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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. Follow the little road on the right after the Hôtel Europe, cross the Barmettaz bridge, turn right and take the path on the left that immediately goes up towards the Le Belvédère waterfall.


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

  • Thursday 14 February 2019 --> Zinal
    Wednesday 27 Fabruary 2019 --> Mayoux
    From 18:00-21:00
    CHF 20 per person
    Book by 17:00 on the day before the session:
    - Introductory session on 27 December 2018: +41(0)27 476 17 05
    - Introductory session on 27 February 2019: +41(0)27 476 17 00
    Specialist equipment is provided by the guide
    Note: wear good walking shoes, warm sports clothing and bring additional warm clothing

Introduction to icefall climbing at the Zinal icefall
Winter 2018-2019

  • Freitags von 18.00 bis 21.00 Uhr (subject to weather conditions)
    CHF 80 per person
    Book by 17:00 on Thursday : 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