TO COURMAYEUR
The 9th day is the final day on the traverse, and in true tradition, the day starts with a steep climb out of La Thuile, passing via the hamlet of La Balme before climbing up through the Valley di Youla steeply to the Col d'Arp (2570m). From the col, we traverse westwards to the Col de Youla (2661m) and enjoy the amazing views of Mont Blanc from a lofty position. A tricky and steep descent on loose ground takes us to the well-worn Tour Mont Blanc path. We then traverse north east to the Col Checrouit (1956m), before descending to Courmayeur (1226m).
Distance:18km
Height gain: +1100m
Descent: -1100m
Accommodation: 3-star hotel with twin or 
double rooms, B&B.

 DAY 10

Departure

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