Established in 1922, the Gran Paradiso National Park, Italy (Parco nazionale del Gran Paradiso), is the first Italian national park.
Located between the Aosta Valley and Piedmont regions, the park is named after Gran Paradiso mountain, which is included in the park, and is contiguous with the French Vanoise national park.
Protecting lots of species (chamois, marmots, bearded vulture, golden eagle, etc.), the park was initially created to protect the endangered alpine ibex, avoiding its extinction.
Before its creation, the Gran Paradiso National Park was a personal hunting ground for king Victor Emmanuel II (the the Royal Hunting Reserve of the Gran Paradiso, created in 1856).
The alpine ibex remains the emblem of the park.
The following pictures of the Gran Paradiso National Park, Italy, were taken on the heights of Valnontey, in the Cogne valley.
Hiking from Valnontey to the Rifugio Vittorio Sella (Climber and photographer, 1859 – 1943), on the trail along the Grand Loson torrent.
I hope you liked my photos of the Gran Paradiso National Park, Italy. Maybe it will motivate you to go hiking on some of its amazing trails.
The pictures serie illustrate the hike from Valnontey to almost the Rifugio Vittorio Sella.
I say almost, as I thought I had reached it and then decided to go back due to the changing weather conditions.
In fact, it was another mountain hut, 250 meters further away from the Rifugio Vittorio Sella, but I couldn’t see it from where I was ^^