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Trail Running the Tour du Mont Blanc
COMFORT VERSION

One of the most famous routes in the world. An epic journey through the French, Italian and Swiss Alps

2024
Jun 30 - Jul 7, 2024 (Sold Out)
Jul 7 - Jul 14, 2024 (Sold Out)

Jul 13 - Jul 20, 2024 DELUXE  (Sold Out)
Jul 20 - Jul 27, 2024 (Sold Out)

Aug 3 - Aug 10, 2024 (1 spot left)
Sep 1 - Sept 8, 2024 (Sold Out)

2025
Jun 29 - Jul 6, 2025 (Comfort (Sold Out)
Jun 30 - Jul 7, 2025 (DELUXE) (Sold Out)
Jul 19 - Jul 26, 2025 (DELUXE) (Sold Out)

Jul 26 - Aug 2, 2025 (Comfort)
Aug 3 - Aug 10, 2025 (Comfort)
Aug 16 - Aug 23, 2025 (Comfort)
Aug 31 - Sep 7, 2025 (Comfort)
Sep 6 - Sept 13, 2025 (Comfort)

Price: 3250 EUR  (All-Inclusive, read details below)

A 25% deposit is due to secure your reservation. The remaining balance is due 60 days before the start of the expedition.

(View the cancelation policy below in the section "Price and Details")

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Embark on a trail runner's paradise – the Tour du Mont Blanc!

Describing the beauty of this route in words is a challenge. You truly grasp its magnificence when you live and breathe the TMB – one of the world's most beautiful routes. You'll enjoy amazing trail running trails, while you traverse three countries on foot Imagine high alpine meadows, glaciers, snow-capped peaks, serene lakes, the Mont Blanc itself, and, of course, the physical and mental challenges.

This is a 100-mile/160 km journey with its fair share of ups and downs, specifically almost 32,000 feet/10,000 meters of elevation gain. The route takes us from Chamonix, France, through Italy, Switzerland, and back to Chamonix.

Our trip is all-inclusive, covering shared transfers to and from Geneva airport, accommodations, bag transfers, and meals*. We've handpicked hotels and mountain huts for your comfort, boasting great views, fantastic food, and friendly service.

We promise you this will be an unforgettable adventure in the heart of the Alps. Read what some of our guests say about us!

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*See details below

Is this tour suitable for me?

If you are a road runner or a trail runner who enjoys hitting the trails, this tour is for you. Our trips are not just trips; they are journeys of self-discovery where you will feel challenged, alive, and reconnected. If you crave adventure and personal growth, you've found the right experience.

What is the pace on a Vagabond trail running tour?

Imagine a long weekend day out with your friends. You'll be hiking in the uphills, running in the downhills, and jogging on the flats. You don't need to be a fast runner or possess technical climbing skills to join this tour, but you should be fit enough to cover the daily distances and elevation gains. This is not a race; our trips are about having fun, enjoying the experience, and feeling alive.

We've planned the trip so that when you reach the next overnight accommodation, you'll have time to unwind, enjoy a glass of wine, read a book, and savor the breathtaking views. On certain days, you can reduce the distance by using a cable car or public transportation.

What if I am traveling solo?

At least 40% of our groups consist of solo travelers, and you'll be amazed by how wonderful the runners and hikers who join our tours are. We believe that traveling solo shouldn’t be more expensive, which is why we don’t charge single supplements.

I am a woman and want to come on this trip solo

You don’t need to rely on friends or a partner to travel and have fun. We understand that traveling solo can be intimidating, but it might help to know that we often see a 50/50 gender ratio on our tours. Take the leap, and we guarantee you won’t regret it! You will feel empowered, free, and you'll wonder why you haven’t traveled solo before.

 

I have never done a multi-day trail running adventure

If you can manage the daily distance and elevation gain, there's no need to worry; the multi day adventure is part of the challenge ahead.

Bags Transfer

To ensure your comfort, your primary luggage will be transported from hut to hut daily. This allows you to carry only a light running vest with your essentials while you trail run.

Comfort vs Deluxe 

On our comfort trip, you'll experience a mix of accommodations: a 4-star hotel in Chamonix and Courmayeur for a total of three nights out of seven. The other four nights will be in mountain huts or refuges in shared dorms. This is a common arrangement for the Tour du Mont Blanc and is actually a significant part of the TMB experience.

