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Gran Paradiso GROUP

 
Gran Paradiso GROUP

Page Type: Area/Range

Location: Valle d'Aosta / Piemonte, Italy, Europe

Lat/Lon: 45.51850°N / 7.26694°E

Object Title: Gran Paradiso GROUP

Elevation: 13324 ft / 4061 m

 

Page By: Antonio Giani, livioz

Created/Edited: Nov 17, 2004 / Aug 8, 2013

Object ID: 153356

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I HAVE BEEN ASKED BY THE SP STAFF TO SPLIT THE PAGE UP
IN ORDER TO MAKE EASIER THE ACCESS TO IT

 
Gran Paradiso GROUP: Head of Valnontey <br>seen from Vallone di Grauson
Gran Paradiso GROUP: Head of Valnontey seen from Vallone di Grauson



Further general information concerning Gran Paradiso GROUP can be obtained in the following pages:

Gran Paradiso Group - Northern Sector
Gran Paradiso Group - WE Main Ridge
Gran Paradiso Group - Southern Sector
Gran Paradiso GROUP - Features

What's New


  • Nov 19, 2004: Added new photos and posted a first list of summits of a ridge
  • Nov 22, 2004: Filled the sections of the ridges; something still to adjust.
    In particular the tables tentatively used to describe the ridge Valsavarenche - Valle di Cogne
  • Nov 30, 2004: Added other photos and tables to be completed with thumbnails and further comments
  • Dec 14, 2004: Added a table with refuges and bivouacs
  • Dec 20, 2004: Added all the tables of the West East Ridge, at the moment without thumbnails
  • Jan 03, 2005: Continued to add thumbnails to the tables
  • Jan 07, 2005: Reordered the tables, shifted some thumbnails in the third column, added some photos in the table headings
  • Jan 16, 2005: Added 20years-old images of the glaciers, compared with the present state
  • Jan 26, 2005: Added the 200th photo: many of them have been used in the tables to identify summits, passes and the main features of the ridges
  • Feb 01, 2005: Lost five tables because of a connection problem during the saving after an editing of the page; then the initial situation has been restored
  • Feb 15, 2005: Added an interactive table of contents at the beginning of the page: in such a way it is possible to go directly to the section of interest
  • Feb 17, 2005: unfortunately I realized only now that html commands don't work in the same manner using Opera as browser: can anybody mail me in the case of problems with other browsers? Thanks!
  • Feb 23, 2005: made some minor corrections so that the page works in a acceptable way also with Opera7
  • Mar 01, 2005: thanks to a team game, attached all the "stamps" to the table regarding the Val di Rhêmes head
  • Mar 22, 2005: provided by many fonts lacking images of some bivouacs; inserted also an overranged image at the beginning of the Overview section
  • Jul 08, 2005: during the last months, I added further sections, both concerning lakes, waterfalls and, at the end of the page, sections containing the photos of the many contributors
  • Sep 20, 2005: added the links to the pages of other single summits belonging to the Group and some informative photos of the southern sector
  • Feb 06, 2006: in occasion of the migration to SPv2 splitted the page in subgroups to make easier the access for every SPer
  • Jun 05, 2006: updated the map showing location, name and height of the summits posted on SP.


Present Status of Posting on SP of the Gran Paradiso GROUP Summits

Interactive list, in chronologic order according to the submission date, of the summits belonging to the Gran Paradiso Group up to now posted on SP


A) Gran Paradiso (4061m)
B) la Grivola (3969m)
C) Tresenta (3609m)
D) Gran Serra (3552m)
E) Ciarforon (3642m)
F) Punta Rossa della Grivola (3630m)
G) Becca di Moncorvè (3875m)
H) Becco Meridionale della Tribolazione (3360m)
I) Becca di Montandayné (3838m)
J) Bioula, Punta di (3414m)
K) Roccia Viva (3650m)
L) Taou Blanc, Mont (3438m)
M) Mont Paillasse (2414m)
N) Torre del Gran San Pietro (3962m)
O) Herbetet, Punta (3778m)
P) Becca di Monciair (3544m)
Q) Torre di Sant'Orso (3618m)
R) Testa di Entrelor (2580m)
S) Punta di Ceresole (3777m)
T) Cresta Gastaldi (3894m)
U) Becca di Gay (3621m)
V) Torre di Lavina (3308m)
W) Punta Basei (3338m)
X) Il Roc (4026m)



