Chamonix Runcation Training Camp

Chamonix, France

Liz Gill
  • Email address verified
  • Twitter verified
5 reviews
Jul 1 - 7, 2019
Group size: 5 - 10
Chamonix Runcation Training Camp
Chamonix, France

Liz Gill
  • Email address verified
  • Twitter verified
5 reviews

Deposit: $750
Jul 1 - 7, 2019
Group size: 5 - 10

About this trip

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. In addition to various mountain disciplines, the Chamonix Valley, also called "La Vallée du Trail," is also a hub for the top trail and mountain runners of the world to train and race. Our Chamonix Traincation offers an opportunity for the experienced runner to train, race, and vacation while enjoying guided trail running tours of the best trails around Mont Blanc. Enjoy quality high altitude training for runners in a week of high mileage with enough vert to get your mountain legs back under you. No views are sacrificed this week as we combine our favorite trails and vistas around the Mont Blanc massif into 7 days. Along the way, enjoy our curated Chamonix highlights of scenic and runnable trails, comfortable mountain chalets, and favorite cappuccino and cuisine spots as we run through France, Switzerland, and Italy on this adventure.

Our Chamonix Runcation includes two nights in a hotel in Chamonix, France, one night in a hotel in a neighboring town, one night in a mountain refuge, and two nights in a hotel in Courmayeur, Italy. This trail covers some of the top trails in the area as well as segments of the Mont Blanc Marathon, Skyracing course, and the world famous ultramarathon Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB) run each August. In addition to guided runs with experienced running coaches, this training camp includes an opportunity to discuss sports nutrition, injury prevention, gait analysis and plenty of training days. You'll also have the option to add on one of the famous Mont Blanc Marathon races!

If you're an experienced runner or athlete in good health, this Chamonix Runcation Training Camp is for you. This vacation is perfect for:

-runners training for UTMB, Mont Blanc marathon, or European trail races

-trail or mountain runners looking for a week of quality training and vacationing on guided trails

-road racers, track, cross country, and trail runners looking for an introduction to mountain running training

-athletes of all disciplines that are healthy and in good fitness looking for summer altitude training on soft surfaces and high mileage

This retreat is open to runners of various paces and disciplines that are looking for an opportunity to combine travel, training, and vacationing. Your pace is not as important, but you must be able to complete 10-20 miles/day of hiking/running, including dramatic elevation gain and loss. You can find out detailed mileage and ascent/descent information in our detailed itinerary. This trip is a step up in mileage and intensity than our Dolomites Runcation. 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! Curious if this trip could be right for you? Get in touch at We love questions!

What’s included

Roundtrip transportation from our first day to the end of the trip

All accommodations and bookings 

Trip logistics of route planning, lodging, and transportation reservations

A 8:1 ratio of guide to participants
Breakfast and dinners at the mountain hut, or rifugio

An. excellent buffet breakfast at our Courmayeur hotel

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

Knowledgable guide and running coach along the entire route

Sports nutrition, gait analysis, and injury prevention sessions

Not included

International airfare

Alcoholic beverages and meals in the days not spent at the mountain refuge

Travel Insurance

Lift tickets up to the final dinner in Courmayeur

Single Supplement Option

Before You Go


Must have a valid passport valid through 6 months upon date of travel.

Travel Insurance:

Must have travel insurance prior to start of trip. 

Room info at the Refuges:

Rooms are FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED. If you are inclined to participate, book or contact the organizer ASAP as rooms will book up in advance by other vacationers.


While there are guides to accommodate every pace of attending runner, this trip requires participants to be able to run/hike for 10-20 miles on trails at a time in mountainous/high altitude climates. Training for this trip is highly necessary, and you can participate in the 12-week group training program designed specifically for this trip as a package add-on to ensure you're able to tackle the trails and get maximum enjoyment of this running retreat!


Although the weather in the summer is often ideal, weather in the mountains is variable and trail conditions are subject to change. Route subjective to change based on the safety of conditions and climate of the trails.

Available options

12-week training program for this hut-to-hut adventure
Mont Blanc Marathon Race Entrance


Chamonix Meet-and-Greet
Day 1

July 1: Our trip will start the afternoon of July 1 with a meet-and-greet and orientation meeting to meet the guides and go over the logistics and itinerary of the upcoming week! We recommend that you arrive in Chamonix early to adjust to the time change and explore the fabulous markets, trails, and atmosphere of Chamonix.

Who’s interested

Your Organizer

Liz Gill
5 reviews
Liz is the founder of Runcation Travel. She's also a running coach, trainer, and freelance writer based in the Bay Area, California. After competing collegiately for 5 years at the NCAA Division 1 level for Columbia University and USC, Liz has been coaching at the high school, collegiate, and adult level since 2009. Liz has worked as a backpacking guide in Central America, Sea Kayaking Guide in the Bay Area, and managed an Adapted Paddling Program for individuals with mobility impairments. She spent 3 summers leading international high altitude running and service learning trips for high school/college students in East Africa and Peru. She holds a MS in Kinesiology, USATF Level 1 Running Coach, Wilderness First Aid, Sports First Aid, and CPR certifications.


I had a wonderful trip! The Dolomites were the perfect location for a trail running vacation, and Liz picked a wonderful route for us! The refugios were fantastic, comfortable lodging with great food and drink. I would highly recommend this trip!
Hands down the best vacation I've ever taken. The Dolomites were spectacular, and Liz did a great job ensuring people of all abilities had a wonderful time. The group was the perfect size - and we all got along great! The food at the Refugios was great and the wine and company was even better. I absolutely loved this trip and would recommend it to anyone!
This trip was hands down the coolest and most awesome thing I have ever done. Liz Gill is a rockstar. I couldn't have imagined a better guide to lead this trip of a lifetime. The breathtaking beauty of the Dolomites cannot be properly captured by photographs which means you must go and see it for yourself! There is no one better than Liz Gill to take you!
It was a really good trip. 'Liz did a really good job at organizing everything and making sure everybody was comfortable and safe. She hired a guide for the slower runners/hikers and did a good job
I'm still riding a high from this trip. I'm so thankful for our organizer, Liz, who is a logistical genius. Because everything was planned and ready to go long before we began our trek, I was able to be entirely present for the duration of our journey. When you're hiking or running through the Dolomites and staying in unique, culture-rich refugios every night, the ability to "take it all in" is of utmost importance. In addition to gaining new perspectives on both culture and adventure, I gained something much more valuable--a new appreciation for the beauty of friendship and community. You just can't put a price on that!