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Ice Climbing in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

Conquer the crystal blue frozen falls across the French valley

In the depths of winter, the Chamonix Valley offers endless opportunity for ice climbing, with the most well-known locations including the Col des Montets, Argentiere, Les Houches and Servoz. The great frozen falls vary greatly in difficulty, with climbs available for everyone, whether you’re a beginner or expert. Visit between December and February for prime climbing conditions.

Top ice climbing trips | Chamonix-Mont-Blanc:


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.

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.



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.


There are many reasons for choosing Ice Climbing in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

With over 200 ice climbing routes scattered across the valley of Chamonix, and more than 10 spots where you can use your crampons and ice axes, the frozen valley offers an abundant supply of ice climbing routes.


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Best time to visit

Visit between December and February for prime climbing conditions

What's the weather like?

The mountain climate features cold and snowy winters and pleasantly warm summers. Temperatures can vary between a minimum of -7 °C and 4°C

More info about Ice Climbing in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc:

Chamonix is a French commune located at the foot of Mont Blanc, the highest summit in western Europe. Although ice climbing seems like a very demanding sport, the truth is that in Chamonix-Mont Blanc there are ice climbing itineraries for all levels. If you’re a beginner, you can try a first approach in easier pitches like the “Crèmerie du Glacier”. For those more experienced climbers there are many challenging options where to test their skills


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