Grand Paradiso National Park

The Grand Paradiso national park sits in the north west of Italy straddling the Aosta & Piedmont regions and seems somewhat undiscovered in comparrison to its mighty neighbours of the Mont Blanc Massif & the Swiss Valais.

What the self-guided trek includes:

  • 2 nights B&B accommodation in La Thuile & Courmayeur
  • 6 nights B&B + 3 course evening meal accommodation whilst on the trek
  • Expert advise
  • Detailed TMB guide book
  • Daily route cards
  • 1:25,000 IGN maps
  • Safety & emergency cards
  • Language cards

What's not included:

  • Flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Buses if used
  • Drinks with evening meals
  • Packed lunches, snacks & drinks en-route

Trek grades explained:

We grade our treks from 1 to 4, each trek receives a grade depending on the difficulty of terrain and numbers of days of sustained trekking. We have graded the Traverse of the Grand Paradiso as grade 4.


Grade 4: Demanding, an excellent level of fitness and stamina required for big mountain days with continued and substantial height gain and descent of over + or -1500 mts per day plus sustained trekking over long daily distances.

Mont Blanc Treks

In addition to the Traverse of the Grand Paradiso, Mont Blanc Treks offer the following guided or self guided summer treks: 


Tour du Mont Blanc (full & half stages)


Walkers Haute Route (full & half stages)


Trekking in the Dolomites


Tour of the Vanoise

Chamonix trails

Mont Blanc Treks
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Traverse of the Gran Paradiso: Self guided

The Traverse of the Gran Paradiso or Alta Via 2 is a remote and stunningly beautiful gem taking you 130 kilometers from Chardonney to Courmayeur in the Aosta valley. This 8 day trek takes youover high altitude cols and through seemingly pristine untouched rugged terrain resting in mountain huts and hotels. This long distance trek is must for the seasoned trekker who is looking for the next challenge.  


Zoom Col Bassac Dere, 3082m

Col Bassac Dere, 3082m

Zoom View across to the Grand Paradiso

View across to the Grand Paradiso

Zoom Grand Paradiso

Grand Paradiso


Zoom Glacier di Gliairetta

Glacier di Gliairetta

Trek: Traverse of the Grand Paradiso- Alta Via 2

Duration: 10 days, 9 nights

Trekking: 8 days

Suitability & grading: Grade 4- Excellent level of stamina & fitness required for 8 days of trekking over high alpine & rugged terrain

Accommodation: 2 x 3* Hotels, 4 x Aubeges & 3 x Mountain Refuges

Meals: 6 x half board (B&B + 3 course evening meal) whilst on the trek, 3 x B&B in La Thuile & Courmayeur

Price: £1195 per person (discounts for groups of more than 4 people)

Dates 2017: To suit you

What is self guided trekking?

This self-guided Traverse of the Grand Paradiso offers the independent and more experienced mountain walker a real adventure trekking though the Italian national park on this classic trek. We take the hassle out of all the planning & preparation, we book your accommodation and meals, give you unlimited expert advise and supply you will all the necessary information before you depart. Supplying you with detailed itinerary & guide book, route cards, emergency and language cards, IGN 1:25,000 maps &, information cards about the history, geography, flora & fauna of the area. 

Our itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in Courmayeur.


Accommodation: 3* Hotel twin/double room Bed and Breakfast.

Day 2 Champorcher to Refuge Peradza: You will take early morning public transport from Courmayeur to Champorcher (approx. 3 hours). Starting 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 and the refuge is open during the main trekking season for refreshments and accommodation. Continue amongst the stunning flora to Lake Miserin and steeply up to the col Finestra di Champorcher 2828m with stunning views over the national park before making your descent to the Refuge Peradza at 2526m.


  • Distance: 13k
  • 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 in the valley bottom to Cogne 1540m, refreshments and shops can be found here. 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: 17k
  • Height gain: +1050m
  • Descent: -990m

Accommodation: Refuge, dormitory, half board.

