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Ice-fall climbing

Ice-fall climbing is one of the most exhilarating winter activities on offer in Anniviers. Illuminated by bright floodlights after dark, the icefalls open the door to an unreal, enchanting world.

The icefall climbing season is very short-lived. It starts at the beginning of winter and finishes towards the end of February when the temperatures are no longer sufficiently low to guarantee maximum safety. Despite an appearance of deceptive simplicity, climbing these frozen faces requires specific equipment and training. Once well-equipped and trained you are ready to delight in the sensations offered by climbing the two icefalls of the Val d’Anniviers.

Cascade de la Puchotaz - Mayoux

  • Illuminated at night
  • 10 minutes’ walk - from the village of Mayoux, follow the lane towards Orzival
  • Return: descend through the forest on the right


Cascade du Belvédère - Zinal

  • Illuminated at night
  • 20 minutes’ walk from the village of Zinal


Introduction to icefall climbing at the Mayoux icefall
Winter 2017-2018

  • Wednesday 21 February 2018
    Wednesday 28 February 2018
    From 18:00-21:00
    CHF 20 per person
    To book, call the Grimentz Tourist Office - +41(0)27 476 17 00
    Deadline for bookings: 17:00 the previous day
    Specialist equipment will be provided by the guide
    Note: Participants should wear good hiking boots and warm sports clothing, and bring some spare warm clothing with them

Introduction to icefall climbing at the Zinal icefall
Winter 2017-2018

  • From 20 December to mid-March (depending on weather conditions)
    Friday from 18:00 to 21:00
    Adult : CHF 100.-, Child : CHF 50.-
    Deadline for bookings: Tuesday at 17:00  : 078 965 71 20 / info@guides-anniviers.ch

In addition to good hiking boots, gloves and appropriate clothing, the specific equipment you will need (usually provided by the guide) includes :

  • Crampons
  • Ice axe
  • Harness
  • Helmet

Introductory training is usually provided in the evening, from 18:00 to 21:00


Information :
Anniviers Montagne
+41(0)78 965 71 20