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Italy & Switzerland Heart of Gran Paradiso Hiking Tour

Awe-inspiring Landscapes of Valle d'Aosta & the Graian Alps


Nestled between Italy's Valle d'Aosta and Piemonte regions, Gran Paradiso National Park is a hidden treasure of the Graian Alps. Established in the 19th century to protect ibex, this haven for hikers and trekkers is home to Italy's only peak above 13,000 feet. With high alpine meadows, larch forests, babbling brooks and mighty waterfalls, Gran Paradiso is a true gem. Join MT Sobek on this challenging trek that traverses the Graian Alps - a stunning crossroads between Italy and France. Each day, arrive at the trailhead for a full day of scenic hiking with long descents that lead back to cozy hotels in traditional alpine villages, providing you with warm hospitality and charming regional culture. Enjoy this adventure in the company of our incredible Alps guiding team including Laurent Langoisseur, Florence Simond, Beatrice Mugnier, Sebastian Gros, and Virginie Thomas.

8 Days

From: $4,195

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Highlights


  • Explore stunning alpine trails through Italy's first national park on this exclusive Mountain Travel Sobek adventure!
  • Bask in the comfort and hospitality of charming alpine inns, and refuel with hearty regional mountain fare
  • Learn about ibex, mountain chamois, and wildflowers as you take in breathtaking panoramas with your expert guiding team

Italy & Switzerland Heart of Gran Paradiso Hiking

Start: Geneva, Switzerland  End: Geneva, Switzerland

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Itinerary


  • Arrive in Geneva, Switzerland

    Day 1

    Welcome to Geneva, Switzerland! Your MT Sobek guide will meet you at the airport at 2pm and transfer you to the mountain village of Courmayeur (4,000') in Italy's Valle d'Aosta region. After checking in to your charming mountain hotel, you will have time to rest or explore the village before the evening's welcome dinner and orientation.

    Accommodation: Hotel Berthod-Courmayeur

    Transportation: 2-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Dinner

  • Follow Trails in the Valsavarenche

    Day 2

    After breakfast, transfer to Pont, Valsavarenche (6,560') in the heart of Gran Paradiso Natural Park. From the trailhead, climb to the Croix de L'Arolley, above a pretty waterfall. From the Plan Borgnoz at 8,753 feet, your highest point, enjoy views of Becca di Montandayne, Piccolo Paradiso, and Gran Paradiso, Tresenta and Ciarforon, and beyond. After a picnic lunch, hike down to the wide Nivolet Plateau, thickly covered with flowers, to reach Pont, from which you'll transfer to the hamlet of Eaux Rousse, your home for the next three nights.

    Accommodation: Hostellerie du Paradis

    Activity: 5 hours/6.80 miles hiking with 2,200' elevation gain and loss

    Transportation: 40-minute private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike to Rifugio Chabod

    Day 3

    Enjoy a quick transfer to the start of today's hike, which follows a trail blazed by mountaineers who summited Gran Paradiso (13,323'). The trail begins gently on switchbacks through a conifer forest, eventually rising up above the trees into open meadows of colorful wildflowers and sweeping views of the surrounding peaks. After lunch at the Rifugio Chabod (9,022'), traverse along a high path that meanders over rocky terrain and alpine grassland, and beneath the moraines of the Gran Paradiso Glacier. Along the way, keep an eye out for whistling marmots, chamois, and golden eagles. Descend to the valley floor, and return to your hotel in Eaux Rousses.

    Accommodation: Hostellerie du Paradis

    Activity: 6.5 hours/8 miles hiking with 3,700' elevation gain and loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike to Lake Djouan

    Day 4

    This morning's trailhead is just behind the hotel, leading you uphill into a shady forest along age-old terraces. Once above tree line, you'll reach the ancient royal hunting lodge of Orvielle (7,103'). Continue on towards Lake Djouan (8,254'), where you'll soak in spectacular views of the entire Gran Paradiso Range. From the Col del Mento (9,169'), continue down into Valle delle Meyes. On your descent, the terrain begins rocky and rough, but you'll soon reach grassy slopes and flats. After passing by the old farms of Meyes, the trail lazily winds down under larches to the village of Eaux Rousse (5,465') where you began your hike.

