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Kandersteg guided ice climbing day

Get the chance to experience ice climbing in Kandersteg with Lorenz, a local IFMGA Mountain guide. This Swiss village has amazing frozen waterfalls for all levels, easily reachable from the road.

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1 Day

Jan, Feb, Dec


Let me invite you to live an unforgettable winter mountaineering experience in Kandersteg. Join me for one or several days of ice climbing on some of the best waterfalls of Europe.

Kandersteg is a Swiss municipality in the district of Frutigen-Niedersimmental. It is an alpine town at 1174m high. It has a privileged location in the middle of the Bernese Oberland. It’s one of the best places in the Alps to practice ice climbing. As I live nearby, I’ve extensively climbed and explored the icefalls in the area throughout the last 15 years.

Ice climbing is one of my favourite winter activities ! I particularly enjoy going to Kandersteg with my friends and clients because…

  • It is the Mecca for ice climbing in Europe, it offers extremely varied terrain;

  • Through local knowledge I can find the best crags for every level of ice climber.

  • For me in winter there’s nothing more challenging and satisfying than climbing frozen waterfalls.

During winter time, the frozen waterfalls in Kandersteg offer ice climbing possibilities for everyone, from beginners to experienced climbers. The area has easy ice walls suitable for introductory courses. There are also some more difficult routes for the ones looking to progress and gain autonomy.

All you need is a good level of fitness. Some basic notions in using crampons will also be a plus.

I’ll define a program based on your wishes, your level and the number of participants. I will also take into account the weather and the ice conditions.

Please get in touch with me if you are interested to ice climb in Kandersteg. We’ll have the opportunity to discuss together and plan a tour answering your expectations. 

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Harness

- Helmet

- Crampons

- Ice axe

Price details

Not included:

- Personal climbing gear

- Lifttickets (if needed, conditions & location dependent)

- Dayfood


More info

You can rent equipment from me if you need : Iceaxes, Crampons, Harnesses and Helmets

Meeting point

Hotel Ermitage in Kandersteg

About the guide

I was born and raised in the valley of Grindelwald, in the Bernese Oberland, Switzerland. To this day I live in this region and I am working as a full-time Mountain Guide since 2005, when I got my IFMGA/UIAGM certification.

In my spare time I love traveling. Throughout the last twenty years I was privileged to visit many countries over four continents and I got to learn a lot about different cultures. My greatest passion is nature in all its diversity. A life in nature is what gives me strength and helps me find balance. That’s why activities like climbing, bouldering, telemark skiing and surfing are central parts of my life.

‘As climbers we often walk on a knife's edge and move off the beaten tracks. This way, we sharpen our intuition and get a sense of a precarious, heightened perception, through that perception we learn to act responsibly. In nature, I find both peace and deep inspiration for life’.


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What people are saying about Lorenz Frutiger



December, 2016

Lorenz was great. I spend two days with him - one day winter hiking to Mönch and another ice/rock climbing. He was very well-organized / professional (everything happened on time and with no surprises; weather forced changes to my original plan but he came up with alternative suggestions and kept me informed at all times), friendly and has extensive mountaineering experience, so that he can guide at any level.


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