those looking to climb waterfall ice routes
of Grade III+ or above, this course will provide
the challenge you've been looking for! You spend the full week in Italy, in the beautiful Cogne valleys.
long multi-pitch waterfall ice routes to shorter
more technical routes, there is a route to
suit every style. There is also usually the
opportunity to try mixed climbing or some
dry tooling routes.
previous experience would likely be seconding
on gullies and ice climbs up to grade III,
or Alpine experience up to PD (such as Mont
Blanc by the traverse or an Alpine Intermediate
people use these courses as an opportunity
to gain or increase their experience of leading
confidently on ice at this level so that they
can attempt similar routes in the Alps or
in the course price are four nights half board
hotel (based on 2 or max 3 sharing) accommodation
in the Val de Cogne which enables you to spend
five days climbing in this ice mecca. The
hotels are within walking distance of many of the
are listed in the column on the right, and
they show the live availability from our secure
online booking system. When you book online,
you receive immediate confirmation, your Alpine
Information Booklet, course specific kit list
the scheduled dates don't suit, and there
are two of you, we can operate an bespoke
course just for you on any date at the same
course price. Get in contact with your prefered
Travel to Chamonix to arrive for your accommodation check in from 16:00 on the Sunday afternoon, for those staying in with Icicle. In the early evening there is a course safety and itinerary briefing. There is time for kit checks or rental of equipment, including the hire of any boots or personal climbing equipment. Briefings and sorting equipment is over by 19:00 and then you are free to go out for dinner / drinks. Night (room only accommodation) spent in Chamonix.
The guide will meet you after breakfast, to drive you through the Mont Blanc tunnel and to Val de Cogne. The focus of the week is a brilliant five days of ice climbing, to allow you to push
your climbing grade in this famous region. Small
1:2 guiding ratios give you the opportunity to climb
technical multi-pitch ice at the highest grade you
can find, develop your technique on different types
of ice, and maybe try some mixed or dry tooling
routes. Popular climbs in Val de Cogne include:
Patrie, Thoule, Cold Couloir, Stella Artice, Archeronte. The four nights are spent on a half board basis in a hotel in Cogne.
day in Cogne, and you push the grades to the max to use your increased confidence and technique for
a more difficult ice route, before returning to Chamonix (room only accommodation) for the night.
then the accommodation check out is by 10:00. Most
arrange their airport transfers to leave around
this time, to catch a flight from Geneva about midday. Depart for home. Some
people opt to book a tandem paraglider flight in
the morning to celebrate the weeks efforts, and
prices for this are from c.100€ for a c.30 minute
flight. These flights can be booked in resort up
to the day before. Depart for home.
NOTES: Where possible we follow itineraries. Mountain
adventures are weather and conditions dependant,
so occasionaly we are forced to alter the plans.
If this is the case, suitable alternatives are offered.
Please use this outline itinerary as a guide to
the types of route / activity that you will attempt.
full days IFMGA guiding, 1:2 ratio
7 days holiday in total, Sunday-Saturday
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see the real time live course availability
Course Inclusions: 1) IFMGA Mountain Guide
for five days, 2) Alpine course hosts for logistics, 3) Pre course information booklet, 4)
Equipment discount voucher for UK shops, 5) Two nights
room only accommodation in Chamonix (inc. bedding &
towels), 6) Four nights half board accommodation in Val
de Cogne, 7) Free 36 page technical Course Instruction
Booklet, 8) Road transport in Cogne valley, and to
/ from Val de Cogne from Chamonix.
1) Travel to and from Chamonix, 2) Cable Cars (not usually
needed), 3) Equipment hire, 4) Personal laundry, telephone
calls, lunches, evening meals, & any purchases in
mountain huts / hotels / restaurants, 5) Sunday pre-dinner
drinks & Friday celebratory meal & drinks, 6)
Activities insurance, & excess baggage charges.
This course assumes 1:2 guiding throughout. Note that
if there is just one person on a course, less 1:1 guiding
days and half board nights in hotels can be offered, however
accommodation will be provided for the whole week, and
guiding options and locations will be discussed with you
within the budget paid.
Accommodation From £200 (per week)
you would like single accommodation, contact us
for an exact quote, as in the winter season the
upgrade prices vary slightly dependent on the week.
Course Dates Val de Cogne Ice
[ 0 ] 10 - 16 Mar 2024
This trip has scheduled
dates, but if there are two who
are booking together, it can be
operated on any date you wish
this week, I had spent two seasons ice
climbing in Chamonix, and thought it
an ice mecca, but I was not prepared
for the massive range of routes on offer
when I visited Cogne! Sally
C , Val de Cogne Ice
what I was after. A really well structured
F , Val de Cogne Ice
really appreciated the flexibility of
the instructor to allow me to learn
to place ice screws and to construct
anchor systems Clive
Y , Val de Cogne Ice
data for this trip
trips are based in Cogne in the Italian Alps, but meet and depart from the Chamonix valley in the French Alps,
at the foot of Mont Blanc. It is easily accessed via a
90 minute transfer from Geneva airport.
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flexibility to allow you to take full advantage
of the weather windows on any day, to maximise your
prices are fixed in £ Sterling, to protect
you from euro fluctuations, so you can budget accurately.
is a choice of routes to opt for, depending on the
weather, conditions, and your experience.
Any further questions?
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of choosing a company is being able to come and talk about
your plans with an experienced course advisor face to
face. In an increasingly virtual world, we know our clients
value speaking to real people, getting open and honest
advice. The vast majority of our clients are British,
and our office and outdoor store is based in Windermere
in the English Lake District.
contact to arrange a meeting, and come in for a coffee
to discuss your course in person with a trip advisor.
Many people opt for this service, and it is an integral
part of what we offer, as we are keen to ensure that you
are prepared as possible, and that you select a course
that is suitable for you. It makes it easier and more
enjoyable for you and us, if you are on the right trip.