    Accommodation: Hostellerie du Paradis

    Activity: 7 hours/13 miles hiking with 3,704' elevation gain and loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike from Aosta to Cogne

    Day 5

    Rise today for a journey to Aosta, where you'll take the gondola from Pila and then the Chamole chairlift up to 7,546 feet. From there, start hiking to the Col de Tza Seche (9,251') with views of the east face of Gran Paradiso's summit (13,323') and the deep Valnontey at its feet. To the west, the Mont Blanc range encloses the Aosta Valley while to the north, the Monte Rosa range follows Italy's border with Switzerland. Hike down to Cogne (5,030') and its valley. This charming little town is the biggest resort you'll encounter during your journey across the Gran Paradiso. Your centrally located hotel features a luxurious spa and terrace with sweeping views of the Gran Paradiso range.

    Accommodation: Madonnina del Gran Paradiso
    Accommodation: Bouton d’Or

    Activity: 5 hours/ 8.60 miles hiking with 2,360' elevation gain and 3,830' loss

    Transportation: 45-minute private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike to Chalets du Money

    Day 6

    Today you'll begin with a short transfer to the trailhead in the hamlet of Valnontey (5,465'). Follow a path that leads you through the wooded Valnontey Valles and eventually to rocky terrain, before crossing several streams flowing down from the glacier. Start up a steep zig-zag path for about 2,000 feet before your traverse to the Chalets du Money. From here, the whole of the Gran Paradiso is on display. Your hike continues with sweeping views of Gran Paradiso before you, as you eventually descend into the valley again, returning through larch forests to the van, which brings you back to Cogne.

    Accommodation: Madonnina del Gran Paradiso
    Accommodation: Bouton d’Or

    Activity: 6 hours/13 miles hiking with 2,460' elevation gain and loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike to Lac de Loie

    Day 7

    After breakfast, transfer to the trailhead at Lillaz and begin your walk through a larch forest to the Bardonney Valley. This idyllic meadow could be a scene out of a fairytale with its grazing cows, mountain stream and snowcapped peaks. A short climb leads you to a postcard-perfect panorama. Continue on to Lac de Loie (7,720'), from where you can admire Mont Blanc towering high in the distance. On the way back down to the village, pass the spectacular Lillaz waterfall. Return to your comfortable hotel with time to get ready before the farewell dinner.

    Accommodation: Madonnina del Gran Paradiso
    Accommodation: Bouton d’Or

    Activity: 5 hours/6.20 miles hiking with 2,445' elevation gain and loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Transfer from Cogne & Depart from Geneva

    Day 8

    After breakfast, transfer from Cogne to Geneva airport and bid farewell.

    Transportation: 3-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast

Why Travel With Us?


  • MT Sobek has been leading Alps adventures for over 50 years and this is an exclusive trek on the trail less traveled.

  • In 8 days, we'll get you to the heart of the Valle d'Aosta and Graian Alps, where you'll get to know the people as well as the place.

  • We work with professional local guides, who are truly the best in the Alps. Many of our Alps-loving guests return to hike with them year after year!

Dates & Prices


  • 2024
  • 2025
  • Go Private
  • Go Custom
  • Inclusions

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minimum age of 18.

Private Trip Pricing:


2024 Pricing

8 to 9 guests from $4,295 per person double occupancy

6 to 7 guests from $4,495 per person double occupancy

2025 Pricing

6 to 7 guests from $4,795 per person double occupancy

8 to 9 guests from $4,595 per person double occupancy

*Seasonal rates may apply.

Additional Costs:


Private pricing excludes potential additional costs such as internal airfare, single supplement, or any park fees that may be required for the trip.

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Inclusions

Price Includes


  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
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Your Guides


The best people to immerse you in a destination are the ones who live there, which is why we feature local Adventure Guides on our trips. Here are a few that you might meet on this adventure.

Laurent L.

Laurent L.

Laurent hails from Normandy, France, having grown up in Argentan. In 1991, he obtained his European Mountain Leader certification, and in 1995 he was awarded the coveted patch of the Compagnie des Guides. Laurent has been guiding for MT Sobek since 1995, and is a senior guide on our Alps trips, he has hiked the Tour du Mont Blanc close to 100 times! When he isn't guiding for MT Sobek, he teaches First Aid and Mountain Rescue to mountain and hiking guides. During the winter, he's a ski patrol monitor in the mountains above Chamonix.

Florence S.

Florence S.

A native of Chamonix, Florence is a descendant from two of the area’s oldest families. After growing up in the Chamonix Valley, “Flo” spent several years in the south of France, and then traveled abroad to South America and Asia. She returned to her ancestral home, where the mountains now form an integral part of her life. She has led nearly 50 trips to the Alps, not counting how many times she has done this trip for her own fun! In addition to being an accomplished hiking guide, Flo is a skier and climber. As a member of the Compagnie des Guides, she follows in the footsteps of her forefathers.

Beatrice M.

Beatrice M.

Beatrice is a native of Chamonix, France, and has been guiding professionally in the Alps since 1989. She comes from a family of mountain climbers and her grandfather was also a professional mountain guide. Aside from being an expert hiking guide, Beatrice is also an avid climber and accomplished skier, and is a ski instructor during the winter months. She loves the mountains and will share her enthusiasm and in-depth experience with you during your trip.

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Welcome to Geneva, Switzerland! Your MT Sobek guide will meet you at the airport at 2pm and transfer you to the mountain village of Courmayeur (4,000\') in Italy\'s Valle d\'Aosta region. After checking in to your charming mountain hotel, you will have time to rest or explore the village before the evening\'s welcome dinner and orientation.

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After breakfast, transfer to Pont, Valsavarenche (6,560\') in the heart of Gran Paradiso Natural Park. From the trailhead, climb to the Croix de L\'Arolley, above a pretty waterfall. From the Plan Borgnoz at 8,753 feet, your highest point, enjoy views of Becca di Montandayne, Piccolo Paradiso, and Gran Paradiso, Tresenta and Ciarforon, and beyond. After a picnic lunch, hike down to the wide Nivolet Plateau, thickly covered with flowers, to reach Pont, from which you\'ll transfer to the hamlet of Eaux Rousse, your home for the next three nights.

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Enjoy a quick transfer to the start of today\'s hike, which follows a trail blazed by mountaineers who summited Gran Paradiso (13,323\'). The trail begins gently on switchbacks through a conifer forest, eventually rising up above the trees into open meadows of colorful wildflowers and sweeping views of the surrounding peaks. After lunch at the Rifugio Chabod (9,022\'), traverse along a high path that meanders over rocky terrain and alpine grassland, and beneath the moraines of the Gran Paradiso Glacier. Along the way, keep an eye out for whistling marmots, chamois, and golden eagles. Descend to the valley floor, and return to your hotel in Eaux Rousses.

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Rise today for a journey to Aosta, where you\'ll take the gondola from Pila and then the Chamole chairlift up to 7,546 feet. From there, start hiking to the Col de Tza Seche (9,251\') with views of the east face of Gran Paradiso\'s summit (13,323\') and the deep Valnontey at its feet. To the west, the Mont Blanc range encloses the Aosta Valley while to the north, the Monte Rosa range follows Italy\'s border with Switzerland. Hike down to Cogne (5,030\') and its valley. This charming little town is the biggest resort you\'ll encounter during your journey across the Gran Paradiso. Your centrally located hotel features a luxurious spa and terrace with sweeping views of the Gran Paradiso range.

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After breakfast, transfer to the trailhead at Lillaz and begin your walk through a larch forest to the Bardonney Valley. This idyllic meadow could be a scene out of a fairytale with its grazing cows, mountain stream and snowcapped peaks. A short climb leads you to a postcard-perfect panorama. Continue on to Lac de Loie (7,720\'), from where you can admire Mont Blanc towering high in the distance. On the way back down to the village, pass the spectacular Lillaz waterfall. Return to your comfortable hotel with time to get ready before the farewell dinner.

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After breakfast, transfer from Cogne to Geneva airport and bid farewell.

