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Jakob Edholm

Tour du Mont Blanc

Chamonix

Join us for trail running around Mont Blanc massif, six days of “soul-style running” in the most incredible mountain scenery.  

This world famous tour starts and ends in Chamonix passing through Italy, Switzerland and France. We run and hike with light weight equipment and sleep in comfortable mountain hotels.

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We will run through three countries and seven different valleys, all each with its own character and views. The tour follows the same path’s as the world famous ultra trail running event UTMB – Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc. We spend six days on the tour and sleep in comfortable mountain huts and hotels including half board. The standard at the places we stay is higher than average mountain huts, that means we will have the possibility to get a shower each day and sleep in comfortable beds with sheets. This allows us to run with light weight backpacks.

We run or/and “power-hiking” about 8 hours a day. In total 170km and +9000m during six days. When we run we will pass nice open mountain huts that serve drinks, snacks and lunch.

Program

Meeting with the guide the day before departure for information and last questions about packing.

DAY 1

We start early from the town’s church in Chamonix centre. Our first stage is to Les Contamines, a beautiful little village high up in the Contamines Valley. We will pass the villages Les Houches and St.Gervais on the way, perfect places for lunch and coffee breaks.

DAY 2

Next stage is the hamlet of Les Chapieux. The trails will be high above the tree line and we will pass Col de la Croix at 2483m before descending down to Les Chapieux.

DAY 3

This day we will pass through the frontier to Italy at Col de la Seigne, 2516m. At Rifugio Elisabetta we will stay for an Italien Cappuccino and home made cake before running down to Courmayeur, where we spend the night.

DAY 4

A long day to the little Swiss village La Fouly at 1610m. During the run we will enjoy the views along the Italien Val Ferret, the grandiose Grands Jorasses among other beautiful peaks. The highest point will be at Grand col Ferret at 2537m, the Italian-Swiss border,  before heading down to La Fouly.

DAY 5

From la Fouly to Trient village passing Champex with its sparkling blue-green lake.

DAY 6

Final day to Chamonix, ending the tour where we started, at the town’s church in centre of Chamonix.

We are happy to arrange Tour du Mont Blanc from end of June to mid September.

Check if we have this activity already planned in the booking calendar, if not make a request and we will get back to you soon.

LEVEL REQUIRED

Those who trail run regularly and like hilly terrain with lots of up and downs are welcome to join. We run about 30km per day including 1500m vertical meters “fast” uphill hiking. We do this six days in a row. During the days we have plenty of time for rest, stretching and eating/drinking. We do not hurry. Previous experience from long distance trail running events and races is highly recommended. Feel free to contact us if you have any doubts or questions related to your physical level.

Group size

We run up to 8 people per mountain guide.

LENGTH

Six days of running/fast hiking. Ad one night before and after the tour in Chamonix.

PERIOD

From end of June to mid September

ASSURANCE

The client needs a travel and accident insurance for the implementation of this activity.

PRICE

1400 CHF/person

Including

Two nights in Hotel in Chamonix including breakfast(arrival and departure day). Five nights with half board during the trail. Coaching and guiding six days.

Not included

Lunch and drinks. Dinner arrival and departure day. Travel to Chamonix.

Tour du Mont Blanc EQUIPMENT LIST

We will keep the weight down so light weight models are highly recommended.

  • Running backpack around 20l
  • Light weight running poles
  • Headlamp
  • Warm hat & sunhat
  • Warm jacket
  • Underlayer, mid layer, extra socks
  • Running tights, long and short
  • Jacket & trousers(wind and waterproof)

  • Thin gloves
  • Light weight comfortable clothing to put on after each running day. Water packed.
  • Water system, bottles or camelback
  • Snacks & Bars
  • Blister kit & painkillers: Including Compeed blister plasters and elastoplast or similar.
  • Sunglasses & sunscreen