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Ice Climbing in Switzerland: Top Outdoor Adventures Awaiting You


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Enjoy immaculate ice falls and epic alpine ice climbing expeditions in mountainous winter sport paradise!

From the numerous ice falls of Zermatt and multi-level ice climbing challenges in the Swiss Alps to the challenging but rewarding ice climbing courses and opportunities near Bern, Switzerland is fully equipped for all your ice climbing needs. Whether it is your first time using an ice axe and crampons or you are a seasoned climber, there is always something new for you to experience in the land of mountains and glaciers. Compare and book a certified guide for your trip on Explore-Share.com: 1500+ guides, 70+ countries and more than 8000 different programs to choose from. Take a pick from our selection of Ice Climbing trips in Switzerland. The mountains are calling!

Ice Climbing in Switzerland

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FAQs: Ice Climbing in Switzerland

What should I know about Ice Climbing Switzerland?

While Switzerland is certainly more well known for its skiing opportunities, there is no shortage of ice climbing here for those seeking it out. Flying into Bern or Zermatt is your best option to get out onto the ice as soon as possible. All sorts of ice climbing from courses to challenging climbs may be found scattered around these two locations.  

For those looking to get into winter mountaineering, ice climbing builds a good skill set that comes in necessary on numerous expeditions. For those looking for a spectacular view, ice climbing get you up to spots that are inaccessible in the summer, such as frozen waterfalls and gives you a different perspective of the country than hiking, mountaineering or ski touring can as well.

Why should I choose Switzerland for my Ice Climbing adventure?

Stunning scenery

Frozen waterfalls are a spectacular site. Even more so when you are halfway up one. While everyone else is out skiing, enjoy the spectacular Swiss scenery in another way. Glaciers and ice falls also present excellent opportunities to get in some climbing and reward yourself with a pristine view from the top.

Learn something new

As ice climbing continues to become more and more popular, single-day to half-week courses are springing up around Switzerland. This is an excellent opportunity to learn a new skill and spend some quality time doing something different with family and friends. Rescue and safety courses are also offered for aspiring guides.

Legendary hospitality

Swiss hospitality is legendary for its quality. It’s the attention to detail, discretion and luxury that also epitomizes Swiss watches and chocolate, which defines any stay here. When you are not out on the ice, sit back at the lodge, hostel or hotel and enjoy every moment of your well-earned vacation.

What can I expect from the weather in Switzerland?

The weather varies throughout Switzerland during the winter. However, on average, you can expect average daily temperatures between -2ºC and 7ºC in the valleys. Higher up in the mountains temperatures are colder. Most of the time, the weather will be tranquil enough for ice climbing, but storms are not infrequent.

How many days should I allocate for my Switzerland Ice Climbing experience?

This depends on how much time you have. Many guides offer a range of options from single-day ice climbing trips to courses lasting several days. Overall, a week is sufficient time to explore much of the ice climbing available in any given location.

Which language is predominantly spoken in Switzerland?

German, French, Italian, English

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What currency is accepted in Switzerland?

Swiss franc (CHF)

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

December to February

What people are saying about Ice Climbing | Switzerland



Best guided day of my life.



Easy going friendly guide, listening to customer's wishes, safety first. I did with him Haute Nendaz (2019-2017) and Pila (2018-2017).



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.



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.

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