Alpine Challenge



15th - 19th September 2021


Gran Paradiso National Park, Italy

Fundraising Target

 £1,500 pp

Trek Cost

£850 pp + VAT *flights and transfers not included. 


The Restart Alpine Challenge is back in 2021 as former professional rugby player, recovering quadriplegic and Restart trustee, Ed Jackson, will lead the group for a unique expedition through the Gran Paradiso National Park in Italy.

Included will be three days of trekking through the beautiful and remote valleys of the Gran Paradiso National Park, staying overnight in mountain refuges as you head further into the mountains. The challenge will culminate on the final day, as you prepare to summit Mont Taou Blanc standing at 3,438 meters …more than double the height of Ben Nevis!

Ed Jackson will be joined by another former professional rugby player so keep your eyes peeled and ears to the ground for news on which player will be taking part in the Alpine Challenge...!

We are working with the CHX team of mountain experts for this event who have designed the routes to be challenging but accessible and achievable for everyone. Although this challenge requires no technical mountaineering experience, a good level of fitness is required for the demanding routes, though CHX staff will be on hand to guide and provide support throughout.



Day 1: Arrive in La Thuile Italy for an evening meal in luxury chalet accommodation and outline of event, including a run through of kit.

Day 2: Depart La Thuile for Thumel. Hike Goletta Comba to reach Goletta Lake (2,699m) on to Goletta Glacier and Goletta Peak (3,291m). Stay overnight in Benevolo Hut (2,287m).

Day 3: Trek through wild and beautiful landscape to Col de Nivoletta (3,124m). Head up to the Alpi Graie, above 3,000m and descend to Nivelotta lakes with a view of the Gran Paradiso range and stay overnight in Savoia Hut (2,533m).

Day 4: Hike to Leynir pass (3,084m) for the ascent to Mont Taou Blanc (3,438m), before finally descending to Thumel.

Day 5: Depart La Thuile and return home.

*All routes are dependent upon weather conditions


Registration and any questions?

For more information about the challenge please email Robbie Udberg on or call +44(0)7852 735052.

If you have any fundraising questions or would like to register please email Ursula Fairlie on or call +44(0) 7715 036545.

Get inspired by our 2019 group!

Alpine Challenge 2019