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Varaita Valley, Italian Alps, Guided Ice Climbing

Varaita valley
Varaita valley
Varaita valley
Varaita valley
Varaita valley

Andrea, an IFMGA certified guide, wants to lead you on an ice climbing adventure that can last one or several days in the beautiful Varaita valley in the Alps of Italy.



1 Day

Jan, Feb, Dec




  • Enjoy one or several days of great ice climbing in the Varaita valley of Italy.
  • Gaze at the beautiful surroundings within the Italian Alps.
  • Climb on the first ever ascended ice fall in the country: Ciucchinel.


An incredible spot for ice climbing, the Varaita valley in the Alps of Italy is truly mesmerizing. In fact, the first ice fall ever ascended in the country of Italy: Ciucchinel, is in this valley. And on this trip, which can last one, or several days if you wish, I would like to take you to a number of different ice falls.

Our adventure in the Varaita valley will begin either directly in the valley, or at Borgo San Dalmazzo. From there, we will venture into the gorgeous valley. Surrounded by spectacular landscape as well as the tremendous peaks of the Italian Alps, you will be in a constant state of awe.

When it comes to the ice climbing, the selection of ice falls in the valley is as varied as it is incredible. And because of that variety, there are ice falls that are ideal for participants of every climbing level. So if you are a beginner just getting started, there are ice falls like Ciucchinel, Berro and Limo Nero. And if you are an expert looking for that next great challenge, there are options like Chandelle Gastok. There are also different areas we can visit on this trip. Those areas include the Grassi/Tessera goulotte at Monte Ferra, the Goulotte del Triangolo di Caprera and the Macrocouloir di Rocco Bianca.

Are you looking for a great place for ice climbing? Then send me a request and let me guide you through the Varaita valley. I have no doubt you’ll have an unforgettable experience. 

Do you enjoy splitboarding? If so, I also offer a 3 day splitboarding tour in the beautiful Val Maira.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

Price details

Please contact us for a price quote.

Cascade crampons and ice axes can be rented from us at an additional cost.



There are several inns and refuges in the valley that I would be happy to recommend to you.

More info

Participants should bring the following items with them: harness, helmet, technical boots, crampon front and back, shell type windbreaker, thermal shirt, mountaineering pants, technical gloves, cap, sunglasses.

Meeting point

Borgo San Dalmazzo or directly in the valley.

About the guide

I am a certified Mountain Guide living in Val Maira, where I'm from.
I practice all the aspects of the mountain, but above all what I like the most is exploring wild and unfrequented paths.
I love travelling. have vast experience in the area of Barcelona and Sheffield, in the heart of the Peak District.
I work together with other IFMGA mountain guides, within the Global Mountain team.
I alternate my passion for the mountains with my other job as an engineer.


Italian | English



What people are saying about Andrea Garelli

Jozsef Fulajtar


September, 2023

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Tanya Glanville-Wallis


September, 2022

EPIC as ever! Thank you so much team :)

Sophie Bufton


August, 2021

Exemplary is the word. Andrea's colleague Simone was my guide for this ascent. Andrea coordinated my solo expedition of Monte Argentera with only a few days notice. Conversation with Simone was easy and fascinating from the get-go. He tailored the expedition to suit me best: we moved at a faster pace and took time to meet the wild animals. He introduced me to harness-and-rope based mountain-climbing and created challenges within my limits - always acknowledged the small accomplishments which was very reassuring!. After the main ascent, Simone used his climbing expertise to reach a child who had fallen from a cliff and assisted in an air-ambulance secours. He took it all in his stride and his humility and heroism were exemplary. As my mountaineering debut, I've come away from the experience with confidence, trust and fascination - I would be thrilled to do another.


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