Backpacking below Mt Blanc, one of Italy's many storied peaks.
Camera Rich Brame

Backpacking Italy's Alps - Gran Paradiso - Alumni


9 days


18+ yrs



See Dates

NOLS is launching a new route in Italy this fall and it is a hard one!

At almost a 100 years old, Gran Paradiso is the first National Park in Italy. Originally designated as Royal hunting grounds your hiking route will be steeped in both history and oustanding scenery.

We'll backpack between a combination of rifugio (small, hostel-style lodging) and hotels making our way across a series of valleys and ridges towards the French border. Our accomodations on this trip also provide out meals allowing us to keep packs lighter and cover a bit more mileage each day. Make no mistake though, this hike is robust and only should be attempted by those who have a high level of physical fitness and endurance.

The trips starts and ends in Turin, a historic city that is worth a few extra days. Lodging before and after the trip is included and is in very comfortable accomodations in Turin. Flying in and out of Turin is the best option as the logistics are simple to manage. From there, we will travel like locals and take public transit to our trailhead and start hiking!

You will spend the following 7 nights out in the field, hiking amongst the giant peaks of the Alps and gazing at distant glaciers. 

This trip will re-acquaint you with NOLS backpacking techniques in a convivial, relaxing and visually stunning location. Instruction is geared to your interests, with Italian "word(s) of the day," time for journal-writing and photography, and more. Of course, non-alumni adult friends and family members are also invited— this is a great way to introduce NOLS to your sidekicks.

*Lots of elevation gain and long days make this a very challenging trip.

Course Dates

1 course

Aug 18 - 26, 2021

Pre- and post trip lodging in Turin included