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Piccolo and Grand Paradiso Traverse

Gran Paradiso

A beautiful way to traverse 2 majestic peaks

Alpine Climbing Severe

9 km
1.4 km
1.4 km
Low Point
2.7 km
High Point
4 km
Piccolo and Grand Paradiso Traverse Map

From the Chabod Hut follow the main track as for the Grand Paradiso. Leave this at the foot of an obvious moraine at 2800m, just after a stream bed. Go up this, then easier angled slopes above, heading SSE onto the Montandayne Glacier. Aim towards the obvious steeper snowy/icy slope which leads to the col to the L of the Piccolo Paradiso.


Head up this slope more steeply, initially SE, then E and NE, avoiding the serac as far as possible. The exact line will vary and rock belays may be possible off to the side on the L in ascent. It is up to 45 degrees toward the col at 3750m. The line from here is self evident along the crest itself over the Piccolo Paradiso and then onto the summit of the Grand Paradiso. There are sections of rock up to grade IV and various rocky towers, most of which are passed on the Chabod side. From the summit of the Grand Paradiso follow the normal route down to the Vittorio Emmanuel or the Chabod Huts.



Steep, sustained and serious terrain on rock/ice. Routes will be long, exposed and possibly committing. D, D+

High Exposure

3 out of 4

Much of the route is difficult to protect and a fall could be disastrous at certain points.


4 out of 4

In the high mountains or remote conditions, all individuals must be completely autonomous in every situation.

Best time to visit

between April and August

Equipment required

  • Crampons
  • Quickdraws
  • Glacier kit
  • 2 Ice Axes
  • Wires and Friends

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