Gran Paradiso

Elevation (feet): 13,323
Elevation (meters): 4,061
Continent: Europe
Country: Italy
Range/Region: Graian Alps
Latitude: 45.5177
Longitude: 7.2678
Difficulty: Basic Snow/Ice Climb
Best months for climbing: Jul, Aug, Sep
Year first climbed: 1860
First successful climber(s): J.J. Cowell, W. Dundas, J. Payot, J. Tairraz
Nearest major airport: Turin, Italy
Convenient Center: Pont, Italy

Gran Paradiso is the highest peak in the Graian Alps. It is a dominant mountain when seen from distant summits, but from the closer valleys, it is hidden behind its surrounding mountains. It is located in the Gran Paradiso National Park in Northwest Italy, which insures its popularity and correspondingly heavy traffic.

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Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 67 trip reports for Gran Paradiso.

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  • Log #22391 - by Agnese on July 15, 2013
    From Pont, we reached Rifugio Vittorio Emanuele on a winding trail, made a bit more interesting by shortcuts. The surroundings are very nice, with waterfalls and a stream that we followed up to the...
  • Log #21768 - by Raimonds Isa on Sep 16, 2009
    Waited a couple of days for a good weather -- and it was indeed perfect! 1 h 50 m to Vittorio Emmanuele hut, then started to the summit at 4:45 am next morning. About 5 h to the summit. Conditions on...
  • Log #21490 - by Alexander Haupt on Oct 29, 2008
    Solo ascent from Pont in 5.30 hrs on the "autobahn" (aka normal route from Rif. Vitt. Emanuele). Good weather and detached panorama.
  • Log #21431 - by Paul Quin on Sep 10, 2008
    We climbed this peak from the excellent and reasonably priced Rifugio Vittorio Emanuele II which is only 2 hours from the valley for a fit person (phone and book before you go up). The initial way up...
  • Log #2385 - by Marco Bensi on Sep 27, 2004
    Dal Rif.V.Emanuele io ed un vecchio amico ...
  • Log #2386 - by Stefano Pontecorvi on Sep 20, 2004
    Il mio primo quattomila!Partenza dal rifugio Vittorio Emanuele eravamo 5 in cordata di cui 4 alla prima esperienza su ghiacciaio.Abbiamo raggiunto la vetta in 6 ore. Bellissimo!
  • Log #2387 - by Greg and Theresa Garrard on Sep 13, 2004
    I hiked this mountain in the summer of 1998 as a member of 'Alpine Ram', a 15 man British Army Expedition climbing in France and Italy. It was truly the highlight of our trip. After a very early...
  • Log #2388 - by Jordi Viaña on Sep 08, 2004
    Lots of snow and many crevasses on the glacier up from the Refuggio Chabot. Great wiews. Jordi
  • Log #2389 - by Giuseppe Serafini on Sep 04, 2004
    Salita scialpinistica per la via normale dal RIFUGIO VITTORIO EMANUELE. Giornata stupenda.
  • Log #2390 - by Michael Liebreich on July 21, 2004
    Summitted without incident on a cloudy day, so no great views. Really worth starting out early, because there is a tricky rock section just when you get to the summit, and there's potential for some...
  • Log #2391 - by David Jackson on July 17, 2004
    Early season. Straightforward plod up snowcovered glaciers (from Victorio Emanuelle hut). Final Summit ridge adds some flavour! It took us 3.5 hours - which I think was a pretty keen time.
  • Log #2392 - by Alain on July 09, 2004
    Great climb. Grand Pardiso is a lonely 4000 m high peak. From parking you need 2 hours to reach the 3 stars refuge Victor Emmanuel à 2700 m. From there it is a 1300 m climb on a safe ice with a...
  • Log #2449 - by Steve Pardoe on July 02, 2004
    Normal route. Our first 4000-er. See trip report at www.pardoes.com/climbing/paradiso.
  • Log #2394 - by Petr Foltynek on Oct 17, 2003
    I was here at 12:00. It was great!!!
  • Log #2395 - by Ludolf on Sep 22, 2003
    The normal route was closed, because of the high temperatures the last time. But the route on the glacier Laveciau was a very good alternative! The last part of climb on the rocks is impressive! You...
  • Log #2396 - by Keith on Sep 11, 2003
    It was cold, although it was August. Conditions were good.
  • Log #2397 - by Jeroen Smits on Sep 08, 2003
    A long but wonderful climb. Go on a sunny day, because you shouldn's miss the fantastic view from the top!
  • Log #2398 - by tom everett on Sep 01, 2003
    set off from the valley at 5:30AM. did the route via the Rifugio Vittorio Emanuele II. it was snowing on the glacier and cloudy. summited at 11:30, back down in the valley by 3:30PM.
  • Log #2399 - by leigh perrott on Aug 31, 2003
    nice peak, nothing challenging but quite a trudge back down to the valley. If you dont stay at the rufuge, beware of the park warden , he is not too happy with tents on his hill :) beware that the...
  • Log #2400 - by Filippo on Aug 20, 2003
    A long path (the 'normal route from Chabod hut), to reach the top and having a wonderful view ... and I had it by foot, not by plane! A great 'Thanks' to our Guide, Nicolò.
