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Ice climbing in the Hautes Alpes with a guide

Discover the thrill of ice climbing in the Hautes Alpes (Freissinières , Ceillac or La Grave) with local IFMGA-certified guide and expert climber Maxence.

Mountain RangeAlps
Duration1+ day
Offer periodJan, Feb, Mar
Skill LevelBeginner
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripNot specified


Let me take you ice climbing in the Hautes Alpes and discover that this activity can be just as much fun as climbing on rock.

Contrary to popular belief, ice climbing is not particularly dangerous and you don’t need to be cold. It’s all a matter of planning! The key to not being cold is to remain dry during the climb. The right gear is crucial to allow you not to get wet and not to sweat excessively.

What is also great about ice climbing is that you can have a great time even as a beginner. Join me on one of these ice climbing sessions and you’ll understand what I’m talking about!

Depending on conditions, we’ll choose between several spots in the Hautes Alpes: Freissinières, Ceillac (Queyras), and La Grave are among the options. I will of course also take your wishes into account, so don’t hesitate to let me know if you have a specific interest in one of these spots. The good point is that these places are less crowded than the other classics of the Alps like Cogne in Italy.

In the Hautes Alpes, you’ll find ice climbing routes to suit everyone: long, short, steep, not steep, etc. So let me know what your expectations are so that I can plan accordingly. I particularly enjoy coaching my clients, allow them to progress and reach their next ice climbing level.

Come join me and discover ice climbing for yourself. This adrenaline-packed activity is a great way to enjoy the outdoors during the winter!

If you’re visiting southern France during the summer, check out my rock climbing program in the Ecrins. 



About the guide

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Even as a kid, I knew I wanted to become a mountain guide. Growing up in Aix-en-Provence, in southern France, the Alps have been my playground since a very young age. Amazing climbing spots like the Calanques and Gorges du Verdon were just a stone throw's away from my hometown.

Eventually, I also became an architect, another long-time passion. As an architect, I lived in New York, Barcelona and Rotterdam and learned to speak fluent English and Spanish. I also met great people and had an amazing time while doing it!

I'm now back home in France and spend most of my time guiding in the Alps. I'll be happy to take you rock climbing, skiing or mountaineering to some of my favorite spots.

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Prices per person, per day

Group of 1

EUR 413 each

Group of 2

EUR 207 each

Group of 3

EUR 138 each

Group of 4

EUR 104 each

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