Hut to Hut Trekking in the Gran Paradiso

A long-weekender among the wilderness of the Italian Alps featuring remote trails, high passes and glittering glaciers

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Hut to Hut Trekking in the Gran Paradiso

A long-weekender among the wilderness of the Italian Alps featuring remote trails, high passes and glittering glaciers

DURATION

3 nights

LOCATION

Italy

ANNUAL LEAVE

2 days off work

SEASON

Jun-Sep

GROUP SIZE

Up to 12 people

MEETING POINT

Turin-Caselle Airport

ACCOMMODATION

Classic

Hotel · Mountain hut

OVERALL RATING

0.0

This trip is brand new
DIFFICULTY

Challenging

You’ll need to be in good shape and capable of hiking 6 hours each day with a pack on your back and gains of as much as 1000m.

Hike spectacular paths in Italy’s first National Park, traversing the Valsavarenche Valley to the base of Gran Paradiso peak

Tackle the Col Rosset (3024m), one of the highest walkable passes in the Alps with breathtaking views of the Vanoise Glaciers

Bunk down in iconic, welcoming mountain huts surrounded by idyllic scenery, soaring peaks and Alpine wildlife

Day 1

Welcome to Ivrea

Touch down in Turin Airport and meet your host for your transfer to the charming UNESCO-listed city of Ivrea, famous for its industrial heritage and architecture. Direct flights usually land in Turin in the evening, so this overnight stay is a chance to break your journey to the Gran Paradiso National Park. Enjoy an evening stroll along the picturesque canal and around the historic centre, dominated by the four towers of the Arduino Castle, then get some rest ready for your epic weekend of hiking.

Day 2

Valsavarenche and the Gran Paradiso Balcony Trail

Hiking

7hrs · 18km · 1100m up · 1100m down

Fuel up on breakfast at the hotel before your drive to the Valsavarenche Valley in Gran Paradiso National Park. Meet up with your local mountain guide in Pravieux, where you'll kickstart your adventure by hiking through forests, open meadows and past shepherds' huts. The trail leads up the eastern side of the valley, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains all the way to Rifugio Chabod, with the north face of Gran Paradiso peak visible behind it. Continue below Moncorvè peak until you reach the impressive Rifugio Vittorio Emanuele II (2719m), built in 1884 and still used by climbers summiting Gran Paradiso. Enjoy a well-deserved break surrounded by majestic peaks and glaciers, then power through the last leg of the trail to Rifugio Tetras Lyre (1996m), where you’ll spend the night.

Day 3

Nivolet Plateau, Col Rosset Pass and Val di Rhemes

Hiking

6hrs · 16km · 1000m up · 800m down

Following the Savara River, hike across beautiful pastures before arriving at the stunning lakes of the Col Nivolet Plateau. In early summer the landscape blooms with a colourful carpet of wildflowers, and it won't be hard to spot wild mountain ibex or chamois along the way. Continue on to Col Rosset (3024m), a great adventure along one of the highest walkable passes in the Alps – there are some steep sections at the end, but nothing technical. A steep descent on rocky trails leads you to Val di Rhemes and the Rifugio Benevolo (2287m), surrounded by impressive peaks, where you’ll stop for the night.

Day 4

The Col Bassac Derè pass to Valgrisenche

Hiking

6hrs · 15km · 800m up · 1300m down

Set off early from Rifugio Benevolo and hike towards Goletta Lake, at the foot of the Goletta Glacier. The glacial waters range in colour from greyish to pale blue due to the retreating ice. Continue with a steady ascent to Col Bassac Derè – the highest point of the trek at 3082m – and enjoy some of the wildest scenery so far, with imposing peaks and glaciers. Descend to Valgrisenche before finally reaching the small hamlet of Surrier, where your trek ends. There may be just time for a quick celebratory drink with your group before your transfer departs for Turin Airport. The hike usually finishes around 15:00 and you should reach the airport around 18:00.

Included

Guides

Experienced, expert, English-speaking mountain guide

Accommodation

1 night in a hotel and 2 nights in mountain huts

Meals

All breakfasts and 2 hearty dinners

Transfers

Airport transfers and everything in between

Equipment

All your rafting equipment

Not Included

Flights to and from the meeting point

Travel insurance

Personal expenses

Tips for your guides

Some meals as described

Visas where required

Day 1

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2 – Day 3

Mountain hut · Mixed dorm

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 4

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

Breakfasts and dinners during the trek will be served at the mountain huts. Breakfasts always include coffee, bread, jam and butter, and may also include orange juice, cereal, yogurt, fruit and a selection of cheese and cured meats. Dinners at the huts are normally served at fixed times with two menu choices. Dishes are hearty and served in large portions, often including great local specialities such as polenta, local cheeses, pasta and stews. Picnic lunches can be purchased directly from the huts, featuring a main item (such as a sandwich or wrap) and a selection of fruit, muesli bars, chocolate, nuts, etc.

