Frozen heights

Ice climbing in the Paznaun valley

Routes for all skill levels in Kappl and See
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Ice climbing routes in the Paznaun valley

From beginner-friendly to challenging

In the Paznaun valley, passionate climbers don’t have to stick to indoor places to practice their sport in winter. Instead, they can scale frozen waterfalls – an adventure that is certainly unforgettable but also comes with risks. 

Nevertheless, this adventure is also open to beginners – thanks to the region’s experienced guides. They will teach you how to correctly use the special equipment and how to assess – and master – the largely vertical routes.

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Ice climbing in Kappl and See

Adventures in the Paznaun valley

In the villages of Kappl and See, you can find eight ice climbing routes with difficulty levels ranging from WI3 to WI6. The frozen waterfalls Josè Gföll and Fernando Gföll are particularly suitable for beginners, while the Ladylike Holdernach icefall is for advanced climbers only. 

Our tip: If you’re new to the sport, we recommend joining a special ice climbing course offered by select mountain guides in the Paznaun valley. Even experienced climbers benefit from the expertise and useful tips of our experienced guides .

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Perfectly equipped

Checklist for ice climbing

The right gear

When it comes to ice climbing, the right equipment is particularly important. The following list will help you to prepare for your icy adventure:

  • crampons, climbing boots suitable for use with crampons, ice tools, half-ropes, climbing harness and express set
  • carabiners, belaying equipment (tube), ice screws, band slings and accessory cords
  • climbing helmet and climbing backpack 
  • climbing outfit consisting of waterproof gloves, hardshell jacket, hardshell trousers, functional underwear, warm down jacket, socks and a change of clothes
  • hat, scarf or bandana
  • first-aid kit with an emergency blanket, bivvy bag, avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe
  • sunglasses, sunscreen and lip balm
  • smartphone, GPS watch and possibly a headlamp 
  • drinking bottle and snacks
  • other accessories such as rubbish bag, seat pad, ID and cash

You’re an ice climbing newbie and don’t have your own equipment? When you join a course, you can conveniently rent the necessary equipment. Some of our experienced guides also offer crampons, climbing harnesses and other gear.

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