Arrival Day in Chamonix
You will meet your group and your mountain guide in the Chamonix Experience office on the evening before your ice climbing course begins. You will receive all the details about your guide and the meeting in an email a week before start of the course.
The meeting is a great opportunity to ask any questions about the course and to check with your guide that you have the right equipment.
The detailed itinerary will depend on the weather, snow and ice conditions and these can vary very much from week to week. Therefore right now we can give you only a rough outline of what will happen on your course day to day.
Day 1 - Ice Climbing in Valsavaranche
We start bright and early, meeting in Chamonix at 6.30am and driving through the Mont Blanc tunnel to Italy, the drive is approximately an hour.
We will go straight to Valsavarenche, an excellent ice climbing area where there are more than a dozen routes to suit all capabilities. Your guide will spend today teaching you the basic techniques of ice climbing and ensuring that you know how to use the equipment.
At the end of the day we will check into our hotel and enjoy a well-earned dinner.
Day 2 - Ice Climbing in Lillaz
Today we might go to Lillaz, a beautiful valley full of frozen waterfalls that offers many different ice climbing routes.
You will build on the skills that you learned yesterday and develop your technique before returning to the hotel for dinner and bed.
Day 3 - Ice Climbing in Valnontey
Another great option is the selection of icefalls in Valnontey, just south of Cogne.
Located in the Gran Paradiso National Park, the Valnontey valley has some fantastic ice climbing routes on 200m high rock faces.
At the end of the afternoon we will drive back to Chamonix, aiming to be back by around 6:30pm.