Tour del Gran Paradiso
Tour del Gran Paradiso
Tour del Gran Paradiso
Tour del Gran Paradiso
Tour del Gran Paradiso
Tour del Gran Paradiso

Tour del Gran Paradiso


Long distance hiking in Italy

This is a stunning circular hiking trip taking in the best of the Gran Paradiso National Park. A week of staying in high mountain rifugios and cosy hotels, while enjoying sunsets, tasty traditional Italian food, a 'glass' on the terrace watching the wildlife. All designed to give you that wonderful sense of well-being that comes from a good day of exercise. 

If this appeals to you then join us for this tour of the Gran Paradiso National Park, it's a gem of a trip. The Gran Paradiso offers some of Italy's finest trails in a spectacular setting. It is an area rich in flora and fauna thanks to its protected status and where large herds of alpine ibex and chamois are to be found grazing in the flower meadows. 

Highlights

  • Six days of challenging high mountain trekking
  • Stunning views and a feeling of remoteness
  • Glaciers, summits, tumbling rivers and wilderness
  • Wildlife heaven with herds of ibex and chamois
  • Excellent Italian food, hospitality and culture
  • An unspoiled, less frequented alpine area

The area, which lies between the Aosta valley and the Italian Piedmont region, was named as a paradise (paradiso) for good reason! It was here in 1856 that King Vittorio Emauele II established a royal hunting reserve, saving the wild ibex from extinction. Today the Park is very much evolved in ecology and conservation. Wildlife to be found here include the ibex which is the symbol of the Park, chamois, marmot, mountain hare, badgers, foxes, martens, and weasels. Birds include the golden eagle, the bearded vulture which has recently returned to nest in the Park, as well as buzzards, kestrels and other birds of prey.


I think you are a super company. You offer a good range of trips with nice small groups. This was a really great trip. The route is well constructed, the guide was great fun and the accommodation was of a very high quality. The best moments are always the summits in the blazing sunshine and we were lucky to have quiet a few days where that happened.

Food was great and varied, accommodation always ready and each landlord was welcoming. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the area, which enabled you to learn something new along the way. Lindsay was easy going yet able to judge the groups’ ability/dynamics well and cater to the needs of everyone throughout the trip. Seeing the ibex in the wild was great.

Excellent guide, very friendly and knowledgeable with wonderful information of the area, outdoors, weather, kept us up to date, willing to help/answer questions anytime. Thank you for an amazing experience.

Itinerary

  • accommodation
  • meet in
  • airport
  • route
  • transfer
  • This evening you will meet your guide at your accommodation in Chamonix, France. We choose to meet in Chamonix as it is easily reached from Geneva airport, in Switzerland, and then it is simply a matter of driving through the Mont Blanc tunnel to the starting point of the Tour del Gran Paradiso in Italy. The aim is to make it easier for you to join this trip. 

    Chamonix lies beneath Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in Western Europe, and offers plenty of shops for any last minute trekking needs. Please contact us if you'd like extra nights at either the start or end of your tour.

  • We begin our day with a drive through the historic Mont Blanc tunnel , which opened on 1965, representing a major feat of engineering. The tunnel passes almost exactly under the summit of the Aiguille du Midi. At this spot, it lies 2480 metres (8140 ft) beneath the surface, making it the world's second deepest operational tunnel.

    After 11.6km (7 miles) of tunnel we enter the Aosta Valley, and shortly after we take a mountain road into Valsavarenche. The spectacular twists and turns take us high into the valley to the tiny hamlet of Pont, at 1952m (6402ft). This is our starting point for our circuit of the Gran Paradiso National Park. Pont is lovely, with traditional houses scattered around the flower meadows. After an Italian coffee, the first of many this trip, we begin our climb to reach the Col Grand Collet at 2832m (9288ft). Rock spires and ridges soar above us as we climb and you have your first taste of this beautiful landscape, often herds of ibex are 'chilling out' at the pass. After a rest at the Col, and our lunch, we head down under the Pointe de la Roley, eventually arriving at the large meadow and marshlands which surround the Laghi del Nivolet, 'the lake of the snow'. We pass the lake and make our way to our historic rifugio at Chivasso which sits at 2603m (8537ft). Here we are spoilt by the stunning views and we even have a library where you can browse the collection of mountaineering and skiing books. 

