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Mont Blanc Trail Running Experience

Dates
Difficulty
Guests
1 - 10
Type
Guided
CO2
165kg / person
Experience the full range of trail running around the Mont Blanc region! Trail run inn-to-inn through three countries, finishing in Chamonix, France during one of the most exciting times of the summer-- the Mont Blanc Marathon race series.

This unique tour is a chance to experience so much of what the Mont Blanc region has to offer when it comes to trail running!

We’ll start in the rustic Italian village of Courmayeur, on the south side of Mont Blanc. We’ll enjoy a day of trail running along high pastures and through the bucolic hamlets of the Val Ferret, all within full view of the glaciers of the Mont Blanc massif.

Our route over the next few days will then take us over the border to Switzerland and along the second half of the Tour du Mont-Blanc. We’ll cross Grand Col Ferret and then it’s on to the Alps villages of La Fouly and Trient.

Climbing out of the Chamonix valley. (Photo: Sam Hill)

From Trient, we’ll run over Col de Balme on the French-Swiss border, and descend to Chamonix, the world’s epicenter of trail running. No place has more trail running history, or is more alive with mountain runners– and we’ll be there right for all the excitement of the legendary Mont Blanc Marathon series of trail races, which range from 10 km to 90 km. Many of the world’s best trail runners will be on hand. A limited number of race entries are available through Run the Alps.

Mont Blan marathon, Chamonix
Mont-Blanc Marathon finish line. (Photo: Kim Strom)

Chamonix is known as, “La Vallée du Trail,” and we’ll take full advantage, sampling some of the best runs, through the Aiguille Rouge nature preserve, onto the high balcony routes on either side of the valley, and even the thrilling “Kilomètre Vertical.”

Typical distances are 6-12 miles, with about 3,000 feet of climbing. Many days include the option to extend or shorten the day, based on personal interests.

Trail running high above Chamonix, France, en route to Col Balme. (Photo: Mark Brightwell)

Guiding this trip will be Alistair Crompton, an International Mountain Leader. Read more about his guiding experience and skills here.

Book this tour

Cost
$3,990 per person
$600 single supplement, available in Chamonix and Courmayeur only
Dates
No upcoming dates
Make it private guided
Your companions, your dates, your tour– we do the rest. Inquire here.

Itinerary

Breakfast buffet at Hotel Bouton d'Or in Courmayeur

The impressive breakfast buffet at Hotel Bouton d’Or in Courmayeur (courtesy photo)

Day 1

Arrive in Geneva, and transfer to the quiet, “sunny side” of Mont Blanc in Courmayeur, Italy. Enjoy impressive views of Mont Blanc, with time to relax at our charming Courmayeur hotel before joining the group for our trip meeting, followed by dinner.

Accommodations: Hotel Bouton d'Or
Guide showing trails on a map to trail runners who drink coffee at a table outside a mountain hut in Courmayeur

Guide, Giles Ruck, describes the trails yet to come. (Photo: Mark Brightwell)

Day 2

We’re off to sample all that the Mont Blanc region has to offer trail runners– and that’s a lot! Today, we’ll run our first section of the Tour du Mont-Blanc, including runnable single track and the grandeur of Val Ferret.

Accommodations: Hotel Bouton d'Or

Fresh blueberry tart – a hut stop favorite. (Photo: Kim Strom)

Day 3

Switzerland and its French-speaking Valais region beckon as we head over the trip’s high point, the dramatic border crossing at Grand Col Ferret.

Accommodations: Hotel Edelweiss
Femail trail runner above Champex Lac Switzerland

Running above Champex Lac, Switzerland. (Photo: Sam Hill)

Day 4

Time for some valley cruising! We’ll start by running along La Drance de Ferret river, passing through rustic Swiss hamlets. The climb up to Bovine is followed by homemade cake and drinks, amidst the impressive and hardy Hérens cows.

Accommodations: Hotel la Grande Ourse
Trail runners near the Col de Balme on the Swiss and French borders, between Trient, Switzerland and Chamonix, France, run a small grassy ridgeline.

Trail runners near the Col de Balme on the Swiss and French borders, between Trient, Switzerland and Chamonix, France, run a small grassy ridgeline.

Day 5

Time to run to Chamonix, France! We’ll climb up to the refuge on the Swiss-French border at Col de Balme. From here, options exist to take mountain transport back to Chamonix– or run through the valley’s numerous villages.

Accommodations: Refuge des Aiglons
Aiguillette des Posettes

Day 6

Today is race day for one of Europe’s oldest trail races, the venerable 23-km Cross du Mont-Blanc, and a more recent 10-km trail race. Run the Alps has entries available for trip participants who want to enjoy a classic Alps trail race!

Accommodations: Refuge des Aiglons

Runners about to start the 90km. (Photo: Pierre Raphoz)

Day 7

Today, you have the option of running the famed Mont Blanc Marathon. For those of us not racing, we’ll tackle another of Chamonix’s great trail runs.

Accommodations: Refuge des Aiglons
Trail running in chamonix

(Photo: Kim Strom)

Day 8

It’s time to take leave of the Mont Blanc region, and all of the trail running it offers. Your shuttle will take you directly to Geneva for the flight home.

Meals: Breakfast

Regional map

What's included

Seven nights in hotels along the route of the second half of the Tour du Mont-Blanc and in Chamonix, all breakfasts, trail snacks, six dinners, daily guided trail runs, Geneva-Courmayeur and Chamonix-Geneva transfers.

Plan to arrive the day your tour starts, at the latest. Note that flights from the US usually arrive on the following day, so schedule accordingly. The closest airport is Geneva, about two hours away. This tour includes individual airport pickup in Geneva.

For those wanting to spend a few extra days in Chamonix, the “Vallée du Trail” with over 500 kilometers of trail running, we can assist in extending your time and providing self-guided trail running materials, either before or after the tour.

Plan your departure for the day the tour ends at the earliest. The Geneva airport is one and a half hours from Chamonix by shuttle, so it’s possible to leave the day the tour ends as long as your flight is not too early. This tour includes return transfer to the Geneva airport. Please discuss options with us if you’re unsure about your departure plans.

More options for this tour:

Self-guided: Everything but the guide… custom tour design, trail runs, and all the details.

Private: Make it private! Your companions, your dates, your tour– we do the rest.

Contact us for details.

All Run the Alps guests receive a copy of our Guide to Trail Running in the Alps to assist in preparing for their trip.

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Want a helping hand to get ready? Run the Alps offers pre-trip coaching at our cost as a benefit to our guests. To read about our Personalized Prep Program, start here. Spaces are limited and this program routinely sells out. Contact us if you’re interested!

Terms and Conditions: Read up on Run the Alps’ Terms and Conditions, Covid-19 policy, and travel insurance.

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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.