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Ice Climbing in France

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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What people are saying about these trips

Michael Ellis


January, 2023

Goulottes ice climbing in the Mt Blanc range

Paolo was a fantastic guide! Even with conditions not favorable for the climbs I wished to do he came up with alternatives that were great. I highly recommend these guides

Bea Baharier


January, 2022

Goulottes ice climbing in the Mt Blanc range

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Frank Van Nieulande


January, 2022

Ice climbing for beginners around Chamonix

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April, 2020

Ice climbing in the Best Gullies of the Alps, 5 days

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

Potato Hills


February, 2020

6-day Ice climbing course in Cogne, Advanced level

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

Benjamin Klein


February, 2019

Guided Ice climbing in the Alps

Had a great time with Jessy. On the first day we did nice beginner stuff for my wife and I. On the second day, we did a large icefall of harder difficulty with just me, which was great.

Jose Tirado


February, 2019

Ice climbing in the Best Gullies of the Alps, 5 days

Enrico is not only an excellent guide but also an incredible person. He works really hard to help you improve your climbing level and build the confidence you need to lead climb, for example. Everything was perfect from the comfy lodge he offers in Aosta to the first-class climbing experience.



January, 2019

Winter ice climbing, 5-day in Chamonix

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.

Sloane Roeser


January, 2018

Briancons 1/2 day Guided Ice Climbing for Beginners

Damien was super helpful in giving us info on the area, and a great guide for ice climbing! He kept it really fun and just challenging enough so that we all had an amazing experience! The guided ice climbing was so much fun! Such a beautiful and rare opportunity. I would highly recommend it!



December, 2017

Ice climbing in the Best Gullies of the Alps, 5 days

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



January, 2015

Ice climbing in Oisans, Ecrins range

Great time with Quentin, a guide as we like. Professional, human and super nice. I have already done several routes in mountain et ice climbing (Dents du Geant, tour ronde in the corridor Gervasutti, le Rateau ouest, ...) and every time a beautiful human adventure. Seb


There are many reasons for choosing Ice Climbing in France

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.


Good to know:

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Best time to visit

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

How to get there

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


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

More info about Ice Climbing in 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


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