We all have missed the fun ice climbing days. But now, the winter is here so you can join us for our ice climbing course in Cogne.  The Northern part of Gran Paradiso, offers a paradise for ice climbers and the most varied ice falls in a single place. We invite you to 4 days of ice climbing customized as a course, best suited those with intermediary to advanced fitness levels.

Ice Climbing Course, Cogne (IT)

Place: Cogne Valley, Gran Paradiso National Park, Italy.

Date: 17-20 Janury 2020

No. of participants: 6

Minimum age: 18

IFMGA guides: Mihnea Prundeanu and Viktor Varoshkin

Price: 600 Eur / person

COGNE VALLEY: Cogne is easily accessible at just 2 h 30 min drive from Milan, 2 h from Turin or 1 h 30 min from Chamonix and during the winter season it represents a top destination for all ice climbers. With over 100 frozen waterfalls found on the two neighboring valleys of Lillaz and Valnontey which flow on the northern slopes of Gran Paradiso, Cogne offers multiple possibilities for all level of ice climbers: from easy ice falls suitable for improving your technique, to steeper ice features and multi pitch climbs.


We offer a complete ice climbing course, and we’ll cover all aspects of ice climbing, from  practicing basic safety techniques to lead and multi pitch climbs. We’ll tackle notions of “how to plan an ice climbing day”, practice specific ice techniques and moving safely and efficiently on ice and also how to identify the risk and evaluate the quality of the iceformations. Remember that we’ll spend many hours outside every day of the course, practicing and climbing, and therefore we recommend you to have a good fitness and previous experience in mountain climbing activities during winter.

The course offers:

  • planning and preparation for ice climbing.
  • technique improvement for various icy terrain.
  • safety techniques specific to ice climbing.
  • identifying risk and evaluate the ice conditions.
  • gear / equipment and using it safely and efficiently.
  • notions about ice formation and weather conditions.
  • lead climbing and multi pitch ice climbing, techniques and belay management, etc.

Accommodation: group accommodation in Cogne.

Transportation: For group participation we can organize transportation to Cogne on request. During the course the transportation from the accommodation to the climbing areas will be covered by the guides.

For more information about the group organizing details please contact us at: info@alpine-tours.com

For registration to the course or to find out more details fill the form below or contact us at +33 656 706 455 (FR & EN) or +40 746 327 791 (EN).

  • mountain guides fee.
  • group / team gear such as ropes, ice screws, quickdraws, carabiners and belay devicesetc)
  • the course in .pdf format

  • accommodation in Cogne
  • personal transportation to Cogne.
  • food.
  • medical or rescue insurance.
  • personal gear or equipment

Recommended equipment list:

  • Waterproof jacket, dawn jacket, hat, 2 pair of waterproof gloves, waterproof pants, base layers. 
  • Winter climbing mountain boots.
  • Backpack, technical crampons, technical ice axes, harness, helmet.
  • Thermos/water bottle for tea or water.
  • Head lamp, sun glasses, sun cream, basic first aid kit.
  • Avalanche beacon, snow shovel, avalanche probe.

*most of the gear can be reserved in advance and rented.

PRICE: 600 Eur / person


50% payment in advance at registration.

50% rest to be payed not later than 10 January 2020.

Cancellation policy:  Cancellation before the date of 3 January 2020, the deposit will be refunded in full, except the bank transfers fees. Any cancellation after the date of 3 January will result in no refund.

If you need extra information or want to register to the course we kindly ask you to contact us at info@alpine-tours.com, on the phone at +33 656 706 455 or +40 746 327 791, or fill in the form below: