4.9
| 8 reviews

Hut-to-Hut Trekking in the Gran Paradiso

3 nights
Challenging

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

What's Included?

Activities & Certified Guides

All itinerary activities with experienced, expert, English-speaking mountain guide

Hotel & Mountain hut

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

Pillows and blankets are provided at the mountain huts

Small Like-minded Groups

Solo-friendly by design, join our small n’ sociable groups of up to 12 like-minded, active and outdoorsy people
From

excluding flights

What's it like?

4.9
| 8 reviews
Trip to the Gran Paradiso July 2024
July 2024
Gwyn D.
Trip to the Gran Paradiso July 2024
July 2024
Gwyn D.
Trip to the Gran Paradiso July 2024
July 2024
Gwyn D.
Trip to the Gran Paradiso July 2024
July 2024
Gwyn D.
Trip to the Gran Paradiso July 2024
July 2024
Gwyn D.
Trip to the Gran Paradiso July 2024
July 2024
Gwyn D.
Incredible trip. We were so lucky to have t...
August 2023
Louise
Incredible trip. We were so lucky to have t...
August 2023
Louise
Incredible trip. We were so lucky to have t...
August 2023
Louise
Incredible trip. We were so lucky to have t...
August 2023
Louise
Incredible trip. We were so lucky to have t...
August 2023
Louise
Such a fantastic trip! A totally epic trip,...
August 2023
Alice
Such a fantastic trip! A totally epic trip,...
August 2023
Alice
Such a fantastic trip! A totally epic trip,...
August 2023
Alice
Such a fantastic trip! A totally epic trip,...
August 2023
Alice
Gran Paradiso, Italy. Photo: Kirsty Holmes/Much Better Adventures
Lago Goletta, Gran Paradiso, Italy. Photo: Kirsty Holmes/Much Better Adventures
Morning in the Val di Rhêmes, Gran Paradiso, Italy. Photo: Kirsty Holmes/Much Better Adventures

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

Tackle Col Rosset (3025m) and Col Bassac Derè (3082m), some of the highest walkable passes in the Alps with breathtaking glacier views

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

Key Information

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. 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

Rifugio Vittorio Emanuele II at the base of Gran Paradiso, Italy. Photo: Kirsty Holmes/Much Better Adventures

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 Rhêmes

Hiking

10hrs · 21km · 1250m 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 (3025m), a great adventure along one of the highest walkable passes in the Alps – there are some steep sections and loose, rocky paths to tackle as you approach the Col. A very steep descent on rocky trails leads you into Val di Rhêmes and eventually to the Rifugio Benevolo (2287m), surrounded by impressive peaks, where you’ll stop for the night.

Day 4

The Col Bassac Derè pass to Valgrisenche

Morning in the Val di Rhêmes, Gran Paradiso, Italy. Photo: Kirsty Holmes/Much Better Adventures

Hiking

8hrs · 17km · 870m 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 steep ascent and a touch of scrambling 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 via vertiginous rocky trails with the spectacular glacier below to reach 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 15:30 and you should reach the airport around 19:00.

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?

Hotel Room, 3T Boutique Hotel, Ivrea
Ivrea

On the first night you'll stay at Eco-Boutique Hotel 3T 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 night of the trip in Ivrea. See Optional Extras for the price and request this upon booking.

This trip has been rated as Challenging

This is a demanding trek with some challenging mountain hikes and considerable elevation gain and loss each day, including two high mountain passes over 3000m, so previous hiking experience and good stamina is recommended. There are some exposed sections and steep ascents and descents on rough terrain and scree, and the odd bit of scrambling, but the stunning views will be more than enough reward for your effort. You should be confident walking for up to 8-10 hours a day carrying your 35-50L pack between the refuges for three days – packing light is recommended!

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. 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. At an altitude of over 3000m, the high passes in particular can be cold and windy, even on sunny days.

The Area

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Logistics

Starts

Turin Airport

19:00 on Day 1

Ends

Turin Airport

19:00 on Day 4

Transfers

A group airport transfer is included on Day 1. Please be at Turin Airport by 18:30 to meet the rest of your group, with a planned departure around 19:00. 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 19:00 on Day 4, so you'll need to book flights departing from 20:30 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. It is also possible to arrange for the group transfer to make an additional stop in Turin City Centre on Day 1 and Day 4 to pick up or drop off anyone waiting there. Please see Optional Extras for prices.