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Activity Level


This trip is rated activity level 4. On this trek you will be hiking between 5 and 7 hours a day, at elevations of up to 9,300 feet. The trails are often rocky and steep, making this a challenging experience. To enjoy, you need to be in an excellent physical condition and have a similar previous experience of hiking in the mountains.
Learn more about activity levels here.

Activity Snapshot

Day 2

5 hours/6.80 miles hiking with 2,200' elevation gain and loss

Day 3

6.5 hours/8 miles hiking with 3,700' elevation gain and loss

Day 4

7 hours/13 miles hiking with 3,704' elevation gain and loss

Day 5

5 hours/ 8.60 miles hiking with 2,360' elevation gain and 3,830' loss

Day 6

6 hours/13 miles hiking with 2,460' elevation gain and loss

Day 7

5 hours/6.20 miles hiking with 2,445' elevation gain and loss

Accommodations


Stay in simple and traditional hotels and inns, and enjoy warm alpine hospitality.

Hotel Berthod-Courmayeur
Hotel Berthod-Courmayeur

Built in 1882 by Jean Laurent Berthod, more than a century later the hotel remains family owned and operated. There is a familial atmosphere here, with cozy, personalized rooms and service designed to make guests feel right at home. Indoor spa facilities await hikers eager to relax after a vigorous day of activity.

Hostellerie du Paradis
Hostellerie du Paradis

Discover a genuine alpine experience at the Hostellerie du Paradis, a charming, family-run lodge that exudes rustic charm! Adorned with personal souvenirs and pieces from the owner's family collections, you will feel right at home. Each room has modern amenities, including a flat-screen TV, a desk, and room service. Savor dishes ranging from mountain fontina to regional corn polenta at their on-site restaurant. Or take a refreshing dip in their indoor pool. This is a comfortable stay!

Madonnina del Gran Paradiso
Madonnina del Gran Paradiso

This family-run hotel sits right at the foot of the Gran Paradiso mountain, offering a serene wellness retreat for travelers just steps away from the enchanting village of Cogne! Its alpine facade blends gracefully with cozy décor, creating an oasis of peace and calm. The hotel boasts a restaurant with spectacular Val D'Aosta cuisine, a wine bar, a pool, a hot tub, and a spa.

Bouton d’Or
Bouton d’Or
A family-run mountain B & B, Bouton d'Or is in the heart of Gran Paradiso National Park, facing a meadow punctuated by wildflowers in spring. The property features traditional architecture, fitting seamlessly into its mountain surroundings. Welcoming rooms are decorated with warm wooden paneling and furniture, each with its own balcony and modern amenities. The sunny patio offers another location to soak in the scenery.

Weather


The weather in the Gran Paradiso is variable and unpredictable. Days can start out warm and sunny, and suddenly be interrupted by rain - then full sun again! At any time during the summer season, trails can be dry, or dusted with snow.

 
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FAQs


How do I get to this trip?

There is one scheduled group transfer from and to the Geneva Airport (GVA) in Switzerland on Days 1 and 8 included in the price of this tour.

What or where is Gran Paradiso?

The Gran Paradiso is a mountain in the Graian Alps in Italy, located between the Aosta Valley and Piedmont regions. It is located in Gran Paradiso National Park.

Why choose this trip over other MT Sobek trips in the Alps?

Our Gran Paradiso hiking trip is designed to be similar in daily activities as our other Alps trips, and is led by the same popular guides, but is in a more remote and less trodden area.

Can I shorten hikes, if I'm too tired to finish?

No, however you do have the option to skip days entirely if rest is preferred.

What kind of gear will I need to bring for this trip?

You will need proper high-ankle hiking boots, trekking poles, and a daypack large enough to carry your all-weather layers, water, and daytime essentials.

What is the minimum age for this trip?
The standard minimum age for this trip is 18, but check out our private trip options for families and groups with younger guests.

Guest Reviews


"Great experience every time with some of the most knowledgeable guides in their fields. We always come home with wonderful memories of the people we meet and things we see."

Bob J.
MT Sobek Guest

"Traveling with MT Sobek is like gaining a new set of close friends that have shared an incredible experience together."

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