Gran Paradiso GROUP - Features

Gran Paradiso GROUP - Features

Page Type Page Type: Area/Range
Location Lat/Lon: 45.58810°N / 7.34573°E
Additional Information Elevation: 13323 ft / 4061 m
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I have been requested to split my previous Area page concerning Gran Paradiso Group because of its too big dimensions since its consultation was difficult for the SPers without fast connection to the net

Link to other Gran Paradiso pages

Further information concerning Gran Paradiso GROUP can be found on the following pages:
Gran Paradiso GROUP
Northern Sector of Gran Paradiso Group
WE Main Ridge of Gran Paradiso Group
Southern Sector of Gran Paradiso Group


Specific information can be obtained also relatively to single summits belonging to the Gran Paradiso Group.
Here is an interactive list, ordered according to the submission date.
Dawn on Grivola, Trajoz...
Dawn on Grivola, Trajoz glacier and Bivacco Gratton
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) Punta di Bioula (3414m)
K) Roccia Viva (3650m)
L) Taou Blanc (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 to the SP related page
H= Becco Meridionale della Tribolazione(3360m) M= Mont Paillasse(2414m) D= Gran Serra(3552m) E= Ciarforon(3642 m) G= Becca di Moncorvè(3875 m) C= la Tresenta(3609 m) A= Gran Paradiso(4061 m) I= Becca di Montandaynè(3838 m) F= Punta Rossa della Grivola(3630 m) J= Bioula, Punta di(3414 m) K= Roccia Viva(3650 m) L= Taou Blanc, Mont(3438 m) N= Torre del Gran San Pietro(3692 m) B= la Grivola(3969 m) O= Herbetet(3778 m) P= Becca di Monciair(3544 m) Q= Torre di Sant'Orso (3618 m) U= Becca di Gay (3621 m) V= Torre di Lavina (3308 m) W= Punta Basei(3338m)
Interactive map showing location, name and height of the summits posted on SP.


Panoramic Views

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From Leonessa bivouac one can see, starting from left, all the watershed Valnontey-Valeille and also the head of Valnontey.
More detailed information concerning identification and location of the single summits/glaciers can be found both here and here

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From left: Torre Ponton (3.173m), Bec Costazza (3.092m), Rosa dei Banchi (3.164m), Punta dell'Asgelas (3.021m), Cima di Peradzà (3.021m), Rocce Nere di Peradzà (2.991m), Tête de la Nouva (3.034m), Colle dell'Arietta (2.947m) Tête de l'Arietta (3.001m), (2.947m), Punta Miserino (3.010m), Punta Nera del Miserino (3.063m), Punta del Rancio (2.995m), Punta di Acque Rosse (2.952m), Torre di Lavina (3.308m), Gruppo dell'Arolla (3.246m), Punta delle Sengie (3.408m), Cima di Valeille Occ. (3.357m), Punta Scatiglion (3.439m), Punta Ondezana (3.492m), Torre del Gran San Pietro (3.692m), Testa della Tribolazione (3.642m), Punta di Ceresole (3.777m), Cresta Gastaldi (3.894m), Il Roc (4.026m), Gran Paradiso (4.061m), Piccolo Paradiso (3.926m) and Becca di Montandayne (3.838m)

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Arriving at the panoramic hanging meadow of Pian Tournetta 2418m, on the eastern side of Valnontey.
One can recognize, starting from left: Becco della Pazienza 3606m, Punta Elter 3603m, Gemelli della Roccia Viva W. 3618m/E. 3610m, the mighty Roccia Viva 3650m, Becca di Gay 3621m, Gran Croux 3437m, Becca di Noaschetta 3525m (peeping out in the background), Testa di Valnontey 3562m, Testa della Tribolazione 3642m

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View from Ref. Vittorio Sella of the watershed Valnontey-Valeille; starting from North (left): Punta Valletta (N. and S. summits), Punta Cissetta (or Tsissetta), Punte Patrì and the sub-sector of Apostles range, including Torre di Sant'Orso, Torre di Sant'Andrea and Torre del Gran San Pietro

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West side of the main Gran Paradiso range, 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. (photo by besucher01)

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Panoramic view of the western side of the ridge between Val di Rhêmes and Valsavarenche from the shore of the Tsantaleina (or Granta Parei) lake, at the head of Val di Rhêmes

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Panoramic view of Gran Paradiso Group from South (Monte Soglio)

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Panoramic view of Gran Paradiso Group seen from Cima delle Chiose, between Soana and Chiusella Valleys (Piemonte)

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Panoramic view of the summits at the head of Ribordone Valley, seen from Cima Loit

Animals of the Gran Paradiso National Park

Running chamois glimpsed near the hamlet of Vermiana Inferiore

  Chamoises (Rupicapra rupicapra)
  Steinbocks (Capra ibex)
  Foxes (Vulpes vulpes)


Lakes of the Gran Paradiso National Park

Lakes aren't present in large numbers in the northern sector of the Park, except the Nivolet hanging valley; their number is larger in the southern sector, including both natural lakes and reservoirs.

