Bienvenue to the undisputed trail running capital of the world—Chamonix, a thriving outdoor hub alluring 4 million visitors yearly. The landscape is truly a runner’s eden: gleaming glaciers, rushing streams, wildflower meadows, lofty balcony paths, and a lush valley dwarfed by towering peaks of the highest mountain in Europe. Apart from the iconic Mont Blanc scenery, there’s a lot more to look forward to for your 6-day, all-women trail running adventure led by the legendary runner Meg Mackenzie. With hundreds of miles of trails etched into the mountainside and the valley, you won’t run out of runs—and when you’re done for the day, savor French tarts, drink an Italian espresso, or taste the Swiss fondue. Come for the views, stay for the delicious dishes and a fantastic running community.

  • Run and savor the best parts of France, Italy, and Switzerland

  • Follow the highlights of the iconic Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc

  • Mingle with notable women athletes and discuss current challenges

Itinerary

Chamonix and its crisp Alpine air are very inviting, especially in the summer—something you’ll feel as soon as you set foot in the valley for your all-women trail running adventure. Over the course of 6 days, you’ll run some of the most scenic paths near the highest mountain in Europe along with the decorated runner Meg Mackenzie and fellow enthusiastic women runners. Following invigorating runs, you’ll have enough time to wander the quaint town on your own, taste a tarte aux myrtilles, or unwind in a deluxe spa. You’ll also have a chance to talk with notable women athletes from the Chamonix valley, such as—although not yet confirmed—Stephanie Case, Hadley Hammer, Fernanda Macier, and Marion Hearty.
  • You’ll get picked up from the Geneva Airport and transferred to Chamonix. In the late afternoon, there’s the option of a casual group run of 6.8 km with 360 m of vertical, to the colorful Chalet Floria, perched along the Petit Balcon Sud with a view of the Chamonix valley. 

    Hiking: 6.8 km (4 miles)
    Elevation: 360 m (1,181 ft) ascent and descent
    Meals
    : Dinner
    Accommodation: Hôtel Le Refuge des Aiglons

    A landscape of Chamonix-Mont-Blanc town at sunset with Mont-Blanc mountain and the Alps in the background, France
  • Today you’re exploring the world of trail running on the striking Posettes mountain above Le Tour, high above Chamonix valley and just a stone’s throw away from the Swiss border. Afterwards, you’ll stop at Big Mountain Brewery in Chamonix, where you’ll be joined by a special guest.

    Hiking: 15.5 km (9.6 miles)
    Elevation: +1,395 m (+4,580 ft) / -1,407 m (-4,260 ft)
    Meals
    : Breakfast, trail snacks, and dinner
    Accommodation: Hôtel Le Refuge des Aiglons

    Trail runners on a tour in Chamonix
  • After a hearty breakfast, ride through the 11.7-km long Mont Blanc tunnel and cross the border to the historic town of Courmayeur, Italy. After settling into your hotel, take a shared shuttle to the end of the spectacular Val Ferret with the glaciers of Mont Blanc on the left. At Arnuva, not far from the Swiss border, you’ll run a high balcony section of the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc course, back to Courmayeur.

    Hiking: 18 km (11 miles)
    Elevation: +598 m (+1,960 ft) / -1,180 m (-3,870 ft)
    Meals
    : Breakfast, trail snacks, and dinner
    Accommodation: Hotel Walser or similar

    Trail runner in Chamonix
  • Once you’ve had a buffet breakfast of delicious pastries at the Hotel Bouton d’Or, you’ll shuttle back to Chamonix. Hike up to the Montenvers Hotel at the side of the famous Mer de Glace glacier. From there, run the alpine Balcon Nord to Refuge Plan de l’Aiguille, perched high above Chamonix. The refuge also has the best tart in the valley, so be sure to try it out! Dinner tonight will be on your own, giving you the chance to explore Chamonix—ask your guides for recommendations.

    Hiking: 9.5 km (6 miles)
    Elevation: 760 m (2,490 ft) ascending and descending
    Meals: Breakfast and trail snacks
    Accommodation: Hôtel Le Refuge des Aiglons

    Trail in Chamonix and runners
  • After breakfast, climb out of Chamonix until you reach the awe-inspiring Vertical Kilometer. Take it one step at the time, learn how to move over steep terrain and use wire cables. Switch your way back up the “VK” racecourse from the Mont Blanc Marathon series of races. There’s even an option to go higher, all the way to the top of Le Brévent, high above town. Use the afternoon to treat yourself with a trip to QC Terme, a deluxe spa in Chamonix. After that, wrap up the trip with a memorable final dinner in town.

    Hiking: 3.8 km (2.4 miles)
    Elevation: +980 m (+3,215 ft)
    Meals: Breakfast, trail snacks, and dinner
    Accommodation: Hôtel Le Refuge des Aiglons

    Vertical kilometer, Chamonix, France
  • Say your goodbyes to Chamonix, your team, and your guides. If you’ve booked a flight, a shuttle will take you to Geneva. If not, feel free to stay in the area and explore it on your own—just ask your guides for recommendations.

