Gran Paradiso Mountain Hiking Area

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 in the Gran Paradiso mountain hiking area 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.

Main Features

Views 90/100
Wildlife 100/100
Wilderness 70/100

Near Place to visit and Special Features

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Bard Fort

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Cogne – Iron Mines

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Aosta – Roman Town

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Geography

Gran Paradiso Mountain Hiking Area it includes not only the Gran Paradiso National Park but also another less famous but same Mont Avic Natural Park. 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.

Wildlife

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.

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Accommodation

Gran Paradiso Mountain 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.

Our Hikes in Gran Paradiso Area

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Gran Paradiso Hikes in Comfort
To come hiking in a Inn to Inn in Gran Paradiso is a wonderful choice. Gran Paradiso National Park has 4 valleys and in this website we also include in this area the Mont Avic Natural park and few other small valley. ...

 Inn to Inn Gran Paradiso Discover - Planned Dates

  1. 2017 - NOV 07 / NOV 09 (Days: 3 - Participants: 3)

    Join this hike: € 250.00(tbd)

Day Trek from Milan
Even from Milan you can enjoy a wonderful Day hike in the Alps. You can visit different hiking areas depending whether you have a car or not....

 Day Trek from Milan - Planned Dates

  1. 2017 - NOV 03 / NOV 03 (Days: 1 - Participants: 2)

    Join this hike: € 80.00(€ 170)

difficulty: HARD
Duration: 3 DAYS
Price: € 469
Gran Paradiso in Lodges
The Tour of Gran Paradiso is fit for those who want to sleep in shelters(rifugio). If you want to experience the wonderful Gran Paradiso National Park in lodges and you do not have more than 3 days this is your best option. ...
difficulty: MEDIUM
Duration: 2 DAYS
Price: € 199
Gran Paradiso National Park with Style!
The Gran Paradiso National Park is one of those place that you will hardly forget. And Cogne Valley is where my passion about mountains was born so I have special feeling for this place. ...
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Duration: 1 DAY
Price: € 180
Amazing beauty of Aosta Valley
Day hike in Aosta Valley are countless and possible all year round. We can decide togheter the mood of your day hike: difficulty, number of hours and specific requests....
difficulty: MEDIUM
Duration: 2 DAYS
Price: € 179
Wonderful Hike in the Mont Avic
Mont Avic Natural Park in Aosta Valley is just near Gran Paradiso, a bit less known, same natural beauty and mountain landscapes. ...
difficulty: HARD
Duration: 4 DAYS
Price: € 499
Wilderness and Alpine Environment
Mont Avic is one of the hidden trasure of Italy. Beautiful Alpine scenery and amazing hikes in the highest mountains of the Alps. Enjoy the beauty of the Alps in a very uncrowded environment....
difficulty: VERY HARD
Duration: 3 DAYS
Price: € 299
The Wild Side of Gran Paradiso
Gran Paradiso is the widest National Park in Italy and was the first to be established in 1922. The park is pretty big and has different souls and environment. Gran Paradiso Piedmont Trek is described here and organized in a wild and adventure set. ...
difficulty: EASY
Duration: 2 DAYS
Price: € 189
Snowshoeing Adventure in PNGP
Gran Paradiso is the the most famous and beautiful National Park in Italy. Trekking in winter you can live it intimately being the only hiker of the whole Park....
difficulty: HARD
Duration: 3 DAYS
Price: € 349
Beautiful Trekking Peak
Emilius Peak offers an amazing view over the highest peaks of the Alps. Even though quite far the Mont Blanc peak is very nice to see from the 3500 meters of this west alps giant while Gran Paradiso is very near. This short hiking holiday is quite challenging and make you live a real mountain adventure....
difficulty: VERY HARD
Duration: 2 DAYS
Price: € 189
Trekking Peak in the PNGP
Rossa Trekking Peak Hiking in Gran Paradiso is maybe the highest point we propose in Trekking Alps website. It is just an incredible place. ...
difficulty: HARD
Duration: 2 DAYS
Price: € 179
Weekend in Gran Paradiso
Weekend in Gran Paradiso is a must for all Nature Lovers. Fresh Air, Wilderness and all the beauty of the World are waiting for you in this Natural Sanctuary...
difficulty: MEDIUM
Duration: 4 DAYS
Price: € 399
The Most Beautiful Italian National Park
Hiking holiday in Gran Paradiso is a fantastic adventure. Cogne valley is considered by many people the most beautiful valley of the most beautiful national Park of Italy: the Gran Paradiso National Park. Air is pure and color here are usually vivid and strong with a typical mountain environment....

