5 days, 6 days
Half board
Luggage transfer
Tour type

Nestled in the heart of the Italian Alps, the Gran Paradiso National Park beckons adventure seekers with breathtaking vistas of Mont Blanc, Monte Rosa, and the Matterhorn ranges. This trekking tour offers an opportunity to delve deep into this untouched alpine wilderness.


  • Four or Five Days of Remote Trekking: Escape the hustle and bustle of civilization as you embark on a four-day trek through rugged valleys adorned with wildflowers, snow-covered passes, and pristine glacial lakes. This unspoiled environment provides the ideal setting for an immersive alpine adventure.
  • Wildlife Encounters: Gran Paradiso National Park is a sanctuary for wildlife, making it a dream destination for nature enthusiasts. Throughout your journey, keep your eyes peeled for ibex and chamois, which call this protected area home. The park’s rich biodiversity and preservation efforts are evident as you explore Italy’s oldest National Park, established in 1922.
  • Overnight Stays in Alpine Huts: Immerse yourself in the warm Alpine hospitality and savor traditional cuisine as you spend your nights in welcoming mountain huts. These cozy retreats offer a perfect respite after a day of trekking.

This self-guided tour provides you with maps and GPS tracks, allowing you to explore the most beautiful trails of Gran Paradiso at your own pace. For those seeking an extra thrill, the tour can be enhanced by combining it with the Gran Paradiso summit climb led by expert Alpine Guides. Customize your experience by adding other outdoor activities and tours upon request.

Set the stage for an unforgettable adventure as you arrive in Valnontey, your gateway to the wild beauty of Gran Paradiso.

4 or 5 overnight stays incl. Half-board.
Road book with map, route description and GPS waypoints
Service hotline
Detailed travel documents
Transfer at the end of the tour


Flight + Transfers to/from tour starting point and during the tour
Travel insurance
Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price!
Extra nights


Additional information

MonthAugust, July, September



Day 1:

Arrival in Valnontey and accommodation in hotel.


Day 2: Valtnontey to Sella

Trek Valnontey 1675 m. – Casolari dell’Herbetet 2442 m. – Rifugio Vittorio Sella 2579 m.
The first day of the trek leads you up the lush Valnontey valley, admiring the glaciers of the
Herbetet and Tribolazione peaks while walking on the beautiful trail to the Rifugio Vittorio
Sella, located in an upper valley below the Grivolas peaks. From Casolari dell’Herbetet to Vittorio Sella refuge, the trail cuts the side of the mountain, with
some sections slightly exposed but still on a fairly wide path and with handrails and steps in
potentially more delicate points. Alternatively, to avoid these aided sections, it is possible to go up to the refuge directly from
Valnontey without passing by Casolari Herbetet (path without difficulty, 3h +900 m.).

Tour Data:
Length: 15 km
Duration:  5 hours
H+:  1050 m
H-:  150 m


Day 3: Sella to Eaux Rousses

Trek Rifugio Vittorio Sella 2579 m. – Col Lauson 3296 m. – Eaux Rousses 1667 m.
Today a great challenge is awaiting with the Col Lauson pass at 3000 m., entering then in the
Valsavarenche valley, where a long descent awaits before arriving at the valley floor, with
superb landscapes on the Entrelor and Punta Bianca peaks. At Col Lauson, short, slightly exposed stretches, but still on a fairly wide path and with handrails
in potentially more delicate points. Crampons are usually necessary due to the presence of

Tour Data:
Length: 17 km
Duration:  6 hours 30 min
H+: 700 m
H-:  1600 m


Day 4: Eaux Rousses to Marmotte

Trek Eaux Rousses 1667 m. – Col Entrelor 3008 m. – Rifugio Marmotte 2143 m.
The way up to the pass Col Entrelor is quite long, but the nature you will get through and the
snow capped peaks of the Gran Paradiso on your sights will give the right boost to enter then
in the Rhemes valley and arrive at the Rifugio le Marmotte. Colle Entrelor has some passages equipped with steps or fixed ropes, particularly useful when
there is still snow.

Tour Data:
Length: 13 km
Duration: 6 hours 30 min
Height +: 1400 m
Height-: 900 m


Day 5: Martmotte to Benevolo

Trek Rifugio Marmotte 2143 m. – Rifugio Benevolo 2287 m. and optional hikes around the
Today is a more relaxing day, with a nice walk along the Dora di Rhemes river to reache the
Rifugio Benevolo, from where it’s possible to do hikes to reach beautiful lakes and meet local
wildlife. From the Rifugio Benevolo possible excursions to Lago Goletta (2700 m.) or to Lago di Tsanteleina
(2710 m.), about 3h round trip for both destinations.

Tour Data:
Length: 10 km
Duration: 3 hours 30 min
H+: 500 m
H-: 400 m


Day 6: Benevolo to Valnontey

Trek Rifugio Benevolo 2287 m. – Col Rosset 3024 m. – Rifugio Savoia 2532 m. – Breuil Valsavarenche
1996 m. – private transfer to Valnontey and departure.
For the last day another great adventure awaits with the Col Rosset pass, leading to the unique
Nivolet Plateau, facing the Gran Paradiso glaciers. A long descent will bring you down to Valsavarenche, where the driver is waiting for the transfer
back to Valnontey.

Tour Data:
Length: 18 km
Duration: 6 hours 30 min
H+: 800 m
H-: 1100 m

By plane: Nearest airports are Milano or Turin.

Transfers to/from the tour starting/ending point are not included. Let us know if you need help booking this.

Equipment and clothing to bring for Alpine hikes and runs
We’ve compiled a list of essential items you’ll need to take on your adventure in the Great Outdoors. While each trip has its own minimum requirements, we have split the list into “need-to-have” and “nice-to-haves”.

Need to have:

Lightweight, waterproof shell
Sunscreen with a high factor
Smartphone with a relevant trip app and a WhatsApp and code number for your local representative
Survival blanket
Thin hat, cap, and thin gloves (merino or similar)
Daypack for hiking (tours with luggage transport)
Duffel bag or similar (trips with luggage transport) — DO NOT pack in suitcases.
30 L rucksack on trips up to six days (without luggage transport)
40 L rucksack on trips of more than six days (without luggage transport)
Quick-drying inner layer
Shorts (quick drying)
Technical t-shirt (quick drying)
Fleece sweater for cool evenings
A pair of comfortable jogging bottoms or similar for the cabins
Good mountain shoes — trail running shoes or hiking boots
Light towel
Water bottle (1.5 L)
A pair of thick socks or light slippers (you can often borrow a pair in the cabins)
A few energy bars, fruits or similar snacks for the trip
Sheet liner — can also be purchased on-site (only if you are staying in a dormitory)
Small first aid kit
Comped or similar
Sleeping bag (on selected tours)

Nice to have:

Walking poles
Power bank
Sandals for the cabins
Plastic bags to keep things dry

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