Cogne, Valnontey & Valeille


The side valleys of Cogne, along with Kandersteg, are certainly one of the best-known and most visited ice climbing spots among European ice climbers. Decisive for the high interest is for sure the high number of various long and difficult icefalls, which are characterised by sometimes a little long, but comfortable accesses in a pleasantly natural ambience. In good years, the high altitude of Cogne (over 1500m) and the even higher side valleys of Valnontey and Valeille allow the first climbable ice lines already at the end of November.


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ice climbing highlights in Cogne

  • icefall called Repentance Super, WI5+, 220m
  • icefall called Patrí, WI4-5, 300m
  • icefall called Erfaulet, WI5, 200m
  • icefall called Tuborg, WI4, 120m
  • icefall called Hard Ice in the Rock, WI5, 180m


end of November - mid March

whereas beginning of December to mid February is for sure the best time






degree of difficulty





3 days or more

price from


€ 1500,00 for 1:1

€ 900,00 for 1:2 price list



Once arrived in Cogne, you will be offered an individually tailored programme. Depending on climbing skills, fitness level, weather, avalanche and ice conditions, the iceGuides will guide you over a suitable icefall!

Call us or write an e-mail, we are happy to advise you and put together a suitable programme!


location / how to get to destination

The icefalls around Cogne are located in the Valnontey and Valveny side valleys, which can then be reached conveniently in just a few minutes. Thus, an accomodation in Cogne is the best base to start the tours from there.


    sleeping / food

    Accommodation and food are not included in the price. In this region, accommodation is available in every price category. We recommend to book the accommodation early enough as especially in the high season (Christmas, February - March), places can be fully booked quickly.

    Here are some addresses:

    Hotel Belvedere


    by car

    • 30 min from Aosta / Italy
    • 1 h from Chamonix / France
    • 2.5 h from Milan / Italy
    • 5 h from Zurich / Switzerland
    • 6 h from Innsbruck / Austria
    • 7 h from Munich / Germany
    • 10.5 h from Vienna / Austria


    by plane

    • Aosta / Italy
    • Geneva / Switzerland
    • Torino / Italy
    • Milan / Italy

    apparel and equipment list

    Technical material is included in the price.

    Since we do not climb constantly, there can be "standing times" in cold temperatures, so make sure to bring along enough warm clothes - one cools down quite quickly!

    We recommend you bring light clothing of varying thickness to achieve an "onion system" for greater comfort. Cotton is not suitable as it quickly becomes cold upon getting wet. Skiing apparel, however, works well. Our recommendation: warm merino underwear and a fast warming down jacket.

    We recommend:

    • long underwear (bottom and top), synthetic, merino or wool
    • warm pants (lined or fleece)
    • warm fleece or long sleeve shirt (not cotton)
    • lined jacket or vest, preferably down jacket
    • waterproof jacket with hood (Gore-Tex or nylon)
    • waterproof pants (Gore-Tex or nylon)
    • socks (merino or ski socks)
    • woolen cap or lined cap that protects your ears and fits under a helmet
    • waterproof climbing gloves (2 pairs)
    • solid mountain boots (in exceptional cases ski boots are also possible)
    • gaiters if necessary
    • Buff (neck protection)
    • a minimum 25 litre backpack (space for clothing, snacks, drinks, climbing equipment)
    • sun protection (glasses and cream)
    • thermos or water bottle (already full!!!!)
    • camera
    • personal medicine

    If you want to take your own technical material with you: (otherwise rental equipment included in the price)

    • crampons: must fit the shoes and be easily adjustable, with vertical front teeth
    • climbing harness: always with adjustable leg loops
    • climbing helmet
    • ice axe: steep ice axe
    • screw carabines
    • backup device: reverso, ATC or similar
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    details & insurance


    • guidance and instruction by state-certified mountain and ski guides
    • group equipment (ropes, ice screws, etc.)
    • climbing harness, helmet, ice tools and crampons
    • expenses of the mountain guide


    • travel to destination
    • drive to the respective ice climbing area or icefall
    • accommodation costs before, during or after the courses
    • travel expenses for the mountain guide
    • accommodation for the mountain guide (for tours of 2 days or more)
    • travel and cancellation insurance
    • personal climbing apparel
    • tip


    Registration in advance is required for this course. You can call our office or register by e-mail.

    All participants must read and sign our general terms and conditions.

    You may register online here:


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