The Gran Paradiso National Park is well known all over the world for its beautiful alpine scenery and wildlife. The Gran Paradiso peak with its 4061 meters above the sea level is the only 4000 meters peak entirely in Italy and the fauna and flora that live at its base are among the richest biodiversity in Europe.
The paths here are very well marked and pretty easy to walk by, but is also possible to organize high mountain environment trekking where you’ll need to be prepared for a wild and not easy paths. The mountain hiking environment in Gran Paradiso, as the name suggest, is pretty amazing. Green meadows towered by glaciers and wildlife pretty easy to spot. This place will be hard to forget when you’ll be back home.
Together with Gran Paradiso National Park we also describe the hikes in the nearby Monte Avic Natural Reserve: another splendid and not so well known area where to experience your outdoor mountain trekking holidays.
Gran Paradiso is the first National Park in Italy(it has been created in 1922) and it is settled between the two italian regions of Piedmont and Aosta Valley. Both sides of Gran Paradiso National Park are amazing and worth the visit in a different wat. The access to the two parts of the parks are pretty far as in the middle of the park the highest peaks divide the two regions of Piedmont and Aosta Valley and only mountaineers can cross the Alps from one side to the others as it is full of glaciers and peaks above 3500 meters. Gran Paradiso Hiking is one of the highlight of Italy and of Europe.
Monte Avic Natural Reserve is east from Gran Paradiso and offer amazing views over Matterhorn and Monte Rosa. The Areas is north west from Torino and the trip to this mountain area is from 1 hour and 15 minutes to 1 hour and half.
All the ibexes of the Alps would not be present if in IXX century few tens of ibexes would have not survive. From that small colony the ibex survived and was able to grow and be exported in all the other areas of the Alps where it was extinct. The Ibex is the symbol of Gran Paradiso and there is no doubts that no other parks or areas around Europe deserve more this symbol of this amazing animal.
The ibex is not difficult to spot in summer and is not shy at all as it is the biggest animal and it doesn’t have a natural enemy. Hiking in Gran Paradiso National park will also allow you to spot not only ibexes(also known as Steibock) but also Chamois, Marmots, Voltures(recently reintroduced) and Eagles.
Gran Paradiso Hiking area offer many opportunity of acomodation in the mountains. Unguarded huts in the Aosta Valley side of Gran Paradiso National Park are pretty wild: small houses with 9 beds in 10 sqaure meters. They are meant more for mountaineer than for trekkers/visitors but they offer a truly wild and strong experience. It is better to avoid this type of accommodation in August when it is more probable to find them crowded. In the Piedmont side of Gran Paradiso National Park the unguarded huts are more comfortable. All over it is possible to find very nice bed and breakfast and even luxury 4 stars hotel both in Piedmont and in Aosta Valley side. The shelters are not so many in Aosta Valley side, while there is more choice in Piedmont side of the Gran Paradiso National Park.
Near Place to visit and Special Features
Bard Fort, Bard(AO)
Iron Mines, Cogne(AO)
Aosta (Roman City)
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Gran Paradiso Hiking Reviews
“Snowshoeing in the Italian Alps!”
Roberto was very helpful in organizing all aspects of the 2 day hike near Torino. He made organizing transportation and equipment very easy. Easily one of the best guides I have had the please to hike with. The hike was full of snow and was an exhausting yet amazing experience! The evening spent in the cabin was also enjoyable! Roberto came prepared with entertainment and food! An unforgettable couple of days. 100% would recommend Roberto to anyone looking to hike in the Italian Alps!
“Amazing week end in Gran Paradiso!!”
Myself and 2 others flew from London to Milan and then got a very quick train journey to Turin (the fast trains are only 1 hour).
When we met Roberto he was so well equipped, he had everything we had forgotten or just better equipment for us to use in his car which came in very handy! When we got to the shelter on Saturday we had some very tasty food and even improvised on some mulled wine! 🙂 We are vegetarians but that really was no problem. For the trek itself, we had AMAZING views. We literally caught the last few days of autumn, so it was very pretty with orange leaves and a bit of snow. We literally couldn’t have asked for better weather.
Whether you are experienced or not, I would definitely recommend going with Roberto. He made sure everyone had a fun time and is chilled out. It’s not often you get to go hiking with a local that knows the area really very. I’m now thinking of going back in Summer for part2.
Oh and I should mention we were lucky enough to see 2 Vultures and some falcons, along with plenty of Ibexes and Chamois 😀
100% recommend hiking with Roberto, you will have a great time!!!!
“Amazing hike of Mont Glacier in Monte Avic Park”
Trip of a lifetime. Roberto led myself and a friend on a 2 day climb up Mont Glacier and it was truly an unforgettable experience packed with sights and views that can’t be done even be done justice by pictures. Roberto was very communicative and flexible in the planning, and in addition to providing great guidance, he was a lot of fun to have on the climb. Highly recommend.
“Fun, Philosophy and the art of hiking”
Me and my husband spent 5 days hiking in Gran Paradiso with Roberto in September and the title pretty much summarizes our trip.
Having done several expedition style long treks worldwide, our respect for short, but challenging short hikes grew tremendously.
The great thing about Roberto being the flexibility and ease with which he can adapt and suggest hikes to suit your state of mind or body. We find one challenging and one scenic hike and enjoyed both.
He also gives you the option of hiking with a few others, which makes it interesting or on your own which is cool too!
Post hike dinners were awesome with topics ranging from world geopolitics to cuisine to existential discussions.
We will certainly come back to hike with Roberto again.
“Punta Rossa – Great Trek!!”
My hike/trek through the Gran Paradiso National Park with Roberto was amazing!
Roberto helps to bring people together who enjoy the wilderness but also have similar treks in mind. I am travelling solo and was joined by 2 couple’s and 3 other solo travellers on our 4 day hike.
For me, even with the various fitness levels of the group there was still a challenge, for example one of my highlights, waking up before sunrise at the Sogno di Berdzè Rifugio. 3 of our party was interested and did this as an extra challenge. Also the final Punta Rossa peak where we saw Mt Blanc & The Matterhorn was a challenge that 4 out of the 8 completed. At this point I believe the others were happy with their sleepin!
Roberto has a great knowledge of the area, introducing us to foods from the Alps which you’ll never taste elsewhere and was extremely valuable as an introduction to how to negotiate the Italian Alps.
For myself as a child I’ve climbed mountains in NZ but to join a small group like this and get away from the extremely touristic areas was great. Roberto explained well how the local Rifugio and Bivacco cabins work and has offered to help me plan a trip for myself in the future.
All in all, this was an amazing experience. I’ve made friends from around the world and stood on a challenging mountain top without the crowds of other spots.
I thank you for your time and knowledge Roberto.
Best wishes for the future, and I’ll see you on the mountains again.
I really enjoyed Trekking Alps, I met a Fantastic people in my group and of course the landscapes were wonderful. Roberto is a Excelent Instructor and he knows perfectly Aosta Valley. I recomend Trekking Alps 100% !
“Hikes in Monte Rosa and Gran Paradiso“
Roberto was a thoughtful, organized, and kind guide, and arranged a great trip for our small group of family and friends. The weather and scenery were fantastic, and the refugios (mountain B and Bs, in effect) in the Monte Rosa area were truly excellent. Highly recommended! Many thanks to Roberto for a great time.
Had wonderful experience with Roberto. Even though it was my first hike, Roberto made everything possible for me. He was very organised, warm and kind and always make sure that we had everything we need. I would definitely100% recommend Roberto and would love to join another hike with him again one day. Thank you, Roberto =)
Roberto is THE best out there. I had an amazing time trekking the Alps with him. Although weather didn’t cooperate with us on the first day, Roberto knew how to handle the cards we were dealt and I 100% trusted his judgement and knowledge. If you’re considering this trek, I definitely recommend doing it with Roberto. He knew the best treks and place where mountain hiking. We’ve been in Gran Paradiso National park hiking and it was a terrific trek!
Roberto made this experience one that I will never forget. His knowledge of the different treks as well as climbing is really helpful. He made us feel comfortable by skyping with him and give us more information about the trip. Not only is he a great, guide but it was great talking with someone from the area about Italy in general. The scenery can’t be beat either.
“Experience of a life time!”
“An amazing experience in the Alps with the most breathtaking views!”
