Octavio Defazio

UIAGM Mountain guide based in Chamonix Mont-Blanc


Whether you are alone, or a group, here some trips that I propose to you during the winter. At the dates of your choice and up to 7 days. The price being function amongst participants, I will transmit my best offer to you as soon as I know the choice of your destination as well as the size of your group.


Whether you are alone or part of a group, here are a few suggestions of trips that i recommend for the summer months. These excursions run until 10 days, and the start date is flexible to suit your needs. The price is relative to the number of participants; i can send you my best offer once i know your destination choice as well as the size of your group.

You can view a selection of my best photos from the various trips in which I have participated at the photo galery.


Originally born in Argentina, i moved to Toulouse, France to study, and promptly fell in love with the Alps. In 1995 I settled in the Chamonix valley to devote myself entirely to mountain life and I subsequently gained the Internationally recognised French High Mountain Guide qualification UIAGM. I have over 25 years experience travelling around the worlds mountains, either as an amateur or a professional, in skiing, climbing expeditions, and always focused on discovering the remotest and wildest corners of the globe. Since 2003 I have been passionately working as a full time mountain guide. The mountain provides sources of inspiration in summer as well as in winter. I thrive on these sources, and I share the privileged moments they provide with my client friends. Sharing my passion & experience with them is my motivation. This applies to climbing routes in the summer as well as winter ski touring trips around the globe.

By sharing the moments experiences and emotions one guarantees a successful and satisfying trip.

Octavio Defazio - Mountain guide

Ski touring / Freeride

According to snow cover, the Ski Touring season can evolve, generally we wait the longers days to enjoy more the sun, but the Ski Touring is not excluded in a good month of December. The physical condition counts but also the technique and familiarization with the technical equipment.

Best to begin the ski touring, chossing day trips, even off-piste skiing with a guide. Understand the dangerous zones in glacier, familiarize itself with the techniques of help, seeks victimes in avalanche and crevasse rescue Will allow you to build an experience to take out your group of friends during your personal trips reducing the inherent risk to the minimum.

European Alps

  • Chamonix Valley, Day Ski touring trips.
  • Trient Valley Swiszerland, Chamonix Valley. Twin trips Freeride/ Touring.
  • Arolla Valley Switzerland, Day trips.
  • Aoste Valley Italy,Day trips.
  • Saa Fee & Zermatt Swiss, Day trips.
  • Gran Paradiso Aoste Valley, Italy, Day trips.
  • Rock de la Peche, Vanoise, France, Day Ski touring trips.

Rock Climbing

In order to make the most of the sun, why not practise both a toning yet relaxing sport, either near the Alps, or close to the sea ? I have the following suggestions of location that i have chosen based on the beauty of the rock and the surrounding environment. The ideal group size is 2/3 guests.

  • Chamonix, France
  • Ecrins, France
  • Finale Ligure, Italie
  • Valais, Suisse
  • Haute-Savoie, France


As soon as the days become longer in spring and up until the autumn, I propose a range of routes for all levels. I can organise crevace rescue, mixed routes and ridges for private groups. The maximum group size is 4 people.

  • Chamonix, France
  • Val d'Hérens, Switzerand
  • Finale Ligure, Italie
  • Valais, Suisse
  • Haute-Savoie, France