Vegetarian, vegan and most other dietary requirements can be catered for although options may be limited. Just let your host know when booking.

What is the accommodation like?

Ivrea

On the first night you'll stay at Dora Maison de Charme or a hotel of a similar standard, in twin-share rooms with en-suite facilities.

On the trek

You’ll be spending two nights at some great refuges high in the mountains, usually the Rifugio Tetras Lyre and the historic Rifugio Benevolo, which was built in 1920 for alpinists. Accommodation at the huts is in dormitory rooms (usually sleeping 4 to 6), in bunk beds or single beds which come with pillows and blankets (you can bring your own sleeping bag liner, or pay for one locally). The shared bathrooms have showers and a token may need to be paid for hot water. They both feature a restaurant serving cold drinks, spirits and freshly made food.

Upgrades

Due to the style and limited capacity of the accommodation used on this trip, single rooms are limited and only possible for the first two nights of the trip in Ivrea and Rifugio Tetras Lyre. See Optional Extras for the price and request this upon booking.

The Area

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Logistics

Starts

Turin Airport

19:30 on Day 1

Ends

Turin Airport

18:00 on Day 4

Transfers

A group airport transfer is included on Day 1 and will depart Turin Airport around 19:30. It will take around one hour to get to your hotel in Ivrea, located halfway between Turin and the Gran Paradiso National Park. Your return transfer will arrive at Turin Airport at around 18:00 on Day 4, so you'll need to book flights departing from 20:00 onwards.

If you arrive earlier, you can also make your own way to Ivrea from Turin via the regular Trenitalia trains (journey time is approx. one hour), which cost around €6. There are no activities planned for Day 1 due to the late group arrival so you are free to explore the town at your own pace. If you land in Milan, you can also get to Ivrea by train, although the journey will take over two hours and you'll need to change trains in the town of Chivasso. Your host will provide full details about meeting times and logistics prior to the trip depending on your flight details, which you'll need to provide before travelling.

For those wanting to arrive a day early or to extend their trip, your host is happy to help arrange pre- or post-trip accommodation on your behalf, with the price and style depending on availability and your budget. Private transfers can also be arranged on request - see Optional Extras for prices.

Travel options

There are direct flights to Turin from London Gatwick airport with Easyjet. There are also indirect flights from major airports across the UK and Europe.

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What do I need to bring?

BAGS

  • Daypack with waist belt (35-50 litres, with raincover)

CLOTHES

  • Light down jacket
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Breathable wicking layers
  • Fleece jacket or similar
  • Buff or neckscarf
  • Hat and gloves
  • Lightweight trousers/shorts/skirts
  • T-shirts
  • Underwear and socks
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunhat
  • Something to sleep in
  • Hiking boots (worn-in)

SLEEPING

  • Sleeping bag liner. Pillows and blankets are provided at the mountain huts.

OTHER

  • Universal travel plug adapter
  • Power bank or solar charger
  • Passports (and visas)
  • Cash (for lunches, tips, drinks and snacks)
  • Travel insurance documents
  • Ear plugs
  • Suncream
  • Personal first-aid kit (inc. blister treatment)
  • Personal items (biodegradable toiletries, sanitary wear etc)
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Alcohol hand-gel
  • Reusable water bottle(s) x2 litre
  • Biodegradable wet-wipes
  • Energy bars and snacks - read our article on Best Hiking Snacks

Additional Night in Turin Single Room

Payable Before Departure

Additional Night in Turin Single Room

Additional Night in Turin Double/Twin Room

Payable Before Departure

Additional Night in Turin Double/Twin Room

Optional Private Room Upgrade (2 nights)

Payable Before Departure

Optional Private Room Upgrade (2 nights)

Private Arrival Transfer Turin Airport to Ivrea (1-8 pax)

Payable Before Departure

Private Arrival Transfer Turin Airport to Ivrea (1-8 pax)

This trip is brand new

We’re still waiting to collect any reviews from other travellers on this trip. However, all our hosts go through an extensive vetting process to ensure that your adventure is awesome.

We've crunched the numbers to work out the total carbon footprint of this trip, and plant enough trees to suck 2x as much back out the atmosphere.

