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Zermatt Guided Ice Climbing

Zermatt Guided Ice Climbing
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Join Herbert, an IFMGA Certified Mountain Guide, for a day of Ice Climbing in Zermatt, Switzerland, and enjoy the thrill of scaling a sheet of solid Ice.


1 Day

All year




Let me guide you for a Full-Day of Ice Climbing on the Swiss Alps in Zermatt.

Ice Climbing is one of the most unique ways to climb. There are so many variables to it. Because unlike rock, Ice is always Changing. And the reasons behind the changes usually have to do with Weather and subsequent Melting and Drying. However, it is exactly because of these constant changes of the ice that makes climbing it so exciting. Thus making it an experience that is never the same. Regardless of how many times you do it, even if doing it on the same Icefall, it will always be different.

In Zermatt, there are several different areas where we can Ice Climb. And there is also a great variety of ways to Ice Climb as well. And with this trip you will be offered the opportunity to pick and choose what kind of Ice Climbing you want to enjoy. There are options that range from Expert Level that require necessary experience to easier options that require No Previous Experience.

This unforgettable day can be as challenging or as easy as you want it to be. You can climb from heights of 10-20 Meters to Much Higher if you so desire. Steep with Several Pitches, or a Frozen River with Small Steps, there is an abundance of ways to enjoy Ice Climbing in Zermatt. And with climbing times between 2 and 5 Hours, and ascending and descending times between 30 Minutes to 2 Hours, you can have as much variation as the Icefalls themselves possess.

So come and join me for an entire day of Ice Climbing in Zermatt. Enjoy the wonder of scaling a wall that is as temporary as the opportunity you have to climb it. And leave knowing you will have a memory that can never be reproduced, no matter how many times you or anybody else climbs the same Icefall.

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If you want to enjoy another thrilling adventure in Zermatt. You can also join me for a day of Off-Piste or Freeride skiing.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Rope

- Quickdraws

Price details

-- The price for the Expert option of this trip is 760 CHF for 1-2 people. This option incorporates sustained steep with vertical parts and several pitches. Climbing time is between 2-4 hours, while ascent and descent is between 1-2 hours.

-- The price for the Advanced option of this trip is 660 CHF for 1-2 people. This option has a 65 degree steep angle with short steep parts and several pitches. Climbing time is between 2-4 hours, while ascent and descent is between 1-2 hours.

-- For the Drying option of this trip, the price is 660 CHF for 1-2 people. The height is between 10-20 meters, slightly steep to very steep. Previous knowledge is not necessary. Climbing time is between 3-5 hours. Ascent and descent is between 30 minute and 1 hour.

-- The Corner Gorge option of this trip is 660 CHF for 1-2 people. You will be climbing up on the frozen river with small steep steps. Previous knowledge is not necessary. Climbing time is between 2-4 hours. Ascent and descent is between 30 minutes and 1 hour.

-- For the above additional trips, it is an additional 50 CHF per person after 2 people. Max. 2 people for the climb Expert.


More info

The following personal equipment is required from the participant, Rucksack 25-30 Litre, Mountaineering boots *, Climbing seat harness *, Crampons 12 points steel, not aluminium, adjusted *, 2 technical ice axes *, Helmet *, Mountaineering Trousers, Waterproof, breathable jacket, Fleece jacket or jumper, Gloves, Warm hat, Shirt, Sunglasses with side protection, Sun Screen factor >25, Lip Balm factor >15, Flask or water bottle, about 1 litre, no camel bags, Food for lunch, Personal medication, Telescope Pole *. All items with a * can be rented. -- The guide will provide Ice screws, ropes, carabiners etc. -- It is important for participants to travel light as they will have to carry everything.

Meeting point

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


What are some recommended accommodations near our adventure location?

We understand that finding the perfect place to stay is an essential part of your adventure experience. To help you with this, we’ve curated a list of three highly recommended hotels that offer comfort, convenience, and a touch of local charm. These accommodations are well-suited for adventurers looking to relax and rejuvenate after an exciting day of exploration
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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 guided us as a group of 5 up the Breithorn. He was very experienced and knowledgeable. He got us to the summit and back safely and efficiently and set a perfect pace. He also had good humour. We all enjoyed the experience and thought he did a great job. Would definitely use Herbie again



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

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