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Mimmi Kotka and Group at Possettes
Gaining vert above Chamonix
Mimmi Kotka and Group at Possettes
Gaining vert above Chamonix
Mimmi Kotka and Group at Possettes
Gaining vert above Chamonix

Chamonix Dream Team Trail Camp

5 - 10
163kg / person
We've brought together some of the world's great trail running legends for this trip: Mimmi Kotka, Meg Mackenzie and Zach Friedley! We’ll explore the trails of Chamonix, France, and pick up trail running tips as we go.

Mimmi Kotka and Meg Mackenzie are two of the world’s strongest trail racers, and best of all, the most fun and supportive trail runners you’ll ever meet. This week, they’re not racing– far from it. They’re happy to hang out and have a leisurely time on some of their favorite trails in the Chamonix valley. As friends of Run the Alps, they’ve come together for a special trip that only Run the Alps could produce!

Joining Meg and Mimmi will be Zach Friedley, an adaptive athlete for On Running. Born without his right leg above the knee, Zach has gone on to trail race around the world and is a leading advocate for adaptive athletes, and has created the international nonprofit Born to Adapt. Zach’s trail running days with the group are being scheduled now and will be announced shortly.

Together, we’ll trail run under glaciers, along high mountain balconies, and along some of the most famous sections of the UTMB Mont Blanc® and Mont-Blanc Marathon race courses.

Running along the French and Swiss border near Chamonix. (Photo: Kim Strom)

Mimmi Kotka and her husband Toni have lived in the Chamonix valley for a number of years. Sponsored by Craft, Mimmi also happens to be one of the world’s strongest ultrarunners. Mimmi has won or been on the podium at a long list of trail races around the world, including finishing third in the 2021 UTMB®. You can read more about Mimmi, here.

Mimmi isn’t just a trail runner, either. She has an advanced degree in Nutrition, and is a partner in Moonvalley – you’ll get to try their excellent products on the tour! She has a great sense of humor, and always has interesting insights to share on trail running.

Mimmi running above Argentière, on a quiet section of trail not too far from the Swiss border. (Photo: Toni Spasenoski)

On Running athlete Meg MacKenzie is one of our most upbeat and fun friends here in Chamonix. A few years ago, she moved full-time from her home in South Africa to Chamonix. She has raced around the world, with top finishes in races ranging from Chamonix’s Mont Blanc Marathon to South Africa’s Ultra Trail Cape Town. Meg is also a trail running coach and certified master life coach. Her style is inclusive, warm and supportive. You can read more about Meg here.

Meg running above Chamonix. (Photo: Aleksandra Janiak)

On Running athlete Zach Friedley has lived quite a life! He has lived in Ashrams in India, climbed 6000-meter peaks in South America, and trail raced around the world– all as an adaptive athlete. He has founded the non-profit Born to Adapt, has spoken about disabilities at the US Congress, and after our trip, Zach is headed to be part of a disabilities panel at the 2024 Paris Olympic Games. Read more about Zach’s story, here.

Zach on the trail. (Photo: Courtesy Zach Friedley)

Along the way, each special guest will share tips from their years of trail running in the Alps.

Although we have pro athletes joining us, this is an inclusive trip designed for various levels of trail runner. This tour is about having fun and sharing advice on some of our favorite trails. We’ll run at a gentle pace and there will be chances to shorten each day’s run if you’d prefer an easier outing, or even a day off altogether.

Before your trip, you’ll receive all of the usual Run the Alps materials that we send to prepare our guests, including our Guide to Trail Running in the Alps.

Guiding this trip will be Run the Alps guide Astrid Renet, a licensed International Mountain Leader. A French trail running guide, Astrid has worked for the International Trail Running Association and has lived in the US. Read more about Astrid’s experience and skills here.

Flowing trails with big views on the Aiguillette des Posettes. (Photo: Kim Strom)

This will be a unique and memorable trip. Spaces are limited to 10 guests to assure an informal, fun experience.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. We look forward to hosting you here in Chamonix!

Please note: Day-to-day itinerary and guests are subject to change based on weather conditions and guest availability. All route distances and vertical are approximate, and options exist to shorten each day. 

