Marco Tamponi

Marco Tamponi

IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide

A man of many talents, Italian guide Marco Tamponi was a member of his national karate team before switching his focus to dedicate his life to the mountains. Having grown up with a love of the outdoors, Marco has been an IFMGA guide since 2008, racking up notable climbs across the Alps.

  • Bio

    Marco Tamponi cropped squareMarco entered mountaineering from a background in karate and military service. He was a member of the Italian national karate team and originally moved to his current base of Courmayeur, Italy, for military service.

    Marco has always loved the mountains and began climbing and skiing seriously in 1999, going on to become a qualified IFMGA mountain guide in 2008 and a member of the Alpine Guides Society of Courmayeur (Società delle Guide Alpine di Courmayeur) that same year. 

    Marco has many notable achievements in the mountains including skiing the south face of Grandes Jorasses, the Col du Diable on Mont Blanc du Tacul, the Mezzalama race, Patrouille des Glacier and the Couloir Marinelli on Monte Rosa. Marco spends his summer guiding in Chamonix, Courmayeur and Zermatt including Gran Paradiso Tour and Mont Blanc. In the winter, he is highly involved in avalanche forecasting and bulletins for the Aosta Valley. International travel includes expeditions to Nepal, Mongolia, Peru, Chile, Bolivia, Iceland and India.

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  • Qualifications

    • IFMGA since 2008
    • Aineva qualifications 2a and 2b for Avalanche Safety

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  • Notable Ascents

    Mont Blanc 4,807m

    • Integral Peuterey Ridge
    • Via Major
    • Innominata ridge
    • Pilier d’Angle Goulotte Boivin
    • Sentinella Rossa

    Grandes Jorasses

    • North face Polacchi route 1975

    Mont Blanc du Tacul

    • Supercouloir
    • Pilier Gervasutti
    • Goulotte Pinocchio

    Monte Rosa

    • Ski decent down Couloir Marinelli

    Aiguille Noire du Peuterey

    • Punta Welzembach (L’amitiè toujours 6c+)

    Les Droites

    • Ginat Route

    Pachermo, Nepal (6,300m) 

  • International Expeditions

    • Pachermo (6,300m) Nepal
  • Marco's Testimonials

    "Marco was the highlight of the trip for me. Extremely professional and serious about what he does yet with a very friendly personality. He gave us always more than what we needed (additional tips, tricks and even skills) and inspired us to learn more about alpine discipline and rock climbing."
    Cem Ozenc, Turkey, CIMC and Mont Blanc 2019

    "Marco was excellent on the mountain and always put safety first which made me feel more comfortable with what we were being asked to do. I always felt supported and safe while doing the training and climb."
    Nicky Ironside, Gran Paradiso Course & Ascent 2017

    "Marco completely lived up to his reputation, he was an amazing guide!"
    Brydie Ockwell, Gran Paradiso Course & Ascent 2017

    "Excellent, Marco did an absolutely fantastic job. I felt at all times very safe, well guided and learned a lot on the trip."
    Elena Todorova, Gran Paradiso Course & Ascent 2017