The Dauphinee and the Ecrins massif is also known as the small Karakorum of the Alps. Wild mountains and deep valleys make up this area. Two valleys are of particular interest for ice climbers: Freissinieres and the Vallon du Fournel. Freissinieres is a legendary ice climbing spot that offers remarkable opportunities with around 150 frozen icefalls. However, there is a lack of easily accessible pleasure tours. They however can be found not far away in the Vallon du Fournel, which is one of the most visited ice climbing areas in the French Alps. If the road is closed after heavy snowfalls, long ascends are to be expected. Though it is worth the effort as the valley offers a variety of icefalls of every character and level of difficulty.
mid December - beginning of March
whereas end of December to mid February is for sure the best time
degree of difficulty
3 days or more
€ 1.200,00 for 1:1
€ 720,00 for 1:2 price list
Depending on which valley you decide for, choose your base in Freissinieres or Fournel. If you want to climb icefalls in both valleys, Argentiere-la-Bessee is the perfect place - a mountaineering village with the world's largest ice axe... ;-)
Call us or write an e-mail, we are happy to advise you and put together a suitable programme!
The ice climbing areas of Freissinieres and the Vallon du Fournel are located on the eastern edge of the Ecrins massif in the Hautes Alps province. Although the trip takes at least half a day up to a full day for Germans, Austrians, and also Swiss, one will simply be overwhelmed by the scenery and the ice lines!
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:
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.
If you want to take your own technical material with you: (otherwise rental equipment included in the price)
INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
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.