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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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    Tour du Mont Blanc

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Tour Du Mont Blanc route

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Day One

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 Two

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 Three

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 Four

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 Five

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 Six

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.

Event Details

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
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Raceday Logistics

Schedule: 5th September

09:00 - Arrive

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Kit List

CLOTHING:

  • Lightweight waterproof jacket & trousers(preferably Goretex / Event – must have sealed seams)
  • Wicking top and shorts / leggings
  • Sun hat / cap
  • Warm hat and gloves
  • Base layer / fleece top
  • Socks (eg: Injinji)
  • Trail running shoes (sufficient tread)

ACCESSORIES:

  • Fully Charged Mobile Phone
  • Lightweight, comfortable running pack (5-12 litres ideal)
  • Water Bottles / Bladder with minimum of 1 litre capacity
  • Sunglasses
  • Snacks to sustain you for the run
  • Emergency cash
  • Waterproof bags / dry bags to keep stuff dry
  • Whistle (normally found attached to your bag)
  • Personal first aid kit (eg: blister packs, sunscreen, inhaler etc)
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If you would like to get in touch with the event organiser, click the link below:

https://www.runthewild.co.uk/contact-us

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Frequently Asked Questions

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. Our 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.
Do I need to be a certain fitness level?
This trip is 6 days of running with an average of around 18 miles / 29km 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.
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

Tour Du Mont Blanc weather forecast

Partly cloudy throughout the day.

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Run The Wild
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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