Iconic Gran Paradiso﹠Mont Blanc Ski Tour

Chamonix | France
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Top three reasons to ski in Gran Paradiso and Mont Blanc

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    Reach the highest peaks of Italy and France on your skis

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    Improve your ski touring skills in renowned destinations

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    Conquering Mont Blanc is an essential skiing objective in the Alps

Get a taste of lofty peaks as you summit and ski the highest points of Italy and France! Gran Paradiso is the most accessible of the 4,000+ m (13,100 ft) Alpine peaks and presents a perfect preparation for conquering and skiing Mont Blanc—the highest mountain in Western Europe. Challenge yourself with demanding 1,000+ m (3,280 ft) vertical ascents, and electrifying 1,300+ m (4,265 ft) descents. Pay your respects to Madonna waiting for you on the top of Gran Paradiso, and get a hit of adrenaline as you weave down the steep slopes of the mythical Mont Blanc. Join your IFMGA mountain guide and cross these essential ski touring objectives off your bucket list.

Season

May

Nearest city

Geneva, Switzerland is 1 hour from Chamonix

Duration

8 days

Skill level

Advanced

Itineraries

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6-Day Summit and Ski Gran Paradiso and Mont Blanc

6 days

Test your limits on a guided backcountry ski tour taking you from Gran Paradiso to Mont Blanc! Starting in Chamonix, you will leave civilization for uncharted Alpine wilderness interspersed with cozy mountain huts and many opportunities for life-long memories. In the first part of the trip, your focus will be the ski areas around Chamonix and the Italian giant Gran Paradiso, while the last 3 days are reserved for a face-off with the highest peak in Western Europe. Ski in the day, enjoy apres-skis in the evening, and relish in every moment in between—the Alps await you open-armed.

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Itinerary

Day 0: Arrive in Chamonix

Your adventure begins in Chamonix, where you will stay for the night. Meet your guide at 6 p.m. in town and discuss the itinerary and do the final gear check. Apart from being an Alpine adventure capital, Chamonix is also effortlessly charming and sophisticated. You can take the opportunity to explore its picturesque streets before getting some rest for the adventure ahead of you.

View of Chamonix during spring with snow-covered peaks in the distance.

Day 1: Vallee Blanche

It is important for your guide to determine your skill level on Day 1, so the day is spent skiing in the areas around Chamonix—most often Vallee Blanche. After a thrilling ascent to La Vallee Blanche, you’ll have an epic 20km day ahead of you as you ski back down to the town. Treat yourself to the world’s best after-ski as you’ll stay in Chamonix for another overnight.

View of the expansive Vallee Blanche near Chamonix with hardly visible backcountry skiers enjoying its gorgeous powder-laden slopes

Day 2: Gran Paradiso

Leaving Chamonix, you will take a ride through the tunnel Mont Blanc and cross the border with Italy. Day 2 will culminate with reaching the highest mountain entirely in Italy—Gran Paradiso (4,060 m/13,325 ft). You will first skin to the rifugio Chabod (2,970 m/8,890 ft) and then all the way to the mighty peak. The last 50 m is climbed with the help of crampons and your ice axe. What follows is a descent to the Vittorio Emanuele II hut, where you will spend the night.

A group of backcountry enthusiasts on the top of Gran Paradiso posing for a picture with the sculpture of Madonna.

Day 3-5: Mont Blanc

Spring is the perfect time to conquer Mont Blanc (4,807 m/15,770 ft), the most iconic Alpine peak. On Day 3, you will do a long traverse and ski in the expansive Vallon de Seyvaz to the village of Pont. After a coffee break, return back to Chamonix. The ascent to Mont Blanc starts on Day 4 and includes a cable car ride to Plan de l’Aiguille, followed by skinning your way to the Grands Mulets hut, where you will stay for the night. Day 5 starts with the final section of the ascent—skinning to the Grand Plateau and Vallot Bivouac followed by the final climb aided by crampons and your ice axe. From the summit, you will ski the north face of the mountain all the way back to Plan de l’Aiguille. Once you return to Chamonix, you can celebrate—you are now a Mont Blanc skier!

Backcountry skiers at the Mont Blanc summit.

Day 6: End of adventure

After almost one week of ski touring, you are back in Chamonix. Take the final chance to celebrate your achievements. Say goodbye to the Alps or continue touring on your own.

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Covid measures in Gran Paradiso and Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.

