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Chamonix: Ice Climbing intro

Whether it is mountain ice or frozen waterfalls, ice climbing is superb and always an ultra rewarding outdoor experience. The ‘thunk’ of your axes bedding into the ice, and the beauty of the mountains in winter is hard to beat. This bitesize ice climbing courses is action packed, ice climbing everyday and returning to our warm hotel base in the evening.

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    Duration

    5 Days

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    Start Location

    Chamonix, France

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    Date(s)

    January

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    Price

    From €1450.00

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ICE CLIMB IN THE MONT BLANC RANGE

Get ready for 3 full days of ice climbing frozen waterfalls around the Mont Blanc area in the French Alps. World famous for stellar ice climbing, the Mont Blanc area is a superb place to learn how to ice climb. This combination provides you with some of the best ice climbing in the world and we can guarantee sore forearms by the end of the course!

The course has been designed to allow those who don't have any experience in climbing or mountaineering to experience their first taste of ice climbing. By the end of the trip you'll become familiar with the equipment, have learnt ice climbing techniques and most importantly had a great adventure in the mountains.

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YOUR ADVENTURE STARTS HERE

WHO IS THIS FOR?

No experience is required but it helps if you have a basic understanding of what's required. We also advise you come with a good level of fitness as you'll be on your feet most of the day.

Not sure whether you're ready? No sweat! Drop us a note and we'll be happy to talk it through with you. 

    Adventure Overview

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    Duration

    5 Days

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    Start Location

    Chamonix, France

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    Date(s)

    January

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    Guide Ratio

    3:1

  • Ability

    Level A

    Level A

    You’re not quite sure where to start but you’re hungry for an adventure and can’t wait to get going. Bring it on!

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    Price

    From €1450.00

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ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY

ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY

Great news! Your place on this adventure is carbon offset along with our footprint in creating it. To learn more about what we're doing head to our 'Better Business' page.

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LIVE THE ADVENTURE

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Intro To Ice Climbing

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If you're interested in trying Ice Climbing then join us on a long weekend in the Alpes. Snow, ice and french cheese.... what's not to like!

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Ice Climbing

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We have a rule that every month we get out of the office, away from the noise and in to the great outdoors. This month Olly decided ice climbing was the activity of choice so we called upon Pablo one of our mountain guides to show us what it's all about. Many of you will know Pablo from your trips with us but for those that don't, make sure you watch all the way to the very end where he'll introduce you to his good friends...

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Adventure Base: Through our clients eyes.

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We asked our clients to let us know how their trips went. They decided to show us instead. Below is footage captured by our clients on some of our favourite adventures. Thanks guys.

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Meet The Team

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Introducing our crack squad of mountain lovers and adventure junkies. We spend most of our days plotting, planning and building some of the very best trips out there for you all to enjoy.

Kit & equipment required for this adventure

Certain items can be rented from Adventure Base such as crampons, helmet and harness. You are able to add these to your cart at checkout. Ice axes for the course are provided by the guide. (Note: Your kit might vary sightly from the images below)

Please note this is a guide and you may be required to rent or purchase last minute equipment on arrival dependent on the weather and changes in itinerary. For the full downloadable Ice Climbing kit list please click here.

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FINER DETAILS

YOUR ADVENTURE PACKAGE

On arrival day you meet with your guides and fellow climbers at the accommodation for a welcome briefing in the evening. Here you will have an opportunity to ask any last minute questions as well as share your pre trip excitement with your group.

What's Included?

  • Group 16 Created with Sketch. 4 nights accommodation with breakfast included
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What's not Included?

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This Trip is running on the following dates

january 2025
1 Date
Depart

Wed 29 Jan, 2025

Return

Sun 02 Feb, 2025

Availability

3 spots available

january 2026
1 Date
Depart

Wed 28 Jan, 2026

Return

Sun 01 Feb, 2026

Availability

6 spots available

What to expect from your accommodation

When not skiing the mountain we know the importance of having a comfortable base. That's why we've chosen these mountain lodge with their super comfortable rooms and warm atmosphere. The perfect spot to rest up in-between your stays in the mountain huts. But don't let that nice linen and chocolate on the bed win your favour just yet. Wait until you've experienced a good old mountain hut with its basic, but charming amenities and friendly hosts. We bet you go home missing the huts more!

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The lodge is an excellent base for our ice climbing trip. With stunning views of the mountains, it's well placed and just a few minutes walk from Chamonix centre. Rooms are on a twin share basis with en suite bathrooms. There is a bar and restaurant for the evenings, with some lovely outdoor space to relax in after the climb.

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    Duration

    4

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    Internet

    Wifi included

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    Beds

    Twin rooms

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    Food

    Breakfast

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WHAT TO EXPECT

HERE'S YOUR ITINERARY 

While we try and stick to the tried and tested itinerary below, the mountain and the weather sometimes has other ideas. We will always remain as flexible as possible, which is why we only work with experienced and knowledgeable guides, to make sure we can change any plans if required.

