Self-Guided Tour du Mont Blanc Runcation in Chamonix!

Summer 2019

 

We now offer self-guided trail running tours on the Tour du Mont Blanc! To discover the birthplace of mountain sports, look no further than Chamonix, situated at the base of the highest mountain in the Alps, Mont Blanc, which stands at 15,774 ft. This self-guided Runcation takes you on a run circumnavigating Mont Blanc on the famous Tour du Mont Blanc trail, one of the most iconic long distance walking routes in Europe. It's also the route for the world famous ultramarathon Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB) run each August. 

The TMB wraps 170 km around the massive Mont Blanc massif, climbing and descending a total of 10,000 feet through 3 countries and more breathtaking views than you can count. As you traverse the mountain you’ll spend the night in comfortable hotels in towns and charming mountain refuges, which will offer a comfortable place to spend the evening with breathtaking locations and a delicious sampling of Italian, Swiss, and French cuisine, wine, and coffee throughout the trip. 

This retreat adventure is open to any age, any level of runner. We take care of all logistics, booking, and private baggage transport. You’ll received customized gpx files for the Tour du Mont Blanc on an industry-leading trail map platform with interactive features, including recommended Instagram photo ops, peaks, recommended cafes, and your nightly lodging. Do the TMB on your own in a 8-day or 10-day option, averaging either 13 miles or 11 miles per day. Optional 12-week training package available from an experienced running coach to ensure you're trained and ready to go for this adventure of a lifetime! 

 
 

 
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Overview

•Independent trail running tour of the Tour du Mont Blanc

• An interactive GPX file and map including a premier mapping platform, highlighted Instagram-worthy photo ops, our favorite cafes, and a detailed description of your route on the TMB

• Comfortable 3-star hotels and charming mountain chalets/refuges

• Enjoy French, Italian, and Swiss cuisine, wine, and           coffee

• Accommodates all running disciplines, from road             racers to trail runners

• Baggage transport from hut-to-hut

• Relax and enjoy an independent Runcation with all logistics taken care of!

 

Sample Trip Itinerary

DAY 2

To the Col du Bonhomme

Your second day on the trail has the potential to be shorter at 10 miles, but guarantees to be a lengthly experience as it climbs over 4,000 feet. On the way you’ll run through the Reserve Naturelle des Contamines-Montjoie, crossing streams and meadows before starting our climb up to the Col du Bonhomme and the higher Col de la Coix du Bonhomme. On clear days views are visible to Val Montjoie to the north and Vallon de la Gittaz to the southwest. Your destination is one of the highest refuges on the TMB at 8,000 feet with a bird's eye view of the soft light of magic hour in the mountains. 14.7 mile route with 5,371 feet of elevation gain and 3,100 feet of descent can be viewed on our Interactive Map.

Enjoy a panorama of the Mont Blanc massif on your Self-Guided Runcation of the Tour du Mont Blanc

Enjoy a panorama of the Mont Blanc massif on your Self-Guided Runcation of the Tour du Mont Blanc

 

 

What’s included

Roundtrip transportation from Geneva airport to Chamonix

All accommodations and bookings 

Trip logistics of route planning, lodging, and transportation reservations

Baggage transport from hut-to-hut on our days on the TMB

A detailed and interactive map and gpx file

Breakfasts

Detailed descriptions, emergency numbers, and assistance from our staff

 

Not included

International airfare

Alcoholic beverages and meals 

Travel Insurance

Lodging in Chamonix