Although only a few miles from the French and Swiss borders, there’s no mistaking you’re in Italy when you run the trails of Courmayeur. Here, at the head of the Aosta Valley in the mountainous northwest corner of Italy, flowing single track is interspersed with welcoming guardians at the “rifugios,” or huts, where you can take in alpine views over a cappuccino. Trails traverse high meadows opposite Mont Blanc – or Monte Bianco – and climb alongside clear streams, up over high mountain passes with incredible views into neighboring Switzerland and France. Here’s a glimpse from a recent Run the Alps trip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YY2Gt38a6s&t=4s Courmayeur also has a lively trail racing scene, if you’d like to add a race to your vacation plans. Each summer, the town hosts three races in the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc series, the popular Gran Trail du Courmayeur series in July, the legendary Tor des Géants, now four races, and a variety of other trail events. While Val Ferret and nearby Val Veny are well-known on the alpine trail running map, the region is also home to a wide range of quiet and wild trails. Courmayeur is wonderful place to relax after a run. You’ll find excellent cafés, restaurants and gelaterias as you wander along the quiet, cobbled streets of the village. Many of our self-guided guests combine exploring this region with a few days in the Chamonix valley, known as the “Vallée du Trail” on the other side of Mont Blanc.
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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 rail, bus and shuttle travel *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 $2,300 for a six-night, seven-day tour, and $1,990 per person when sharing a double. Since tour planning time and materials are the same regardless of trip length, cost for shorter trips are not reduced proportionally. Typical pricing for a four-night trip is $1,890, and $1,690 for three nights. 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.