Trail Running - Mini Tour du Mont Blanc
Courmayeur - Chamonix
A trail running tour in one of the most famous routes in the Alps
Price: EUR 1700
A non-refundable deposit of EUR 500 is required at time of booking to secure space
Deposit can be transferred to another trip. Full payment is required 60 days before departure date
Remember, this is the Alps, rocky and steep terrain, high alpine meadows, glaciers, peaks, streams, lakes and amazing scenery.
This is a 5 day and 90 Km journey with 5,000 meters of elevation gain. The route takes us from Courmayuer - Italy through Switzerland and then to Chamonix.
This journey is fully supported with luggage transfers, shuttles to and from Geneva airport, all accommodations and meals. The accommodation varies from mountain huts to hotels. Some of the huts only offer dormitories, in the hotel it will be twin rooms. Single occupancy is available for an additional cost.
This tour covers iconic paths of the Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB) which is one of the most famous trail running and hiking routes and a dream for many trail runners around the world.
The tour is challenging, rewarding and enjoyable, there will be long and steep runs but still time to relax, to recover and to have a beer or two in the afternoon. The alps and the TMB is a challenging route, but you’ll run and hike with a light vest and in the company of an experienced International Mountain Leader (UIMLA) that will be with you all the time.
Day 1 | Chamonix
Transfer from Geneva Airport to Chamonix where you will have time to walk around, make last minute gear shopping or just relax at our chosen 4* hotel. In the evening we will have a group safety briefing, followed by dinner.
Day 2 | Courmayeur – La Fouly
We start the day early taking a 50 minutes transfer to Courmayuer. Our first day of running starts with a vertical climb towards Rifugio Bertone. After admiring the views, we follow an almost flat, beautiful, easy but high trail towards Rifugio Bonatti. We will pass the beautiful Rifugio Elena, where we can enjoy a coffee or a drink and then continue our way towards the high Gran Col Ferret. We will contemplate the spectacular views of the Swiss and the Italian valleys from the col. A beautiful descent on a single trail will take us to our accommodation for the night at the end of Val Ferret in Switzerland.
The route: 29 Km - 1960+ 1748-
Highest point at 2525 meters
Approximate time 7 hours
Day 3 | La Fouly – Col de Forclaz or Trient
We start the day with an easy descent to the ancient village of Praz de Fort. We will get some water from the local fountains and continue our path to the start of the ascent towards Champex Lac. Leaving Champex Lac behind we head up through the forests on an easy open path until Plan de l’Au where we start a steep ascent traversing around the mountain to la Giete. Once in the highest point we run downhill towards Col de la Forclaz and continue our descent to the last Swiss village and its iconic pink church in Trient.
The route: 31 Km - 1480+ 1700-
Highest point at 1470 meters
Approximate time 4 hours
Day 4 | Trient - Chamonix
We have a couple of uphills and downhills more until our final destination. On the way we will have fantastic views of the Mont Blanc and the Aiguilles Rouges mountains. We traverse the mountain before we start our last descent towards La Flegere and Chamonix.
We have come to the end of an epic journey of almost 100 Km and 6.000 meters of elevation gain.We will close our journey with a celebration dinner and drink.
The route: 28 Km - 1750+ 1960-
Highest point at 2065 meters
Approximate time 5 - 6 hours
Day 5 | Chamonix
We enjoy a last breakfast together and then time to pack all the memories back home.
A note about fitness: This adventure involves physical activity around 7 hours per day, some days has over 1500 meters of ascent, at altitude up to 2800 meters above sea level. To participate comfortably in the tour, you will require a certain level of fitness. To make a self assessment whether or not this is for you, you should consider yourself to be in good fitness, be accustomed to running/hiking, and be able to do it comfortably for at least 3 hours in a day. Please consult a doctor if you feel that this might be a challenge before booking.
The entire tour is done in English.
*We reserve the right to change the itinerary without previous notice due to weather conditions, National Parks regulations or notifications and unforeseeable circumstances
This tour is governed by the Terms and Conditions
How Challenging ?
High effort. This is a challenging adventure where we can expect 5 - 8 hours of running/hiking per day, with up to 1700 meters of elevation gain. Previous multi-day trail running experience is recommended. More info about effort levels here.
Price and Details
The tour includes:
Everything described in the tour
All of the scheduled activities
All accommodation during the tour (5 nights)
Most huts or refuge in shared rooms/dorms (single occupancy only available in Chamonix
All meals during the tour (5 breakfast, 4 packed lunch, 4 dinners)
All transport during the tour (except for those by feet!)
Experienced and certified guide
The tour excludes:
Transport to Geneva (e.g. flights)
Insurance. All participants are required to have their own insurance appropriate for outdoor sports; such as health, accident, mountain rescue, repatriation, cancellation, personal liability, etc.
Trail snack to eat on the go - dried fruit, nuts or energy bars to last you throughout the entire runs (further info in the packing list)
Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
Expenses for extra activities, such as; massages, spas, sauna, hot tub
Any accommodations for extra days
Price: 1700 EUR
A non-refundable deposit of EUR 500 is required at time of booking to secure space. Deposit can be transferred to another trip. Full payment is required 60 days before departure date.
min 5 - max 12
Start: Geneva (Cointrin Airport)
End: Geneva (Cointrin Airport)
We reserve the right to change the itinerary without previous notice due to weather conditions, and unforeseeable circumstances.
This tour is governed by the Terms and Conditions