Self-Guided Tours

Prefer to travel in a smaller group, with a partner or friends? Our self-guided tours are a great way to experience trail running in the Alps at your own pace. Dates are flexible, based on your needs. Run in one region, or several – it’s your decision. Trail running season in the Alps ranges from mid-May through September.

Run the Alps offers self-guided trail running trips in the following areas:

Bernese Oberland

Switzerland’s Bernese Oberland is home to high pastures, picturesque villages like Mürren and Stechelberg, and the towering peaks of the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau. Run village-to-village, with your bags transported for you.

Italian Dolomites

With stunning scenery and flowing trails, this region of northern Italy is a very special trail running destination. A combination of Italian, Austrian and Ladin cultures, plus huge valleys and rocky towers, make this a fascinating area.

Tour du Mont-Blanc

Run the route of the iconic Tour du Mont Blanc, around the Mont Blanc massif, passing through France, Italy, and Switzerland. Stay in high mountain huts and beautiful hotels in quaint Alp villages.

Express Tour du Mont-Blanc

Run the Tour du Mont-Blanc in just four days. This trip is for the experienced trail runner who is comfortable with long days in rugged mountain environments. Because you’ll gain familiarity with the “TMB,” this trip is ideal for anyone dreaming of running the UTMB® some day.

Via Valais

Pioneered by our friends at ALPSinsight, the Via Valais is one of the great multi-day trail runs in the Alps, winding its way through the high peaks of Switzerland’s Valais region. This challenging trip mixes nights at alpine huts with quiet Alp villages, finishing at the base of the Matterhorn in Zermatt.

Chamonix Trail Racing

Trail run around Chamonix, France, the world’s trail running capital, and take part in one of the six races of the Mont Blanc Marathon series. It’s one of the most exciting times of the year to be here in the home of Run the Alps!

Courmayeur, Italy

The wilder Italian side of Mont Blanc provides beautiful single track, including iconic trails featured in famous ultras such as the UTMB and the Tor des Géants. It’s also very easy to find quiet remote-feeling routes where you’re unlikely to see anyone else.

Chamonix Pilgrimage

“La Vallée du Trail” is the hottest spot in the world for trail running right now. Chamonix is home to some of the world’s most famous trail runners. This region has hundreds of kilometers of dramatic singletrack at the base of Mont Blanc.

Zermatt and Matterhorn

Car-free Zermatt, at the base of the Matterhorn, is ringed by a variety of huts and lifts, making for a wide variety of trail running options – and nearly always with one of the world’s most famous peaks within view.

Switzerland's Wild Engadine

The Engadine is one of the Alps’ great trail running secrets. A beautiful half-day’s train ride away from the better-known Swiss mountain resorts, the Engadine’s remote feel is exactly what makes it so valued by those who know it.

Verbier St Bernard

With gentle meadow trails, high technical passes and glacier-side singletrack, Switzerland’s Verbier – Saint Bernard region is becoming known for its great trail running. A number of exciting, yet quiet routes are easily accessible from the high mountain resort town of Verbier.

Zinal and Val d’Anniviers

Located in Switzerland’s Valais Alps, this valley is home to the world-famous Sierre-Zinal trail race. It has some of the Alps’ best single-track, connecting the villages of St-Luc, Grimentz, Chandolin and Zinal.

The Greatest Trail Running Vacation, Ever

This is the ultimate trip for a trail runner: three or more weeks exploring the best trails all over the Alps. From Chamonix, France to St Moritz, Switzerland, we can arrange an itinerary with your choice of destinations, runs and accommodation to create your dream vacation.

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