Self-Guided Tour du Mont Blanc Trail Running Vacation

Chamonix, France

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Self-Guided Tour du Mont Blanc Trail Running Vacation
Chamonix, France

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5 reviews

$1450
Deposit: $750

About this trip

We now offer self-guided trail running tours on the Tour du Mont Blanc! 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, which stands at 15,774 ft. This self-guided Runcation takes you on a run circumnavigating Mont Blanc on the famous Tour du Mont Blanc trail, one of the most iconic long distance walking routes in Europe. It's also the route for the world famous ultramarathon Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB) run each August. 


The TMB wraps 170 km around the massive Mont Blanc massif, climbing and descending a total of 10,000 feet through 3 countries and more breathtaking views than you can count. As you traverse the mountain you’ll spend the night in comfortable hotels in towns and charming mountain refuges (based on booking package and availability), which will offer a comfortable place to spend the evening with breathtaking locations and a delicious sampling of Italian, Swiss, and French cuisine, wine, and coffee throughout the trip. 


This retreat adventure is open to any age, any level of runner. We take care of all logistics, booking, and private baggage transport. You’ll received customized gpx files for the Tour du Mont Blanc on an industry-leading trail map platform with interactive features, including recommended Instagram photo ops, peaks, and your nightly lodging. Do the TMB on your own in a 8-day or 10-day option, averaging either 13 miles or 11 miles per day. Customized itineraries also available on request. 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! 

What’s included

Roundtrip transportation from Geneva airport to Chamonix

Trip logistics of route planning, lodging, and transportation reservations

All nightly accommodations on the trail at mountain refuges or 3-star hotels (depending on itinerary)
Breakfast at the mountain huts, or refuges

Baggage transport from hut-to-hut 

A detailed and interactive map and gpx file

Not included

International airfare

Alcoholic beverages and meals

Accommodations in Chamonix

Travel Insurance


Before You Go

Passport:

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.

Fitness/Pacing:

This trip requires participants to be able to run/hike for 11-18 miles on trails at a time in mountainous/high altitude climates. Training for this trip is highly recommended, 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!

Weather:

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 trail.

Available Packages

8 days, 7 nights

Average 13 miles per day on our 8 day, 7 night Self-Guided Tour du Mont Blanc Trail Run. 

$1450
Deposit: $750
10 days, 9 nights Self-Guided TMB
$1699
Deposit: $750
Deposit for a Custom Itinerary

Want to take two-weeks with ample rest days or crush the Tour du Mont Blanc in 4 days? 4-star hotels or mountain refuges? Put down the deposit for a custom itinerary and we'll be in touch customize the trip itinerary of your dreams. This deposit is non-refundable and is per group/custom itinerary. 

$385

Available options

12-week training program for this hut-to-hut adventure
$195
$1450
Deposit: $750

8 days, 7 nights

Itinerary

Cham to Les Contamines
Day 1

Day 1: After breakfast, get an early start on the road to your Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB) adventure. Starting from downtown Chamonix, you'll ascend through towns and farms selling goat cheese, old chapels, and amazing views contrasting green hills contrasted against the Bionnassay Glacier. 

Who’s interested

Your Organizer


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Runcation Travel
5 reviews
Runcation Travel creates international running adventures for runners. Instead of having to squeeze in a run on vacation, your run becomes the vehicle for exploring a new country, new culture, and a new landscape. Our current runcations and trail running trips include hut-to-hut running adventures, retreats, high altitude training camps, and guided trail tours of the best trail running in the Italian Dolomites, Chamonix Mont Blanc, and Argentinian Patagonia in group and custom itineraries. Our Runcations are for every level of runner.

Reviews

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!
MD
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!
SC
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!
MB
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
AM
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!