Ceillac, France, Guided Ice Climbing

IFMGA certified guide Damien wants to lead you for a day of Ice Climbing in the small, wonderful French commune of Ceillac in the Hautes-Alpes region.




Trip Duration

1+ day

Mountain Range


People per Guide

3 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

Jan, Feb, Dec

Type of Trip

Not specified



    Ceillac is a small, sparsely populated commune in the Hautes-Alpes region of south east France. It is a beautiful area located near the spectacular Parc Naturel regional du Queyras.

    The commune is also located near the Italian border. Thus allowing visitors to see several impressive peaks that include Monte Viso (3,841m). I believe that just visiting Ceillac is an exciting trip on its own. However, while you’re with me, you will have the chance to spend an entire day ice climbing.

    During the winter season, there are several ice falls that form around the Ceillac commune. Those falls include popular choices like the Les Formes du Chaos, among others. However, regardless of whichever ice fall you decide on, I know you will have a great time.

    Due to the precarious nature of ice climbing, I will make sure you are properly guided throughout the day. I will see to it that you are safe at all times. And I will also see to it that you are learning as much as possible, so you can use whatever skills you’ve gained in future ice climbing adventures.

    A few of the skills I will teach you include how to properly chain your lengths, as well as proper equipment usage and management, and much more.

    Ice climbing is a wonderfully enjoyable winter activity. And in Ceillac, the gorgeous scenery only amplifies the experience. So if you want to enjoy a day that will be a feast for both your eyes and your sense of adventure, all you have to do is send me a request.

    I can also lead you on another ice climbing adventure at the French ski resort town of La Grave in the Hautes-Alpes region.

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    Price per person, per day

    Group of 1
    330 EUR

    Group of 2
    165 EUR

    Group of 3
    110 EUR


    Price includes

    • Guiding fee
     The price does include a helmet and harness, but does not include equipment such as crampons, ice axe and shoes; however, those items can rented.

    Other details

    Skill level required


    Fitness level required


    Meeting point



    About the Guide


    I'm a fully certified IFMGA mountain guide from Les Hautes Alpes. I'm based very close to the National Park of Queyras.
    I was born in a farm in Haute Savoie. I grew up with cows and when I was 1 1/2 years old, I climbed my first mountain...Nooo, I'm just kidding !
    I come from Paris and I actually started sailing before mountaineering. I studied in a business school and I realized few years later that actually, my passion was not to sit behind a computer all day but to guide friends and clients in the mountains.
    I now live in Les Hautes Alpes and I'll be happy to bring you up there and let you live an unique time. So please contact me and let's start planning a mountain trip you would like to do, during the winter or the summer, for 1/2 or several days !



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    What People are Saying about Damien Fontaine


    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!
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    Sloane Roeser
    Mon fils Maxime est revenu enchanté de sa journée hors-pistes avec Damien : « Trop Cooooool » furent ses premiers mots en rentrant au chalet J ! Cette journée fut une totale découverte pour lui, puisqu’il n’avait jamais expérimenté le vrai hors-piste. Très belle expérience pour lui, et malgré la fatigue au retour, il en redemandera, c’est certain. Merci à Damien pour cette journée que Maxime n’est pas prêt d’oublier !
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    Journée de ski rando au top dans le Vallon et Col du Crachet...une découverte pour moi...mais quelle expérience positive...? ...me voilà \"addict\"...merci Damien ? ...
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    Petite journée de ski rando dans le vallon du Crachet, puis Col du Crachet (col de Vars). Temps magnifique, 20cm de poudreuse tombée la veille. Bref des conditions idéales. Damien s’est parfaitement adapté au groupe (certains ayant déjà fait des raids à ski, d’autres étant débutants). Une montée à allure modérée mais constante. Tout au long de la progression, Damien nous parle des sommets avoisinants, des vallées adjacentes,... Des tours & autres raids possibles dans des endroits plus sauvages, moins fréquentés, ... Je suis maintenant incollable sur la Barre de la Pisse ou des sommets de l’Eyssina, qui avoisinent tous les 3000m d’altitude. Nous avons aussi fait des exercices pour détecter des victimes en cas d’avalanche. Des petits rappels toujours très utiles... Damien est vraiment quelqu’un d’ouvert, gentil et toujours à l’écoute des membres du groupe. Je n’hésiterai pas à refaire appel à ses services !
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