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Ice Climbing in the Pitztal Valley

A unique climbing experience in the winter months


When in December the many waterfalls in the Pitztal Valley have frozen, that is the time when the region around Mandarfen becomes a haven for ice climbers. This area between the Pitztal Glacier and the Hochzeiger mountain is known throughout Tyrol and beyond as one of the leading hotspots for this exhilarating winter sport. In total the valley offers 45 ice climbing routes catering for all abilities and experience levels.

Ice Climbing Action in the Pitztal Valley

Experience a different kind of adrenaline kick during your ski holiday

For some it is the ultimate adrenaline kick, while for others it is all about being out and about in the mountains. Ice climbing is a thrilling activity in the Pitztal Valley that is not for the faint-hearted but can be enjoyed by people of all ages and fitness levels in the company of a trained guide.

The Pitztal Valley has no fewer than 45 routes of all difficulties, from the beginner-friendly climbing in the Eisklettergarten Taschachschlucht to the fearsome Havanna Route for experts. Further popular ice climbing spots are the "Hexenbesen" and the "Notwegfall".

Pack your crampons and ice pick and head out on a unique adventure. Benedikt Walser, a member of the family who runs the Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten, is a trained mountain guide and will be happy to give you tips on the best places to climb as well as to accompany beginners trying the sport for the first time.

Tip!  "Eis Total" Climbing Festival

Ice climbing workshops, building igloos, testing the latest innovations – the "Eis Total" Climbing Festival in the village of St. Leonhard in the Pitztal Valley is a great place to find out more about this fascinating sport. The next "Eis Total" Climbing Festival will take place from 19 until  21 January 2018.

Take on the Challenge of Ice Climbing
Outdoor activities in the Pitztal Valley