Moving SLOWLY the pointer of your mouse over each labelled summit, its name and height are shown.
Clicking on it, you will go the SP related page
A= Gran Paradiso (4061m) B= la Grivola (3969m) C= la Tresenta (3609m) D= Gran Serra (3552m) E= Ciarforon (3642m) F= Punta Rossa della Grivola (3630m) G= Becca di Moncorvè (3875m) H= Becco Meridionale della Tribolazione (3360m) I= Becca di Montandaynè (3838m) J= Bioula, Punta di (3414m) K= Roccia Viva (3650m) L= Taou Blanc, Mont (3438m) M= Mont Paillasse (2414m) N= Torre del Gran San Pietro (3692m) O= Herbetet (3778m) P= Becca di Monciair (3544m) Q= Torre di Sant'Orso (3618m) R= Testa di Entrelor (2580m) S= Punta di Ceresole (3777m) T= Cresta Gastaldi (3894m) U= Becca di Gay (3621m) V= Torre di Lavina (3308m) W= Punta Basei (3338m)
Interactive map showing location, name and height of the summits posted on SP.

Overview

Moving the cursor you can see the overall view
Gran Paradiso chain view from west (photos by besucher01), starting from La Grivola, on the left, including Gran Serz, Herbetet, Becca di Montandaynè, Piccolo Paradiso, Gran Paradiso, Becca di Moncorvè, Tresenta, Ciarforon, Becca di Monciair and ending with Denti del Broglio, on the right.
Also Punta Fourà, Taou Blanc in the foreground (and Levanne in the background) are recognizable.

The Gran Paradiso group includes the only 4000 meter summit entirely in Italian territory, that is the namesake summit that reaches 4061 meters. According to an unlikely theory, also la Grivola (sung by the Italian poet Giosuè Carducci, winner of the 1906 Nobel prize for literature) formerly touched the height of 4000m, before shrinking to the present 3969 meters, due to a collapse of its summit spire.

Gran Paradiso is one of the most important groups of the Western Alps; in particular it belongs to Alpi Graie (Graian Alps). Its western and eastern boundaries are not exactly identified: the geological limits are generally placed W at Col del Nivolet (2612m) and E at Col dell'Arietta (2939m), whereas the debated geographical limits are placed W at Col di Rhemes or Punta Basei (3338m), E at Rosa dei Banchi (3164m) or Bec Pragelas (2908m).
In the latter case, the borders coincide with the ones of Parco Nazionale del Gran Paradiso, the first Italian National Park instituted in the year 1922, approximately on the area that had been the Royal Hunting Preserve.
King Vittorio Emanuele II had wanted the preserve, in order to prevent the extinction of steinbock (Capra ibex) and chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra), of which he was an inveterate hunter.


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Handmade map of the Gran Paradiso National Park. In red the limits of the Park, in black the border between the northern sector (Valle d'Aosta) and the southern one (Piemonte)


Both group and park extend over Valle d'Aosta and Piemonte, whose border is just the ridge, belonging to the Gran Paradiso group and running from west to east. In Valle d'Aosta, a series of ranges developing in the south-north direction separates the different valleys; from the west the three principal valleys: val di Rhemes, Valsavarenche and valle di Cogne, which in turn originates Valnontey (that is the heart of the Group), Valeille, and the secondary valleys of Bardoney and Acque Rosse.

In the Piemontese sector, starting from Valle dell'Orco, the main valley of Ceresole Reale that runs from east to west, a series of secondary valleys originates, directed approximately northwards: the "valloni" of Soana, Campiglia, Forzo, Eugio, Piantonetto, Noaschetta, Gias della Losa, Goi, Ciamousseretto, Roc, all divided by ridges less imposing than the ones in the Valle d'Aosta sector.

Valle dell'Orco played a fairly important role in the history of rock climbing in Italy in the 1970s. Besides, in the Vallone del Piantonetto one can find fantastic gneiss on the Becco di Valsoera, Becco della Tribolazione and many other local summits, drops up to 700 m and all kinds of difficulties.