  • Day 1:
    Arrival Day

    We meet in the evening to go through the plan for the next 3 days. Once you have arrived in Chamonix we will have a guide briefing and run through the equipment check and field any questions you may have.

  • Day 2:
    First day on the ice

    We depart Chamonix early in the morning and drive to a local climbing crag to learn the basics of ice climbing. There are many world class climbing areas in and around Chamonix and we will base ourselves across this area for the duration of this course. Day 1 will be an introduction to all the equipment and basic techniques followed by enjoying your very first ice climb.

  • Day 3:
    Round two

    After a hearty breakfast we set off for a full day of ice climbing testing our newly learned skills. Expect to learn progression techniques and get to grips with how the climbing flows.

  • Day 4:
    Put those skills to the test

    Today is our final day and we will select the best fitting climbs for the group. It’s all about enjoying the day and putting the newly learned skills to the test.

  • Day 5:
    Departure

    Time to pack up and head home.

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Meet your guides for this adventure

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Jon

IFMGA Guide

"If asked about my favourite mountain or mountain range, it wouldn't be easy to answer since perfect places to climb, ski or explore can be found all over the world. But, if I had to choose one, I think I'd say the Pyrenees, not very high, but wild and still quite unknown: the mountains where I learnt when I was a child and where I can still live great adventures far from the crowd".

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Miha

IFMGA Guide

Miha is an IFMGA guide from Slovenia based between the beautiful Julian Alps and Chamonix. He has been climbing for over 20 years all over the world, including expeditions to Nepal, Tibet, India, Pakistan, USA, Mexico and Peru. He summited an 8000er on his first expedition to the Himalaya, did a first ascent on the previously unclimbed Lasher peak in the Himalaya and climbed El Capitan and many routes over the Alps.

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Pablo

IFMGA Guide

Pablo is originally from a small mountain village in Spain and came to Chamonix with only one dream to become a mountain guide. Based in Chamonix since 2013, Pablo made the Alps his playground as a guide and as an alpinist and has climbed many of the classic alpine routes. He combines mountain guiding with helicopter rescue work in Spain during the off seasons.

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Fabio

IFMGA Guide

Fabio has guided with us for close to ten years now and has summited Mont Blanc more times than we can remember. He's even helped Sir Richard Branson get to the top of Western Europe. When asked what his favourite mountain was his response was 'It's the mountain not known to many, in a remote country that provides opportunity for adventure. That said, I do love Cordillera Blanca (Peru) to guide in, Montserrat (Barcelona) because it's where it all started for me and Main De Fatima (Mali) because it's special to me!"

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Lars

IFMGA Guide

Lars is a IFMGA Guide originally from Belgium, with over 20 years of experience climbing and splitboarding in the Mont Blanc massif, the Alps and the greater ranges of the world. Having lived in Chamonix for over a decade he has enjoyed the unique and unlimited climbing possibilities in and around the valley. Lars is also one of the most recognised and experienced splitboard guides leading expeditions to Kamchatka, Greenland, Iceland and more.

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Faust

IFMGA Guide

Born in the Aran Valley, from parents who were ski teachers and mountain guides, the motivation inherited by nature has led him to practice all facets of mountain sports such as climbing, skiing and mountaineering. He has spent his alpine career as part of the FEDME team (Spanish Federation of Mountain and Climbing Sports) and his passion and profession have led him to travel to other continents to carry out his activity.

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Fede

IFMGA Guide

"My favorite mountain is the Midi d’Ossau, in the Pyrenees. It is a volcanic and unique mountain, that a stands out from the other peaks around. It is a huge fortress with many different features that provides incredible rock climbing routes, and the most important thing is that is 20 minutes from my house ;)"

Are you ready?

Our adventures are attributed a difficulty level from A to E. This Chamonix: Ice Climbing intro trip is rated Level A, for beginners and newcomers We recommend you only book a trip that reflects your ability.

Level A

For beginners and newcomers

  • You’re not quite sure where to start but you’re hungry for an adventure
  • Little / no prior experience
  • Shorter time duration
  • No technical skills required but keen to learn
  • Basic level of fitness
Think you've got this?

This trip is at this level

Level B

For those with some prior experience

  • You have some previous experience in the outdoors, whether that’s hiking, skiing or climbing, and are keen to build on that
  • You will either be starting to venture into more technical terrain or slightly more challenging environments
  • Some basic skills
  • Moderate fitness

Level C

For accomplished adventurers

  • You enjoy challenging yourself physically and mentally
  • You’re comfortable on multi-day adventures and you call yourself an avid adventurer
  • You're not quite George Mallory but you subscribe to his 'because it is there' attitude
  • Strong level of fitness

Level D

For the pros

  • You're ready to test your skills on the next challenge
  • You're comfortable in most types of alpine environments
  • Some level of technical skills
  • Strong level of fitness

Level E

For the experts

  • You’ve been on multiple adventures and have built up a solid skillset to tackle most challenges out there
  • Good technical skills and knowledge
  • Experienced in alpine/mountains environments
  • Very high level of fitness

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