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CLIMBING WATERFALLS AND WALLS OF ICE

The cold of the ice and the heat of adrenaline

Climbing up ice is similar to climbing a mountain but a different technique, called the piolet traction , is required together with crampons, picks, ice screws and other mountaineering equipment.

This is an adrenaline-spiking sport and must necessarily be practised with prudence, care and technical knowhow. For this reason, it is not suitable for everyone and before trying ice climbing it is always best to talk with the Alpine Guides, who not only organise this activity, but can provide technical information and tell you about the condition of the ice. 

Frozen waterfalls in Val di Sole

Silence, concentration, adrenaline and amazing views

Val di Sole has almost 40 frozen waterfalls offering varying levels of difficulty and therefore suitable both for ice climbing beginners and for those looking to perfect their technique. 

Here are our suggested best ice climbs:

Ice climbing  in Val di Sole_Cascate in Valpiana | © Archivio APT Val di Sole - Ph Stefano Dalla Valle

Cscata Grande and Salto Alto waterfalls

Just above the town of Ossana in Valpiana, together with ‘Salto Alto’, this is one of the most striking waterfalls in Val di Sole, due to its height and the technical skill it requires. There are other waterfalls in this area too.
Ice climbing arrampicata su ghiaccio in Val di Peio | © Archivio APT Val di Sole - Ph Stefano Dalla Valle

Salto Alto dei Cembri waterfall

There are 8 waterfalls in Val Lamare in Val di Peio, all moderately difficult and all easy to spot and reach from the road that leads to Malga Mare. Salto dei Cembri Waterfall offers the most exciting 100-metre climb, with another, fairly difficult pitch leading to the exit.
Ice climbing sulle Cascate Valorz in Val di Sole | © Archivio Scuola di Alpinismo e Scialpinismo Val di Sole

THE TOP ICE CLIMB IN Trentino

Valorz Waterfalls in Val di Rabbi

Valorz Waterfalls in Val di Rabbi are in a hollow, a natural amphitheatre that is paradise for keen ice climbers: 10 waterfalls, with differences in height that range from 80 to 250 metres and gradients from 45° to 90°, varying levels of difficulty and unique routes through Alpine scenery.  
Also when climbing these waterfalls, you must be accompanied or advised by an Alpine guide, especially after recent snowfall, when there is wind at high altitudes or thermal inversion because the left side of Val Valorz has a fairly high avalanche risk. 

In the centre of the valley, the main waterfall is also the biggest at 250 metres in height and 50 metres in width. There are various routes up it, all moderately difficult. The most popular starts off on the right, with a gradient of 65% for the first 50 metres, si riporta al centro per pendio a 70° then it moves towards the centre with short 80% stretches to the exit.

Ice climbing su parete in Val di Rabbi, località Ai Plani | © Archivio APT Val di Sole - Ph Guide Alpine Val di Sole

NEW JANUARY 2021

Ice climbing wall in Val di Rabbi

As of January 2021, the Val di Sole Mountain Guides have created an ice climbing wall in Val di Rabbi, in the area called Al Plan, close to the cross-country skiing track. The climbing wall is 9 meters high with 6 routes: 3 routes on one side for vertical climbing and 3 on the other side, suitable for beginners, with a 70°- 80° slope gradient.
If you don’t have enough time during the day to give this experience a try, don’t worry: the climbing wall is also lit up in the evening so you can train or try climbing under a starry sky.

The climbing wall has not been approved to try climbing on your own. You can only use the climbing wall if a Mountain Guide is on site to accompany you or to provide supervision while you climb, it’s therefore important to contact them in advance.

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Ice climbing - arrampicata su ghiaccio a Passo del Tonale | © Archivio APT Val di Sole - Ph Dario Andreis
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Ice climbing - arrampicata su ghiaccio a Passo del Tonale | © Archivio APT Val di Sole - Ph Dario Andreis
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Ice climbing arrampicata su ghiaccio in Val di Peio | © Archivio APT Val di Sole - Ph Stefano Dalla Valle
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