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Getting There

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Gran Paradiso Group and its valleys viewed from Mont Fallere

Valle di Cogne
  • From Torino, Milano, etc: motorway A5. Exit at Aosta Ovest. Drive to the near Aymavilles. Follow the directions for Valle di Cogne.
  • From Switzerland: through the Grand Saint Bernard Tunnel or the namesake Pass.
    Drive to Aosta, then follow the direction for Courmayeur on SS.26. Just after Sarre, turn to the left, in the direction of Valle di Cogne.
  • From France: through Mont Blanc Tunnel or Petit St. Bernard Pass. It isn't necessary to take Motorway A5: you can drive on SS.26, in the direction of Aosta. Before arriving at the village of Sarre, turn right following the sign for Valle di Cogne.
After Aymavilles, the Regional Road n° 47 crosses the villages of Vieyes, Epinel and Cretaz and after about 25 Km arrives at Cogne (1534m). From Cogne you can get the villages of Lillaz (1617m) or Valnontey (1666m).


Val di Rhemes and Valsavarenche
  • From France, through the Mont Blanc Tunnel or the Col du Petit Saint Bernard: you can drive on SS.26, following the direction for Aosta and, before arriving in Villeneuve, turn right towards Introd. Alternatively, you can take motorway A5 (at Courmayeur or Morgex) and exit at Aosta Ovest.

  • From all other directions: get to the Aosta Ovest exit of motorway A5. Then drive along SS.26 Aosta, direction Courmayeur, and just after Villeneuve turn left towards Introd.
Shortly after Introd, you arrive at a junction:
  • you can go straight following the sign "Val di Rhêmes"and then drive through Rhêmes Saint Georges as far as Rhêmes Notre Dames; after the main village, Bruil (1723m), the road reaches the hamlet of Pellaud, then becomes narrower and may be followed as far as the vast parking in view of Thumel (1880m). From here the road follows but the transit is forbidden.

  • or you can turn left, entering in Valsavarenche, and through many villages (Degioz, Eaux Rousses, etc) you can arrive at Pont (1978m) where the road ends.

Southern valleys of the Gran Paradiso Group
  • Coming from Torino: motorway A5 towards Aosta - take exit "S. Giorgio Canavese" or follow the road SS n°460 towards Ceresole Reale as far as Pont Canavese (461m)
  • Going North along ValSoana, after Ronco Canavese (956m) get to Valprato Soana (1113m): at a fork, going NE takes you to Campiglia Soana (1350m), while going NW takes you to the upper valley (Pianetto-Pamprato)
  • Before Pont Canavese, turn left and go into the Valle di Forzo as far as the homonymous village (1180m )
  • after Pont Canavese, continue along the SS n° 460 until Locana (613m): from here you can walk, entering Valle d'Eugio.
  • After Locana, when you arrive at the village of Rosone (715m), 16 km after Pont Canavese, take a small road on the right, following the sign "Piantonetto Valley": the road ends near Teleccio Lake (1870m).
  • Following along the Valle dell'Orco, 10 km after Rosone you get to Noasca (1062m): from here you can reach the Noaschetta valley that, after Alpe la Bruna (2473m), divides into Vallone di Goi and Vallone del Gias della Luna, or Vallone di Ciamousseretto, where you can arrive more laboriously from the following Vallone del Roc.
  • After Noasca, the road climbs along a gorge (Caporal and Sergent walls) and then arrives at the upper wide basin where, on the shore of an artificial lake, you meet Ceresole Reale (1613m), 33 km after Pont Canavese. From Ceresole starts a controversial road that enter Gran Paradiso National Park and, after Serrù Lake and Agnel Lake, climbs up to Colle del Nivolet (2612m). Luckily the original absurd project to continue the road on the other side, in order to connect with Pont (Valsavarenche) through the Piani del Nivolet, was stopped in time.




Southern side of Gran Paradiso Range seen from La Cialma 2193 m

 SUMMITS PASSES
1 – Ciarforon 3642 m.1 – Colle del Ciarforon 3317 m.
2 – Tresenta 3609 m.2 – Colle di Moncorvè 3294 m.
3 – Becca di Moncorvè 3875 m.3 – Colle del Gran Paradiso 3345 m
4 – Gran Paradiso 4061 m.4 – Colle della Becca di Moncorvè 3851 m.
5 – Cresta Gastaldi 3894 m.5 – Colle dell’Ape (Col de l’Abeille) 3873 m.
6 – Punta di Ceresole 3777 m.6 – Colle Chamonin 3698 m.
7 – Testa della Tribolazione 3642 m.7 – Colle della Luna 3542 m.
8 – Testa di Valnontey 3562 m.8 – Colle Baretti 3432 m.
9 – Becca di Gay 3621 m. 
10 - Roccia Viva 3650 m. 
11 - I Gemelli 3610/3618 m. 
12 - Punta Elter 3603 m. 
13 - Becco della Pazienza 3606 m. 