Our DELUXE version follows the same itinerary, but with twin rooms throughout the entire journey, seven nights out of seven. The DELUXE version is limited due to the complexities of securing private accommodations

Guides

We are proud to say that we have the most amazing, fun, certified, and experienced trail running guides on our team. Your safety and well-being are our top priorities.

Please ensure that your physical condition aligns with the itinerary below. If you have any questions, don't hesitate contact us.

Itinerary

Day 1 | Chamonix

Transfer from Geneva Airport to Chamonix. Depending on your time of arrival you'll have time to walk around the vibrant village of Chamonix, make last-minute gear shopping, or just relax at our chosen hotel in Chamonix. In the evening we will have a group safety briefing. Dinner tonight is not included.

  • Accommodation: Hôtel Le Prieuré & Spa , Lykke, or a similar 4* hotel. Twin or double rooms

Day 2 | Les Houches – Les Contamines

Today is the official start of our epic journey. We leave Chamonix towards Les Houches by bus. Once in Les Houches, we climb up heading to Bellevue where we can already admire the beautiful views of the valley. We continue toward the Tricot pass on a path that offers constant and beautiful views of the Bionassay Glacier. Once at the pass, we descend towards the quaint Miage valley on one of the prettiest corners of the Tour du Mont Blanc. We continue toward our overnight destination close to the village of Les Contamines.

  • The route: 11.2 mi / 18km  - High gain/loss +5020ft/1530m | -4790ft/1460m approx

  • Highest point at 2110 m / 6922 ft

  • Approximate time 4 - 6 hours​

  • Accommodation: Hotel Gai Soleil or La Christiania in rooms of 3 or 4 people, or Refuge Nant Borrant or similar in shared dorms or  

 

Day 3 | Les Contamines– Refuge de Mottets/Les Chapieux

Easy riverside trails take us to the church of Notre Dame de la Gorge. After the church, we have a long and steep ascent leading to Col du Bonhomme. Depending on weather conditions the pass might show snow patches. A little bit higher we reach the second col of the day the Croix de Bonhomme at 2440 meters of altitude, where we will enjoy amazing views of the valleys on both sides. A nice and runnable trail takes us downhill to Les Chapieux, from here we will have a mix of a flat trail to a steady easy uphill towards Refuge Les Mottets at 1864 meters, which will be our hut for the night.

  • The route: 15mi / 24km  - High gain/loss +5413ft/1650m | -3083ft/940m approx.

  • Highest point at 2440 m / 8000 ft

  • Approximate time 6 - 7 hours

  • Accommodation: Refuge Les Mottets, Chambres Soleil, Auberge La Nova or Base Camp Lodge, in shared dorms

Day 4 | Refuge de Mottets – Courmayeur

The day starts with a steep trail, but the views will be our boost to continue and finally cross the border into Italy at Col de la Seigne. Once on the col (or shoulder), you will admire the views of the French and the Italian valleys. On the Italian side, we will have a long descent into Val Veny. If we are lucky, the valley will be covered in yellow flowers with sparking glaciers descending off Mont Blanc. A long flat path will take us to the start of the steep trail towards the ridge on Mont Favre. The views are amazing at the ridge and the trail will give you an incredible sense of gratitude and freedom. We'll run towards Col Checrouit and then a final steep descent to Courmayeur (here you can choose if you decide to take the cable car or continue the descent by foot). To give you the freedom to explore Courmayeur on your own terms, dinner is not included tonight. 

  • The route: 15.5mi / 25km  - High gain/loss +4166ft/1270m | -6233ft/1900m approx 

  • Alternative route: 13.6mi / 22km  - High gain/loss +4166ft/1270m | -3700ft/1130m approx (taking the cable car)

  • Highest point at 2500 m / 8200 ft

  • Approximate time 7 - 8 hours

  • Accommodation: Hotel Crest et Duc, IH Courmayuer Hotel, Maison Saint Jean or a similar 4* hotel. Twin or double rooms

Day 5 | Courmayeur – La Fouly

We start the day with a vertical climb towards Rifugio Bertone. After a quick Italian coffee, we follow an almost flat, beautiful, easy but high trail towards Rifugio Bonatti. The trail offers impressive views of Montt Blanc that you'll stay in your memory forever. We start the descent to Arnouva and then towards the beautiful Rifugio Elena, where we can enjoy a coffee or a drink.  We continue our way towards the high Gran Col Ferret. Once at the col you'll contemplate the spectacular views of the Swiss and the Italian valleys. A beautiful descent on a single trail will take us to our accommodation for the night at the end of Val Ferret. If you feel, you'll like to reduce the distance and elevation this day there is a couple of options by taking public transportation. 