Lead images: Gaby, Sam Hill, Aleksandra Janiak, Kim Strom

Book this tour

$4,390/per person
$500 single supplement
Jul 19, 2024 - Jul 24, 2024
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Mimmi Kotka with a Run the Alps group

Taking a time-out up high. (Photo: Sam Hill)

Day 1

You’ll arrive in Chamonix via a shared shuttle. There’s the option of a casual group run to the colorful Chalet Floria, perched along the Petit Balcon Sud with a view of the Chamonix valley. Tonight, we’ll enjoy dinner in Chamonix with Mimmi Kotka.

Accommodations: Hotel Refuge des Aiglons
Nine people eating pizza and drinking beer at a terrace

Run the Alps staff and friends enjoy a break at Big Mountain Brewery (Photo: Toni Spasenoski).

Day 2

Today, we’ll run on technical trails through terrain scoured by glaciers. We’ll refuel at a delightful mountain hut with a reputation for great food, then climb through high alpine meadows.

There should be time for an après-trail drink before some down time at our hotel, and then dinner in town.

Accommodations: Hotel Refuge des Aiglons
Trail runner moving up the Aiguillette des Posettes

Moving up the Aiguillette des Posettes. (Photo: Daniel Fitzgerald)

Day 3

We’ll trail run on the strikingly beautiful Posettes ridge above Le Tour with the wonderful Meg Mackenzie. Meg will give talks on various trail running topics throughout the day.

Accommodations: Hotel Refuge des Aiglons

Plenty of pie at Refuge du Plan de l’Aiguille. (Photo: Meg Mackenzie)

Day 4

Today we’ll run with Mimmi up to the Refuge Plan de l’Aiguille, and across Chamonix’s legendary Grand Balcon Nord to the famous Mer de Glace glacier, before coasting back to town for dinner on our own.

Accommodations: Hotel Refuge des Aiglons

Going up. (Photo: Sam Hill)

Day 5

Today, we “learn the ropes” – literally and figuratively, on the famous Chamonix Vertical Kilometer route. After a refueling stop, we’ll run another alpine, balcony trail with big views of snowy Mont Blanc, before finishing with a nutrition talk and dinner in town with Mimmi.

Accommodations: Hotel Refuge des Aiglons
Selfie in Chamonix

Chamonix selfie. (Photo: Kim Strom)

Day 6

Today we say Au Revoir to the other Run the Alps guests as we catch our shared shuttles to the Geneva Airport or continue our travels elsewhere.

Meals: Breakfast

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What's included

Five nights at a 4-star hotel in Chamonix, France. All breakfasts, light lunches, trail nutrition, and 4 dinners, guided runs daily with special guests and licensed International Mountain Leaders, round-trip Geneva-Chamonix transfers, all transfers to and from trailheads, special guests during group dinners, license-free photography, Run the Alps Guide to Trail Running in the Alps sent prior to the trip.

Plan to arrive at the Geneva Airport the day your tour starts, no later than 2 pm, or noon if you would like to make our optional run. This tour includes a shared shuttle airport pickup in Geneva. Run the Alps is available to assist with bookings if you would like to arrive a day or two early to enjoy Chamonix, France. The shuttle is still included if you decide to arrive early. 


Plan your departure for after breakfast on the day the tour ends. The Geneva Airport is only ninety minutes away by shuttle, so it is possible to leave the day the tour ends as long as your flight departure time is not before 10am. If you do need to depart earlier, a private shuttle can typically be arranged at a cost of $240.


Not Included: Flights, extra charges made accommodations like room service or laundry, drinks with dinners, Gratuity for the guides

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Get to know Chamonix from a Trail Runner’s point of view.

Go for a run on Chamonix’s Vertical Kilometer.

Terms and Conditions: Read up on Run the Alps’ Terms and Conditions and travel insurance.

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Tour Balance: Your tour balance is due 90 days before your tour starts. We will send you an invoice about a month before that due date. However, you can pay your balance at any time. If you’d like the simplicity of paying in full sooner, or would like to pay in installments, please contact us.

Guides for this Tour

Tour dates: Jul 19 - 24, 2024
Run the Alps trail running guide, Astrid Renet
Lead guide: Astrid Renet


Need a hand preparing?

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We offer pre-trip coaching as a benefit to our guests for a reasonable fee. Spaces are limited.