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Gran Paradiso's Classic Routes

The only 4000 metre peak solely in Italy, Gran Paradiso is a mountaineer's dream!

Description

Although Italy is home to many 4000ers, Gran Paradiso is the only mountain over the mythical 4000 metre mark which sits entirely in the country. The other 4000ers in Italy, such as the Matterhorn, are shared with neighbouring countries and as such, Gran Paradiso is a special summit for Italian mountaineers.

99% of ascents of the mountain are made from either the Chabod or Emanuele refuges, both of which are easily reached from a valley south of the roman town of Aosta. Described here are are the 2 classic standard routes, as well as the wild and remote Piccolo Paradiso Traverse and the steep, icy Gran Paradiso NW face. If you tick all 4 routes, you will really have earned a big pizza back in Aosta!

Piccolo and Grand Paradiso Traverse
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Piccolo and Grand Paradiso Traverse

Gran Paradiso
9.0 km
1,402 m
A beautiful way to traverse 2 majestic peaks
Severe
Private
Grand Paradiso NW Face
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Grand Paradiso NW Face

Gran Paradiso
8.2 km
1,300 m
A classic icy face leads to a fantastic summit
Severe
Private
Grand Paradiso, 4061m, from the Chabod Hut
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Grand Paradiso, 4061m, from the Chabod Hut

Gran Paradiso
10.8 km
1,326 m
A complex glacial journey to a stunning summit with an exposed final ridge
Moderate
Private
Grand Paradiso, 4061m from Vittorio Emmanuele Hut
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Grand Paradiso, 4061m from Vittorio Emmanuele Hut

Gran Paradiso
9.1 km
1,282 m
A classic mountaineering day to the beautiful summit of the the only 4000m peak solely in Italy
Moderate
Private
Approach to the Vittorio Emanuele Hut, 2735m
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Approach to the Vittorio Emanuele Hut, 2735m

Gran Paradiso
1 - 2 hrs
5.0 km
765 m
0 m
A steep walk through a larch forest to the largest mountain hut in the area, serving the Gran Paradiso
Difficult
Private
Approach to the Chabod Hut, 2750m
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Approach to the Chabod Hut, 2750m

Gran Paradiso
2 - 3 hrs
5.8 km
879 m
0 m
A well made path through beautiful larch forest to a stunning hut
Difficult
Private