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Tour du Mont Blanc - 1st Half

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Route description
Route description

The route follows the Ultra Trail Du Mont Blanc, one of the world's toughest races.

You will start in Chamonix and head down the valley to Les Houches before making your 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.

The first night is spent in Les Contamines before carrying 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 you'll head down to spend your 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.

The route sweeps 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.

Not Included with Entry

  • 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
Logistics and schedule

Schedule

Detailed race schedules and instructions will be available in entrants booking packs closer to the time.

Cost

A deposit of £390 will be taken at the time of registering with the full €1300 being taken approximately 6 weeks before the event date.

How to get there

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.

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
How long is the Tour du Mont Blanc- 1st Half?
This portion (the first half) of the trip takes place over 3 days, and averages ~17 miles (27k) per day. Much of this route involves hiking (rather than running) because of the steep inclines.
FAQ
How difficult is the Tour du Mont Blanc- 1st Half?
Very difficult, it is recommended that all participants have a strong level of fitness. The Alps are notoriously steep and will test participants' strength.
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1st Half
8:00am Fri 10th Sep 2021

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