What's the number?
It works out on average at 90kg of CO2 emissions per person, including all local transport, accommodation, food, activities, guides, staff and office operations.

The only thing it doesn’t include right now is flights and travel to the destination. We do make an overall estimate across all our customers separately, but as we don’t book flights, have customers from all corners of the world, and no way of reliably knowing their travel plans, we simply can’t include an individual number in the figure on display here. We’ve got a goal for 2022 to fix that, so that when you book, there is a way to measure and mitigate the carbon emitted by your flight too.

But what does the number mean?
Yep, hard to picture eh? To give you an idea:

  • Driving 1000miles/1609km would be approx. 281kg of CO2 in an average car (or 140.5kg per person if there was 2 of you in it).
  • A return economy class flight London - New York would be approx. 1,619kg (1.66 tonnes) per person.
  • 10 trees in a temperate forest are estimated to remove approx. 250kg of CO2 from the air in a period of 5-10 years.

What are we doing about it?
Our trips are relatively low-carbon by design, and we're working with all our hosts to develop long term carbon reduction plans. For every person booked with us since 2016 we’re planting enough trees to suck at least 2x more carbon out the atmosphere than is emitted by their trips. All native trees, as part of amazing projects that are re-foresting degraded land, tackling the biodiversity crisis and supporting local communities at the same time. We go further than that too, also funding re-wilding projects worldwide to help protect important keystone species from extinction. See the reforestation and re-wilding schemes we support. See our carbon action plan.

Want to know more?
Amazingly, no international travel company has ever publicly published their carbon measurements before, as far as we know. We believe that must change, quickly. So we’re openly sharing the method we used in the hope that other companies will be able to more easily follow suit and build on what we've done so far. You'll find it all here.

This is a demanding trek with some steady mountain hikes and considerable elevation gain and loss on some days, so previous hiking experience and good stamina is recommended. There are some sheer drops and steep sections on rough terrain, but the views will be worth it. You should be comfortable walking for up to 6-7 hours a day carrying your 35-50L pack between the refuges for three days - packing light is recommended!

Sure can! Over 50% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Tips are not included in the trip cost. These are entirely at your discretion but there is an expectation to tip your leader for good service.

The local tap water is safe to drink. Please bring along your own reusable water bottles (at least 2L) to fill up at the mountain huts to avoid buying single-use plastic bottles.

Summer in the Gran Paradiso National Park is, without doubt, the best season for hiking: chilly air, warm sun and amazing mountain landscapes. All trekking paths are usually open during the summer season, so you can enjoy the highest peaks and passes. Glaciers are visible again after they have been covered by snow in the winter months and it's easy to spot wildlife including ibex, chamois, eagles, marmots, vultures and many others. Temperatures are generally warm and fair with plenty of sunny days – however, be aware that the weather in the mountains can change very quickly, with rain and wind possible throughout the year. Average temperatures range from 8 to 24°C. It. In the case of adverse weather, your local mountain guide may decide to alter any of the routes included in the itinerary for safety reasons.

Yes. Excess luggage can be stored for the entire trip without extra cost. Please let your host know in advance if you have excess luggage so that they can plan the logistics accordingly.

We recommend checking out the country specific information here and also talking to a travel nurse.

Our recommended travel insurance provider is Campbell Irvine.

Travel insurance is compulsory on all of our adventures. Your insurance should include adequate protection for overseas medical treatment, evacuation/repatriation, your baggage and equipment and the specific activities involved on your adventure.

Your insurance policy should also include specific Covid-19 cover, including cancellation and curtailment cover if you, your travel companion or a close relative are diagnosed with Covid-19.

We fully endorse Campbell Irvine as their insurance offers all of the above, so get in touch with them or call on 020 7938 1734 to get your insurance sorted. We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book your adventure, just to cover you for any last minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!

We automatically convert prices from the local currency that a host receives to your chosen currency. We update our exchange rates on a daily basis so this does mean that prices displayed on the site are subject to currency fluctuations, which is why you may see them change over time.

If you wish to change the currency you pay in, head to the bottom of the page.

All of our group adventures are specially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded. Children can be accommodated on some private departures.

You're in good company. Our adventures are typically made up of a mix of solo travellers and small groups of two or three friends who simply love adventure, pushing themselves and meeting awesome like-minded people. See here for more info about our lovely bunch of Much Better Adventurers.

Want to book a private trip? Just tap ‘Private Group’ in the dates and prices tab.

Your trip is led by carefully curated local hosts and expert guides. See here for more info about the guides we work with.

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