View of the lakes at the head of Vallone del Nivolet from SE summit of Taou Blanc: the namesake Nivolet lakes (left), Rosset lake (center) and Leità lake (right), in addition to other smaller lakes. In the background, beyond Nivolet Pass, Agnel lake.



  • MISERIN LAKE 2576m
    Lake at the head of Champorcher Valley; on its shore there are a refuge and a sanctuary


  • LAKES of MISERINO 2664m
    On the southern side of Vallone dell'Urtier, between Vallone di Acque Rosse and Colle dell'Arietta


    In the wild environment of the lonely Vallone di Acque Rosse


  • LOIE LAKE 2346m
    At the foot of the northern end of the ridge between Valeille and Vallone di Bardoney


  • Small LAKE of LAUSON 2654m
    Not far from Vittorio Sella refuge, at the beginning of the panoramic, but slightly exposed,
    traverse from Lauson basin to Herbetet huts, in view of the main summit of the range


  • DJOUAN LAKES 2516m
    After Casolari di Orvieille, along the Royal Hunting Trail built by Vittorio Emanuele II


  • Small LAKE of VALLONE delle MEYES 2589m
    Along the Royal Hunting Trail from Degioz to Piani del Nivolet


  • LAKE of MONCORVE' 2713m 
    Near the Vittorio Emanuele II Refuge, in view of Ciarforon


  • LAKES of NIVOLET 2526m / 2534m
    At the southern end of Piani del Nivolet, at the foot of Colle del Nivolet 2613m


  • LAKES: ROSSET 2703m, LEITA' 2701m and TRE BECCHI 2722/2727m
    At the foot of a ridge including Punta Basei, Gran Vaudala and Taou Blanc, in a very panoramic location with respect
    to the heart of the Gran Paradiso range


  • LACS du PELLAUD (or Laghetti del Li) 1810m
    Not far from the road connecting Bruil and Thumel


    At the foot of the East wall of Granta Parei


  • GOLETTA LAKE 2700m
    Along the route connecting Rifugio Benevolo and Rifugio Bezzi through Col Bassac Deré;
    also if slightly out of the Park, it is worthy to be mentioned




  • AGNEL 2284 m and SERRU' 2240 m LAKES
Lakes beyond Nivolet pass, on the southern side of the watershed between Piemonte and Valle d'Aosta


  • lago di Ceresole Reale
  • laghi di Comba
  • laghi di Gias di Beu
  • laghi di Ciamousseretto
  • lago di Gay
  • lago di Teleccio

  • lago della Balma
  • lago di Valsoera
  • lago di Motta
  • lago d'Eugio
  • lago Nero
  • lago Losere
  • lago Gelato
  • lago Lazin
  • Lago Pian delle Mule
  • Lago della Muanda
  • Lago Valletta

