The Gran Paradiso National Park Hiking is set in Cogne valley which is widely considered the most beautiful valley of the most beautiful national Park of Italy. Gran Paradiso National Park Hiking is a perfect experience for all kind of trekkers: air is pure and colors here are vivid and strong.
There are thousands of itineraries in the Gran Paradiso Park, but Gran Paradiso itself is not visible everywhere. We offer one of the most panoramic route of the park.
The route begins in the valley of Valsavarenche (1834m), the first hour we go along a serpentine, along a not steep and well prepared route. Approximately at an altitude of 2200m we finally can admire the snow-covered Grand Paradiso peak.
In the hut (hotel and restaurant) you can stop for lunch.
There are several options for descent:
1. You can return on the same route that we climbed. The descent will take about 1.40 hours.
2. For those who are well prepared, we propose to pass the traverse to the second hut of Emmanuel II (2732m). The traverse is not difficult, just with few ascents. The path passes through the stones and meadows. We will reach the hut in 1.5 hours, and then we have to walk for about 2 hours to the valley.
Total on the descent to the car, we need about 3.5 hours.
Drop to Chabot hut +900.
Walking time (uphill) 2:10 h.
Valnontey, the doorway to the park offers you its breathtaking views. It is the realm of chamois, ibexes, marmots, majestic golden eagles and beloved and protected flora.
The walk around the waterfalls of Lillaz is a classic route in Cogne valley. The first waterfall is 10 minutes walk from the village and a few min walk away there are another two waterfalls.
The waterfalls can be admired in their entirety thanks to the paths that skirt them and allow visitors to explore all the different levels.
After hiking we can have lunch in one of the best restaurants in the area, offering outstanding view of the Gran Paradiso glacier.
The restaurant serves fresh trout, cheese fondue, grilled meats, and other local, Italian, French and Swiss traditional dishes.
We walk most of the way through idyllic high alpine meadows, larch forests, babbling brooks and mighty waterfalls. The itinerary is quite simple and suitable for beginners. Near the lake there is no restaurants, so we recommend you bring some snacks.
Elevation + 800 mt.
Walking time (uphill): 2:45 h.
It is a route quite easy and not too much long. The alpine hut is located at an altitude of 2,196 m.
Height difference: 750 m.
Rise time: 2h 35’.
It is a very scenic route, along the inner part of the Mont Avic National Park.
Height difference: 950 m.
Rise time: 3 h.