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Best forest trails in Gran Paradiso National Park, Italy

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Explore the most popular forest trails in Gran Paradiso National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
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Top trails (22)
#1 - Rifugio Vittorio Sella
Gran Paradiso National Park
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Length: 5.9 mi • Est. 4 h 25 m
Part of this path follows the old hunting road of King Vittorio Emanuele II. The road runs alongside the Valnontey stream, crosses a mule track inside a larch forest and offers beautiful views of the valley below. Arriving at Ponte delle Thoules on the Gran Lauson stream, the hardest part begins with a considerable slope on underground rocky plates. At 2224 m you pass near Alpe Pascieux, a cluster of crumbling wooden and stone huts and then arrive at the Gran Lauson pasture at 2506 m, at the Casotto del Lauson 2588 m and finally at the Vittorio Sella Refuge. Here at the top you can wander the length and breadth of the valley meeting marmots, chamois and ibex. You can stay overnight at the Refuge and go back the next day and have breakfast with the chamois. If you are motivated you can continue to Lake Lauson where you can see ibexes if you are patient and lucky.Show more
#2 - Rifugio Vittorio Sella - Casolari dell'Herbetet
Gran Paradiso National Park
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Length: 12.4 mi • Est. 7 h 29 m
This loop takes you along some of the Gran Paradiso mountain group. Climb up an old mule trail to the historical hunting lodge of King Vittorio Emanuele II, called Rifugio Sella. From here, head south to Casolari di Herbetet and then back along the river to Valnontey. From Rifugio Sella on, the route is mostly downhill. The loop is full of sweeping views of surrounding mountains and valleys, with ibex and other wildlife along the way. There is a chain to grab onto between the Rifugio and Casolari, but watch your feet as it can be rocky.Show more
#3 - Valnontey River Trail
Gran Paradiso National Park
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Length: 4.6 mi • Est. 2 h 14 m
#4 - Cascate di Lillaz - Testa delle Goilles - Lago Loie
Gran Paradiso National Park
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Length: 8.1 mi • Est. 4 h 16 m
#5 - Rifugio Vittorio Emanuele - Rifugio Chabod
Gran Paradiso National Park
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Length: 11.8 mi • Est. 7 h 21 m
From the parking lot take path 1 right that crosses the Savara stream on a bridge, then turn immediately to the right and follow the dirt road that runs along it. After a short short stretch, the true and proper path starts, which branches off from it and turns sharply upwards with a series of wide bends. After a few minutes of walking, the larch trees thin out and you reach a beautiful waterfall. Continue always with hairpin bends on a never difficult path and on a paved path until you come out of the wood where you can see the first glaciers towards the head of the valley. After 2.3 hours you will arrive at the refuge. It rises on the shores of a morainic lake and the view is incredible, in front of the Moncorvè amphitheater with the splendid north face of Ciarforon. The "normal" access route to the Gran Paradiso starts from here. Continue the tour towards the Chabod refuge taking the panoramic trail 1A that in the coast with several ups and downs takes about 3.3 hours to the next refuge. Here the fatigue begins to be felt. The descent is long and very hard, given the fatigue due to the length of the loop. But you can do it. Once you reach Previeux, go up the paved road to the Port parking lot.Show more
#6 - Gran Paradiso: Rifugio Chebod - Ghiacciaio Schiena d'Asino - Rifugio Vittorio Emanuele
Gran Paradiso National Park
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Length: 13.6 mi • Est. 10 h 28 m
#7 - Loie Lake and Urtier Valley Loop
Gran Paradiso National Park
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Length: 11.7 mi • Est. 6 h 53 m
#8 - Casa Reale di Caccia di Orvieille Loop via Sentiero Natura
Gran Paradiso National Park
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Length: 4.6 mi • Est. 3 h 7 m
#9 - Degioz - Casa Reale (Royal Hunting House) di Orvieille
Gran Paradiso National Park
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Length: 7.8 mi • Est. 4 h 9 m
Leave your car in the parking lot of the Dégioz town hall and take the road that crosses the stream. Turn right reaching the town of Vers le Bois. Here begins the historic royal mule track that climbs with a long series of hairpin bends in a dense forest, the slope is at times strong, especially in the first kilometers. After passing through the woods, always following a series of hairpin bends, you reach the plateau with the royal hunting house of King Vittorio Emanuele II. Meetings with ibex, chamois and marmots are very frequent. Trail marker 8. Return along the ascent route.Show more
#10 - Monte Fantono and Santuario di San Besso
Gran Paradiso National Park
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Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 2 h 51 m
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