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Tour Du Mont Blanc

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Run one of the world's most iconic trail running routes. Great for trail runners who are looking for something special, the route follows the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc. Come for the notoriously challenging trail running or for the awe-inspiring scenery.

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Since 2013, Run the Wild has been dedicated to delivering incredible trail running adventures in the UK and European Alps. Trail running is the ultimate pursuit of freedom, of feeling alive and it's something we are really passionate about! There’s nothing that compares to the feeling of running along mountain paths and for a moment leaving behind your busy life. Start YOUR amazing journey with Run the Wild! The company was founded to bring this experience of running trails in the wild; free of the usual race and logistical burdens, to you. We love exploring places, not just running races. We love meeting people and having an adventure together. We like races too, but this is where our heart really lies and if we can help you have more fun running trails; whether to see the sun rise over Mt Blanc as you climb up over a mountain pass, or indeed to check out a future race route then we will be happy! Join us running off into the unknown, the path flowing underneath your feet, snow capped mountains glinting in the sun, clouds melting away in the valleys far below. Setting your heart and mind free... Exploring places... not running races. This is what it feels like to be alive! “The mountains are calling and I must go.” John Muir, Meet the team.

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How to enter

Tickets available until Fri Jul 30 2021

What's included:

  • Overnight accommodation in a 4* spa hotel at the beginning and end of the trip
  • An evening meal on the first night at a highly rated restaurant in Chamonix
  • Overnight accommodation en route
  • Bag transport to overnight accommodation
  • Packed lunches
  • All evening meals and breakfasts, (except for the evening meal in Courmayeur and on the last night in Chamonix)
  • A qualified Lead Runner
  • Run the Wild tech t-shirt
  • Champagne at the finish
Tour du Mont Blanc
9:00am Fri 10th Sep 2021

Run 168km

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Frequently asked questions
FAQ
What is trail running?
Trail running is simply one of the best ways of discovering and exploring the best nature has to offer. It is a fantastic form of exercise and the health benefits are countless. However there are also hazards and variables to be considered when trail running. To find out more about these considerations, visit the British Mountaineering Council's website. The Lead Runners are equipped with emergency survival kit as well as a basic first aid kit. Mobile phones are used to communicate in the mountains.… read more
FAQ
Do I need to be a certain fitness level for the Tour Du Mont Blanc?
This trip is 6 days of running with an average of around 18 miles / 29k per day. Bear in mind that there will be steep climbs and long descents during this, so please ensure you have done sufficient training of a similar standard before the event.… read more
FAQ
What's not included within the entrance fee?
- 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… read more
Route description
Route description

Day 1

Arrive at the hotel for the start the next day.

Day Two

The course begins in Chamonix and heads down the valley to Les Houches before making its way up over to Les Contamines, where you will spend the first evening

Day Three

Well rested, you will carry on to the steep climb over the Croix du Bonhomme. The views from the Croix back down the valley and towards Geneva are simply incredible. From there we head down to spend our second night at Les Chapieux, a remote hamlet and our last stop before crossing the boarder into Italy.

Day Four

As the sun rises from behind the Aiguilles des Glaciers you will climb up to the Col de La Seigne. 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, a point where you will be standing the next day. The route sweeps down into Italy, bringing with it staggering views of couloirs and rock buttresses. The path undulates on nice smooth trails before a last climb, and then a steep descent into Courmayeur.

Day Five

Leaving Courmayeur early the next day following a steep ascent out of the valley you may see the sun rise over clouds carpeting the valleys far below. After a couple of hours running there will be time to stop for a refreshment at the Rifugio Bonatti hut, dedicated to the legendary Italian climber. Indeed, you will be passing some of his ground breaking first ascents as you run the route. From there you will approach the fearsome Grand Col Ferret marking the Swiss border at 2537m. The trails down from the col are perfect. You will hear the cowbells from the lush green valley below, as you descend through the stunning scented mountain meadows into the little village of Le Fouly, our next stop, the first of two in Switzerland.

Day Six

The trail passes through forests running alongside the river and through tiny Swiss villages and fields of hay and wild flowers before heading up to Champex-Lac. Champex is a paradise in the mountains and sits at the juncture to another famous hiking route and potential running adventure - the Walker’s Haute Route. Three more high points stand between you and Chamonix, and around another 25 miles. The view from the next climb is hard to take in, since you can see all the way down to Martigny, 1500m below. Its broad flat valley leads to Zermatt and beyond. The path descends from here through some rocky and tree root covered trails to the Col de la Forclaz and then steeply down to Trient and its beautiful pink church and backdrop of dramatic glaciers, where we spend our last night on the trail.

Day Seven

You will complete our journey and return to Chamonix. The climb up to Catogne is followed by a steep descent to Vallorcine and back into France. One more big climb, this time to the Tête aux vents and the Mt Blanc Massif dominates the horizon, its glacier pouring over into the Chamonix valley below and the end of our adventure. It’s an amazing achievement, 104 miles / 168km and 9,000m ascent crossing over 3 countries.

Logistics and schedule

Schedule

Exact schedules and timings will be communicated to entrants closer to the time.

Cost

A deposit for £675 will be taken at the time of entry, with the full €2250 being due 6 weeks before the event.

How to get there

Mont Blanc du Tacul, Mont Blanc du Tacul, 74400 Chamonix, France

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Accommodation

Accommodation is in a 4* spa hotel at Le Refuge des Aiglons (or similar alternative) including breakfast each morning and an evening meal at one of Chamonix's highly rated restaurants. This is on a twin sharing basis, unless you have requested a single room (which if available, there is a supplement). Amenities include the spa which has a heated outdoor pool, hot tub, steam room and sauna, the hotel also has an outdoor space to relax in and free WiFi as well as a beautiful atrium bar area. It’s located in the centre of Chamonix.

On the Friday evening you will meet up for dinner with your guide as well as some of the Run the Wild Team.

Transport

Transport to/from Chamonix via Geneva can be booked via one of the many minibus operators (e.g. Chamexpress, Mountain Drop-Offs, Alpybus or Easybus) that provide a regular shuttle service, if you are a group we can arrange this and can be added to your invoice.

Frequently asked questions
FAQ
What is trail running?
Trail running is simply one of the best ways of discovering and exploring the best nature has to offer. It is a fantastic form of exercise and the health benefits are countless. However there are also hazards and variables to be considered when trail running. To find out more about these considerations, visit the British Mountaineering Council's website. The Lead Runners are equipped with emergency survival kit as well as a basic first aid kit. Mobile phones are used to communicate in the mountains.
FAQ
Do I need to be a certain fitness level for the Tour Du Mont Blanc?
This trip is 6 days of running with an average of around 18 miles / 29k per day. Bear in mind that there will be steep climbs and long descents during this, so please ensure you have done sufficient training of a similar standard before the event.
FAQ
What's not included within the entrance fee?
- 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
Booking related questionsDo you have a question about bookings, cancellations, or refunds?
Tour du Mont Blanc
9:00am Fri 10th Sep 2021

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