When to Climb

During the summer, usually; during the other seasons one must evaluate the characteristics of the destination summit.

Red Tape

Within the borders of the PNGP (Parco Nazionale del Gran Paradiso), at the moment (summer 2005), dogs generally are not allowed, except on a pair of trails, and camping is forbidden (except above 2500m from sunset till dawn).
No fees are due.

Mountain Conditions

You can get meteo information at the official site of the Regione Valle d'Aosta
Valle d'Aosta Meteo

Weather forecasting concerning both Piemonte and Valle d'Aosta can be found at nimbus.it

Camping

There are plenty of camping sites along the Gran Paradiso valleys.
Remember that free camping is forbidden (except for emergency reasons, over 2.500 m, from darkness until dawn).

Books and Maps

BOOKS
  • E. Andreis, R. Chabod, M.C. Santis "Guida dei Monti d'Italia - Gran Paradiso Parco Nazionale" Club Alpino Italiano / Touring Club Italiano, 1980 (in Italian)
  • L. Zavatta Le valli del Gran Paradiso e la Valgrisenche, guide dell'Escursionista, 2003 (in Italian)
  • Giulio Berruto "Il Parco Nazionale del Gran Paradiso (Valli Soana-Orco-Rhêmes-Valgrisenche)” N°3/volume 1°, IGC, Torino 1981, 2a edizione 2000. (in Italian)
  • Giulio Berruto "Il Parco Nazionale del Gran Paradiso (Valli di Champorcher-Clavalitè-Saint Marcel-Laures-Cogne-Valsavarenche-Conca di Pila)” N°3/volume 2°, IGC, Torino 1981, 2a edizione 2000. (in Italian)
  • M. Oviglia Rock Paradise Arrampicate classiche, moderne e sportive nelle valli del Gran Paradiso, Collana Luoghi Verticali, Edizioni Versante Sud, 2000 (in italian) suggested by Gasgenova
  • A. Gogna, G. P. Motti, "Escursioni ed arrampicate nel Canavese",Tamari Editori (in Italian) suggested by Brenta


MAPS
  • Kompass
    Gran Paradiso Valle d'Aosta
    Sentieri e rifugi-Carta turistica 1:50000
  • IGC-Istituto Geografico Centrale
    Valsavarenche Val di Rhêmes Valgrisenche
    Carta dei sentieri e dei rifugi 1:25000
  • IGC-Istituto Geografico Centrale
    Gran Paradiso La Grivola Cogne
    Carta 1:25000

  • I.G.M. -Istituto Geografico Militare
    Foglio 41 1:25000
    I NO La Grivola - I SO Gran Paradiso - I NE Cogne - I SE Torre del Gran San Pietro - II NO Fornolosa - II NE Ceresole Reale - III NE Colle del Nivolet - IV NE Rhêmes Saint George - IV SE Rhêmes Notre Dame

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Acknowledgements

Many thanks are due to all the friends who supported me in different ways. Besides Maria Grazia, Beppe, Gabriele, Paolo, Sergio, Diego, Mathias and Marco, my thanks go in particular to:
  • Antonio for all his "stamps" used to illustrate the tables of the watersheds
  • Fabio for the supervision of my otherwise shaky English language
  • Gangolf for his continuous and precious suggestions

Miscellaneous Info

If you have information about this mountain that doesn't pertain to any of the other sections, please add it here.


Important Information

Useful Numbers

  • Soccorso Alpino Cogne (SAR) Tel. 3482685406.
  • Protezione Civile Valdostana località aeroporto 7/A Saint Christophe (Ao) Tel. 0165-238222.
  • Bollettino Meteo (weather info) Tel. 0165-44113.
  • Unità Operativa di Soccorso Sanitario Tel. 118.

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