The Tour du Mont Blanc is our most popular guided and self-guided tour, and for good reason. The “ TMB” follows the route of the world-famous trail race of the same name, as it wends its way from France, through Italy, then Switzerland, and finally returning to its starting point on the steps of the old church in Chamonix, France.
We typically allow seven days to make the trip, which gives plenty of time for photos, leisurely rests at mountain huts, and a rest day in Courmayeur, Italy. Strong ultra runners with plenty of experience in alpine settings can accomplish the tour in fewer days. However you run the “ TMB,” you’ll enjoy running past glaciers as you encircle the Mont Blanc massif. One 30-pound bag can move via pre-arranged taxi service each day, so you’ll have it available at the end each day’s trail run.
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:
*Geneva airport to Chamonix, and Chamonix to Geneva airport shared shuttle
*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 for a nine-day, eight-night tour is $2,630. Typical pricing for a ten-day, nine-night tour, following a similar itinerary as this trip, $2,790. Pricing assumes double occupancy. $750 single supplement for six-night tour, $1,000 single supplement for nine-night tour. 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.