  • The route: 18mi / 29km  - High gain/loss +6430ft/1960m | -5734ft/1748m approx.

  • Alternative route: 8.7mi / 14km  - High gain/loss +2296ft/700m | -3280ft/1000m approx. (using public transport)

  • Highest point at 2537 m / 8323 ft

  • Approximate time 7 - 8 hours

  • Accommodation: Hotel Edelweiss, Hotel Col du Fenetre, or similar. In shared dorms

Day 6 | 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 at 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.

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  • The route: 19mi / 31km  - High gain/loss +4855ft/1480m | -5577ft/1700m approx.

  • Alternative route: 10.5 mi / 17km  - High gain/loss +3477ft/1060m | -4265ft/1300m approx. (using public transport)

  • Highest point at 1470 meters

  • Approximate time 7 - 8 hours

  • Accommodation: Auberge Mont Blanc, Le Grande Ourse. In shared dorms

 

Day 7 | 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, the Aiguilles Rouges mountains and the Chamonix valley. We traverse the mountain before we start our last descent towards La Flegere and Chamonix.

 

We will celebrate this epic journey with a final dinner together. 

  • The route: 17mi / 28km  - High gain/loss +5741ft/1750m | -6430ft/1960m approx.

  • Alternative route: 12.4 mi / 20km  - High gain/loss +5741ft/1750m | -3805ft/1160m approx. (using cable car)

  • Highest point at 2065 meters

  • Approximate time 7 - 8 hours

  • Accommodation: Hôtel Le Prieuré & Spa , Lykke, or a similar 4* hotel. Twin or double rooms

Day 8 | 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 for around 7 hours per day. To participate comfortably in the tour, you will require a good level of fitness. To make a self-assessment of whether or not this is for you, you should consider yourself to be in good shape, be accustomed to running/hiking, and be able to do it comfortably for at least four hours 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 ?

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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 highly recommended.

Price and Details

The tour includes:

  • Everything described in the tour

  • All of the scheduled activities

  • Transport from Geneva Airport to Chamonix 

  • Transport from Chamonix to Geneva Airport

  • All accommodations during the tour (total of seven nights)

  • 4* hotel in Chamonix ( two nights )

  • 4* hotel in Courmayeur ( one night )

  • Mountain huts or refuges in shared dorms ( four nights)

  • All luggage transfers between accommodations 

  • All main meals during the tour (7 breakfasts, 7 packed lunches, 5 dinners)

  • Online Safety Briefing before the tour

  • Personal attention before and during your trip

  • General Training Plan

  • Packing List

  • Guiding from a certified International Mountain Leader

  • Amazing trails & beautiful landscapes

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The tour excludes:

  • Transport to Geneva (e.g. flights)

  • Single room supplement, applicable only in Chamonix and Courmayeur

  • First night dinner in Chamonix 

  • Dinner in Courmayeur

  • 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.

  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages

  • Expenses for extra activities, such as; massages, spas, sauna, hot tub

  • Any accommodations for extra days in Chamonix

  • Any lifts or cable cars

  • Any private transfer

  • Tips for the guide

Price: 3250 EUR

A 25% deposit is due to secure your spot, the remaining balance is due 60 days before the start of the trip. Once the trip is confirmed your deposit is non-refundable, however, it can be transferred to any other trip. 

​Participants: 

min 5 - max 12

Start: Geneva (Cointrin Airport)

End: Geneva (Cointrin Airport)

 

This tour is governed by the Terms and Conditions

Cancellation policy:

  • Trip pending: a 25% down payment is fully refundable

  • Trip confirmed: a 25% down payment is non-refundable. You can transfer this down payment to any other of our trips within the next year

  • 60 days or less before the trip starts no refund available

Travel insurance is required for all of our trips. Make sure that your insurance covers trip cancellation (in case of any unforeseen circumstances)

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