Essential Trails Weekend

Chamonix, France


Highlights

09 – 13 August or 06 – 09 September

Trail Running Adventure Chamonix

Based in the the alpine capital of the world, our trail running adventure weekend in Chamonix is aimed at runners looking to experience this legendary mountain destination.

Over the course of the weekend, you’ll experience everything that makes Chamonix so special. From the iconic mountain trails to the unique vibe of the town itself.
The weekend combines top notch accommodation in Chamonix with an over night adventure in a mountain refuge. In addition you’ll get tips from our experienced squad on everything trail running and dedicated time to kick back and recover.
If you’re keen to push yourself a little harder then why not check out our Aosta Adventure weekend?

Trip Characteristics

Hotel & Mountain Refuge

Chamonix, France

Trail Running

8 max. guests

As per Itineray

From $732

All Levels

Transfers Not incl.

3 nights

Guys & Girls

Rental Gear Not Incl.

Mountain conditions


What’s Included…

  • Welcome reception & introductory briefing
  • 2 days guided trail running in Chamonix, with qualified International Mountain leaders
  • ​Tips on running techniques and nutrition in the mountains
  • Recover run, runner’s yoga and mobilisation class
  • Three nights accommodation in the Chamonix valley, on a twin share basis
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary
  • New friends & amazing memories 

…and what’s not

  • Flights & transfers to/from Chamonix
  • Snacks and lunch during your running days
  • Drinks with meals
  • Single room supplements (Please note mountain refuge single supplements are not available)
  • Personal insurance (required)

The Experience

We have designed an itinerary for both runners who are new to trail running in the mountains, and anyone looking to explore the very best that Chamonix has to offer.

 

This trip is led by a fully qualified International Mountain Leader and supported by running coaches and first-aiders. Routes are planned through beautiful alpine woods and along rocky trails, offering incredible views across the Mont Blanc massif.

 

Groups are kept small and all abilities are matched and catered for. We are on hand to offer advice, encouragement and solutions. And if you’re really good we may even share our Percy Pigs with you. That’s how much we care!

Accommodation

We have chosen a centrally-located hotel for your stay in Chamonix Mont-Blanc which offers great facilities (including a spa) and is renowned for a cracking breakfast. Just what you need before you head off into the hills and for relaxing afterwards! You will also spend 1 night in a fabulous, traditional, mountain refuge – a unique experience with potential for epic sunset views!

 

We try to think of every single detail, allowing you to explore, take in your surroundings and enjoy each step of the journey.

 


Itinerary

Arrival: Thursday early afternoon arrival in Chamonix.

Meet & greet will be in the hotel lobby bar at 7pm

Departure: Sunday afternoon, from 2pm onwards

 

  • Day one: Welcome to Chamonix! Arrive at your hotel, put your feet up, or wander through the historic, vibrant mountain town of Chamonix. On the first evening you’ll meet up with your fellow runners and guides for the weekend. Our team will brief everyone on the routes, weather conditions and requirements for the following days, and answer any questions. 
  • Day two: After breakfast and a final kit check we will head off to hit the trails. Through pine forests, over mountain trails and alpine dairy pastures, high up into the hills to the mountain refuge, our base for the night. Relax and rest your feet, or choose to head off with your guide to further explore your surroundings before a traditional local dinner. Expected time on trails: 3-4 hours. Breakfast and dinner included.
  • Day three: Wake up to spectacular views across the Mont Blanc range. After a hearty mountain breakfast, get ready to take on the trails for a second day. We’ll run through the mountains, across a ski area, finishing with an exceptional descent down a forest trail that leads us right back to Chamonix. We’ll treat you to an ice bath in the local glacial waters, if you’re up to it! Return to your hotel in the afternoon for a well deserved rest and relax. Meet up with your group later for dinner and drinks in Chamonix. Cheers to running and inspiration for future endeavours! Expected time on trails: 3-4 hours. Breakfast and dinner included.
  • Day four: This is your recovery day, starting with an easy run on the low trails of Chamonix for a brief stretch of the legs, then treat your body to Alistair’s runner’s yoga class, with stretching and mobilisation techniques guaranteed to make you feel like new again. After yoga, its time to refuel and replenish your system with a relaxed lunch in one of Chamonix’s many buzzing cafes and restaurants. Exhale, enjoy and reflect upon your time in the hills with your new found friends before your departure. Expected time on trails: 30-45 minutes. Breakfast and lunch included.

Reviews

  1. 0 out of 5

    Chamonix is one of the most spectacular places that I have ever visited. The team led a magical trip over three days, that allowed us to take in the trails at a comfortable pace. The entire trip was incredible from start to finish and I can’t wait to visit Chamonix again.

  2. 0 out of 5

    If you’re thinking about giving it a go my advice would be… go for it! Life is short and this is one heck of an adventure!

  3. 0 out of 5

    I really liked the chilled-out vibes and friendliness from Nikki and Sam. They quickly felt more like friends than the crew leading the trip. Their experience and clear sense of responsibility made me feel in safe hands.

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Any last questions? (FAQ)

Please read to fully understand the Operators booking terms and conditions, as well as any disclaimers you might be agreeing to by confirming your booking. Go
The closest airport to Chamonix is Geneva, Switzerland. Flights are frequent and can be booked out of several UK airports with airlines that include EasyJetBritish Airways and Swiss Air.

Transfers from Geneva to Chamonix take just over one hour. For your convenience, we’ve teamed up with Chamonix Valley Transfers to offer you a well-priced and seamless service from Geneva to Chamonix. For rates and availability, click here.
We would aim to be out for up to 4 hours per day. Routes will include hills, both up and down and some altitude gain, but we can easily shorten or extend this if required. We do recommend that you are a regular runner and can comfortably cover 10km, but if you are concerned please contact us to discuss. ​​
We recommend trail-running shoes for all of our trips as they have more grip and are better suited to mountain terrain and variable conditions. Please contact us if you need any advice on purchasing kit for our trips.
If you’re scratching you head and wondering what kit you’ll need to bring please check out our kit list here.
We work closely with local hotels, restaurants and mountain refuges to ensure they understand and cater to specific diets. Just let us know at the time of booking and we will do all we can to make sure that your requirements are met. If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to get in touch.
The hotels is centrally located, clean and comfortable. We will stay in mountain hut up in the hills for one night. Mountain huts are often ‘rustic’ but comfortable, with excellent local food on offer. We will be staying in shared rooms or dormitories. Hot showers are available, and usually a change of shoes, so you can leave your dirty trail shoes at the door. Rooms at the hotel are twin share, but single rooms can be booked for an additional supplement. Please note that in most mountain huts, single rooms are not available.
Yes, the minimum age is 18
As per our terms & conditions, personal travel insurance is absolutely essential and we will require full details of your policy before you travel. Your policy must cover all risks associated with the trip, including the needs of air rescue from any location connected with the trip. Please contact us if you need help with the level of cover, type of activities and max altitude for any specific trip.
Yes, but please refer to our Terms and Conditions in FAQ 1 to fully understand what our policy is.

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