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Ice fall / Zinal

The ice cascade, illuminated in the evening by powerful spotlights, opens the doors to an unreal and enchanting world.

The ice climbing season is very short-lived. It starts at the beginning of winter and ends at the end of February, when temperatures are no longer low enough to guarantee maximum safety. Despite the seemingly simple movements, climbing these icy walls requires specific equipment and training. Well equipped and well supervised, all that remains is to savour the sensations provided by the ascent of the waterfalls of the Val d'Anniviers.

In addition to good walking shoes, gloves and appropriate clothing, the specific equipment includes :

• Crampons
• Ice axe
• Harness
• Helmet


  • Free access


  • Access: cross the Barmette bridge and follow the yellow "Le Belvédère" signs. The waterfalls are easily spotted under the Belvedere flags
  • In the best conditions, the site can have up to ten routes
  • Possibility to put the windmills on some routes from the top with the help of a handrail

Practical information

  • Illuminated at night
  • Equipment hire in the resort's sports shops
  • Information on conditions and initiations can be obtained from the Bureau des Guides d'Anniviers

Useful documents


Bureau des Guides d'Anniviers
Route des Cinq 4000
3961 Zinal

Opening times

Accessible from mid-December to early March
Depending on weather conditions


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