Gran Paradiso Weekend

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Summit the only 100% Italian 4000m peak

An exciting and challenging short break to complete the ascent of Gran Paradiso, the only 4000m peak entirely in Italy. Discover the stunning Gran Paradiso National Park, sleep in mountain refuges and complete the ascent all in a long weekend.


  • Iconic 4000m Alpine peak
  • Short weekend adventure
  • Start and end in beautiful Chamonix

Key information

  • 2 nights hotel, 2 nights mountain refuges
  • 3 days high level trekking 
  • Use of crampons and ice-axe (previous experience not essential)
  • Altitude maximum 4061m, average 3000m
  • Group normally 2 to 4, plus UIAGM mountain guide/s as appropriate.
  • Countries visited: Italy, France

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
  • All accommodation
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • Arrival & departure transfers

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (for the hotel nights only) GBP80
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Days of Walking & Trekking

Challenging: 5-6km/3-4miles an hour


High altitude; including steep, rocky terrain

Day by day breakdown
Day 24.0km/2.0miles
Day 311.0km/6.0miles
Day 44.0km/2.0miles

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Trip Notes

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Essential Info




There are no specific health risks.


There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 3 picnic lunches and 4 dinners.

Typical meals: Breakfast: coffee, tea, hot chocolate, bread, jam, and cereals. Lunch: sandwiches of cold meats, cheese, or sometimes tinned fish. Cakes, chocolate and energy bars. Evening meal: first course of soup or salad or charcuterie, a main course with one or two vegetables, rice or pasta, and a dessert. Beer, wine, coffee or tea, bottled water and other drinks are not included. Vegetarians: In France and Italy, hotels and restaurants are not very well geared up to provide separate vegetarian menus, especially smaller establishments in the mountains. Vegetarians will usually find that there is little difficulty as long as they are prepared to be reasonably flexible. Please note mountain hut meals will be more basic that the chalet meals listed above.


The main climbing season is from June to September. Our trips run during this time, when finding a window of suitable weather is most likely. High summits in the Alps always attract variable weather conditions and although we have built a degree of flexibility into this itinerary there may be disruptions. The possibility of the climb being abandoned or the route changed in case of unsuitable conditions must be accepted. In the overall interests of safety the guides' decision will be final. Expect warm temperatures (15 to 25ºC) in the valleys, cool (5 to 15ºC) on the passes (though it will feel colder if wet and windy) and very cold (-10/-15ºC) on the summit. Strong winds are very likely on the summit; in this case it can feel even colder. It can and does rain and especially on the high passes it can be surprisingly cold at times.

Is this trip for you?

Activity Level 7 - Tough
Much of the weekend is spent on glaciers and there is plenty of time for training in snow and ice climbing (ice-axe and crampon skills, ropework etc). We spend much of the time at around 3,000m which is essential for helping acclimatisation. The climax of the week is the summit attempt.

In good weather the ascent is not particularly technical but it is extremely arduous. To have a reasonable chance of success a high degree of fitness and stamina and some previous experience of altitude is highly recommended. Please note that you cannot achieve the required level of fitness during the week - you must arrive fit. Previous experience with ice-axe and crampons is a plus, however it is not essential as long as you are physically fit for the challenge.

Please note that although the itinerary presented here is the one we intend to follow there is a high chance that variations may be necessary. Many factors can affect climbing in high mountains. Individual member's abilities vary, as does their ability to assimilate the skills needed. Adverse weather during the week may curtail training or even make the climb impossible, while previous weather conditions may have left the mountain in a difficult or dangerous condition. Any such factor may mean we have to re-arrange or curtail the programme.

You may find our Fitness Training Guide a useful reference.

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.


Hotels & mountain huts

2 nights hotel in the Chamonix Valley and 2 nights mountain huts. Single accommodation may be available for the 2 hotel nights.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed July 2018
    Daniel Fletcher

    A Grand Weekend

    The RockyPop Hotel wasn't planned, it was a last minute alteration by Exodus who had issued the wrong hotel name in the Joining Instructions. Upon hearing the hotels name I feared that I was about to enter a cheesy 70s themed hotel: little did I know. From moment I entered the RockyPop Hotel I was mesmerised by the stylish decor, cinema meets alpnsim. This was going to be a good trip. Trips like these are made by the people you meet, your fellow travelers and settling in to the evening I knew that these interesting individuals, who were sharing their enthralling mountain stories with me, were going to provide delightful company over the weekend. Meeting the guide the following morning, it was clear that Jerome had a lust for life, we were going to get on. The transfer to the Gran Paradiso National Park was stunning. The Chamonix valley and beyond the border in Italy boast fantastic postcard views. And now to the hard part. The ascent of Gran Paradiso was fairly tough, but this could be done by anybody looking for an introduction into Alpinism. The technical aspects of the climb were rewarding and Jerome timed it right so that we had this busy summit all to ourselves. Tresenta on the following morning was a bit more of a slog, more mentally than physically, skipping over rocks until the summit. But the views up there were magnificent and 15 minutes of rest on the summit gave the group time to soak in the surroundings. The itinerary could be altered to do the peaks the other way around to aid acclimatisation, but I can honestly say the way we did it was the best. allowing us a night at the iconic Refuge Chabod and a more interesting route up Gran Paradiso. We were lucky to have a private room for our group in the refuges, which were to a decent standard. The food in the Refuge Chabod really took us by surprise. The whole trip was superb and I can't believe it was crammed in to one long weekend.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Our guide Jerome. His love of the mountains and nature cascaded to the whole group and we could really feel his passion. This enthusiasm could only have a positive effect on the whole groups experience.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    I can't say enough about him. Funny, sociable and experienced. I always felt safe under his watchful eye.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be very cautious not to overload your backpack.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Book this trip whether you are a beginner or an experienced summiteer.
  • Reviewed September 2017
    Richard Binstead

    A Good Challenge for Those Needing a Quick Mountain Fix

    This is quite a tough trip for the reason that you get straight in to it, after a walk up to the mountain refuge on day 1 you are up early to attempt the summit, so definitely worth making sure you have done some training beforehand. Overall Its a good experience with lots of glacier traversing and some rock climbing to reach the top so not a straight-forward trek.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The views from Gran Paradiso are beautiful, looking out across to Mont Blanc at sunrise!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Bernard was amazing, his experience in the mountains is vast so you have no doubt in his abilities, and he was great at keeping us motivated all the way to the top.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Pack light as you will be carrying everything up to the top and be prepared for a crowded summit, which can be unnerving as the summit is very small.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We had bad weather on day one so could not go to the top, however on day two we got to have another attempt and made it, so this is not a one chance trip there are options if circumstances go against you.
  • Reviewed September 2017
    louise taylor

    Gran Paradiso, Italy Alps

    What a great adventure over a long weekend, travelling through three countries to finally stop in Italy, its a long hard slog of a climb, patience and experience helps, ropes, crampons and use of ice picks experience helps again dont come untrained, the last 500 meters of the summit is great fun, dont look down if you dont have a head for heights, recommend this trip for fit people only or you will struggle! Loved the guide and the friendly mountain hut staff, thanks Exodus

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Summit on the 2nd attempted as the the weather was unkind on our 1st attempt

    What did you think of your group leader?

    our group leader was very experienced and had a good sense of humor!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared and dont take risks, always listen to your group leader!

Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.


What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.


2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.


3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.


 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 


Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

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