Travel options

Flights are limited directly to/from Turin, but there are also indirect flights from major airports across the UK and Europe. Given the finish time on Day 4, depending on your destination, you may need to consider extending your trip by one night and booking a return flight on the Monday.

Train travel can be booked via TrenItalia to many destinations from Turin. Milan Central Station can be reached in approximately 90mins, with onward shuttles connecting to all the airports servicing Milan (Linate, Malpensa & Bergamo).

Buses are also an excellent travel option, with FlixBus offering inexpensive bus travel in the region. For example you can get a bus ticket from Aosta to Chamonix from just €9 and from Aosta to Geneva Airport from €25. FlixBuses are also available from Turin to the Milan Airports.

On Day 4, on the journey back to Turin, the host can (by prior arrangement) drop you off at Aosta or Ivrea, should that fit better with your onward travel plans. Although you may need to consider the Sunday evening schedule and potential overnight costs. Check with your host if you need further advice on these options.

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What do I need to bring?

BAGS

  • Backpack 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

  • Hiking poles (strongly recommended, available for hire)
  • 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
*Requests for optional extras can be made after booking on your “My Bookings” page

Hiking Poles Hire

Payable Before Departure

Hiking Poles Hire

Per Person

Excess Luggage Storage

Payable Before Departure

Excess Luggage Storage

Per Person

Additional Night in Turin Single Room

Payable Before Departure

Additional Night in Turin Single Room

Per Person, Per Night

Additional Night in Turin Double/Twin Room

Payable Before Departure

Additional Night in Turin Double/Twin Room

Per Night

Optional Private Room Upgrade (1 night)

Payable Before Departure

Optional Private Room Upgrade (1 night)

Per Person

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

Payable Before Departure

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

Group Transfer Pickup/Drop-off in Turin City Centre (1-8 pax)

Payable Before Departure

Group Transfer Pickup/Drop-off in Turin City Centre (1-8 pax)

Ann O.(July 2024)
Gran Paradiso

Considering the change in weather, Tania provided us with the safest and still challenging options which led to an amazing adventurous 3 day trip

Gwyn D.(July 2024)
Trip to the Gran Paradiso July 2024
Trip to the Gran Paradiso July 2024
Trip to the Gran Paradiso July 2024
Trip to the Gran Paradiso July 2024
Trip to the Gran Paradiso July 2024
Trip to the Gran Paradiso July 2024
Trip to the Gran Paradiso July 2024

Absolutely fantastic trip challenging and massively undersold to how great it is! Great alternative to the popular dolomites with very little crowds and tourists. Great views people and tour guide Tania who was fantastic at her role. Rain or shine it was enjoyable to the finish! Highly reccomend and I shall definitely booking another much better adventures trip soon! Easy stress free and an overall great experience!

ANDREW N.(June 2024)
Enjoyed the trip despite the

Enjoyed the trip despite the weather not being the best. Our guide Silvia was brilliant and ensured we made the best out of the situation. She was also very knowledgeable about the environment and went out of her way to ensure we were ok.

Kate(August 2023)

An amazing trip with great hiking in Gran Paradiso NP. The hiking is tough and the second day is long, but the views are amazing and make it worth it. Our guide Nadia was great. I would definitely recommend the trip.

Louise(August 2023)
Incredible trip. We were so lucky to have t...
Incredible trip. We were so lucky to have t...
Incredible trip. We were so lucky to have t...
Incredible trip. We were so lucky to have t...
Incredible trip. We were so lucky to have t...

Incredible trip. We were so lucky to have the most wonderful guide, Tania, who was so supportive and kind. The group was also brilliant, although almost all women. Men, where are you?

This is no walk in the park, so make sure your fitness level is up to a challenge. There's a lot of challenging ascent and we covered many kilometres every day. The scenery is stunning - from the flora and fauna of the Italian alps to the glistening glaciers and brutality of the summit.

It's really fun to stay in the mountain refuges and we enjoyed some tasty food - the first refuge at Gran Paradiso basecamp was particularly good so make the most of it!

