/ Gran Paradiso
A second night at the hut isn't usual, it's an easy walk back down to Pont.
Hi. We did it last July - half a day to walk to VE hut from the campsite car park in the valley. Early-ish start from VE hut(but not crazy early) - we were not first out by any means. Up to summit and back to hut by about 2pm-ish. We didnt rush at all. We then chose to head back down to the car so we could go elsewhere that night. 2-3 hours down to car. A long day - but my 13 year old coped pretty easily and we had a full but easier day the next day in Chamonix.
If you're fit and have good conditions it should take only 2-3 hours to walk up to the hut - it's a superbly graded path, much of it stone-paved and stepped. If you start from the hut at the usual time, around 3am in the high season, you can quite comfortably be back down in the valley in time for lunch. Making the ascent direct from Pont (the path is no problem by torchlight or moonlight) to get ahead of the hut parties is one way to avoid possible congestion at the summit crest, previously discussed on this forum ...
Yes - you can't miss it. Pont isn't much more than a couple of hotels and a large campsite.
It's a very straightforward 1350m (4000') climb. 4 hours should do, but if you hit weekend crowds or multiple guided parties at the final rocks and are determined to climb those last few metres you might well have to wait an hour or more.
No. Change at Aosta. Around 3 buses a day up the Valsavaranche to Pont.
I'd recommend you search back on the Forum - there's lots of helpful recent discussion around the Paradiso ascent.
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