    Ascent: 1185m (3886ft) Descent: 857m (2810ft) Distance: 11km (6.8 miles) Duration: 6h00-7h00

     

  • From the Rifugio Chivasso we set off through grassy meadows rich 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 towards the Col Rosset at 3025m (9922ft). Look out for the iconic edelweiss here! On our climb we pass between rocky cliff bands as the terrain becomes steadily wilder, and the feeling of remoteness grows. There are marmots in quantity beside the path, and the youngsters have been know to collide with the guides legs in their haste to rush back home! From the Col we descend steeply at first as we traverse across the mountain side to reach the Rifugio Benevelo at 2287m (7501ft), our accommodation for the night. The 'Rifugio Gian Federico Benevelo' was built in 1930 and is a traditional Italian mountain hut. It was recently renovated and now has hot showers! Of an evening it's a cosy and characterful place to spend the night surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery. There is usually a 'tame' fox who likes to visit the hut in the evening, probably as part of its patrol of its territory. 

    Ascent: 685m (2246ft) Descent: 960m (3148ft) Distance: 12km (7.5 miles) Duration: 6h00-7h00

  • We leave our cosy rifugio, heading out of the door and straight up the mountain this morning as we climb steadily to the Col Bassac Dere at 3085m (10,118ft). There are edelweiss to be found growing on this slope, and a photo opportunity not to be missed! It is a relatively rare flower and not to be found on all walking routes. The flower is said to signify deep love and devotion whereby men harvest the flower on daring steep and sometimes fatal climbs to prove their love and devotion to their partner. 

    Today is another day of wild, glaciated terrain as we hike past the Lac de Golette and the glacier of the same name. On this trip we are often walking very close to the glaciers which gives a true feeling of high, wild mountains, 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 distant views to the peak of Grand Sassiere, and the immense rocky ridgeline ahead. If conditions allow it is possible from the Col to climb a little further to the summit of the Becca della Traversiere, but we will need good weather for this. 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 2279m (9115ft). The rifugio has an interesting history and is named after Mario Bezzi (1868-1927) who was a grammar teacher, and professor of zoology at the University of Turin. He was also director of the Museum of Natural Sciences of Turin. Even today he is considered one of the world's leading entomologists, specialising in studying flies and mosquitoes.

    Ascent: 980m (3214ft) Descent: 987m (3237ft) Distance: 12km (7.5 miles) Duration: 7h00-8h30

     

  • Today begins with a relatively easy start from the Rifugio Bezzi as we take a high traversing mountain path and begin our journey towards the quaint Italian village of Rhêmes-Notre-Dame.  We have an easier day in terms of ascent as we wind our way in and out of gully lines with fine views the length of Valgrisenche as we head for the Chalet de l'Epee. We usually arrive here around lunchtime and if the guardian is in residence we will stop here for something to eat. After lunch we have a steady and relatively easy climb that follows the valley up to the Colle Finestra de Torrent at 2875m (9430ft). Watch out for the chamois and Gran Paradiso icon, the ibex here on this section as there are usually herds to be found in this remote valley! A short, but steep descent leads us down from the Col to reach Rhêmes-Notre-Dame where we will spend the night. 

    The high Val di Rhêmes, now the parish and municipality of Rhêmes-Notre-Dame, only became a popular hikers destination a few decades ago due to its extraordinary beauty and remarkable preservation of its ancient architectural heritage. Indeed, it wasn't until after WWII that a proper road was built and only since the late 1960s has it been possible to keep the road open for much of the winter. Rhêmes-Notre-Dame is the only community in Italy with twice as many hotel beds as residents! 

    Ascent: 1360m (4460ft) Descent: 1690m (5543ft) Distance: 19km (11.8 miles) Duration: 8h00-9h00

     

  • Leaving the lovely village of Rhêmes-Notre-Dame we set off for the high pass of Col d'Entrelor which sits at 3007m (9862ft). We leave the ancient buildings clustered around the heart of the village, and enter the larch forests for the beginning of our climb. Many of the local houses will have been constructed from larch as it is a more durable wood than pine. However, it is also more expensive and it is said that if you have clearly built your house from larch you are signalling that you are more affluent than your neighbours. Eventually we rise above the larch and pine forests and reach several alpine meadows at Plan de Feya where there are several ancient shepherd huts. The trail becomes rocky here with a short section of chain that helps us gain the our Col. It is at this point that you will realise that we have come full circle and that once again we are looking down into  Valsavarenche where we began our journey. Here we are rewarded with fine views of Italy's highest peak, the Gran Paradiso with its summit at 4061m (13,320ft). The Gran Paradiso is the highest mountain in Italy with its summit entirely 'in' Italy. Its competitor is Mont Blanc which is the highest mountain in Western Europe with a summit that is shared by Italy and France. Though it is often disputed as to who has the highest point of Mont Blanc! We spend the afternoon descending and traversing the mountain side via lakes and more high summer meadows to reach the village of Eau Rousse and our hotel for the night. Eau Rousse means 'red water, and it takes its name from the nearby waterfall where the iron in the rock has been released by the water and has coloured the rock a rich red. 

