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Ice Climbing in Chamonix

Chamonix ice climbing

During winter, waterfalls in the Alps freeze up and become spectacular ice-climbing venues. The Chamonix Valley is famous for its ice falls and can offer about 20 sites of varying length and difficulty all with stunning backdrops. Access to these ice falls is often easy within 10-60 minute walk from the road.


The Chamonix Valley has a number of ice falls of varying length and degree of difficulty, however ice-climbing is suitable for anyone with basic climbing skills and lots of determination. 


Beginners can start off at La Crémerie in Argentière, while the more experienced can sample some of the many other sites around Chamonix, Servoz, Les Houches and Argentière.


The ice climbing season peaks between December and March. It is advisable to take an experienced mountain guide to instruct you on the use of crampons, ice axes and ropes.

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