My weekend snowshoeing in the Alps with our guide Roberto exceeded my expectations! I had been studying abroad in Europe for a couple weeks and wanted to plan a weekend where I could explore the outdoors with my friends–this adventure was everything I was looking for and more! I never would have thought that I’d be able to go hike in the Italian Alps being as unprepared as I was (given that I had no proper gear, supplies, etc.). But Roberto provided us with hiking boots, snow shoes, sticks, sleeping bags, etc. and anything that we didn’t have on us to make sure we had all that we needed for an enjoyable experience. He even made a great dinner for us for our night in the cabin! And the hike was absolutely beautiful! Every view was stunning and we were able to make it up to the peak. Roberto even made sure to help document the experience for us, taking pictures of us as we hiked up and down the mountain. I can honestly say that this was one of the greatest and most unique experiences I’ve ever had and will be the most memorable experience of my semester abroad. Roberto was also so enthusiastic, positive, personable, and just fun to talk to that I highly recommend everyone to sign up for a trip with him! Thank you so much Roberto!
“Such a cool and unforgettable experience!”
Snowshoeing and hiking with Roberto as our guide was hands down one of the most amazing adventures I have ever been on. We skyped with him about a week before our trip and he made sure we had everything we needed in addition to helping us plan our trip. My friends and I were looking for a trip to get outside and explore Italy even more and this trip was perfect for that–the mountains were breathtaking and with virtually no other people there, we felt like we saw the best of everything. The snowshoeing itself was so thrilling and challenging, making the experience all the more rewarding and unforgettable. Roberto himself was an awesome and super friendly guide with so many experiences and stories to share–I highly recommend!
“An experience to remember!”
Wow! What an experience. My sister and I contacted Roberto looking for a challenging yet fun and rememberable experience and that is exactly what we got, plus more! Roberto was the perfect guide for this type of activity; fun, adventurous, brilliant and skilled. This was my first time snowshoeing and I felt completely comfortable. He supplied all of the necessary materials for the hike so this made preparation easy and effortless. We hiked for the day and then stayed in a shelter overnight and hiked back the next. The time in the mountains was one I will never forget!
This was an experience of a life time. I will recommended this to everyone! Roberto was the best!
I signed for this hike a month before so i had the opportunity to Skype with the great guide Roberto and to ask him all the questions i had and revived all the answers I needed. When meeting Roberto after 1 minute you can tell you meet an expert. He is very experienced and well equipped. He was very patient with me and helped go through the hard moments of the trek. I advise you to work out all your muscles and make sure you are in a good shape. Anyway there is no doubt you will enjoy the amazing view of the mountains and living in nature with Roberto’s advises and help. I was traveling solo but i joined the group that also signed for the same hike. the group was fun and a very good companion. I was there in march so the snow was still deep and the hard part was walking in snow shoes. i will diffidently try it again in summer.
A must have experience!
“A wonderful and unique experience in the Alps!”
While doing my semester abroad in Venice, my roommate from the US really wanted to go to see the Alps and try snowshoeing. So we did some research, found Roberto and contacted him with all the questions that we had. Just a few days later, we skyped with him and he was very open to answer every single question and told us about the area, the hike and everything we needed to pack for an overnight stay in the Alps. On our hiking weekend, he picked us up at the Metro station in Turin and we drove in the middle of nowhere (a little village in Gran Paradiso) to start our hike. The hike was amazing! Such a wonderful experience that I can recommend everyone to do. Roberto provided us with snow shoes, sticks and organized everything we needed for the weekend. The hike was perfect, we saw many animals, Roberto gave us lots of information about the area and shared his stories with us. The night in the hut was great! We were sitting at the fire, enjoyed our dinner (Roberto asked us before the trip what we want to eat) and the atmosphere – we celebrated Robertos birthday. On saturday, we went up to the peak and enjoyed an amazing view. Roberto also took a lot of nice pictures which he provided to us after the trip. I can definitely recommend a tour with Roberto to everyone! He is such a funny and handsome guy who will make the trip suitable for you and as an unforgettable experience. Mille grazie, Roberto! 🙂
“Absolutely wonderful 3-day Hiking tailored to suit your needs”
I was initially slightly worried about the hike. Friends & family asked if I was crazy to go on a 3-day hike in winter, let alone doing the hike with a complete stranger. After all how prepared would I be – being a girl who has barely done any hikes in asia or trained for the hike at all? I soon realized I had nothing to worry about. Roberto was awesome, and his easy-going personality was a joy to be around. He was very encouraging and he tailored the trip with many day hikes according to my ability and the weather. We were rewarded with a great sunset on the second-evening, as well as great weather on the very last day where we got a stunning view of the peaks within the Gran Paradiso nature reserve. I’d have to say it was money well-spent and I would definitely recommend Roberto to any others who would love to see the Italian alps in this authentic way!
“6 Brasilians, awsome weekend!”
