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.
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.
Visit between December and February for prime climbing conditions.
The mountain climate features cold and snowy winters and pleasantly warm summers. Temperatures can vary between a minimum of -7 °C and 4°C.
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