Special Women’s Retreat – Create the Life You Want

Guided By

Marion Giraud

Tour dates September 18 - 23, 2023

Assistant Guide: Astrid Renet

Tour dates September 18 - 23, 2023


We're pleased to offer a very special women’s trail running retreat in Chamonix with On Running athlete Meg Mackenzie and internationally acclaimed trainer, coach and lecturer Mareli Kruger. Note: We expect this trip to sell out quickly.


September 18 - 23, 2023


6 days, 5 nights

Tour Category

Village based.

Tour Challenge

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$5,395/person. Because of the unique nature of this tour, single supplement pricing is extremely limited. We encourage you to share with a friend.

Whats included

Five nights at a fully catered deluxe chalet in Chamonix, France. All breakfasts and five dinners. Guided runs daily with International Mountain Leaders and On Running athlete Meg Mackenzie. Round-trip Geneva-Chamonix transfers. All transfers to and from trailheads and cog mountain train to Montenvers. Two group coaching workshops with internationally noted mentor Mareli Kruger. Special guests during group dinners. Wine tasting. License-free photography. Run the Alps Guide to Trail Running in the Alps sent prior to the trip. Spa afternoon at deluxe QC Terme in Chamonix. Special gift provided at close of trip.


“What is the life that you want to live and how can you start living it?”

That’s one of the central themes behind this unique trail running vacation that we believe will be nothing short of life-changing. Please note that this trip will almost certainly sell out. We encourage you to book soon if you would like to come.

Our tour has been created and designed by one of the world’s top mountain runners, On Running athlete Meg Mackenzie. Meg is a friend of Run the Alps. Originally from South Africa, she now lives and trains full-time in the Chamonix valley. While she is an internationally noted runner, Meg is also warm, inclusive, empathic and loves sharing her Chamonix trails with others.

Joining Meg is Mareli Kruger, a coach, trainer and lecturer who will make this trip one that will inspire you for years to come. Mareli will lead the group through two Consciousness Development workshops, delving thoughtfully into topics like imposter syndrome, fostering self love, and related group-guided topics of interest. “Mareli changed my life. She helped me to find the courage to transform my life,” says Meg, who had been working as a primary school teacher before becoming a world-class trail runner. “My life was safe and small. I was staring out a window, wishing for more. Mareli gave me the courage and clarity to take risks.”

“The ideal world that I see is one of passionate people. People that live lives that they love,” says Mareli. “From early on, I felt drawn to empower women to achieve that goal.”

On Running athlete Meg Mackenzie running on a mountain.

Meg Mackenzie gets air above Chamonix, France. (Photo: Jake Holland.)

Throughout the tour, Meg and Mareli will share some of the physical and mental elements that matter most to female runners. Examples include:

*The pressure of pioneering in male-dominated sports, no matter one’s level. 

*Making space for women’s own values and qualities within trail running. 

*Identifying the invisible barriers that hold you back. 

*Assembling new ideas to serve you, so you can live the life you want. 

Each day there will be a chance for discussion and sharing so we can all learn from each other’s experiences.

Here’s a bit more about our special host, Meg. She has raced competitively and stood on podiums at some of the world’s most competitive trail races. And while Meg excels at trail running, it’s just one part of her life. She’s also a trail running coach, certified master life coach, and this spring is launching the global documentary Periods destigmatizing menstrual cycles in sport and life. Read more about Meg here. Says Meg, “My goal is to get more women involved in trail running and help those already in it to gain more self-confidence on the trails. Too many women think they are somehow inadequate or not strong enough for mountain activities.”

On Running athlete Meg Mackenzie runs alongside a lake.

Meg runs past Lac Vert, above Servoz, France. (Photo: Jake Holland.)

This tour is based in a wonderful, cozy deluxe chalet in Chamonix, the world’s home of trail running.  Private chef Jenna Beaugy will cook us healthy dishes to enjoy, every day. A longtime Chamonix resident who has adventured around the world including to Antarctica, Jenna is a skier, trail runner and climber. She uses organic, wholesome ingredients to power herself and others in the mountains.

During the days, we’ll trail run on a selection of Chamonix’s most impressive trails and have time to explore the town. We’ve intentionally offered this trip during one of the quieter times on the valley’s wonderful trails, to create a more serene experience.

There will also be time to chill out at Chamonix’s deluxe new QC Terme spa, and there will be time to take part in an organic and biodynamic wine tasting, focussed on wines of the Alps and “Feminine Wines.”

The tour is designed to be inclusive and is available to runners with varying levels of experience. Please contact us if you have any concerns.

Day 1

You’ll arrive in Geneva, and transfer to Chamonix, the world-famous resort and mountaineering center in France. An airport pickup is included, making this an easy and relaxing hour and a half journey. Enjoy your first impressive views of Mont Blanc, then time to settle into the deluxe chalet, which features a hot tub, sauna, cinema room, terrace, and garden. We think it will be an excellent space to unwind, relax, and recover from our outings.

Later in the afternoon, our group will have its first gathering, followed by a catered dinner.