    Ascent: 1300m (4264ft) Descent: 1345m (4411ft) Distance: 16km (10 miles) Duration: 8h00-9h00

     

     

  • After a hearty breakfast in our characterful Hostellerie du Paradis, we head off for a final but spectacular day into the shadow of the Gran Paradiso itself. We climb easily through the larch woods to the Rifugio Ferdico Chabod at 2750m (9020ft), arriving around mid-day. We often wander past herds of chamois and ibex as many of these mountain animals are to be found grazing above the rifugio. The Grand Paradiso National Park was in fact set up to protect and conserve the herds of Ibex, and today they thrive in relatively large numbers. The rifugio, built in the 1970's, is used as one of the starting points for the summit bid on the Gran Paradiso, and offers us spectacular lunchtime views. It's likely we will see climbers returning from their ascent, often looking rather tired! We spend the afternoon traversing the mountainside towards the other starting point for the summit, the space-age looking Rigufio Vittorio Emanuele. We then descend from the Emanuele through the forest to our starting point at Pont. On way down there are great photo opportunities of the mountains through which we have spent the week walking. A well earned Italian hot chocolate or beer awaits in the cafe at the bottom of the trail, where we will be picked up and driven back to Chamonix, in France, a transfer of approximately 2h30. NB: Please note that unessential items for today's walk can be stowed at the hotel in Eau Rousse ensuring a lighter rucksack for your final day. 

    Ascent: 1350m (4428ft) Descent: 1250m (4100ft) Distance: 17km (10.6 miles) Duration: 7h00-9h00

     

  • Today is your departure day. Chamonix is an excellent base for further hiking. If you would like to add on extra days to your itinerary please let us know.

It is always our aim to complete the proposed itinerary outlined above, however, it may be necessary for our guides/instructors to adjust the daily itinerary based on the weather conditions, group safety and enjoyment.

Accommodation

We always aim to accommodate our guests in well-situated, clean, characterful, family run accommodation. In many cases we have known the management for years, and it’s like visiting friends. Our suggested accommodation, listed below, is subject to availability at the time of booking. We have given details of our favoured venues and those we intend to use. If unavailable we will book alternative accommodation of a similar standard.

Our trip fees are based on two people sharing a room. If you are travelling on your own your booking will be based on a twin bedroom sharing with someone of the same gender. 

On the Tour del Gran Paradiso you will spend four nights in a hotel/chalet based on twin rooms, and three nights will be in traditional mountain rifugios. The rifugios on this tour are remote and in some cases only offer non-segregated dormitory style rooms. The rifugios tend to be full of character and serve tasty local dishes. They are nearly always situated in stunning locations and the chance to enjoy a beer or glass of wine while watching the sun go down and the ibex playing on the mountain-side can be a really special mountain moment. All of the rifugios offer fresh drinkable running water and 2 or 3 of them have hot showers. For many of our guests the rifugios literally prove to be a highpoint of the trip. It is normal in the Alps to share accommodation in dormitories whilst in remote locations in the mountains.

Due to the nature of the accommodation on this trip we cannot offer a single supplement.

Yeti Lodge, Summer

Chalet

This gorgeous chalet which has recently been renovated has a sauna, hot tub and views of Mont Blanc. The bedrooms are twins, and these will either be with en suite facilities or shared bathrooms depending on availability. The accommodation is half board; with breakfast and dinner. Chalets are limited in terms of the number of bedrooms and for this reason single rooms are not available. 

The chalet is approximately 8km (5 miles) from the centre of Chamonix town. There is free bus and train travel up and down the valley. To take advantage of the free travel you should request a Guest Card from the chalet staff. You also have the use of the comfortable lounge area which has satellite TV & DVD and free WIFI.

