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Val de Cogne Italian Ice 2018
Climbing on Cascade Lillaz in Val de Cogne
Course overview
For those looking to climb waterfall ice routes of Grade III+ or above, this course will provide the challenge you've been looking for!
From long multi-pitch waterfall ice routes to shorter more technical routes, there is a route to suit every style. There is also usually the opportunity to try mixed climbing or some dry tooling routes.
Your previous experience would likely be seconding on gullies and ice climbs up to grade III, or Alpine experience up to PD (such as Mont Blanc by the traverse or an Alpine Intermediate course).
Many people use these courses as an opportunity to gain or increase their experience of leading confidently on ice at this level so that they can attempt similar routes in the Alps or the UK.
Included in the course price are four nights half board hotel (based on 2 or max 3 sharing) accommodation in the Val de Cogne which enables you to spend five days climbing in this ice mecca. The hotels are within walking distance of the ice climbs.
Dates: these are listed in the column on the right, and they show the live availability from our secure online booking system. When you book online, you receive immediate confirmation, your Alpine Information Booklet, course specific kit list and invoice.
Bespoke: if the scheduled dates don't suit, and there are two of you, we can operate an bespoke course just for you on any date at the same course price. Get in contact with your prefered dates.


Brief Course Itinerary
Sun Travel to Chamonix to arrive for the 17:00 check-in followed by and course safety and itinerary briefings. There is time for kit checks or rental of equipment. Briefings are over by 20:00 and the Chamonix hosts accompany the group to pre-dinner drinks to answer any queries. Night in Chamonix.
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Today you drive over to the Val de Cogne (Italy) to allow you to push your climbing grade in this famous region. Small 1:2 guiding ratios give you the opportunity to climb technical multi-pitch ice at the highest grade you can find, develop your technique on different types of ice, and maybe try some mixed or dry tooling routes. Popular climbs in Val de Cogne include: Patrie, Thoule, Cold Couloir, Stella Artice, Archeronte.
Fri Final day in Cogne, and you push the grades to the max to use your increased confidence and technique for a more difficult ice route, before returning to Chamonix for the night.
Sat Breakfast then the accommodation check out is by 10:00. Most arrange their transfers for around this time for a flight from Geneva about midday.
ITINERARY NOTES: Where possible we follow itineraries. Mountain adventures are weather and conditions dependant, so occasionaly we are forced to alter the plans. If this is the case, suitable alternatives are offered. Please use this outline itinerary as a guide to the types of route / activity that you will attempt.

Course Prices
Standard course
5 full days IFMGA guiding, 1:2 ratio
7 days holiday in total, Sunday-Saturday
£1449
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Standard Course Inclusions: 1) IFMGA Mountain Guide for five days, 2) Chamonix course hosts for logistics & briefings, 3) Pre course information booklet, 4) Equipment discount voucher for UK shops, 5) Two nights B&B accommodation in Chamonix (inc. bedding & towels), 6) Four nights half board accommodation in Val de Cogne, 7) Chamonix Free 36 page technical Course Instruction Booklet, 8) Road transport in Chamonix valley, and to / from Val de Cogne including the Mont Blanc tunnel pass, 9) Logistics support and evening instruction.
Exclusions: 1) Travel to and from Chamonix, 2) Cable Cars (not usually needed), 3) Equipment hire, 4) Personal laundry, telephone calls, lunches, evening meals, & any purchases in mountain huts / hotels / restaurants, 5) Sunday pre-dinner drinks & Friday celebratory meal & drinks, 6) Activities insurance, & excess baggage charges.
Notes: This course assumes 1:2 guiding throughout. Note that if there is just one person on a course, less 1:1 guiding days and half board nights in hotels can be offered, however accommodation will be provided for the whole week, and guiding options and locations will be discussed with you within the budget paid.
Upgrade options
Single Accommodation
From £200 (per week)
If you would like single accommodation, contact us for an exact quote, as in the winter season the upgrade prices vary slightly dependent on the week.
Climbing a curtain of mushroom ice in La Grave, France
Current course availability

Course Dates
Val de Cogne Ice
  • [ 2 ] 21 - 27 Jan 2018
  • [ 2 ] 11 - 18 Feb 2018
  • [ 2 ] 25 Feb - 3 Mar 2018
NOTE: This trip has scheduled
dates, but if there are two who
are booking together, it can be
operated on any date you wish
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Price: £1449 Book online

Alternative courses
Technical Ice & Classics
Winter Alpine Intro course
Chamonix Technical Ice
Winter Alpine Classics

Client feedback


Before this week, I had spent two seasons ice climbing in Chamonix, and thought it an ice mecca, but I was not prepared for the massive range of routes on offer when I visited Cogne!

Sally C , Val de Cogne Ice

Just what I was after. A really well structured course

Bekky F , Val de Cogne Ice

I really appreciated the flexibility of the instructor to allow me to learn to place ice screws and to construct anchor systems

Clive Y , Val de Cogne Ice
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Location data for this trip
The trips all meet in Chamonix valley in the French Alps, at the foot of Mont Blanc. It is easily accessed via a 90 minute transfer from Geneva airport.
Time Difference
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Our prices are fixed in £ Sterling, to protect you from euro fluctuations, so you can budget accurately.
There is a choice of routes to opt for, depending on the weather, conditions, and your experience.
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