  • Log #2401 - by Bernd Schlabach on Aug 19, 2003
    The Gran Paradiso is like his name! It's worth every step. Not the great number of people in the Riffugio and on the summit could destroy that great impression! The view is fascinating and we had...
  • Log #2402 - by Dominic Evans on Aug 12, 2003
    It was good fun, a relatively easy slog up and a good peak for to acclimatise on. We got stuck in an electrical storm and it wasn't pretty. A word of warning though - watch those bloody krouts in...
  • Log #2403 - by Andy Foggo on Aug 11, 2003
    A long trudge with few objective dangers other than stonefall, this latter requiring an early-ish start, ceratinly 5 o clock is warranted in the August sunshine. Routefinding in the dark behind the...
  • Log #2404 - by Andrzej on July 21, 2003
    Our first 4000. With my wife and 13 years old son we started at 6:00 from a tent just above Vittorio Emanuele Hut. Alone on the top at 13:30. We were the last team this day.
  • Log #2406 - by RICHARD ROSE on July 04, 2003
    After a 4 15 a m rise from the V E refuge time was lost fitting unfamiliar harnesses and new crampons at the start of the snow slope.We were relegated to the end of the 'queue'but a steady effort up...
  • Log #2407 - by Magnus Hunhammar on Apr 26, 2003
    The snow condition on the south side of the Alps this late in the season can be a bit of a challange. In the mornings we skied on half bearing frozen crust, and in the afternoon, specially on lower...
  • Log #2408 - by Jason Baughan on Mar 19, 2003
    wow, what a trek it is. As you rise up to each 100m point the feeling of achievement and splendour is overwhelmingscenes on the way up are spectacular. We are using the whole area this year for our...
  • Log #2409 - by Merlijn Meens on Feb 10, 2003
    Yoohooo....what a wonderfull experience! We really saw the best vieuws ever! And how strange...only a foot of snow on the summit! My first 4000+ mountain! May many more follow. Greetings to Bastiaan...
  • Log #2410 - by Ruud van Koten on Dec 06, 2002
    Started at the valley (Pont, 1960m) at about 7:15. Didn't get much further then the Becca di Montcorve due loose crampons. I had to return at 12:30. Very good experience and good weather too.
  • Log #2411 - by David Hidalgo on Nov 09, 2002
    With a 3 people rope-team climbed the NE face (D+ 700m 50-60°). We left Vittorio Emmanuelle II refuge at 4:00am (too late!). Long approach with glacier travelling, 4 hours to the beginning of the...
  • Log #2412 - by Jon Zigmond on Sep 23, 2002
    Perfect weather and perfect acclimatisation choice
  • Log #2413 - by Pavel Barták on Aug 21, 2002
    Nice sunny day. Walked directly from camp in valley. Summit reached at 9:30 AM. Nice view, but too crowded.
  • Log #2414 - by Debby Richman on July 31, 2002
    What a "picture perfect" mountain area! Paradiso definitely stands out among the other peaks here. Not overwhelming people-crowded either. Check out this summit, especially if you want the...
  • Log #2415 - by Chandra-Luciano Malorni on July 16, 2002
    Lungissima e durissima, ma sopratutto bellissima! Da lassò si gode un panorama da non perdere, tutte le grande montagne delle Alpi occidentali e l'impressionante parete est del Granpa.
  • Log #2416 - by Fred Laurent-Polz on June 19, 2002
    Bad weather, strong wind at the summit, so we stopped at five meters below the summit. Not a difficult hike but I suggest to do it before mid-August. More details on my website (in french).
  • Log #2417 - by Sergio Camiz on June 09, 2002
    I was 17 and I climbed through the Cresta Gastaldi from Valnontey. A very strong experience.
  • Log #2418 - by Romuald KOSINA on May 03, 2002
    I plan to go there the first half of June this year.
  • Log #2419 - by Bart on Jan 05, 2002
    Getting up at 3.30 (Chabod) - breakfast and leaving at 4.30 - reached the top at 9.30 - descending to Emanuelle II - descending to Pont My first top above 4.
  • Log #2420 - by Roberto Junqueira on Oct 01, 2001
    On a sunny day with no winds, we summited the peak with very few people on the way. A lot of crevasses on the way from Ref. Chabod.
  • Log #2421 - by Fred Mellink on Sep 23, 2001
    Technically it is not a difficult hike. However physical condition must be OK and preparing the hike by warm-in trips to get used of the height is highly recommended if not necessary. It's a great...
  • Log #2422 - by Miguel Angel Martinez on Sep 04, 2001
    In August,this peak is ideal for physical training, ( 1300 m. from Vitorio Emmanuelle hut)but not for technical issues, given the absence of ice and crevasses.Use of rope is a waste of time in...
  • Log #2423 - by Mirko e Maurizio on Aug 20, 2001
    At 4:00 am the weather was not good ..but at 6:00 it change, me and my friends decide to ascend the peak, good idea and after 5 hours we arrive at Gran Paradiso, good day!