Waterfalls of the Gran Paradiso National Park

Comparison between summer and winter look of the most imposing Lillaz waterfall

Waterfalls of Lillaz

Waterfalls of Valnontey
Waterfalls of Valsavarenche
Waterfalls of Val di Rhêmes

Refuges and Bivouacs

  • Benevolo 2285 m
    Tel. +39 0165 74310
photo_id=137543by Mathias
In Val di Rhemes: just above Alpe di Lavassey (accommodates sixty-one, five in the winter room)
  • Città di Chivasso 2604 m
    Tel. +39 0124 953150
photo_by Andrea Perino
  photo_by maria grazia
Near Colle del Nivolet 2612m, at the end of the road from Ceresole Reale (accommodates thirty-four, six in the winter room)
  • Rifugio Savoia 2532 m
    Tel. +39 0165 94141
photo_id=87155 by Buxlex Near the western shore of the northern Lake of Nivolet, not far from Colle del Nivolet (accommodates fifty, five in the winter room)
  • Vittorio Emanuele II 2732 m
    Tel. +39 0165 95920
photo_id=106960 by Oberlea
The old one and the new one, completed in 1884 and 1962, respectively. Near the small lake of Moncorvè (Valsavarenche) in view of the southbound range starting from Ciarforon; it is the starting point for the normal route to the Gran Paradiso summit 4061 m (accommodates 137, forty in the winter room)
  • Federico Chabod 2750m
    Tel. +39 0165 95574
photo_id=121526 by Antonio
  photo_id=124913 by Antonio
In Valsavarenche: built in 1985 at the foot of Piccolo Paradiso, starting point for routes to Piccolo and Gran Paradiso, Becca di Montandaynè. It is directly connected by a trail to the Vittorio Emanuele II refuge (accommodates forty, sixteen in the winter room)
  • Vittorio Sella 2584m
    Tel. +39 0165 74310
In Valnontey (Cogne), Lauson basin: along the Mulattiera reale (Alta Via N. 2) starting from the village of Valnontey. Nowadays, because of a danger of landslides, the trail partially runs on the opposite side of the Gran Lauson brook with respect to the classical trail (accommodates 160, thirty in the winter room)
  • Sogno di Berdzè 2526m
    Tel. +39 3105206535
photo_id=126000 by Marco In the Vallone dell'Urtier: on the border of the Gran Paradiso National Park, at the foot of the Finestra di Champorcher (accommodates seventy-eight)
  • Rifugio Pontese 2217m
    Tel. +39 0124 800186
In Val di Piantonetto: at the beginning of the Piano delle Muande di Teleccio, above the Teleccio reservoir (accommodates sixty, ten in winter room)

  • Sebastiano and Renzo Sberna 3404m
photo_id=125045 by Sergio
  photo_id=182996 by Ronfo
photo_id=182997 by Ronfo Near Colle Orientale del Gran Neyron, at the foot of the West ridge of Herbetet 3778 m (sleeps six)
  • Mario Balzola 3477m
 photo_id=143830 by Gino At Colle delle Clochettes, between La Grivola 3969m and Grivoletta 3514m (sleeps four)
  • Mario Gontier 2312m
photo_id=123332 by Maria Grazia In the middle of the meadows of Gran Nomenon, at the foot of the northern side of La Grivola 3969 m. This wonderful stone building (accommodates sixteen) is an unattended refuge.
  • Luciano Gratton 3203m
photo_id=140236 by ronfo Nearby Colle del Pousset 3198 m, at the foot of Punta Rossa della Grivola 3630 m (sleeps nine)
  • Lionello and Lucio Leonessa 2910m
photo_id=124871 At the foot of Herbetet east ridge 3778 m (sleeps ten). The previous smaller barrel-vault bivouac was replaced in the Nineties.
  • Carlo Pol 3183m
photo_id=140133 by ronfo
  photo_id=140131 by ronfo
photo_id=114789 by Antonio Placed between the southern and the central ice flows of Ghiacciaio della Tribolazione at the head of Valnontey (sleeps four)
  • Ettore Grappein - Marcello Gèrard 3183m
photo_id=140132 by ronfo
  photo_id=140099 by besucher01
photo_id=172186 by Lupino Placed near the older Bivouac Pol (sleeps nine)
  • Stefano Borghi 2686m
At the foot of Gran Crou glacier, Valnontey (sleeps nine) photo_id=142020
  • Alessandro Martinotti 2572m
photo_id=139196 by Gino
photo_id=142004 On a ridge coming westwards from Roccia Viva, between Gran Crou and Money glaciers (sleeps four)
  • Money 2872m
 photo_id=118158 On a panoramic rocky spur, at the end of a ridge separating Coupè di Money and Patrì glaciers (sleeps eight)
  • Guido Antoldi - Laura Malvezzi 2920m
photo_id=139198 by Gino photo_id=139201 by Gino On the eastern ridge of Torre di Sant'Andrea, at the head of Valeille. Two previous lower buildings were destroyed by avalanches (sleeps nine)
  • Pier Mario Davito 2360m
Near mountain huts of Lavinetta, inside Vallone di Lavina (sleeps four)
  • Gino Revelli 2610m
Near Pian delle Mule lake, inside Vallone di Ciardonei (sleeps six)
  • Gino Carpano 2865m
At the head of Vallone di Piantonetto, at the foot of the east side of Monte Nero (sleeps nine)
Monte Nero - Carpano Bivouac


  • M. Pocchiola - G. Meneghello 2440m
At the head of Valsoera, on the shore of the Valsoera lake (sleeps fourteen)
  • Ivrea 2770 m
At the head of Vallone di Noaschetta, below Gay lake (sleeps nine)
  • Ettore and Margherita Giraudo 2630m
At the head of vallone del Roc, near Piatta Lake (sleeps six)
  • Pian della Ballotta 2470m

At the head of Valle dell'Orco, above Serrù lake. It is an unattended refuge (sleeps twelve)


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