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Normal Route – Grand Paradiso - Italy
Mountaineering – Ski Touring
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)
Valsavarenche, Italy. Around One and half hours drive from Chamonix.
Maximum guide ratio:
Summer mountaineering: June – October. Ski touring: March – May.
Links/ featured courses:
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.