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BACKGROUND

Run the first half of the ultimate iconic multi-day trail running route in the Alps, the Tour du Mont Blanc! It follows one of the world’s toughest 100 milers, the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc, circumnavigating the highest mountain in the Alps, Mont Blanc at 4,810m and passing by its 71 glaciers and 400 summits. On this trip we split the usual 6 day Tour du Mont Blanc in half, which is ideal for those who want to experience the thrill of this incredible trail but without having to complete it all in one go!

This is a great running adventure to sign up for if you want to explore the Alps more or to recce the route for the UTMB. As always you will have a Lead Runner with you, logistic support as well as food and accommodation provided. The scenery is absolutely stunning and you’ll experience some of the most breath taking views of Mt Blanc the area has to offer. It's broken down into 3 stages with a day to relax in Chamonix at the beginning and end of the trip.

We start in Chamonix and head down the valley to Les Houches before making our way up over to Les Contamines via one the high passes at around 2100m. You'll run past glaciers and through alpine meadows and get a feel for how stunning this area is. Our first night is spent in Les Contamines before we carry on to the steep climb over the Croix du Bonhomme. The views from the Croix back down the valley and towards Geneva are incredible. From there we head down to spend our second night at Les Chapieux, a remote hamlet and a great place to unplug from the world for one night.

The next morning as the sun rises from behind the Aiguilles des Glaciers you will climb up to the Col de La Seigne, which marks the border with Italy. From here the route stretches into the horizon along the valley leading to the mountain pass 25 miles away which marks the border with Switzerland. We sweep down into Italy, staggering views of couloirs and rock buttresses towering on the left, leading up to Monte Bianco. The path undulates on nice smooth trails before a last climb, and then a steep descent into Courmayeur. Here you will spend your last night and celebrate your incredible achievement of running 50 miles of the epic Tour du Mont Blanc.

ACCOMMODATION & TRANSPORT

Accommodation on the first night in Chamonix will be in a 4* spa hotel, either Hotel L’Heliopic or Le Refuge des Aiglons (or an equivalent standard hotel) including breakfast. Both are located in the centre of Chamonix with stunning views of Mt Blanc. Amenities include the spa (treatments at extra cost) which has a heated pool and sauna, the hotel also free WiFi. Accommodation is based on a twin room sharing basis unless you request single occupancy, which if available will be at extra cost. Evening meal is included on the first evening (from a set menu) at a reputable restaurant Chamonix. For the 3 stages there will be a mixture of village hotels and possibly mountain refuges, we pick the best available on the route, these will include breakfast and evening meals (except for Courmayeur) as well as packed lunch each day you are running. Transport to and from Geneva to Chamonix can be booked via one of the many minibus operators that provide a regular shuttle service. You will be transported back to Chamonix on your last morning in Courmayeur.

ABILITY

This trip is 3 days of running with an average of around 18 miles / 29km per day. It's not always that easy to run these routes particularly quickly, trail running is often a leveller! So be prepared to be out on the trails for most of the day, we walk the uphills so there is time to soak up the scenery. Clients are always surprised by how much hiking can be involved in the Alps but this is inevitable in such steep environments. The trails on the TMB cannot be underestimated, and therefore it's important to do some training before you arrive, particularly multi-day hikes, have run marathon distance in around 4 hours or less and have some experience on trails. We also do a kit check on the evening before we set off and highly recommend bringing poles. The Lead Runner will route find and as with all our running adventures you will be running as part of a team. If you want to run the route quicker - please get in touch we can do this as a bespoke trip and arrange accommodation and logistics.

TIMING & LOCATION

Start from Chamonix, France. You will finish the run in Courmayeur, Italy where we provide transport back to Chamonix for your return journey. It's possible to run this route from July to September.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Overnight accommodation in a 4* spa hotel at the beginning of the trip (based on twin sharing)
  • First night evening meal in Chamonix included from a highly rated restaurant
  • Overnight accommodation en route (based on twin room sharing or small dormitory, supplement for single room)
  • Bag transport to each day’s end destination
  • Transfer from Courmayeur to Chamonix
  • Packed lunch everyday
  • All evening meals and breakfasts, except for the evening meal in Courmayeur
  • A qualified Lead Runner for the team, with you every step of the way
  • Run the Wild tech t-shirt
  • 50 miles / 80 km of some of the best scenery in Europe

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Drinks at the accommodation or additional main meals
  • Dinner on last night
  • Personal insurance (required)
  • Transfers to/from Geneva to Chamonix
  • Travel to Geneva for the start of the holiday
  • Travel from Geneva at the end of the holiday

KIT

You can see a list of all required kit for UK and Europe. If you have any questions regarding kit requirements please contact us.

Booking

Start Date End Date Days Mileage Grade Spaces Price Status
05th September 2020 09th September 2020 5 50 C 4 €1200 Available Book Now

AVAILABILITY

Availability Status Definitions:

  • Available – the trip is available, please go ahead and book!
  • Guaranteed – this trip is available but has also reached the minimum number to guarantee it running.
  • Few remaining – limited space left on the trip, sign up quick! 
  • Sold out - sorry you've just missed it, please get in touch to get on the reserve list or create a bespoke trip!
  • Register Interest - let us know you are interested in booking.
  • If there are are no dates listed - we will be looking to put up new dates soon, get in touch if you would like to register interest or book a private trip.

*Price quoted in Euros but payment also accepted in GBP

Difficulty

Difficulty of route, ascent per day, fitness required and experience (if in doubt call the office to find out more).

A(easy)
Easy undulating trails at low levels of elevation and relatively small amounts of cumulative ascent (up to around 500m).
B(moderate)
Some steeper sections on trails. Good fitness is required and total cumulative ascent may reach 1000m.
C(challenging)
Many steep sections with long climbs up hill. Expect long days out of up to 6-8hrs and cumulative ascent of around 1500m ascent.
D(strenuous)
Steep mountain trails with passes and anything over 2000m cumulative ascent. You need to be in top physical and mental condition and be prepared for long days.
E(extreme)
Basic mountaineering skills required / 2000m+ ascent.

Ability

Ability of Group – based on your running speed and experience (we will verify at the time of booking). You will be running as a team and therefore you will be running at the speed of the Lead Runner.

1(jogger)
3-4 miles an hour / 5-7km an hour on the flat
2(strider)
5-6 miles an hour / 8-10km an hour on the flat
3(runner)
7-8 miles an hour / 11-13km an hour on the flat
4(mountain goat)
9-10 miles an hour / 14-16km an hour on the flat