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Category: Day mountaineering
Duration: 1 day
Level:
Price from: 140 €

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Ice climbing is often seen as a very physical activity, in short, inaccessible. Try the experience supervised by our mountain guides, you will find that this is far from the case. You will quickly discover that finesse and intuition are the key words of this activity! The Chamonix Valley has two crag sites perfectly suited to a safe discovery for beginners : the Crémerie in Argentière and the Cascade de Bérard in Vallorcine. Thanks to our partner Grivel, all technical equipment except shoes is provided: ice axes, crampons, helmet and harness.

From the first cold, taste the pleasure of ice climbing in Chamonix. Discover the use of crampons and ice axes and move through a magical crystalline universe. This activity does not require previous mountaineering and rock climbing experience. The fast approach (20 ’) allows easy access to the sites.

The Bérard icefall crag site is entirely man-made. It was developed by members of the Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix, helped by a collective. They set up a system of heated pipes to provide reliable water supply. Every evening the sprinklers are turned on so that the ice forms. Only one parameter remains uncontrollable: the temperature! Fortunately, thanks to its inertia, once formed, the ice at the Bérard site is resistant, to a certain extent, to periods of warmth.

If you want to go for more, we also run an ice climbing course on two days.
 

GROUP BOOKING

The group formula associates people who do not necessarily know each other. It is ideal for people looking for group friendliness and attractive prices.

Dates 2022 (group session) : On Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays from the end of December to early March depending on conditions

Guiding policy (group session) : Group of 4 people maximum per guide. 
Children, minimum 15 years old accompanied by a parent.

Meeting Point (group session) : 8.30am at the Compagnie des guides in Chamonix

Price 2022 (group session) : 140€ per person
Half day outings are not available for the collective sessions

This price includes :
- Mountain guides fees
- Technical equipment: helmet, harness, crampons & ice axes
- Transfer to the activity place

This price does not include :
- High mountain boot (rigid soles)
- Lift ticket if needed
- Transfer
- Lunch

Group : The group is assured with a minimum of 3 people.
Maximum 4 people per guide.
 

PRIVATE BOOKING

The private formula is a historical relationship that binds a guide to their clients. It allows you to be either alone or in a group of friends with your guide. Your guide can organize your trip to meet your specific needs. It is undoubtedly the ideal formula to realize your projects because it guarantees you a maximum of comfort.
 

Dates 2022 (private guiding) : Every day from December to early March depending on conditions

Meeting Point (private guiding) : Your guide will call you the evening before your trip around 6.30pm to organize the meeting time and place

Guiding policy (private guiding) : Group of 1 - 4 people per guide

Price 2022 (private guiding) :
- Day : from 400€ for the group
-1/2 day : 265€ for the group

This price includes :
- Mountain guides fees
 
This price does not include :
- Your technical equipment
- High mounain boots (rigid soles)
- Lift passes if needed
- The transfer
- Food

Further information

In this section, find all the information about this activity. For further information, please contact our advisor.

Duration : Full day

Place : Argentiere glacier or Berard valley depending on conditions

Ability level : The choice of destination adapted to your level is essential for you to fully enjoy your trip.
Ice climbing is intended for people who practice regularly a sporting activity.
No previous mountaineering experience is required.
 

Equipment

We recommend that you take special care in choosing your equipment because it contributes greatly to the success of your trip. As alpine conditions can be highly variable with sudden changes, it can get very cold in altitude, it is preferable to have numerous layers rather than one thick piece of clothing.

Equipment
- High Mountain boots (with a rigid sole)
- Backpack

Clothing
- Warm and waterproof clothes
- Hat
- Warm gloves

Accessories
- Sunglasses
- Lunch
- Hot drink

Partners : There is the possibility to rent your equipment at a preferential price from one of our partner sports shops. Sanglard Sports, Ravanel & CoConcept Pro Shop
 

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