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The whole area is the West Alps, and the starting point is usually the city of Turin, home of the Winter Olympic Games of 2006. The Alpine scenery in all the hiking area of the Italian Alps are just fabulous. So the question which is your favourite area it is impossible to answer. Italian Alps are so rich and beautiful that is impossible to choose. Every area has his own small features but the Alpine environment is the same

Gran Paradiso Area Testimonials

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    A memorable 3-day, 2-night trek through a wilderness experience with Roberto in Gran Paradiso. It was quite an adventure seeing the majestic mountains towering into the sky, the gushing waterfalls, the fleeting glimpse of the Chamois and the Ibex clambering on near vertical walls. What made it even better is sharing all this with fellow hikers.
    Wing - Hong Kong
    Gran Paradiso – 2 nights/3 days
    My first experience of trekking and it was great. Roberto was extremely helpful to begin with, responding to questions etc very quickly and clearly. He also built something that worked for us. The trek itself was amazing and Elisabetta was a great guide, friendly and knowledgeable, with the right amount of walking each day. The surroundings were beautiful and lots to explore. Would definitely recommend!
    Kevin – United Kingdom
    Enchanting, exhilarating and memories of a lifetime
    My partner and I braved the chilly Italian alps with Roberto in Jan this year and were absolutely enthralled with the magnificent hike through pristine wilderness and breathtaking scenery. There are no words to describe making it to the top of that mountain! We can't speak highly enough of Roberto's professionalism, passion and knowledge, not to mention the fact he's a top guy who is very easy to spend time around. The accommodation we stayed in was basic but very cozy (And warm at -15 temps very chilly for tropical acclimatized aussies!). Would recommend this trip it was the stand out of our whole holiday.
    Kirsty - Australia
    Aosta Valley Winter Hikes
    Trekking Alps is a very good service for hiking in the Italian Alps. Roberto was amazingly helpful in providing us with prompt replies to emails. He organized two incredibly beautiful hikes in the Aosta valley. The weather was perfect and we had a lot of fun. I would definitely recommend Roberto to anyone looking to hike in the Italian Alps!
    Lorenzo - Italy
    Overnight Hike in Gran Paradiso
    Trekking Alps is the best service for any guided hike or tour of the Italian Alps. It started with Roberto's prompt and attentive email responses. He accommodated our dates and times and helped us choose the best type of hike for us. Before we left the States for Europe all the major details had been discussed and we knew exactly what we needed to bring with us. Trekking Alps guide Enrico pick us up from our Turin hotel, let us rent his own packs and sleeping bags, helped us purchase local meats and cheeses for the hike, planned the route, and rented the hut for us. Enrico's English is perfect, and his knowledge of all things Italy, Alps, and hiking is even better. We learned so much from him. With Enrico we hike through small abandoned villages, crossed avalanche drifts, did some night hiking, and saw incredible views of nature. I highly recommend Enrico and Trekking Alps. If you love nature and want to experience something most tourists never do, then this is the best way to do it. Just be honest about your hiking experience and level and Trekking Alps will tailor a hike just for you.
    Alexander - USA
    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!
    Spencer - Canada
    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!!!!
    Sita – United Kingdom
    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.
    John - USA
    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.
    Shri and Usha – India
    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.
    Richard - New Zeland