We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Gran Paradiso in Italy, Chamonix in France, and Geneva, Switzerland please refer to the Official Italian Tourism Website. The Website of the French Ministry of Internal Affairs, and the Swiss Information Website.

Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

What’s included?

What you get in this adventure:

    • An experienced, certified ski guide with extensive knowledge of the area
    • Six days of backcountry ski touring
    • Transportation during guided days

What’s not included:

    • Technical backcountry ski touring equipment
    • Transportation to and from Chamonix
    • Food and snacks
    • Accommodations
    • Ski passes

How fit do I need to be?

To enjoy this backcountry adventure, you need to be in excellent physical shape. You will be on your feet for 6 full days, covering miles of glaciated terrain every day. You will need to manage controlled ascents and descents in variable conditions. All participants should feel comfortable on challenging blue or black-level resort runs, and be able to carry a loaded daypack while skinning up variable degrees of terrain. You also need to be adept at using glacier gear, such as crampons and an ice axe.
For the enjoyment and safety of everyone involved, participants must be approved to participate in advanced backcountry skiing tours either through a previous trip with the guiding service or through recommendations.

What if I’ve never backcountry skied before?

To participate in this tour, you need to have ski touring experience. You will be skiing, touring, and summiting on challenging terrain for 6 full days. Your guide will take care of the planning, oversee your technique, and teach you how to better manage the terrain. They also have the experience and avalanche training necessary to keep you safe.

If you’ve never backcountry skied before, we suggest joining a guide for a day of beginner-friendly ski touring or a 5-day avalanche education and ski touring course in Chamonix.

What equipment do I need to bring?

For technical backcountry ski touring gear, you will need to bring:

    • Alpine touring skis, telemark skis or splitboard with skins (can be rented)
    • Touring boots and poles (can be rented)
    • Harness, ski touring ice axe, and crampons for glacier travel
    • Avalanche safety equipment (can be rented):
      • Digital, 3-antenna avalanche transceiver or beacon
      • Lightweight snow shovel
      • Avalanche probe

For personal items, we recommend bringing:

    • Helmet
    • Sunglasses or ski goggles
    • Gloves and hat
    • Wind and waterproof shell jacket with hood (Gore-Tex recommended)
    • Ski pants (Gore-Tex recommended)
    • Down jacket or vest
    • Synthetic or wool base layers, underwear and socks
    • One triple-action locking carabiner or two conventional locking carabiners
    • Repair kit and Leatherman for your equipment (can be shared between several people)
    • Water bottle and 1L of water
    • Thermos with a warm beverage — optional
    • Food you can eat on-the-go
    • First aid kit
    • Sunscreen
    • Daypack large enough to carry all items listed (around a 30-40L backpack)
    • Camera — optional

Can I rent equipment?

All mandatory gear can be rented if you don’t have your own. You can rent: 

    • Avalanche safety pack, including backpack, beacon, shovel, and probe from Sanglard Sports
    • Alpine touring or telemark skis, touring boots, and poles can be rented from Sanglard Sports.
    • Splitboards can be rented from Sanglard Sports.
    • Glacier gear and helmet can be rented from Snell Sports.

Gear rental locations are in Chamonix and should be picked up the night prior to your outing. If you need to rent gear, let us know and we can help make arrangements.

Group sizes and age requirements

Group sizes and pricing:

    • For this adventure, the usual client-to-guide ratio is 2:1. All prices are per person.

Ski touring in Gran Paradiso and Mont Blanc can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

Min. age requirements:

    • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
    • Minors aren’t permitted to join this tour.

Deposits and cancellation policy

A 30% deposit to secure your place is due upon booking. The remaining amount is paid 2 months (60 days) prior to departure. Once the trip is confirmed by the guide, the cancellation policy stated below applies. 

    • If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to thirty (30) calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of fifty percent (50%) of the total amount paid when Booking. 
    • After that deadline, Client is not entitled to any refund. Any reimbursable expenses arising out of the Booking incurred by Guide prior to the date of cancellation (including but not limited to plane tickets, car rental payments, and lodging or transportation fees) are non refundable as soon as they are incurred by the Guide.

Getting there and meeting location

To get to Chamonix in France, most people fly into Geneva International Airport in Switzerland, 1 hour away. From there, you can rent a car, take a bus, or travel by train to Chamonix.

Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, which will usually be at a hotel in Chamonix on Day 0 of the tour, so make sure to arrive before 6 pm. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ability of the group.

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