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5-day Ice climbing in Val de Cogne

5-day Ice climbing in Val de Cogne
5-day Ice climbing in Val de Cogne
5-day Ice climbing in Val de Cogne

Why don't you join Sébastien, a local IFMGA mountain guide, in this 5-day ice climbing training? It is a program suitable for all levels in the most outstanding cascades of Val de Cogne, near Chamonix.

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5 Days

Jan, Feb


It’s my pleasure to invite you to a 5-day guided ice climbing trip in Val de Cogne. The ice cascades you’ll find there are perfect for any kind of climber: from beginners to professionals.

Val de Cogne as well as all the Chamonix region provide great frozen walls for all levels. In fact, if you don’t have so much experience you can reach the top of them using ropes and gradually gain more autonomy. Of course, you’ll count on my help! As a certified mountain guide I’ll guarantee the safest experience as well as the suitable cascade according to your abilities.

In addition to that, this 5-day trip will let you learn a lot of new techniques concerning ice climbing. During this experience, I will teach you the following content:

  • How to evolve on ice while climbing;

  • Climbing in dry-tooling (mixed sporting climbs);

  • Safety elements (ropes, crampons);

  • Descent security;

  • How to install the screws in the ice;

  • The Abalakov Test.

Please find at the end of this description an estimated sample of our 5-day program in Val de Cogne. Keep in mind that any event can be modified and adapted to the group level as well as to the climatic conditions.

Finally, let me tell you that if you’re on your own and want to come to Val de Cogne, I can find a place for you in other group. On the contrary, if you already have your group of friends, contact me now to book your places and arrange the final details. I’ll be waiting for your message!

Price includes

- Guiding fee


Day 1: Patrie de Droite Cascade

Meet at 7:15 in Chamonix with all the equipment. Then, we’ll departure in direction to Valnontey, above the village of Cogne and at the foot of the Grand Paradiso.
After 1:20 hours of approaching we arrive at the foot of the “Patrie de Droite” ice cascade, which offer passages at 90° during its 10 meters.
Night in a cottage in Cogne.

Day 2: Lillaz gully (Rock climbing + ice climbing)

During our second day of training, we will go on the right bank of Valeille. It will take us 1:15 to reach the foot of this chute.
It is a superb mixed itinerary with a beautiful atmosphere and a breathtaking view of Mont Blanc.
Night in a cottage.

Day 3: Tuborg

This time we’ll go to the left bank of Valeille. A small approach of 40 minutes will take us at the beginning of this 5-length beautiful ice cascade.
Its climb starts with a wall of 50m at 85°. You will be able to try climbing at the top! Night in the cottage.

Day 4: Il Candelabro de Coyote

Today we’ll take a new direction to the left bank of Valeille. After 40 minutes we will be at the foot of this ice wall. “Il Candelabro de Coyote” is a beautiful cascade, with passages of 10 meters in 90°. The arms will hurt a little!
Night at the cottage.

Day 5: Répentance Super

To finish this ice climbing training course in Val d Cogne, we will take the right bank of Valnontey called “Répentance Super”.
This magnificent ice cascade is a grade 6 (the most difficult). Its most complex section is a column of 30 meters to climb in position of 90°. After that, we’ll return to Chamonix and we’ll do the final balance training of ice climbing in the afternoon.




In cottages. Not included in the final price.

Meeting point

At 7:15 A.M. in Chamonix

About the guide

IFMGA / UIAGM Mountain Guide -
Sébastien is originally from Toulon. Before he dedicated his time fully to his passion, mountaineering, he has completed a degree in Alpine Geography.
His thirst for adventure took him from countries such as Turkey and Peru to the high mountains of Pakistan .
Since 2000, he work as a Mountain Guide in Chamonix, La Clusaz and all over the world.


French | English



What people are saying about Sébastien Laurent

Teddy Papes


April, 2023

Thanks for all your help!

David Pyle


October, 2022

I had a great time climbing with Sebastien. He modified the trip because of the weather and was able to find dry rock on a wet day. Throughout the trip Sebastien not only provided plenty of climbing but also helped me on skills that I wanted to improve on.

Nathan Wangliao


September, 2022

Sebastien was a great guide! Thank you :)

Casey White


June, 2022

Sebastien was a fantastic guide, I had a great time and learned a lot. I would 100% use him again as a guide and the climbing / route choices were great as well

Antonia Mächler


February, 2022

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Robert Davis


July, 2021

Excellent course. Sebastien tailored the content to my goals and was a great and thorough instructor. A very enjoyable and educational course.



January, 2019

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.

Slawek Noga


October, 2018

Five amazing days ,professional and friendly service. Keep Calm and Climbing with Sebastien Lauren

david guo


September, 2018

The traveller did not leave a comment.

Alexandra Robert-rodiere


January, 2017

Grâce à Sebastien L vous repoussez vos limites! Exigent mais attentif il vous amènera découvrir des paysages hors des sentiers battus...avec la cool attitude. Bref un super guide!

Pascal Le Flao


February, 2016

Une page superbe, intéressante, un guide talentueux, sympa et simple avec qui on a plaisir à partager notre passion pour la montagne. Merci Sébastien !

Pascal Le Flao


February, 2016

Una página estupenda, interesante, una guía talentosa, agradable y sencilla con la que nos complace compartir nuestra pasión por la montaña. Gracias Sebastián!

D'Jé Titounian


December, 2015

Super semaine avec Sébastien et Guillaume. Très partant pour refaire un stage!!!



July, 2015

Unforgettable experience, thanks to our guide Sebastien we reached the summit, he prepared us not only with the required skills also with the psychological strength for such an emblematic summit. Also we want to thank Gauthier (from Explore-Share) for his help preparing this expedition.



April, 2015

It was my first ski touring experience in high montainous areas: it was just unique thanks notably to the way Sébastien managed us in a very professional way. He inspired confidence in our group while this was the very first time for three among us. Congrats.


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