 

Rifugio Chivasso

Refuge

Beautifully positioned on the Colle del Nivolet, the Rifugio Città di Chivasso is an ideal place to take in the views and enjoy the feeling of being up high at 2604m (8541ft). This wonderful old rifugio was built in 1938 for the military, but today welcomes hikers from around the world. The guardian Alessandro, is something of a 'character' and will no about engage you in conversation!

The rifugio has showers, and also a library of mountaineering reference books in a number of languages. The accommodation is dormitory style. The rifugio is a popular stopping point for skiers in winter, as well as summer hikers. 

Rifugio Benevelo

Refuge

The Rifugio Benevelo is situated at the end of Rhêmes Notre Dame valley bordering the Gran Paradiso National Park. First opened in 1930, the rifugio was built by the Italian Alpine Club of Turin, in memory of Gian Federico Benevolo, a mountaineer who had died in 1927 on Bionassay pass near Mont Blanc. In 2013 the hut changed hands and renovation work was done to install toilets, and showers. 

As with many of these high mountain huts it has an interesting history and In the last years of World War II, it was seriously damaged by the Nazi-Fascist armies. Today it is a lovely place to stay and the surroundings are wonderful, high snowy glaciated peaks, alpine meadows and waterfalls.

 

Rifugio Mario Bezzi

Refuge

The Rifugio Bezzi is a lovely place to spend the night, high in a meadow at 2282m (7484ft) in the mountains with a lake nearby, and surrounded by wild peaks. There is a cosy bar where you can enjoy excellent cappuccino, or local wines from the Aosta valley. There are also showers which are always welcome! The accommodation is dormitory style. 

The rifugio has an interesting history and is named after Mario Bezzi (1868-1927) who was a grammar teacher, and professor of zoology at the University of Turin. He was also director of the Museum of Natural Sciences of Turin. Even today he is considered one of the world's leading entomologists, specialising in studying flies and mosquitoes.

The rifugio was started in 1925 as a mountaineering and military support and completed in 1927, and was built as a replica of the nearby Rifugio Benevelo which is located at the same altitude. In 1982 the Bezzi was taken over by the Barrel family who then bought it in 1991, and extended it to its current size. 

 

Albergo Galisia, Rhemes-Notre-Dame

Auberge

Tonight we stay in the tiny village of Rhêmes-notre-Dame with its traditional buildings and a population of only 120 souls. The Albergo Galisia is a comfortable and cosy albergo, which is situated right in the heart of the village. 'Albergo' is simply the Italian term of an 'inn', or small hotel. The Galisia serves good tasty local dishes, and has a sunny corner to enjoy a drink. 

Tonight your accommodation will be in bedrooms, with ensuite facilities. 

Hostellerie du Paradis, Eau Rousse

Hotel

The Hostellerie du Paradis has been welcoming mountaineers, and hikers for generations. It sits right at the end of our trail and our first stop is often the terrace for a 'refreshment'. It is very traditional in terms of decor and style and a cosy overnight stop. The bedrooms are comfortable and en suite, and dinner is very Italian.

 

The name of the hotel 'Paradis' represents a long tradition of hospitality started in the last century by the manager of the old hotel, that tradition was continued by his son who was the builder of the present hotel in 1932. Completed after the war by his heirs it re-opened as the Hostellerie du Paradis. We love staying here. 


  • This trip starts and ends in Chamonix, France, but the walking is in Italy. The reason we meet in Chamonix is because it is easy to get there, and we can then transfer through the Mont Blanc Tunnel to the start of our trip in Italy which is in a rather remote location. 

    Chamonix, France is easily reached from other European and worldwide destinations by road, rail, coach or plane.

    Geneva is the closest international airport, only 1h15 by road which makes shared transfers, buses or trains easy to arrange.

    A range of travel options to reach the Chamonix valley can be found on the Chamonix Tourist Office website.

    If arriving via Geneva we recommend that you book a seat on a shared transfer which is a door-to-door service to reach your accommodation in Chamonix. We recommend Mountain Drop Offs, Chamexpress and Haute Pursuit for this service. Easybus also runs a service from Geneva airport to Chamonix Bus Station. This service runs throughout the day, but does not drop you at your hotel.

    Please contact us if you need further advice on your specific travel requirements.