    Meals: Breakfast

    The group went out for food and drinks in Chamonix

Meet your guides

Siebrig Sheeres
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Siebrig Sheeres
International Mountain Leader
Born in the Netherlands, Siebrig volunteered and worked as a physical therapist in North America for several years. While she was there, she scaled volcanoes, climbed the highest peaks, and did trail running in Guatemala, Mexico, and Nicaragua. She’s n...
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Emily Geldard
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Emily Geldard
Guiding since 2004
Originally from England, Emily moved to Chamonix Valley, where she became an International Mountain Guide and has been a guide sinc 2007. Although she used to mostly enjoy cross-country running, today she prefers 50-60-km races such as Dents-du-Midi an...
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Meg Mackenzie
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Meg Mackenzie
Guest runner
Meg is a South African trail runner with wins in South African Long Distance Trail Championships in 2015 and a four-time winner of the Ultra Trail Cape Town 65km. She has also represented her country internationally at numerous events including the Lon...
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Run the Alps
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Run the Alps
Run the Alps team has dozens of years of experience, trail running throughout Switzerland, France, and Italy. Their goal? Finding the absolute best trail running experiences in the Alps. Away from the crowds, in high Alp villages, they’ll seek out thos...
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This trip was every thing I hoped it would be. Amazing trails, lovely accommodation and the most welcoming lovely people! I now have some incredible memories and long lasting friendships.

I would absolutely recommend this trip to every one and any one!

Deidre about Run the Alps on Run the Alps

I was thrilled to come across a running tour in the Alps, where the scenery is spectacular. It inspired me to explore and see as much as possible. It was good to have options and flexibility depending on what we felt like doing each day. I was worried my trail running fitness may not be quite up to par since I get frustrated being the weakest link, but I was never made to feel I was holding anyone up as we were all there to simply enjoy.

Deidre about Run the Alps on Run the Alps

I was thrilled to come across a running tour in the Alps, where the scenery is spectacular. It inspired me to explore and see as much as possible. It was good to have options and flexibility depending on what we felt like doing each day. I was worried my trail running fitness may not be quite up to par since I get frustrated being the weakest link, but I was never made to feel I was holding anyone up as we were all there to simply enjoy.

Susan about Run the Alps on Run the Alps

Thank you Run the Alps!!! I can’t say enough about all your guidance and support. Fantastic race, beautiful course, amazing villages. I’ll be back.

Tamara about Run the Alps on Run the Alps

The guides, the scenery, the accommodation, the trails, the villages, the huts, the food, the organization of the trip before, during and after… everything exceeded my expectations.

Things to know

  • What you get on this adventure:

    • 2 IML-certified, experienced guides with extensive knowledge of the area and a decorated trail runner Meg Mackenzie
    • Guided daily runs with IML-certified guides and Meg Mackenzie
    • Accommodation
      • 4 nights at the 4-star Hôtel Le Refuge des Aiglons in Chamonix, France
      • 1 night at the 3-star Hotel Walser in Courmayeur, Italy
    • All breakfasts and four dinners
    • Round-trip airport transfers (Geneva-Chamonix)
    • Transportation to the trailhead
    • Run the Alps Guide to Trail Running in the Alps (sent prior to the trip)
    • Special guests during group dinners
    • License-free photography
    • Spa afternoon at QC Terme in Chamonix
    • Special gift at the end of trip

    What’s not included:

    • Transportation to France
    • Some meals (details in the itinerary)
    • Guide gratuities — optional
  • This all-women Chamonix and Courmayeur trail running camp is open to all levels. You should only arrive with enthusiasm for trail running and basic trail running skills. However, you still need to have excellent fitness, as you’ll be running for up to 12 miles (19 km) a day with up to 5,000 feet (1,524 m) of vertical ascent and descent.

    If you’re looking for a hiking trip in the Chamonix area, relax with a guided photo walk and explore all of its hidden treasures or check out this classic Tour du Mont Blanc Trek.

  • Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:

    • 8-12L running vest
    • Clothing for running and leisurewear
    • Water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity)
    • Trail running shoes
    • Spare clothes for layering
    • Waterproof rain jacket
    • Baseball cap and warm hat
    • Toiletries (sunscreen,anti-chafe lubricant, hand sanitizer, bug spray, etc.)
    • Personal snacks for the day to supplement those provided by the guide
    • Sunglasses
    • Camera — optional (but recommended)

    Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.

  • Group sizes and prices:

    • For this group adventure, the usual client-to-guide ratio is 5:1. 
    • The cost does not decrease as the group grows. 
    • If there’s more than 5 people in your group, discounts and custom dates are available.

    Private and custom trail running in Chamonix and Courmayeur can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

    Min. age requirements:

    • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
    • Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to join the hike on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

    If your group has hikers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

  • A $500 deposit to secure your place is due upon booking. The remaining amount is paid 3 months (90 days) prior to departure. Once the trip is confirmed by the guide, the cancellation policy stated below applies. 

    • If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to ninety (90) days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, Client is entitled to a full refund minus a $200 fee.
    • For cancellations sixty one (61) to one hundred ninety (90) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a full refund minus a $500 fee.
    • For cancellations thirty-one (31) to sixty (60) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of fifty percent (50%) of the total amount paid when Booking. 
    • After that deadline, Client is not entitled to any refund.
  • The starting point of your adventure is Chamonix in France. To get there, most people fly into Geneva Airport, about 1.5 hours away. You’ll get picked up from the airport by a shared shuttle and taken to your accommodation in Chamonix. If you want to arrive a day or two early, the shuttle is still included—just contact us in time to make arrangements.

    Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet.

  • 57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity. 

    We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, their guides, and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in France and Italy, please refer to France Diplomacy’s COVID-19 travel advice andItaly’s Entry Requirements.

    Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

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