Join Andrea, local IFMGA certified guide, on an ice climbing program tailored to your skills, goals and time available. For beginners and advanced climbers!
Jan, Feb, Mar
Join me on this ice climbing program in Cogne, in the beautiful Aosta Valley. This is one of the best spots in Europe for this fantastic winter mountaineering activity. Join me for a 1-day or multiple-day program!
As an IFMGA mountain guide from Val d'Aosta, I love bringing my clients and friends to Cogne to experience a good time on amazing ice falls.
Cogne is a perfect spot for ice climbing. It is accessible for every skill level, from beginners to experienced ice climbers. I will be happy to give you the basics if you have never done it before. If you are experience already, I will focus on giving you the right tips to improve, and allow you to be autonomous.
This program includes both theoretical and practical sessions. I will adapt the program to the time you have available, and your goals.
The duration of this program can be adjusted to your availability and goals. For programs of 2 or more days, I recommend staying in the charming Ondezana hotel in Cogne, a perfect base camp for the ice climbers.
We will be climbing walls of a minimum of 150 meters high by 2.
In order to ensure maximum safety, groups on this program are of up to 4 guests.
If you would like to have a first-hand account, have a look at this article in which 2 Belgian climbers share their experience of climbing with me back in January 2017.
I look forward to having you in one of my tours very soon!
Interested in this Ice climbing in Cogne, Aosta Valley program? Request your booking today! Have a look at some of my other programs available like: 2-day Mount Rutor ascent in Aosta Valley, Maira Valley ski touring, and Nevache guided ski touring.
- Guiding fee
I recommend the Ondezana hotel in Cogne for programs of 2 days or more
I was born in 1986. I live in Arvier and I'm a mountain guide since 2013. I'm a member the Union Aosta Valley High Mountain Guides and the guiding Alpine Valgrisenche. I'm also a mountain bike instructor recognized by the Italian Cycling Federation since 2004. I have the ISTA certificate since 2015. Please get in touch with me if you want to enjoy the Alps during the summer or winter. It will be my great pleasure to let you discover all the great spots, especially if you come to Italy.
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Arvier, Aosta Valley
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The couple of days spent in Cogne were just incredible. If you like the mountain and want to try something else in winter than skiing or snowboarding, ice climbing is definitively for you. During our time there, we enjoyed the beautiful sceneries of the Aosta valley, visit the small villages, enjoy the cuisine and most importantly learn the basics of Ice Climbing. The sport is really physical and requires to be a bit of a daredevil but the satisfaction of reaching the top of a frozen waterfall give you feeling that surpasses any of those challenges. During our trip, we were accompanied by our guide, Andrea. His knowledge of the mountain and his friendliness were the “Cherry on the topping”. Besides teaching us the different techniques linked to ice climbing, we also discussed other mountaineering activities which was delightful for Pierre-Henri and myself since we want to get more involved in that area. During our stay, we started to practice on easier routes in the Lillaz park. This first day allowed us to grasp the general techniques and already test our strength and our “fear” of hights. The next day we headed towards the Grand Paradis national park and we walked for about an hour through the snow to reach the icefalls. The view on the way was breathtaking. The icefall we climbed was definitively more impressive than the first one we had done, much steeper, taller and technical. That being said, getting to the top was an amazing feeling. We were so trilled after our ice climbing experience that we are already looking through the “Explore-Share” site to find our next adventure which will more than likely be summiting either Mount Rosa or Mount Elbrus.
All went very well ! We have been very satisfied about the ice climbing experience offered by Andrea. It is an experience I will probably never forget and I hope I can go on an "adventure" with Andrea in the future !
Cogne was a great experience! I'm a more advanced climber but for my girlfriend it was the first time one ice, and she loved it! Andrea is patient and knowledgeable, for sure one of the best guides I ever had. bonus point: After the climb we all went to a restaurant in town, food quality was top notch! If it's your first time in the region, I'll suggest you "polenta concia", which is your typical polenta with local cheese and onions!
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