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Zermatt 3-Day Guided Ice Training Course

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Join IFMGA Certified Mountain Guide Herbert for a 3-Day Ice Training Course in Zermatt in the Valais Canton of Switzerland, within the beautiful Swiss Alps.


3 Days

All year




Join me for a 3-Day Ice Training Course on the Theodulglacier in Zermatt.

There are few things more exciting than Ice Climbing. Perhaps that is due to the temporary nature of the surface you are scaling because it lacks the permanence of rock. Or maybe it's because you are climbing what could easily be viewed as a solidified waterfall. Either way, it is a truly unique experience. And on the Theodulglacier in Zermatt, I will teach you how to enjoy it safely.

Firstly, this training course will focus primarily on practical aspects of Ice Climbing. Not theory. You will learn by doing. Thus making the course one of learning and experiencing at the same time.

A lot will be covered during the course, including, How to Rope up glaciers, How to Walk and Climb with Crampons, Ice Axe Techniques, How to Anchor in Ice and Snow, Belaing Techniques, Proper Behaviour on Glaciers, Important Knots, How to Abseil with Crampons, and Crevasse Rescue. With that much to cover, the course will be intensive, but well worth it.

Finally, on the third day, after 2 Days of Training, we will climb the icy surface of Breithorn (4,164m), where you will use all of the skills you have learned and refined. While also getting the chance to admire all of the amazing scenery The Alps within the Swiss Canton of Valais has to offer.

So let me guide you, and teach you how to properly, and safely enjoy the wonder of Ice Climbing. While also having the chance to immediately practice what you have learned while climbing one of the most beautiful peaks in the Alps, Breithorn.

I'll be awaiting your message.

And if you would like to join me for a 2-day Rock Climbing Course, also in Zermatt. You can also join me here.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Rope

Price details

Carabiners and ropes are included in the price.


Day 1: Equipment Check, Ascent to the hut, training on the Theodulglacier

Day 2: Training on the Theodulglacier

Day 3: Climb the Breithorn Peak (4,164m)



More info

Enrolment is required 4 weeks before training.

Meeting point

I can meet you at the bottom of one of the cable cars.

About the guide

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Mountain Guide

I am a nature lover who made his hobbies and passion into his profession. I possess only international recognized qualifications. As I am active in the mountains the whole year round my goal is to complement the programmes of the local organizations. My desire is to share with you my joy on the mountains, my knowledge, my experience and to make your stay in Zermatt to an unforgettable experience.

In the following pages you will find a few suggestions and ideas for your holiday in Zermatt. If my ideas or suggestions do not meet your demands, please do not hesitate to let me know what you would like to do and I will create your own personal programme. I am not only active in Zermatt but also everywhere where outdoor activities can be done. It would be a pleasure to accompany you safely and competently in the mountains.


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What people are saying about -Herbert



Herbie was rude and did not honor nor address our request to ski some moguls or any semi off piste runs even between the groomed runs. He skied so fast that he lost us at the beginning and then yelled at us for not keeping up. His communication skills were poor. We realized that snow conditions and temperature was such that there may not have been any moguls but I feel a paying customer should never be yelled at. I would not recommend this booking or Herbie to anyone. 15 minutes into the experience, we thought about dismissing him because he was so unpleasant. He did do a good job booking a restaurant for lunch at the border. There was zero ski instruction. A little advance warning prior to the booking would haven been better. Respectfully, Tommy Yen



Great guy with alot of experiance . Learnt alot from him. Would definaltey recommend . And i will 100% be using him again. Thank you herbert and hope to see you again soon . Take care . Wayne



We were group of 3 with Herbert to the Monte Rosa drop off location. Our group has done lots of heli-skiing, cat skiing, and hiked routes. What we look for in guides is 1) safety 2) matching route to technical ability 3) advice in complex sections 4) having a personality and making the day fun. On safety: Herbert did a good safety briefing and told us where to position ourselves relative to his tracks, that was the extent of his safety. One of our group members fell part-way into a crevasse and was dangling on the ice wall, and he leisurely pulled out his rope to throw it down even after being told there was a very far drop. He routinely skiied out-of-sight of the entire group even in more dangerous sections. If someone had fallen through again, there was no rescuing them as he was the only one with the safety gear. On matching the route the technical ability of the group he did fine, the only part that was an issue was the very long flat ski out (he warned us about this, so we knew it ahead of time, I wouldn't do this route again because of this). On advice/tips for complex routes, he had nothing to offer, and was annoyed when you asked him questions, the only thing he said was "lean forward on your skiis", and didn't try to help anyone who had challenges. On the last part, personality, this was the worst. He was extremely annoyed that he had to help the person out of the crevasse, and even more annoyed that a snowboarder in our group was slower in the flat section. He complained to other ski guides that passed by that he was late for his lunch. When we stopped to break and took pictures he asked us to stop wasting time with taking our phones out. When we asked him if we should bring water (for a 5 hour ski) he said it's no necessary, which was crazy. Overall, it really put a damper on the entire experience, we spent a lot of money and came from Canada to experience this, and he nearly ruined it. He's a really good technical skiier, but has no patience nor does he put an ounce of effort in to making it fun or making people feel safe.



Great trip. Herby i very very detailed and showed me a lot on my first outdoor climbing adventure



Le guide n'a pas pris le temps de donner des explications, ne nous a quasiment rien expliqué. Il semblait plus lui importer de faire la courses avec les autres cordées que de nous prendre en charge correctement. Il s'est énervé à la moindre difficulté rencontrée, se montrant grossier et très peu professionnel. N'a donné que des indications très vagues, s'est montré brutal dans les manipulations. Un honte.

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