Tour du Mont Blanc Trail Running Vacation: Chamonix Runcation July 1

Chamonix, France

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Jul 1 - 9, 2023
Group size: 8 - 14
Tour du Mont Blanc Trail Running Vacation: Chamonix Runcation July 1
Chamonix, France

Runcation Travel
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16 reviews

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Jul 1 - 9, 2023
Group size: 8 - 14

About this trip

Our Tour du Mont Blanc Trail Running Vacation summer 2023 takes you on an adventure run around the highest mountain in the Alps, the Mont Blanc massif. Join us on our Chamonix TMB Runcation as we trail run the iconic long distance route, staying at comfortable hotels and chalets throughout.  


Our 9-day "Runcation" will kick off in one of the top trail running destinations in the world, the Chamonix Valley, before setting off on our trail. The route wraps 170 km around the massive Mont Blanc massif, climbing and descending a total of 33,000 feet through 3 countries and more breathtaking views than you can count. As we traverse the mountain we'll spend the night in the charming and comfortable hotels in towns, 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 ages 15 and up of any pace. Must be able to complete 110 miles/day of hiking/running, including dramatic elevation gain and loss over the course of the trip with one rest day included. Shorter options are available on several of the days (contact the tour organizer). 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! 


This trip requires a minimum of 8 to run. Please do not purchase flights until confirming with retreat organizer. 

What’s included

All transport and lodging covered starting and ending in Chamonix, France

Trip logistics of route planning, lodging, and transportation reservations

A 8:1 ratio of guide to participants

Lodging at comfortable hotels in mountain towns for 7-nights, and one evening at a traditional TMB mountain refuge

One rest day in Courmayeur, Italy (to rest or run and explore!)
Full breakfast spreads included daily

Baggage transport from mountain hut to mountain hut

Knowledgable guide and running coach along the entire route

Special bonus adventures including a guided trail run tours, wellness options, or cultural cuisine lessons

Not included

International airfare

Alcoholic beverages and dinners

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. 

Fitness/Pacing:

While there are guides to accommodate a variety of paces for attending runners, this trip requires participants to be able to run/hike for 10-15 miles on trails at a time in mountainous/high altitude climates. It is suggested that you be able to maintain an average pace of 15-20 minutes/mile. 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.


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Itinerary

Chamonix Meet-and-Greet
Day 1

Day 1: Our trip will start the afternoon of Day 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.

Your Organizer


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Runcation Travel
16 reviews
Runcation Travel creates international running adventures for runners. Instead of having to squeeze in a run on vacation, your run becomes the vehicle to explore and learn different cultures, countries, and landscapes. Our current runcations and trail running trips include hut-to-hut running adventures, retreats, training camps, and guided trail tours of the best trail running in the Italian Dolomites, Chamonix Mont Blanc, and Argentinian Patagonia, and more in group and custom itineraries. Our Runcations are for every level of runner.

Reviews

Great time, thank you!
By Anastasia A for Stacie Custom Self-Guided Cham to Courmayeur to Aug 7-10, 2022 on 14 Aug, 2022
Runcation was so awesome. We had a fantastic time. The entire week was run really smoothly, Liz and the other guides did such a great job planning a variety of runs and all the logistics. Each day had an incredible run and lots of time to hang out with the other people on the trip. Would recommend a trip like this to any runner.
By Dave M for Trail Running Vacation in South Tyrol Dolomites + Slovenia Runcation on 07 Aug, 2022
What an amazing trip. This was my 2nd trip with Runcation, and I'll certainly be doing a 3rd! Such a great mix of challenging days on the trail, with delicious meals/stops along the way, great hotels with spas, and towns and trails I never would have visited without this trip. Great group of people too :)
By Marne P for Trail Running Vacation in South Tyrol Dolomites + Slovenia Runcation on 07 Aug, 2022
I traveled on a Hut-to-Hut Dolomites Runcation in July 2022 and it was truly amazing. We traveled with a group of 8 hikers/runners. As a consistent runner living in a very flat part of the world, the mountainous terrain was hard to train for and was certainly a technical challenge, but our guide led us through an incredible well-paced run/hike that met our experience-level and was incredible. Runcation and our knowledgeable/ skilled/ friendly Italian guides made sure that all of our logistics were accounted for and went smoothly (luggage transport, route, lodging, meals). This meant we could really focus on the journey from hut to hut (the rifugios were pretty luxurious "huts"!) and enjoy every minute along the way. The terrain and route and landscapes were truly unbelievable. Highly recommend!!
By Meagan I for Custom Jen, John, & Friends Dolomites Runcation: July 1-8 on 16 Jul, 2022
My Runcation experience exceeded every expectation I had! The accommodations, the food, the trails, and the people were all absolutely amazing!! We started as strangers and we left as life long friends! The route was challenging, remote, and beautiful! I wouldn't change one thing about my adventure and I can't wait to go on another!!!
By Barbalee A for Run to Machu Picchu Peru Runcation Spring 2022 on 11 May, 2022
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My husband and I went on the Hut to Hut run in the Dolomites, July 2022. What a luxury to have all accommodations booked and luggage transport taken care of, for us! The scenery was unimaginable, and you just can't imagine the beauty-you have to be there! We had 8-15 miles runs each day and felt challenged by the ascents and terrain, but not defeated. (We are from Ohio, NO moutains.) The runcation organizer, Liz and guide, Dario took care of all of the logistics and it was amazing to just have to cover ground an eat a bunch of great food! Thanks for a fantastic experience.
By Amanda F on 21 Jul, 2022
The tldr: Do it! This was an amazingly well planned trip (thoughtful planning, clearly),, the runs and views were unforgettable, and I'm already looking at the next one I can go on. The longer version: Runcation in Patagonia was amazing. Every thing was well-planned, the views were unforgettable, the crew was the best you could ask for, we stayed at nice spots with great staff...I could go on and on. Also, as someone who is super type-A, I really appreciate all of the early communication of expectations, what to pack, itineraries, and super quick responses from Liz.
By Marne P on 05 Jan, 2020