Cogne Ice Climbing introduction course

The objective of the course is to allow women to try ice climbing in a friendly atmosphere, in Cogne or any other ice climbing spots close to Chamonix, with Isabelle, IFMGA mountain guide.




Trip Duration

1+ day

Mountain Range


People per Guide

4 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

Jan, Feb

Type of Trip

Not specified


Explore and share a day with other women who have never ice climbed before or have ice climbed but want to learn more about the technique and gain confidence in a friendly atmosphere in Cogne.

Explore, Learn & Be
EXPLORE: Try ice climbing in a safe and support atmosphere
LEARN: all the technique and safety needed to improve and gain knowledge.
BE: Be inspired, be motivated, be there!

I organise such ice climbing courses several times a year in January and February. Some of them are dedicated to women, some others are open for men as well.

I usually organise them in Cogne. The meeting point is in Chamonix from where we commute to reach Cogne. We can also meet in Cogne directly. They day usually starts with a coffee at Hotel Ondezana at 8.30am 😉

Here is the equipment you will need to have with you, part of it could be rented in Chamonix and I can help you with that.
– Mountaineering boots and crampons (ideally ice climbing crampons)
– Harness
– Helmet
(you can bring you own ice axes but I can also lend you a pair)

My tarif is on average 380€ a day, depending on the level and the size of the group. I sometimes organize special women days together with my sponsor Arc’teryx, the tarif is then 20€ per person.

Please get in touch with me if you wish to join an existing group or if you want to set up yours. We can go to Cogne but also to other of the best ice climbing spots of the Alps, based on the time you have and the weather / ice conditions.

Price per person per day

1 Person
449 USD

Group of 2
247 USD

Group of 3
174 USD

Group of 4
140 USD

Group of 5
124 USD

Group of 6
112 USD


Price includes

  • Guiding fee


What happens if I need to cancel the trip?
If you decide to cancel, you’ll get a 100% refund (minus fees) if the cancellation is notified up to 60 days before the start of the tour, a 75% refund (minus fees) if you cancel between 59 and 30 days before the start of the tour, and a 50% refund if you cancel between 29 and 21 days before the start of the tour. If you cancel less than 21 days before the first day of the tour, you won’t receive a refund. Take into account, however, that if accommodation, flights or transfers were included in the trip you booked, then a different policy may apply as the guide will be bound by the provider’s cancellation policy.

What happens if the guide cancels the trip because of bad weather/unsuitable conditions?
If bad weather or unsuitable conditions force the guide to cancel the trip, he or she will: a) propose a similar activity at a different place where conditions are better, or b) propose to postpone the activity until a later date, or c) cancel. If you refuse option a), our cancellation policy will apply. Please note, however, that the call to cancel a trip due to bad weather can only be made by the guide (not the client).

What happens if the guide doesn’t show up or cancels for personal reasons?
If the guide cancels for reason of injury or other, you will get a 100% refund on your trip.


About the Guide


As a French Canadian, I grew up in the extreme winters of Quebec. It wasn't until I came to Switzerland, 20 years ago as a teacher, that I discovered the high mountains. Since those first steps, my life has taken a dramatic change. Whilst finishing a Masters degree in Adult Education in Geneva, I found myself drawn ever closer to the rock walls and snows of the European Alps.
My extensive adventures around the world include: traversing the Alps on telemarks, experiencing the high altitude of Aconcagua, Denali and Ama Dablam, battling spin drifts in Alaska and exploring the mountainous regions of Peru and Bolivia. This motivated me to pursue my passion as a career. I'm now one of 16 women in France to have made the mountains my home as a professional mountain guide and member of the UIAGM. I'm based in the Chamonix valley. I can point out most summits and tell you a story about a climb I have done or a North Face on which I have shivered on.
Being the proud mum of 2 young children, I have to adapt my mountaineering aspirations. I continue to live in the constant search for perfect balance enabling others to achieve their alpine dreams safely and spending time with my family. Climbing, mountaineering and skiing remain a source of inspiration to me. Whether on rock or ice, in the mountains or sports climbing, I relishe these forms of creative expression. I need daily challenges, the search for a solution to the seemingly impossible.
I love to share this vertical world I'm privileged to live in. My goals are to encourage others to experience the same and to go beyond their own perceived physical and mental limits.

FROM 112 USD per person per day


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