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Alpine Ice Adventure

Alpine Ice Adventure

01 - 04 July 2017

Alpine Ice Adventure in Ticino, Switzerland

Lakes Sassolo and Naret have been the source of some of the most iconic underwater images ever taken. Accessible for just a few weeks a year, the lakes are the starting point for this Fourth Element Adventure.

The eerie light below the ice is the first thing that diver’s describe when they resurface from one of these altitude ice dives. Massive ice formations and often breathtaking visibility provide a sense of scale to leave all but the most emboldened in awe of the power of nature. But the journey is as much a part of this adventure as the destination.

Travel through alpine meadows and climb way higher than the Summer tourist, bound for the “lowland” lakes Maggiore and Lugano, typical of this region to some of the highest lakes in the Ticino region of “Italian” Switzerland. The views alone are incredible as you wind steadily up the mountain to Lake Sassolo itself.

After diving under the ice, spend the night in a diver friendly hotel close to the beautiful lakeside town of Ascona and the source of the next stage of the adventure

Fast flowing waters

Swiss River Diving follows the route of some of the fastest flowing rivers in Europe, and requires experience to select the right route so that the water flow is not to great. Some scrambling and climbing is needed to get to some of the best destinations, but the reward for the hard work is simply stunning. Channels of water cut deep into the rocks over thousands of years bring to mind a combination of bobsledding and flying a wingsuit through a canyon. The itinerary plans to take in as many dive sites as possible depending on the conditions, with plenty of time to relax and enjoy the incredible setting.

Experience the sheer power of a waterfall as you dive beneath it and let the rushing water speed you downstream.

After another morning perfecting the river diving technique, head home with a very different answer to the question “what did you get up to this weekend?”

Daniel Schmid

Daniel Schmid grew up diving the lakes and rivers of Switzerland. A keen traveller he has dived all over the world, but his favourite sites are still in his own back yard. Based in Bern, he manages one of Europe’s most successful dive centres and is an experienced PADI Course Director.

He loves to teach diving, but his real passion is adrenaline-fuelled extreme river diving. Happy hopping off a bridge in Switzerland’s capital city into the glacial meltwaters of the River Aare, he is even more driven by the pursuit of the perfect river rush in the clearer mountain rivers of the Ticino region. A self-confessed adventure junkie, when he’s not diving, he counts extreme-snowboarding as his other “pastime” presumably to keep the adrenaline flowing.

Features

DIVE UNDER THE ICE AT OVER 2000M

DISCOVER ONE OF DIVING’S HIDDEN GEMS

DIVE IN A FAST FLOWING RIVER IN EXCEPTIONAL VISIBILITY

BE SWEPT DOWNSTREAM BY GLACIAL MELTWATERS

DIVE THROUGH A WATERFALL

EXPLORE ONE OF SWITZERLAND’S LITTLE KNOWN DESTINATIONS

DIVE TO THE BOTTOM OF CRYSTAL CLEAR PLUNGE POOLS

PRICE PER PERSON$1770 USD

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About the location

The Ticino itself is a beautiful region: palm trees and usually warm weather invite you to stay outside. Your guides know the best “Grottos” (these are typical restaurants of the region, grotto means cave), the nicest places for a drink after diving and where to go to enjoy the typical Ticino food in the evening. 

The hotel itself basic, but offers everything you need. It is “diver friendly” with ample space to hang dive gear out to dry.

Everything on the trip is taken care off: we pick you up at the airport, take care of snacks, lunch, drinks and dinner and try to show you the most beautiful diving that the region has to offer.



If you don’t want to bring your dive gear, contact us in advance and we can arrange everything for you.

Alpine Ice Adventure day by day

Saturday July 1

Arrival to Zurich Airport and group transfer to Motel Bamboo House in Riazzino, a 3 hour drive. You will get a theoretical introduction in high altitude diving and river diving and the get dinner at the motel.

Sunday July 2

Breakfast at 07:00 and then drive to Lake Sassolo at around 08:00 for some ice diving. You will have a picnic for lunch and then dinner in Ascona.

Monday July 3

Today you will go river diving in Maggia and Vercasca (depending on the conditions). You will have a picknick for lunch and then dinner in the area in the evening.

Tuesday July 4

Today you will also go river diving in Maggia and Vercasca (depending on the conditions). You will have a picnic for lunch. In the afternoon you will get group transfer back to Zurich airport for your flight home.

Please note!

Please note that the itinerary is only a preliminary plan. Activities can change, or may need to be exchanged, in the case of adverse weather conditions or other unexpected incidents. Your expedition leader is there to make sure that you get the most out of your holiday.

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