Pack light. I thought I had packed minimally but with hindsight, I could have packed even less.

Another brilliant MBA.

Alice(August 2023)
Such a fantastic trip! A totally epic trip,...
Such a fantastic trip! A totally epic trip,...
Such a fantastic trip! A totally epic trip,...
Such a fantastic trip! A totally epic trip,...

Such a fantastic trip! A totally epic trip, I think I was saying 'bellissimo' around every corner. Our guide Tania was amazing, super knowledgeable on local animals and plants, and also so kind, making sure everyone in the group was happy. I'd 100% reccomend doing this trek!

Mark(July 2023)

Ace Trip!!!!

Rebecca(June 2023)

If you are looking for a challenge that's set in beautiful surroundings and fully throws you into Italian culture then this is it. The mountain landscape you will see is like no other. From alpine wildflowers fields, stark rocky ridges, powerful waterfalls, right through to spectacular glacial lakes, it felt like a different world. A true reminder of how powerful nature is and how small we are in the world. It literally blew my mind. The hike is tough in places, so a level of base fitness is definitely required, but the guide(s) and rest of the group were supportive and help you reach your goal together. Would I recommend this to others? 100% Would I do it again? In a heartbeat... I just maybe need a few weeks rest to recover first!!!

We partner with the World Land Trust to ensure this trip achieves Net-Zero emissions. We also support their Buy an Acre programme, helping local communities to buy and protect natural habitats in perpetuity.

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 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. We partner with the World Land Trust to ensure this trip achieves Net-Zero emissions. We also support their Buy an Acre programme, helping local communities to buy and protect natural habitats in perpetuity, ensuring the protection of the reserve and its wildlife.

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 challenging mountain hikes and considerable elevation gain and loss each day, including two high mountain passes over 3000m, so previous hiking experience and good stamina is recommended. There are some exposed sections and steep ascents and descents on rough terrain and scree, and the odd bit of scrambling, but the stunning views will be more than enough reward for your effort. You should be confident walking for up to 8-10 hours a day carrying your 35-50L pack between the refuges for three days – packing light is recommended!

Marta Marinelli, raised in Italy’s serene Prosecco Hills, dreamt of global adventures, inspired by her father's travel stories. Her passion evolved into a career, backed by a decade of studies including degrees in international tourism and destination management. She’s worked in the adventure travel sector since 2012, living in Italy, the UK, and now sunny Portugal.

Over twenty years, Marta has explored over 55 countries, visiting remote areas like Ghana, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Haiti and Nepal’s Upper Mustang region. As a Senior Adventure Expansion Manager at Much Better Adventures, she focuses on creating life-changing experiences, ranging from multi-activity adventures, challenging treks to ultimate adventures in iconic places. She loves the challenge of finding the best local adventure hosts around the world, collaborating on adventures that offer genuine immersion, pushing beyond the beaten path and working on exclusive itineraries that challenge your comfort zone.

What makes her tick? Enabling people to live adventure-rich lives while positively impacting and empowering local communities around the world, generating sustainable opportunities for both the host, guides, community, and the environment.

Sure can! Over 70% 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. 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. At an altitude of over 3000m, the high passes in particular can be cold and windy, even on sunny days.

Yes. Excess luggage can be stored for the entire trip for a small additional cost (please see Optional Extras for details). 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 for all of our adventures and you are required to provide your policy information before departing.

Your insurance should include adequate protection for overseas medical treatment, evacuation/repatriation, your baggage and equipment and the specific activities involved on your adventure. We also strongly recommend it includes cancellation and curtailment insurance, should you be unable to join your trip for specific reasons such as illness.

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 always in good company on one of our adventures.

Our trips are typically made up of a mixture of solo travellers and small groups of 2 or 3 friends, with most in their 30s-50s.

Our sociable adventures are solo-friendly by design and naturally attract outdoorsy people with a shared mindset; a love for adventure, a desire to push themselves and meet awesome, like-minded people along the way.

It’s this camaraderie that has so often turned a great adventure into a life-changing one.

Don't just take our word for it:

  • 95% of people rate the group dynamics on our trips 5/5
  • 90% of people recommend joining a trip to make new friends
  • 75% of people have met people on our trips that they would now consider friends

See here for more info about the Much Better Adventures tribe.

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