With jaw-dropping scenery, flowy Alps single track, and some of the most picturesque mountain cafes anywhere, trail running in the Alps often finds its way onto a lot of trail runner’s bucket lists. We get it! It started that very same way for many of us.
Run the Alps offers a wide range of guided trail running tours, for beginners through seasoned mountain runners. Each of our trips is rated on a 1 through 4 scale, based on how challenging the days are. (Not sure which level is right for you? See how we rate our trips.)
If you’re just getting started on trail running adventures, the Bernese Oberland trail tour, covering around 8-10 miles a day through the flowy, high pasture single track of the Swiss Alps may be just your speed.
Experienced mountain runners may want to explore one of our multi-day point-to-point trips, like the Tour du Mont-Blanc or the Via Valais both of which feature high mountain huts, no shortage of elevation gain, and remote mountain terrain that together make up a dream route.
Our guides, of course, are key to our trips – they’re highly experienced Alps trail runners who are knowledgeable about local languages and customs and are intimately familiar with the trails over which you’ll be traveling. Run the Alps guides are some of the best-known and most talented trail runners in the Alps, period. Some have run the hardest mountain races in the world, like Tor des Gèants and UTMB’s PTL race. Others have run beautiful trails in Nepal and Tibet, and two have even climbed to the summit of Mount Everest! They’re more than just expert trail runners with deep knowledge, though — they’re also really great people.
We keep our trips to ten or fewer guests, and rarely exceed a 7:1 guest to guide ratio. This assures that all Run the Alps trips feel friendly and informal, with plenty of opportunities to learn from and chat with the guide or guides on your trip.
Explore the trip options here:
Dogs + Alps + Trail running. What could possibly be better? If you’re a dog lover and you like to trail run in beautiful areas, well, your dream trip just arrived!
We love Courtney, but not because she’s one of the world’s best ultrarunners. It's because she’s a wonderful person who's fun to hang with. On this trip, we’ll run trails, drink great beer, and have one big adventure in Chamonix, France.
The Via Valais is our Grand Tour of the Alps! This high-mountain route has been designed specifically with trail runners in mind. You'll traverse valleys, run over high passes, and through meadows on your journey from Arolla to Zermatt.
A unique trip with one of the world’s great trail runners, Mimmi Kotka. We’ll take our time exploring the trails of Chamonix, France, and pick up tips from Mimmi and other special guests from Chamonix’s diverse world of trail running.
Join The North Face athlete Meg Mackenzie for a special women’s only trail running camp in Chamonix, France and Courmayeur, Italy.
Our dream introduction to trail running! Begin the week in Switzerland's wild Engadine valley and finish with a few days at the foot of the Matterhorn in Zermatt.
We've partnered with Tahoe Wilderness Med for a unique trip combining trail running and wilderness medical skills. A trip for both professionals and anyone interested in backcountry medicine - continuing ed credit is available.
Our most popular trip-- and for good reason! Run the spectacular Tour du Mont-Blanc footpath on this inn-to-inn classic. Start and finish in Chamonix, France, passing through Italy and Switzerland as we run around the famed range.
If you love trail running, and want to enjoy a café au lait and blueberry tart along the way, we've got the trip for you. We'll explore the trails of Chamonix, France and Zermatt, Switzerland, while taking breaks at the best cafés en route.
We'll run inn-to-inn through the alpine pastures of the Bernese Oberland, with our bags transported for us! Enjoy views of the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau during the day, and some of our favorite Swiss mountain hotels at night.
Trail run inn-to-inn along the iconic Tour du Mont-Blanc from Courmayeur, Italy to Chamonix, France. In Chamonix, we'll enjoy classic local trails with the option to run one of the town's famous trail races.
Our Matterhorn Ultraks tour gives you the chance to enjoy one of the iconic trail races in the Alps, whether you're running or cheering others. We'll enjoy trail time in Zermatt, under the Matterhorn, on some of the best trails anywhere.
Trail run from Mürren and Grindelwald in full sight of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau, through some of the Bernese Oberland's most beautiful terrain. Participate in one of the four classic Eiger trail races, or cheer on the runners!
A unique trip that includes Chamonix, the world's trail running hotspot, the quiet Swiss Alps village of Champéry, and a chance to take part in the oldest trail race in the Alps, DDM Trail.
The Italian Dolomites have some of the best trail running in Europe! We’ll run inn to inn, taking in spectacular views of the region along smooth singletrack and over high cols. At night, we’ll enjoy hearty local cuisine in villages.