Grand Paradiso 4061m, Alpine introduction course

Price: 799 €

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This alpine introduction course in Grand Paradiso range is designed for newcomers to mountaineering and will be a fantastic opportunity to climb your first 4000 peak. In the same time you will learn the basics skills of mountaineering as: walking on glacier, scrambling on rocks & rope management. 3 exciting days in the wonder of Gran Paradiso range.

Day 0: Chamonix

06.00 pm : Meeting with your guide at the reception of your hotel in Chamonix. Program briefing, plus gear check. Dinner free in Chamonix center. Meeting time subject to change, as depends on other participants arrival.

Night at the hotel in Chamonix.


Day 1 : Vittorio Emmanuel Hut

A taxi drives you to Italy, in the beautiful Valsavarenche valley in the Val d’Aoste. The Vittorio Emanuel hut is at the bottom of the west side of the Grand Paradiso, facing the beautifull summits of Ciarforon, Becca di Montclair and the Testa del Gran Etret. The path throught the larch forest and pastures is marvellous and after a 2 -3 hours of walking we will reach the Vittorio Emanuel hut with the legendary welcome of the hut-keeper. 

Hours: 2 to 3 h

Altitude covered: +900m

Dinner and night in the hut.

Day 2 : Tresenta 3609 m

We start in the fresh morning for the climb of the pyramid of the Tresenta. We start with an easy walk through the glacier moraine to reach the bottom of the Tresenta. From here we start climbing in easy rocks and in the beggining of the season, crampons will be usefull as hard snow is covering the mountain. Your guide will teach you how to use them, how to climb and you'll be roped up with your guide. The top will offer you a wonderfull sight on Gran Paradiso, on the Ciarforon and the wild south side of the range. Way down by the same itinerary and will gently go back to the hut.

Hours: 5 to 6 h

Altitude covered: + and - 850m

Dinner and night in the hut.

Day 3 : Gran Paradiso 4061m

An early start brings us to the steep moraine which leads us to the glacier’s flank. We put on our harness and crampons, rope up and start climbing the Laveciau glacier. As we reach the shoulder at 3750m, the sunrise in the east sets a glow on the full sweep of the southern Alps. There is still 300m to go but now we can see our goal : the summit and its white Madonna. A last steep section, then we start the final rocky ridge. We leave our crampons here and finish the ascent on the easy rocks that support the virgin statue at the summit.  Every famous summit in the western Alps is laid out before us from Monte Rosa to the Viso. We soak up the majestic view then concentrate on the descent to the hut.

Back to Chamonix by taxi.

Altitude covered : +1300 m and -2200 m.

Dinner free in Chamonix center.


Technical difficulty

6 to 12 hours of walking covering 800m to 1300m per day (day 3). You must get used to walk in mountain on rough terrain, and scrambling on rocks. The climb of Gran Paradiso it is physically demanding despite of the easiness of it's climb. Walking with stiff boots is physically more demanding as it change the way of walking. You must be prepared to this!

Snow slopes up to 30°

Easy rock climbing alpine grade II

Your guide

High mountain guide UIAGM certified. English-speaking

Group size

4 persons maxi per guide.


In mountain huts & hotel*** in Chamonix


Hotel*** - bed and breakfast, dinner at your charge

Huts -  Half board (have cash on your for the drinks)

Packed lunch included for every day (vegetarian option available)

Meeting point

At 6.00 pm on day 0 at the reception of your hotel in Chamonix

Local Transport

Free train/ bus in the Chamonix valley, taxi to go in Valsavarenche valley in Val d'Aoste, Italy

Cost and availability for the Grand Paradiso Alpine introduction course

Course Date Price (per person) Status Book
03-05 June 2022799€All places filled
10-12 June 2022799€All places filled
17-19 June 2022799€All places filled
24-26 June 2022799€All places filled
01-03 July 2022799€All places filled
08-10 July 2022799€All places filled
15-17 July 2022799€All places filled
22-24 July 2022799€All places filled
28-30 July 2022799€All places filled
05-07 August 2022799€All places filled
12-14 August 2022799€Available - 2 places
19-21 August 2022799€Available - 1 place
26-28 August 2022799€Available - 2 places
02-04 September 2022799€Available - 4 places
09-11 September 2022799€Available - 4 places
16-18 September 2022799€Available - 4 places
23-25 September 2022799€Available - 4 places

We need a minimum of 4 persons to run this group course. Participants are mixed nationalities, if necessary guides can speak both French & English.

Our planning is changing constantly due to the ongoing health situation and availabilities in the huts  - GET IN TOUCH directly by e-mail or phone/what's up +33 6 23 21 46 63 as we have other different dates/ program / routes available too.

If you are a private group, or a family please get in touch as we are able to offer tailor-made courses with choice of date and duration.

Cost includes:

  • Organisation of the 3 day course trip
  • UIAGM certified high mountain guide 
  • 2 nights in mountain huts and 1 night in a  3* hotel  in Chamonix ( shared twin room)
  • All meals, except dinner in Chamonix Day 0
  • Safety equipment provided by your guide (ropes, carabiners, ice screw)

Cost does not include:

  • Transport to and from Chamonix before and after your course
  • Dinner in Chamonix on day 0
  • Personal expenses (drinks in the refuges for you and your guide, additional snacks, etc)
  • Equipment can be hired from CMBG, please ask (harness, crampons, ice axe, helmet...)
  • Single room supplement for the previous night 75 € per night
  • Alpine climbing insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Any extra expenses due to unforseeable circumstances like (bad weather, injury, lack of fitness)