My friends and I are Brazilian students here in Italy and we wanted to try something new, that we never faced before, but we could never guess that the weekend in the Noaschetta hut in the Gran Paradiso was so perfectly what we desired. Since the first call, Roberto demonstrated professionalism, knowledge of the mountain and that he really cared about our enjoyment and well being. He was always mindful about our questions, as travelers from Brazil, we did not have winter clothes, and Roberto suggested us the best jackets and boots to face the mountain, and as it was our first mountain trek, he ‘interview’ us about what we would like to do, to see, how much we would like to walk, etc. (but at the same time, he made it clear that he would follow our rhythm and we would go until where we wanted, or could). When the days for the hike came, everything exceded our expectation, Roberto and Elisabetta (who was our other guide) were very nice, always liked to talk during the walk, and in the evening, after some awesome views of the Italian Alps, they cooked for us an amazing dinner, and we spent a good time warming ourselves with some cheeses, salami and a typical wine. The other day, we followed the trek, and even if we wanted to go forward, Roberto was watchful and careful to bring us back before it got dark. In sum, it was one of the most fantastic experiences of my life, and I can be only grateful and happy to have shared it with Roberto, Elisabetta and my friends.
I did two treks with Roberto this October, two consecutive days along with a friend in the Gran National Paradiso and the other, a two day trek with a larger group in park Orsiera. To begin with , Roberto is a wonderful guide, knowledgable, personable and very attentive to the needs of his clients. The scenery and hikes in this region are very beautiful. I would only ask you to be mindful that unguarded huts can be tough if you are into more comfortable travel, especially as they provide no electricity, water or bathrooms. As well, it is important to be part of a group of similar level of skills. Falling behind an experienced group can be intimidating and impose pressures that one does not need on a vacation. Having said so, I wholeheartedly recommend Roberto . You will not only meet a guide and enjoy your trip, but also make a wonderful friend.
Gran Paradiso in winter!
“Great trekking in the alps”
I have done 3 guided hikes with Roberto over the last few months. We went to Rocciamelone, Gran Paradiso and Monteviso in the Italian Alps. Roberto was a fantastic guide. Helpful, knowledgeable and above all fun. Whatever your ability or fitness he will design or suggest the hike best for you. I cannot recommend him enough. They were fantastic days in the mountains.
“Wonderful hiking experience”
A dream come true. The 4 day hiking/trekking trip in Gran Paradiso national park hiking included a lot of nature nature, huts and “refugios” to sleep in, surrounded by rocks and snowy mountains, sunsets and sunrises, hiking, beautiful scenery and great company.
Roberto, the tour guide is very nice knowledgable and funny, and made sure everyone had a great time. I had never been on an organised hiking tour and had little hiking experience. As the only solo traveller in the group, I felt warmly welcomed as if I was part of a family during the trip. This trip exceeded my expectations. Highly recommended if you like mountains, hiking, Italians, Italian food, the Alps and great company. I wouldn’t think twice to go again!
“Superb guided hiking in the Italian alps”
I had a really fantastic experience hiking with my husband and 15 year old daughter. We went on two tours, one for 4 days in Grand Paradiso and the second trip was for 3 days in Monviso. We encountered beautiful and sometimes dramatic mountain scenery along the way, went swimming in a mountain lake and enjoyed really great company in our small group of people. Roberto provided expert guidance, he loves the mountains and knows this region like his back pocket, it was wonderful to meet him.
“Breathtaking and tough trek. 100% recommend”
Roberto is a professional. He had a number of routes planned out that we could take, and left it up to us to decide where we wanted to go, what we wanted to see, and what experience we wanted. He was able to cater to any taste.
We spent 4 days hiking and slept 3 nights in unguarded huts (Bivacs). The days were long and parts were tough but it was still one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. The views, the mountain water, the air, everything. It was the best type of holiday to forget your busy life and enjoy the moment.
I can’t recommend Roberto enough. He knows the area so well and it’s true when he says it’s “paradise”.
“Roberto is the best guide ever…”
I spend 3 days unforgettable days with Roberto in the Italian Alps challenging Punta Rossa de la Grivola. A super, super, super experience with Trekking Alps.
Roberto is very knowledgeable and experienced guide who is always in positive and good spirit. Trust me,…this is important. Especially when you are descending the steep mountains.
Roberto made me a customized trekking tours and had made all prior arrangement. All I needed to bring was my good spirit and the need for a good adventure. I definitely recommend Roberto as a guide!