Ice Climbing Course in the Alps

Ice Climbing Course in the Alps

An intensive long weekend ice climbing progressing from single to multi pitch ice routes.

Location: Southern French Alps

Holiday Price
Adult: 1092€ to 1112€
  • 4 nights half board (evening meal and breakfast) accommodation
  • 3 days guided ice climbing (ratio 1:6 for day 1 and 1:3 for day 3)
  • Technical ice climbing and safety equipment (harness, helmet, ice axes, crampons, ice screws, ropes.  Winter mountaineering / ice climbing boots are not included but are available to hire if you don't have your own)
  • Transport to and from ice climbing
  • Return transfers from Gap (this has a well connected train and bus station to major airports and TGV stations)
  • A tree planted on your behalf to help with your carbon offsetting

Challenge yourself, learn new skills and discover the magnificent hidden world of ice falls on this guided ice climbing weekend in the Alps.

This is a progressive course aimed at learning the fundamental skills and climbing techniques for ice climbing to be able to progress quickly onto multi pitch ice falls. We use a high guide ratio with just three people to a guide from day two to ensure quality one to one instruction so everyone can reach their potential and maximise their experience learning to ice climb and improving their ice climbing skills no matter what your ability level.

You will learn how to place your ice axe, get a firm grip with your crampons and balance your body to climb up the beautiful vertical ice falls. As you progress you will also learn how to place ice screws, belay each other and ice climb safely and securely. Find out more about more about ice climbing.

Based in the southern French Alps, famous for its variety and quality of winter climbs, your guides will choose the best frozen waterfalls from the wide range of possibilities taking into account the local conditions, weather and your ability. Read more about ice climbing in the southern French Alps

This course is aimed at beginners with an adventurous and go for it attitude. You don't need to be experienced climbers or have any prior climbing experience but if you have previous ice climbing experience or rock climbing experience, this will be an advantage. You do need a reasonable level of fitness to be able to sustain a full day of activity in cold weather conditions.

Your guides for this trip are all fully qualified UIAGM high mountain guides with local experience and hand picked for their positive attitude and professionalism with safety as their first priority. Our ice climbing mountain guides are all highly passionate about ice climbing and have a very high level of technical ice climbing skill as well as ice and mixed climbing, rock climbing and winter mountaineering skills and experience to share with you!

Have a look at our winter activity kit list at the ice climbing section for more information on what kit you will need to bring. All technical equipment is provided but you will need your own personal kit including mountaineering boots that will take a step in crampon. These are available to hire if you don't have your own (they are expensive to buy so best to hire for this trip).


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For this guided ice climbing activity break, you need to get to the town of Gap. Gap is on the SNCF train service which has links from Paris (overnight sleeper), Valence, Grenoble or Marseille.

The nearest airports are Grenoble or Marseille. From Marseille airport there is a regular coach shuttle directly to Gap every 2 hours or so. From Grenoble you would need to get to the train station form the airport via an airport shuttle and then get the train.

We can help you plan your journey, please ask us about getting here when you enquire.