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Urs Baumgartner

HometownFlims Waldhaus, Switzerland

Years guiding13


IFMGA Mountain Guide

A bit about me

I grew up in the Bernese Oberland, surrounded by many gorgeous mountain peaks. At a young age, the mountains became my favorite playground. First came ski touring and rock climbing in the summer, then later trail running became my favorite summer activity.

In fall 2018, I moved to Flims, a beautiful mountain village in Graub√ľnden in the eastern part of Switzerland. Right away Graub√ľnden became my favorite region for trail running, offering flowing trails through mountain meadows and forests, but also rocky trails and glaciers. It’s a real playground for a running mountain guide!

Trail running background

I have always loved spending time in the mountains and exploring areas. Trail running became my passion after I had a tumor diagnosed and had to get fit again after two surgeries and a long recovery. I spent more and more time on trails, running through the mountains. The second year after the tumor, I started competing in trail races and marathons. After finishing a city marathon as well as a mountain marathon, I was wondering how far I was really able to run. That was the beginning of my ultra running career. I have since competed in races with distances between 50 and 101 km. In the past two years I haven’t competed as much, as I’d rather just run up alpine mountain peaks and combine my mountain guide skills with trail running fitness.



Why I love guiding

Running in the mountains is pure freedom. Being outside and experiencing beautiful trails in the mountains gives me so much joy. I love to share my passion and experience with like-minded runners in trail run camps and workshops, as well as on private guided tours.

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Region coverage

Alpstein, Engadine, Berner Oberland, German-speaking Valais, Ticino

Fees $490 per day


  • Urs Baumgartner running in Hasliberg

    Urs Baumgartner, trail running guide in Hasliberg, Bernese Oberland

  • Urs Baumgartner with red jacket running on a single trail at the Grimselpass above a lake and clouds

    Urs Baumgartner, trail running at the Grimselpass, Switzerland

  • Urs Baumgartner in shorts and with sunglasses on a grassy trail

    Urs Baumgartner, trail running guide on the Hardergrat, Bernese Oberland

  • Urs Baumgartner with red jacket at a single trail at the Grimselpass

    Urs Baumgartner, trail running guide at the Grimselpass, Switzerland

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