Tour du Mont Blanc - First Half
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.
Total cost is 1200 Euros. A deposit of £350 will be taken at the time of sign-up with the balance taken 6 weeks before the trip is due to start.
Individual Entry - Deposit 80 km over 3 days, 4,600m ascent£350 CLOSED
Overnight accommodation in a 4* spa hotel at the beginning of the trip (based on twin sharing, supplement for single room)
First night evening meal in Chamonix included from a highly rated restaurant
Overnight accommodation en route (based on twin room sharing or small dormitory)
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
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
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 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 at one of the best restaurant's in 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 and we arrange twin rooms wherever possible, 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.
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.
Lightweight waterproof jacket (preferably Goretex / Event – must have a hood and sleeves)
Lightweight waterproof trousers or leggings (optional for Intro to the Alps and Running & Yoga trip)
Wicking top and shorts / leggings
Sun hat / cap
Warm hat and gloves
Additional warm layer / thermal top (for when we stop or it gets cold)
Socks (eg: Injinji)
Trail running shoes (sufficient tread)
Fully Charged Mobile Phone including the numbers for the Lead Runners, Event Director as well as appropriate emergency services (charge before use and make sure it's in a waterproof case or bag)
Lightweight, comfortable running pack (5-12 litres ideal for our weekend trips, 11-15 litres for longer trips)
Water Bottles / Bladder with minimum of 1 litre capacity in total
Sunglasses (the sun is very strong in the Alps)
Snacks to sustain you for the planned route (eg: GU gels, trail mix, chocolate)
Salt Tablets (GU or Nuuns, especially in hot weather)
Waterproof bags / dry bags to keep stuff dry
Headtorch (only on multiday trips eg: TMB for use in accommodation)
Whistle (normally found attached to your bag)
Personal first aid kit (eg: blister packs, sunscreen, asthma inhaler etc)
We will be checking your kit for our European adventures.
Total cost is 1200 Euros.
A deposit of £350 will be taken at time of sign-up with the balance taken 6 weeks before the trip is due to start.
We use the current GBP/EUR foreign exchange rate at the time of payment to work out your balance.
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