  • You must have the appropriate insurance for your chosen activity including emergency helicopter rescue, repatriation and medical costs. We also advise you take out Trip Cancellation/Curtailment Insurance in the event of you being unable to join the trip. 

    If you are joining a trip in the UK helicopter/mountain rescue insurance is not required as this is a free service.

    The insurance referred to should only be purchased AFTER we have confirmed your trip is guaranteed to run. 

    The insurance clause set out in our Terms and Conditions is below:

    Insurance: It is a condition of booking that you are insured against medical expenses, injury, illness, death, cost of repatriation, and personal accident risks. This must include cover for the activities to be undertaken during the trip. For tours taking place outside the United Kingdom you must ensure that your insurance covers rescue from the mountains, including helicopter rescue. It is the right of the leader to make a decision to call for helicopter rescue if such assistance is needed. Costs incurred by you, the client, due to an evacuation, rescue or other emergency shall be your responsibility. Any subsequent costs incurred for expenses, not limited to but including such costs as hotels, food, transport etc, shall be borne by you, the client. You are responsible for ensuring insurance cover is adequate for the particular needs of your chosen activity. You must be fully aware of the implications involved in arranging your own travel insurance and understand the limitations and exclusions of the policy. By agreeing to our Terms and Conditions you are authorising Tracks and Trails Ltd, or the person employed to lead the trip for Tracks and Trails Ltd, to instigate rescue and/or helicopter evacuation procedures without previously obtaining the permission of the company issuing your insurance policy. We reserve the right to cancel your booking at any time if we are not satisfied you have the necessary insurance policy covering your activity. Please ensure that your insurance covers you to the maximum altitude given on your trip itinerary. If you are unsure or are joining a bespoke trip then please contact us for specific details.

    You must bring all insurance documentation with you at the time of the activity. We also recommend your insurance covers you for trip cancellation and baggage loss/damage. Tracks and Trails Ltd are unable to accept responsibility for the loss or damage to any client equipment or luggage.

    For further details, please read the Insurance section on our website.

  • Summer mountain weather in the European Alps can vary considerably, and in this respect it is no different to any mountain environment where the terrain influences the weather and it can change from valley to valley. 

    However, in the summer months it is generally good in the Alps, but it can deliver everything from glorious sunshine, to rain, fog, high winds and even snow. Temperatures can reach over 30°Celsius (86°F) in July and August, but can drop to 5°Celsius (41°F) on the high passes, or 'Cols' as they are known in the Alps. Essentially, as with all mountain journeys, you should be prepared for any eventuality. The average temperatures range from 15-25°Celsius (59-77°F) in the valleys and 5-15°Celsius (41-59°F) on the passes.

    Even in mid-summer we can be faced with overnight snow especially when we have spent the night in a mountain refuge/rifugio/hut at higher altitude. 

  • On many of our trips there will be an element of 'group kit' which will be shared amongst our guests. As mountain people you will be used to team work and working together to the mutual benefit and safety of the group.

    The 'group kit' will be minimal and usually just a case of sharing a few lightweight 'survival shelters'. For example on a week-long trip you may carry a small shelter for just one day before passing it on to the next person. 

    If you are booking a trip in winter there will be a few additional safety items. These will be distributed in such a way that no one is over burdened. 

    Other group items necessary for safety and comfort will be carried by your guide/instructor.

  • After we have processed your booking we will send you a comprehensive clothing and equipment list that is appropriate to your trip and activity. There will be some items on this list that we strongly recommend and others which are suggested. Our list is based on our experience of what is needed for any particular trip, but it is not the definitive article! If you have items you like to use then do bring them, but be aware of over-loading your 'day' rucksack with items that are heavy and therefore making the trip more challenging.

    Please contact us if in any doubt about what to bring.

  • For each of our trips there is a minimum number of guests required to book before we can 'guarantee' your trip will run. It depends on the particular trip in question, but it is normally 4. The maximum number of guests on your trip is displayed in the 'At a Glance' box on the righthand side of the trip page. 

    We strongly advise you do not book travel until we have confirmed your trip is 'guaranteed' to run. If you book travel before we have confirmed it is 'guaranteed' we cannot be held responsible for any financial loss if the trip does not go ahead.

  • We go to great lengths to work with first class guides and instructors who are passionate about their work. They are all fully qualified, insured, and hold the correct documentation.

    Please note your guide/instructor has complete discretion to make a daily decision on whether or not to take the advertised route based on the weather and the ability of the members of the group. They have our authority to make any route changes they believe are necessary in the interests of safety and enjoyment. 

