M2M returns to tackle Italys highest independent peak.
Last year poor weather conditions foiled our plans to reach the summit but the trip was still such a success we thought it only right to return and settle our unfinished business. Set in Italys stunning Grand Paradiso national park this majestic peak rises above the landscape providing outstanding views across the Alps from its summit. Gran Paradiso offers an exciting introduction to mountaineering but also presents a great challenge in its own right. For many it will be the first chance to ascend on glaciers using ropes, crampons and ice-axes but with no technical mountaineering experience required. If you are fit and enjoy the satisfaction of climbing summits under your own steam, it's perfect.
I can honestly say that having had a few days to reflect on everything we achieved and experienced on this trip, it's hands down one of the best things I've ever done.
I felt like the trip allowed me to do much more than climb a mountain, it reminded me what it's like to unplug from routine and build genuine relationships without the distractions of www/targets/work/friends.
Sitting on the glacier, having just summited Gran Paradiso, staring out over hundreds of miles of pristine alpine peaks on a perfectly clear day, the warm sun on my face, sipping from a hip flask of whisky, my son by my side, surrounded by new friends. It was a truly special moment that will live with me forever.
Arrive Chamonix, 1st night in chalet for welcome dinner and a chance to meet your fellow climbers.
Travel to Gran Paradiso National Park. Trek up to the stunning Vittorio Emanuele mountain refuge. Hone your Alpine skills with the experts before settling in for a big Italian dinner and a night in the refuge.
Acclimatise on the mountain by summiting your first peak of 3800m, an achievement in itself.
The big push to summit Gran Paradiso before descending the other side of the mountain for lunch at Rifugio Chabod and a well earned glass of something before returning to Chamonix where the celebrations can really commence in the chalet.
DEPART Chamonix feeling tired but bloody good about yourself.
Price includes 5* chalet accommodation in Chamonix, mountain refuge stays, 3 meals per day, lift passes and guiding costs. Beer and wine will also be provided to keep the mood celebratory!
* Price does not include flights and transfers.
All other T&C's will be discussed upon enquiry.
All funds raised will go to the M2M Foundation.
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