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. He has many notable achievements in the mountains including skiing the south face of Grandes Jorasses, the Col du Diable on the 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