  • Log #2424 - by Henk de Weerd on Aug 05, 2001
    Reisverslag van een cursus klimmen in sneeuw en ijs. Oa. Belkimming GP vanaf de Rif. Chabod. Veel foto's! Voor de meeste van ons een nieuw hoogte record! Geen topkruis. Wel een heilige Maria van...
  • Log #2425 - by Skopas Thanasis on July 30, 2001
    An easy but real mountain over 4000 m with some rock climbimg at the end to the summit.If someone want to start at 4000 m with an easy mountain this is one.At the last meters is good to have a rope...
  • Log #2426 - by Romain Wacziarg on May 29, 2001
    Via the normal route, a four hour hike up a snowfield. We were there on a cloudy and crowded day - there was a traffic jam on the summit! It seems everybody wanted to touch the statue of the Virgin...
  • Log #2427 - by michiel heijnen on May 21, 2001
    Very busy, but nice.
  • Log #2428 - by Maarten Faas on Mar 19, 2001
    With my elderst dauther Marieke Faas and friend Jan van Ommen and his son Ewout.
  • Log #2429 - by Nico Gillis on Jan 22, 2001
    My first time on + 4.000 metres, something to never forget, although it was very crowdy. Started at Refugio Chabod, more quiet than the wellknown Refugio V. Emmanuele.
  • Log #2430 - by Luc Jennes on Sep 27, 2000
    Wonderfull trip. I climbed with my wife Vera Guastavino and my daughters Nathalie and Iris. Our first real mountain.
  • Log #2431 - by Daniele Guastavino on Aug 25, 2000
    Bellissima salita....ero assieme ad un mio amico al suo primo 4000! Tanta!Tanta! Tanta Gente!....
  • Log #2432 - by Janos Granicz on Aug 02, 2000
    I climbed with my two friends: Istvan Deak (from Budakalasz) and Richard Kovacs (from Szentendre). We started the ascent at 3.00 am of the 18th from the Vittorio Emanuele II Hut. We had perfect...
  • Log #2433 - by Sven Bugarski on Aug 01, 2000
    Climbed this mountain at bad weather without guide. Snow was soft and wet, many people, no view, but still a pleasant time. You can go up close to the summit without ropes and stuff, but the last few...
  • Log #2434 - by Lacroix Frederic on July 27, 2000
    Tempete de neige, orage, pluie, brouillard pour mon 1er 4000m
  • Log #2435 - by Eric Massat on July 25, 2000
    Shining sun on the first day and rain, snow storm, clouds, fog and wind on the second; we got everything overthere. But although we didn't come back with a burned face, it was a great pleasure to...
  • Log #2436 - by Piotr G. Mielus on July 24, 2000
    Easy "Viertausender" done with Rafal Leszczynski via normal route after bivaouc at the glacier start (2900). Excellent weather, great views, our first 4000 (now I have four of them).
  • Log #2437 - by Jeroen Stegeman on Jan 12, 2000
    the highest mountain i climbed now. made more maintain-climbs wich were much heavier. But the climb to the paradiso was the most special climb i made untill know!!
  • Log #2438 - by De Boeck Johan on Nov 25, 1999
    Very Good Wether ,wonderful vieuws to other peaks
  • Log #2439 - by Bernd Nebendahl on Nov 15, 1999
    After sitting on the bivy at Rif. V. Emanuelle for 3 days in a snowstorm, we reached the summit in perfect wheather.
  • Log #2440 - by Juergen Wein on Sep 22, 1999
    Nice north face. 50° i guess.
  • Log #2441 - by Glauco Bianchi on Sep 14, 1999
    Salita da solo per la normale dal Vittorio Emanuele; facile, bella, un poco affollata
  • Log #2442 - by Charles Catherin on Sep 03, 1999
    I was 10 years old and it was my first 4000 peak .I went to the summit from the wonderful Chabod hut .It is easy and very beautiful .
  • Log #2443 - by Otto Perdeck on Aug 23, 1999
    Terrible storm. Most groups after us went back just below the top. Nice descent to rif. Pol via Il Roc.
  • Log #2444 - by Diamantopoulos Epameinondas on Aug 16, 1999
    no problem with that mountain;just be carefull to some icy parts and be prepared for some rock work at the very last meters for the top. it is usefull to have a carabiner and few meters of rope with...
  • Log #2445 - by Andrea Girardi on May 31, 1999
    Great and easy ascension, made with telemark. Little difficulties to reach the true summit, with a snowy and aerial passage.
  • Log #2446 - by Mattheus Stijn on May 24, 1999
    It was my first peak above 4000 meters very nice peak a must do!
  • Log #2447 - by Marco Borello on Apr 15, 1999
    Esperienza stupenda su uno dei 4000 piu belli d'Europa. Partito dal rifugio Vittorio emanuele in neanche 5 ore ho conquistato la vetta!!! Ero in cordata con due belgi e insieme abbiamo sfidato...
  • Log #2448 - by Simon Gwyn Roberts on Nov 25, 1998
    An excellent choice for a 1st 4000m peak, and a superb viewpoint in a beautiful (but popular) area. Perfectly feasible in less-than-perfect weather. Can get very crowded and stressful on the final...