    For our walking, family, and snowshoeing trips your guide will be a fully qualified and experienced International Mountain Leader. For our running trips your guide will be an International Mountain Leader, and an experienced mountain 'trail runner'.

    If you have booked on a cross country ski trip you will be with a fully qualified professional BASI Nordic Ski Instructor or equivalent. BASI is the British Association of Snowsport Instructors.

  • On this particular trip, due to the inaccessible nature of the Rifugio’s there will not be any luggage support. In other words, when we leave on the morning of the first, day you will carry what you need for the entire trip in your rucksack. In reality this is not much more than what you would carry each day, just a few additional items. This type of trip is usually a very satisfying and rewarding experience allowing you to ‘cast aside’ unrequired material possessions for the duration of the trip. We are happy to discuss this with you if you wish to be reassured with regard to which items you need to carry. 

    Your trip begins and ends at the same hotel and you will be able to leave any unwanted luggage at the hotel for your return.

  • We do not include lunches in your trip fee for various reasons. We have found our guests have particular tastes and requirements for 'trail' or 'hill' food and it is better you choose and buy what you require. Buying supplies and trying local specialities is a great way to inter-act with the local people and to practise your language skills. 

    Lunches on our trips are 'picnic' style lunches, in other words you take a packed lunch with sufficient snacks, food and fluid to sustain you throughout your day of activity. If there is the possibility of lunch being taken at a restaurant/farm/cafe beside the trail, your guide/instructor will advise you of this. 

    Each evening you can choose to order a picnic or a sandwich from the hotel, or your guide/instructor will advise you of other options such as a local shop or market and whether you need to purchase items in the evening or if the shop/market is open early enough the next morning not to delay your start. In all cases we would always ask you to settle any 'bill' for lunch or drinks in the evening before you depart, and not on the morning of your last day when there may be a queue.

  • On your itinerary you will find an indication of the amount of ascent and descent you can expect each day. This offers a guideline to how much effort might be expended each day and allows you to decide, based on previous experience, if your fitness and stamina are correct for the trip. 

    We make every attempt to ensure these statistics are as accurate as possible, but ask you to note that the most modern of technology used to record these details can show considerable variations in terms of ascent, descent, and in particular distance. In other words no two people using GPS devices on the same route will have exactly the same details recorded at the end of the day. 

    The statistics given should be used as a 'general' indication of the effort required. 

  • It is useful to arrive at your destination with some cash in the local currency, however, on most occasions it is relatively easy to visit a 'cash machine' after arrival and withdraw money on a credit or debit card. Some of our locations are an exception to this in particular Norway, where the accommodation will often have no facilities for withdrawing cash, but they will take a credit card. 

    On many of our trips we will visit remote cafes/farms where it is wonderful to enjoy a drink and a cake, at places such as these they will only accept payment in the local currency in cash.

  • Food

    On our trips we encourage you to experience local tastes and dishes that reflect the culture of the country and for this reason many of our accommodation options will be family run with a reputation for the traditional food of the region. 

    If you have a 'special' diet because of an allergy or intolerance to a certain food type which will make you ill the accommodation will cater for this as best they can, eg gluten free, nut free, lactose free.

    If you are vegetarian then this is not a problem as the hotels/refuges are used to being asked for vegetarian meals. Our accommodation will try to cater for those with vegan diets but in remote refuges in the mountains this is more difficult. If you would like to discuss the suitability of a trip for a vegan diet please contact us. Gluten-free diets will be possible with regard to the evening meals, but we would advise that you bring along some gluten-free snacks for your breakfasts and lunches.

    If you have a 'special' diet which is NOT because of an allergy or intolerance, and is not 'veggie' then we apologise, but we cannot cater for this. The accommodation on the popular routes will be catering for many people each evening, in some cases up to 70/80 meals per night, 7 days a week, and realistically they cannot produce many different meal options unless the food will result in illness.

    Water

    The countries we visit all have tap water which is drinkable. If for any reason a particular hotel is having a problem with a remote mountain water supply they will normally post a sign over the tap indicating that you must not drink the water. At all times you are welcome to ask your guide/instructor if the water can be drunk. We would ask, for environmental reasons, that you avoid using single-use plastic bottles, and bring a water bottle that can be used repeatedly. 