Day 4 Refuge Vittoria Sella to Eaux Rousses: One of the best days on the traverse as you start the day 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 takes you down through the old farm buildings of Levionaz d en Bas 2303m and eventually to your resting place for the night at the hamlet of Eaux Rousses 1666m.


  • Distance: 16k
  • Height gain: +710m
  • Descent: -1630m

Accommodation: Auberge, twin/double rooms, half board.


Day 5 Eaux Rousses to Rhemes Notre Dame: From Euax Rousses you make a steady climb upwards through larch woodland to the old farm building of Orvieille 2164m. Leaving the woodland behind you move into open pastureland as you make you way up past a series of lakes to the Col di Entrelor 3007m and your first glimpse of Mont Blanc. The descent from the col takes you 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: 16k
  • Height gain: +1340m
  • Descent: -1300m

Accommodation: Hotel, twin/double rooms, half board.


Day 6 Rhemes Notre Dame to Valgrisenche: Make your way steadily up through larch wood to the Alpage Torrent at 2179m from here you trek steeply up through the boulder strewn terrain to the Col Fenetre 2840m and stunning views of Gran Becca du Mont, Testa del Rutor and Mont Blanc. An relatively easy descent takes you to the Refuge Chalet de l'Epee 2370m where refreshments can be found. You descent from the refuge with stunning views down into the valley below working your way down through the larch woodland to the village of Valgrisenche 1675m and our accommodation for the night.


  • Distance: 18k 
  • Height gain: +1260m 
  • Descent: -1350m

Accommodation: Hotel, twin/double rooms, half board.

Day 7 Valgrisenche to Vallon du Fond: The day starts with an easy walk in 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 at 2439m. From here you 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 before descending further in to the Vallon du Fond and our accommodation for the night at the Dortoir du Paradis 1645m.


  • Distance: 15k 
  • Height gain: +1150m 
  • Descent: -1180m


Accommodation: Dortoir du 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 you have a long descent past the Refuge Defeyes, Lac du Glacier and the magnificent waterfalls before you reach La Joux 1603m and on to La Thuile.


  • Distance: 16k 
  • Height gain: +1205m 
  • Descent: -1390m.


Accommodation: Auberge, twin/double rooms, bed and breakfast.


Day 9 La Thuile to Courmayeur: 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 at 2570m. From the col traverse westwards to the Col de Youla 2661m and enjoy the amazing views of Mont Blanc from your lofty position. A tricky and steep descent on loose ground takes you to the well worn TMB path. Traverse north eastwards to the Col Checrouit 1956m before descending to Courmayeur 1226m.


  • Distance:18k 
  • Height gain: +1100m 
  • Descent: -1100m

Accommodation: 3* Hotel, twin/double rooms, Bed and Breakfast.


Day 10 Onward journey.

Bag transfers

We offer a bag transfer service for those who do not want to carry a multi-day rucksack, this is available on certain treks at an additional cost per person. Please ask for more information.

Group bookings

Private group bookings are available at a date to suit you. If you have more than 4 people in your group and wish to select your own start date thats not a problem, let us know your requiremets and we will tailor make a trek for you. Discounts are available for group bookings, please ask for further details.

Solo trekkers

It is possible to provide self guided treks for solo trekkers however when trekking alone you must be proficient in navigation (use of map, compass & altimeter) in case of bad weather conditions where visability and route finding can be difficult. There will be a single suppliment added to the self-guided trek price for nights when in hotels and single rooms are required. 

Tailor made itineraries

Does the itinerary suit your needs? perhaps you require additional rest days or would like to start or finish in a different location. Its sometimes a good idea to add in a extra day before the trek starts or after it finishes to explore the area fully. Let us know what you have in mind and we can tailor the self guided trek to suit you (additional costs will apply if extra nights are required).


£1195 per person