Favoris Trek across the Gran Paradiso

A La Thuile (Province de Aosta) walk posted on 01/03/12 by bernardino. Update : 21/10/16

It may not be true paradise but it certainly is heavenly. An exceptional group trek carried out in July 2011 which allows you to explore the Val D'aoste valleys ending with a balcony trail to Gran Paradiso summit.

Technical sheet
Author's time Author's time : 7 days
Distance Distance : 77.06km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 6842m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 6786m
Highest point Highest point : 3276m
Lowest point Lowest point : 1501m
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : No
Walking Walking
Area Area : Alps
Location Location : La Thuile (Province de Aosta)
Starting point Starting point : N 45.689248° / E 6.961087°
Arrival Arrival : N 45.586907° / E 7.340268°

Step by step walk

CThis walk needs several days, please find the details below.

La Joux - Deffeyes Shelter

A trek across the Gran Paradiso passing through the 5 surrounding valleys.

Deffeyes Shelter - Planaval

A long and difficult stage due to the ascension of 2 passes.

Planaval - Rifugio chalet de l'Epée

A Trek through Valgrisenche with a view over the large village dam.

Refuge de l'Epée - Bruil

Fourth stage between Valgisenche and Val de Rheme.

Bruil - Eaux Rousses

Another valley trek, the aim of today is Valsavarenche.

Eaux Rousses - Refuge Vittorio Sella

From Valsavaranche to Val de Cogne in the middle of a herd of chamois.

Refuge Vittorio Sella - Valnontey

Spectacular view over Gran Paradiso.

Useful Information

Lots of water along the way.
Impeccable accommodation at:
Refuge Deffeyes
Paramont Hotel in Planaval
Refuge de l'Epée
Lydia Hotel in Rhêmes Notre Dame
Paradisio Hotel in Eaux Rousses
Refuge Vittorio Sella
Beauséjour Hotel in Leverogne

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Hikideas and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

Aoste is the capital of this border region.
The four parallel valleys of the area offer spectacular views over the bordering mountains.

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A trek across the Gran Paradiso passing through the 5 surrounding valleys.

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