Chamonix Valley


Without a doubt Chamonix is the world’s trail running epicenter. It’s also the summer home for Run the Alps! This alpine town at the base of Mont Blanc hosts a series of major trail races and has one of the most active trail running clubs anywhere. Even the Mayor is a renowned trail runner!

It’s not by chance, either. Chamonix valley has hundreds of miles of world-class trail running. It’s a magnet for trail runners around the world, many of whom now call the valley home. You can run past glaciers, take a break at a mountain cafe, and ride some of the world’s most impressive cable cars and mountain trains—all in the same day.

If you’re considering a trip to Chamonix and want to take part in one of the region’s many trail races, Run the Alps can help secure race entries and support you in submitting the required medical certification. For some races, Run the Alps has already reserved a limited number of entries.

Many clients also add in a few days on the other side of Mont Blanc, in the quiet Italian village of Courmayeur, where the pastures and huts of the bucolic Val Ferret have been a focal point for Italian trail runners for years.

Once in their life, every trail runner should visit the Chamonix valley, run through the pastures to an alpine hut, and feel right at home in what locals call the “ Vallée du Trail.”

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See typical itinerary from our guided tour Courmayeur to Chamonix Trail Run

Run the Alps story: Is Chamonix the Trail Running Capital of the World?

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Self-Guided Tour FAQ

Our self-guided tours are available in some of the best trail running areas the Alps have to offer. When you sign up to run in one of the regions below, your trip will be planned in detail. Each self-guided tour includes the following components:

*In-country transportation to and from the tour is included.

*Three-star hotel and mountain hut bookings.

*Thorough travel instructions, regional information, our Guide to Trail Running in the Alps, and detailed run descriptions printed on durable, waterproof paper, complete with a run profile, time estimates, bail-out options, emergency numbers, and a map. See a sample.

Typical pricing is $2,290 for a six-night, seven-day tour. Pricing includes a shuttle from Geneva Airport to Chamonix, and Courmayeur, Italy to Geneva Airport. Pricing assumes double occupancy. $800 single supplement. Since tour planning time and materials are the same regardless of trip length, cost for shorter trips are not reduced proportionally.

As we work with you to develop your self-guided itinerary, consider adding one of the many great Alp trail races into your plans. Please contact us to discuss trail race options and timing.

No matter where you are, on every self-guided trip, if a serious problem arises, Run the Alps and our booking partners at Alpinehikers are just a phone call away.