Ice climbing course Cogne, Aosta Valley, Italy

Dates: December – February

Our ice climbing course Cogne offers you the doors to an exciting sport carried out on an ever changing medium of snow and ice. Climbing on a frozen waterfall offers a unique challenge for novice and experienced climbers alike. This skill also opens the door to many great mountaineering challenges. North Faces, plus countless quality ice and mixed routes across the Alps. 

On our ice climbing course Cogne we offer structured skills training to provide fun and informative days in the mountains.

Cogne is located in Italy’s beautiful Gran Paradiso National Park. Situated in a high alpine valley that holds cold air, Cogne is a very reliable venue throughout the seasons. It’s one of the best areas for ice climbing in the Alps. Ice climbing here is suitable for all levels of ability and experience.

Our ice climbing course Cogne is accessed from a comfortable valley hotel.

  • 3 Day course
  • 2 nights at a Eco Label Hotel in Cogne, walking distance to the climbs
  • First night in a Lodge in Chamonix

A short Video below:

Itinerary ice climbing course Cogne
Day 1: Meet in Chamonix,

Meet your mountain guide in Chamonix. Your guide will brief you about the course, check your kit and you will have dinner together. There is also time to rent equipment if needed.

Night and dinner at Hotel in Chamonix

Day 2 – 3: Ice climbing course

We drive to Cogne in the early morning (approx. 1hr 45) where our course starts. Learn ice axe and crampon skills and the basic movements, or refresh your technique for those who have climbed before. Tailored to your requirements, your mountain guide takes you to the classic icefall climbs of the Cogne Valley. There are lots of route choices at all grades.

Night and dinner at Hotel in Cogne

Day 4: Ice climbing and back to Chamonix

Last day of climbing before heading back to Chamonix where you’ll arrive around 5pm.


Costs:

1101.00€ per climber

Ratio Guide / Client: 1:2

Included in the costs: Organisation, 3 days course with an IFMGA mountain guide, travel from Chamonix trough Mont Blanc tunnel to Cogne and back, 1 night at a Hotel in Chamonix & 2 nights at a Hotel in Cogne with half board (double room based), all guides expenses

Not included in the costs: Personal insurance, personal equipment, lunches and snacks, drinks


Level

This ice climbing course Cogne is suitable for all levels from introductory to advanced level.


How to get to the start of the course, Chamonix France

Our ice climbing Cogne course starts and finishes in the Chamonix . Several airlines fly to Geneva (GVA), which is the nearest airport to Chamonix. To get to Chamonix its easiest to use one of the many shared mini bus taxis. You will meet your guide at the Hotel in the evening.


Hotels

The Hotel in Chamonix is a comfortable lodge near Chamonix town center.

The Hotel in Cogne is situated in the heart of the Gran Paradiso National Park. The building and its location are in perfect harmony with the quaint rustic village of Valnontey (1665m) with its beautiful mountain scenery and wildlife. This charming hotel has been developed from a cluster of authentic old mountain buildings, in keeping with the local tradition of stone and wood, typical style of the Aosta Valley. In the search of true relaxation after your climbing, the hotel offers a small spa with hot tub and sauna.

The small village is part of the prestigious Alpine Pearls and offers a holiday with soft mobility and sustainable tourism in direct contact with nature.


Map
Map of Geneva Chamonix and Cogne

Equipment
  • Backpack 20-30L
  • Mountaineering boots 
  • Harness, locking karabiner and belay device
  • 120cm sling and locking karabiner
  • Prusik cordelette
  • Climbing helmet
  • Technical ice axe and ice hammer
  • Crampons

Clothing

  • Waterproof Jacket 
  • Waterproof trousers 
  • Insulated jacket
  • Warm Socks 
  • Gaiters
  • Thermal base layer
  • Fleece
  • Thin inner gloves
  • Warm waterproof gloves
  • Second pair of warm gloves
  • Hat (to fit under your helmet)
  • Buff or similar

Personal Items

  • Thermos bottle
  • Headtlamp
  • Personal medications and blister kit 
  • Sun Glasses 
  • Goggles 
  • Sun and lip cream 
  • Wallet and valid passport

Your mountain guide will have ropes and climbing rack.


Itinerary Changes

Conditions and weather can sometimes alter our plans. Your guide will usually find an appropriate climbing objective if the weather and conditions allow. The guide will discuss the possible alternatives with the group and agree on a new plan, which may involve relocating to find better weather and conditions.


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