  • A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required for visits to countries outside the EU, such as Norway. 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.  

  • We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

    http://www.worldstandards.eu/electricity/plugs-and-sockets/

    Note that if your trip involves staying in a mountain refuge/rifugio/hut that electric sockets may be in short supply and for that night you may not be able to charge any items. Although the accommodation will have electricity this will often be supplied by solar panels or a generator and limited to use by the staff. For this reason we advise that carrying a small slimline and lightweight 'battery pack' can be very useful for recharging phones which many of you will also use as your camera. 

  • Before booking consider whether you expect to be in the appropriate physical condition on the date of your  departure to allow you to fully participate in and enjoy your holiday. If you have any doubts because of an illness or injury it would be advisable to check with your doctor.

    For UK residents travelling to an EU country you should obtain and bring with you a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). This entitles you to state provided medical treatment in certain European countries, but is not a substitute for medical travel insurance. Also note that if/when the UK leaves the European Union that the EHIC card may no longer be valid. Please check this before departing. We advise that you always carry your insurance documents with details of the Emergency Medical telephone number for your insurance provider, and your policy number. 

  • We feel strongly about protecting the environment and do not encourage the use of single-use plastic items. We would ask that you arrive with a ‘water bottle’ or ‘hydration system’ that can be used repeatedly. We would point out that we operate a ‘zero tolerance’ for rubbish, and would ask you to remove all your rubbish items from the mountain even those you consider to be bio-degradable. In particular we ask that you remove any toilet tissue.

    You can read our full policy here.

  • Working across international boundaries, and with various currencies means that the price of our trips can change overnight. We have, however, undertaken to guarantee that once you have paid your deposit the price of your trip is fixed. In this respect we urge you to book early to ensure that you receive the price advertised on our website. The website price may increase due to currency fluctuations, but we guarantee that the price advertised on the date of your booking will be maintained in your individual case. 

  • Due to the specialised nature of our holidays, we co-sell a number of trips with 'partner' companies. These are carefully selected to ensure they reflect our ethos and standards in terms of the service we offer our guests. By encouraging other companies to sell our trips it means that your chosen holiday may reach its 'minimum' number earlier, allowing us to guarantee the trip and to give you the go-ahead to book your travel arrangements.

    There may be occasions when our partners have helped book your accommodation and organise the logistics for your trip. On these occasions your hotel may have recorded your room reservation in the name of one of our partners. 

    We guarantee that companies with whom we work will offer the same package as Tracks and Trails Ltd. The price will be the same, though occasionally they may be operating in a different currency. Your itinerary and the items that are included, or not included in your trip fee, will also be the same. 

    We believe in team work, and enjoy working with other small high quality companies. If you have any questions about this policy please contact us and we will be happy to discuss it with you. 


Prices may vary depending on date.

2020

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What's Included

  • An experienced, professional English-speaking International Mountain Leader
  • Four nights half board; breakfast and dinner in 2* hotel or similar, based on two people sharing
  • Three nights half board; breakfast and dinner in mountain huts based on dormitories
  • Return transfers from Chamonix, France to the start/end of the trek in Italy

What's Not Included

  • Travel insurance
  • Airport transfers
  • Snack food and drinks
  • Picnic lunches

I think you are a super company. You offer a good range of trips with nice small groups. This was a really great trip. The route is well constructed, the guide was great fun and the accommodation was of a very high quality. The best moments are always the summits in the blazing sunshine and we were lucky to have quiet a few days where that happened.

Food was great and varied, accommodation always ready and each landlord was welcoming. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the area, which enabled you to learn something new along the way. Lindsay was easy going yet able to judge the groups’ ability/dynamics well and cater to the needs of everyone throughout the trip. Seeing the ibex in the wild was great.

Excellent guide, very friendly and knowledgeable with wonderful information of the area, outdoors, weather, kept us up to date, willing to help/answer questions anytime. Thank you for an amazing experience.

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At a Glance

From Price £1195
Holiday Type Walking
Duration 8 Days
Group Size 10
Minimum Age 18
Maximum Altitude 3336m (10,942ft)
Countries Visited Italy
Meet In Chamonix, France
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Wildlife of the Gran Paradiso National Park

Why book with T&T?

  • Highly professional guides
  • Personal service guaranteed 
  • Attention to detail throughout
  • Explore off the beaten track
  • Single rooms on request
  • No surcharge guaranteed
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