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Grand Paradiso – Normal Route - PD

Route:

Normal Route – Grand Paradiso - Italy

Category:

Mountaineering – Ski Touring

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Route description:

The highest peak wholly within Italy set in a wild and unspoilt national park.

The Grand Paradiso has a special place in the hearts of Italian mountaineers and ski tourers, and the routes from both the Emmanuele and Chabod refuges are popular.

The route from the Chabod begins by a zig zagging track up moraine and scree. Once the glacier is reached the route weaves it's way past several crevasses before climbing more steeply to reach a junction with the West Flank route coming from the Emmanuele refuge

The final summit ridge is reached after crossing the bergshrund, and most teams aim to reach “The Madonna” which is perched on a wide block after a short scramble. This section is a bit of a bottle neck, and it can get quite busy in high summer.

The descent is made by the same route, or onwards to the Emmanuele refuge. See comments below.

Although technically easy, the Grand Paradiso is a high altitude route, where you will feel the altitude and weather. Good fitness and weather conditions are essential.

Required experience/skill level:

Summer conditions: Beginner with good fitness.

Ski touring - Intermediate

Length (in metres):

1360 from Chabod refuge. (800m ascent to refuge)

Time/duration:

2 days

Starting point/base:

Valsavarenche, Italy. Around One and half hours drive from Chamonix.

Maximum guide ratio:

1:4

Normal season:

Summer mountaineering: June – October. Ski touring: March – May.

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Comments/notes:

Making a traverse of the Grand Paradiso is satisfying and aesthetic. Ascending from the Chabod refuge and a quick descent past the Emmanuele.

There are other peaks and climbs (and ski tours) from both huts.

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Fiona’s now well prepped and rested - off to Mont Blanc tomorrow with Guy doing the guiding.

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2 days ago

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Photos from the summit scramble on the Grand Paradiso.
Good work, and congratulations to Wayne and Jack 👍🏔

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Up early to catch the frozen snow, and a bonus sunrise on the 4327m Nadelhorn.

Perfect conditions, and super quiet. We’re back here on the 30th August if anyone’s keen....?

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All six of us to the top of #montblanc yesterday - great weather and conditions.

We even hung out at the summit for a while, a rare treat!

Thanks also to @claphamski for guiding.

Our next Mont Blanc trip starts today with the Grand Paradiso. Let’s hope this weather lasts 🤞

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On our way to the Tete Rousse refuge today - Mont Blanc tomorrow.

Weather looks pretty good 🤞

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Managed to sneak onto the summit of the Grand Paradiso between two days of unsettled and stormy weather.

A little trail breaking was required. All good prep for #montblanc - we’re heading that way tomorrow.

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