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France is a cultural and natural wonder, with its world famous cities giving way to the inspiring Pyrenees and Alps mountain ranges. Ice climbing is a superb way to see the best of these renowned mountains!

France is one of the most popular tourist destinations on earth, with millions of visitors each year exploring its cities, towns, villages and countryside to sample its cultural and gastronomical delights. The world-famous Pyrenees Mountains and French Alps tower majestically in the East and Southwest of the country, and nestled within these mountains are some of the most breathtakingly gorgeous and beautiful ice climbing locale’s in Europe, with unbeatable views out over the tranquil French countryside. Take a pick from our selection of ice climbing trips in France, and see why so many people fall in love with this amazing country!

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FAQs: Ice Climbing in France

What should I know about Ice Climbing France?

France is quite a large country, with a diversity of cultures, traditions and customs in different areas. The best big cities to arrive and leave from when not ice climbing include Paris, Lyon, Nice, Marseille and Toulouse.

Some of the ice climbing can be challenging, so being in good shape and having a decent level of fitness before undertaking an ice climbing trip will enhance your enjoyment of the activity.

Temperatures can plummet in the mountainous regions, so make you sure you pack and wear appropriate clothing so as not to get caught out.

Why should I choose France for my Ice Climbing adventure?

The Mountains

France contains two of the most renowned and epic mountain ranges in Europe, the Alps and the Pyrenees. Both of these have gained a reputation as Winter outdoor activity mecca's, with ice climbing one such popular activity to indulge in. Popular spots such as Chamonix and Le Cirque de Gavarnie have excellent ice climbing conditions, with the gorgeous surrounding scenery and countryside meaning ice climbing in France is a memorable experience.


Paris is the most visited city on earth, and with good reason. From the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Arc de Triomphe and Notre Dame Cathedral, to the endless array of smaller museums, art galleries, theatres and bookshops, there is something for everyone in the city of love. The restaurants, bars and bakeries contain the full range of exquisite French cuisine, and walking the streets of Paris conjures up romance, inspiration and beauty.

The French Riviera

Long-known as a holiday hot spot for the international rich and famous, the French Riviera is a popular and open tourist destination for all and sundry, with beach resorts such as Saint-Tropez and Cannes, as well as cities such as Nice, Marseille and Monaco proving the ultimate relaxing warm-weather getaway. The lovely sand, idyllic ocean and stunning beachside architecture all make for an intoxicating and sumptuous vibe.

What can I expect from the weather in France?

Weather varies greatly between regions: the northern cities and mountain towns have very cold winters (with heavy snowfalls on the mountains) and warm summers; while the coastal cities by the Mediterranean enjoy mild temperatures almost all year and very hot days during the summer season.

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How can I get to France?

Flights to Paris from all major international hubs, with Lyon, Marseille and Nice also well-served. Easy access to most of the country via car, bus or train from the rest of Europe.

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What’s the high season for Ice Climbing in France?

December-March, when the weather is coldest and therefore most ideal for ice climbing.

What people are saying about Ice Climbing | France


Amazing trip, great hotel and the food was unbelievable. The guiding was very thorough and professional and I took a lot away from it. Conditions weren't great but we definitely made the most of it



Gained skills and confidence in ice climbing, as well as some mountaineering skills. Guide was extremely knowledgeable and supportive. Look forward to working with Seb again.



Enrico is very friendly and professional, and likes to teach. I went ice climbing in Cogne with him.



I went Ice Climbing in Cogne with Enrico. He is very competent, friendly and enthusiastic.



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