  • Deluxe chalet
  • Dinner
Day 2

Our first morning starts with a delicious breakfast at our comfortable chalet. Afterwards, we’ll take the train up the Chamonix valley to the village of Montroc, and run a beautiful loop at the head of the valley with a stunning panoramic summit! We’ll hike up through trees to the top of the Aiguillette des Posettes mountain, with incredible views of the Chamonix valley and into nearby Switzerland. Then we’ll head down through meadows to take a break at a mountain café, and continue to the village of Vallorcine – with the option of using the gondola for part of the descent.

We’ll jump on the train back to Chamonix where we’ll take part in our first workshop with Mareli, considering the common challenges of imposter syndrome and developing self love.

Interior of a deluxe chalet in Chamonix, France

Inside our chalet home for the week. (Courtesy photo.)

Chef Jenna will cater dinner for us tonight in the comfort of our cozy Chamonix chalet.


A deluxe chalet in Chamonix, France, shown from the outside.

Our chalet home for the week. (Courtesy photo.)

  • Deluxe Chalet
  • Breakfast, Trail Snacks, Dinner
  • 11km, 900m ascent, 1000m descent
Day 3

After a leisurely breakfast, we’ll head out on a run through the Chamonix valley, passing through a beautiful river-side spot called Paradis des Praz. We’ll climb up through an alps forest to Café Floria, with its colorful flowers and inspiring views of the Mont Blanc range. After a break, it’s downhill back to our chalet basecamp.

We have our second workshop with Mareli this afternoon, one that she calls “Postcards from Nature.” This is an instinctive discovery through natural elements to gain deeper insight into your life journey.

In the evening our group will head into Chamonix to enjoy dinner in one of our favorite restaurants in town.

  • Deluxe Chalet
  • Breakfast, Trail Snacks, Dinner
  • 10km, 400m ascent, 400m descent
Day 4

Today starts with a cog-railway ride up through beautiful alp forests with ever-expanding views of the valley, ending at Montenvers. This historic destination sits above the Mer de Glace glacier and opposite the commanding spires of the Drus mountains, some of the most famous peaks in the world.

Next, we’ll run along the North balcony, high above the Chamonix valley. From here, our route climbs to Signal Forbes, a dramatic 360-degree alpine viewpoint, then traverses above treeline to reach Refuge Plan de L’Aiguille. This rustic mountain cabin is perched high above Chamonix and is famous for their fresh tarts! The descent to Chamonix winds down through forest, or you can ride the legendary Aiguille du Midi cable car down into town.

In the afternoon, we’ll relax at Chamonix’s deluxe new spa, QC Terme, exploring wonderful baths and pools, or heading to the outside jacuzzis and admiring Mont Blanc.

This evening we have a screening of Meg’s acclaimed documentary on periods, and the chance for some discussion on issues and challenges women need to consider when trail running.

Meg Mackenzie racing the Gran Trail Courmayeur in Italy

Meg racing the Gran Trail Courmayeur in Italy last year (Courtesy race photo.)

  • Deluxe Chalet
  • Breakfast, Trail Snacks, Dinner
  • 14km, 800m ascent, 1600m descent (option to take the tram down)
Day 5

Today we’re going up high, to La Jonction, a unique high-elevation destination where two of the valley’s largest glaciers converge.

We’ll set off early for a picnic brunch at Chalet des Pyramids, a tiny mountain hut perched high on a dramatic ridge. From here, we continue in the footsteps of the first climbers to summit Mont Blanc, passing their bivouac site en route. When we reach La Jonction, we’ll literally be able to touch the ice of the glaciers and feel the cold breeze blowing off the jagged landscape of ice at our feet.

We’ll descend the way we came. Back at the chalet later that afternoon, we’ll relax with an informal wine tasting, followed by another delicious, catered dinner.

  • Deluxe Chalet
  • Brunch, Trail Snacks, Dinner
  • 16km, 1700m ascent, 1700m descent
Day 6

After breakfast we’ll say goodbye to our new friends, and head off with memories of our special week in the Alps. We expect that every participant will take with them a better understanding of themselves, with tools to move forward and create the life we each seek for ourselves.

  • Breakfast

Plan to arrive the day your tour starts, at the latest. Note that flights from the US usually arrive on the following day, so schedule accordingly. The closest airport is Geneva, about one and a half hours away. This tour includes a shared shuttle pickup in Geneva. If you want to arrive a day or two early the shuttle is still included. Contact us for details.


Plan your departure for the day the tour ends at the earliest. Geneva airport is about one and a half hours from Chamonix by shuttle, so it’s possible to leave the day the tour ends as long as your flight is not too early. Our shuttle partner can get you to a flight departing before 10am, but a private shuttle is required at an additional cost of $220. If you want to enjoy Chamonix for a day or two after the trip ends, the shuttle is still included. Contact us for details. Please discuss options with us if you’re unsure about your departure plans.

Additional Information

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Want a helping hand to get ready? Run the Alps offers pre-trip coaching at our cost as a benefit to our guests. To read about our Personalized Prep Program, start here. Spaces are limited and this program routinely sells out. Contact us if you’re interested!

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