The “mecca” of ice climbing

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Cogne is an enchanting village that rose under the majestic Gran Paradiso massif, the only Piedmontese 4.000 m high peak; it became famous in the 80s thanks to the birth of the “piolet traction”. Since the time when Giancarlo Grassi & company discovered that place, it has soon started being the world’s best appeal to all iceclimbing lovers.

Ascending the two main valleys, Valleile and Valnontay, the sight flows onto the sides covered in ice, anywhere, there’s an embarrassing wealth of options! More than 150 lines, of any level and shape, from the III grade suitable for alle ice axes beginners to the modern mixed lines, make it the Mecca to all iceclimbers.


We will spend two days improving the progression and the safety techniques on icefalls with many pitches, different difficulty and length levels. The main apprenticeship’s objective, other than having fun and leaving everybody unforgettable memories, is to make interns getting a higher level of confidence and awareness of the anchor system, like bolts, the fast protections and the abalakov, on all play fields and depending on the environment.

LEVEL Based on the chosen ice-waterfall, itineraries for both those who start and for those who want to try their hand at more difficult ice-waterfalls

PERIOD from December to March depending on the conditions

 What do I need?

Harness, helmet, climbing boots with front and back predisposition for crampons, shell style windbreaker, thermal sweater, mountaineering pants, technical gloves, cap, sun glasses. We can rent icefall suitable crampons and Piolet Traction ice axes to those who lack them.

What is included:

– Day with Global Mountain Alpine Guide.

– Any specific equipment missing for the activity (harness, helmet, crampons, ice axes)

What in not included:

Transfer, lifts and any overnight stays (the overnight stay of the guide is to be understood by the participants)


+39 335.6726008 –


Customized dates for individuals and pre-established groups

From 1 to 4 people

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