The Gran Paradiso trail

Posted by Tonz on July 22, 2013 in Activity and Adventure, Cogne, Gran Paradiso National Park, summer, 1 comment

The Gran Paradiso – 4061 m – is the highest peak completely located on the Italian soil and stands at the heart of the national park of the same name. There are two standard itineraries for reaching the summit, both located in Valsavarenche: one starts from the Chabod Refuge and the other from the Vittorio Emanuele II Refuge. We went up from the Chabod Refuge (below, left) and then went down towards the Vittorio Emanuele Refuge (below, right), thus completing the full itinerary. An amazing experience!

The Chabod Refuge route

The Vittorio Emanuele Refuge route









The first day started with a nice trekking of 2.5 hours from Valsavareche to Refuge Chabod –, featuring a beautiful view over the Laveciau glacier.

Before dinner we prepared the crampons for the day after

Early breakfast at 4am and departure with headlamps

The ascent

On top of the world

Our mountain guide Marco Tamponi

Stunning views from the Gran Paradiso

The Vittorio Emanuele Refuge

For a full description of the route, please click here

Marco Tamponi website –

All images courtesy and copyright of Daniel Taylor