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Women’s Trail Running Camps in Chamonix

Guide(s)
Siebrig Sheeres, Emily Geldard, Meg Mackenzie, Marion Giraud, Run the Alps
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Reserve spots for 5 or more people, and get $57 off for each

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In case you would like to ensure a room to yourself, and not share it with anybody, there is a possibility of a single supplement for an additional fee of $350.

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1 Person
Date(s)
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Duration
6 day
Guide(s)
Siebrig Sheeres, Emily Geldard, Meg Mackenzie, Marion Giraud, Run the Alps
Reserve deposit (10%) $0
Second Payment Amount: $0
  • 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
    • Secure your spot for next year with a 10% deposit!
      This tour gets sold out very quickly, but with early-bird booking, you will be the first one to know about any new upcoming dates. Pick your preferred dates without risk of your bucket list adventure selling out!
      • Only 10% of the total amount should be paid as a deposit upon booking. This deposit is non-refundable, but can be transferred to another 57hours adventure any time in case the dates don’t suit you.
      • Once the dates are set, you can confirm your booking by the end of this year by paying another 20% of the total amount.
      • The final balance is due 3 months (90 days) prior to departure.
      Once the trip has been confirmed, the regular cancellation policy applies.
    • What you get on the All-Women Trail Running in Adventure in Chamonix and Courmayeur:

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

      What you get on the Women’s Trail Running Retreat in Chamonix:

        • 2 IML-certified, experienced guides with extensive knowledge of the area, as well as guidance from a decorated trail runner Meg Mackenzie and and internationally acclaimed trainer, coach and lecturer Mareli Kruger
        • 6-day trail running tour 
        • Accommodation in a private luxury chalet with a hot tub, sauna, cinema room, terrace, and garden
        • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
        • Private chef Jenna Beaugy
        • Dinner in a Chamonix restaurant for one evening 
        • Wine tasting 
        • Guided daily runs with IML-certified guides and Meg Mackenzie
        • Round-trip airport transfers (Geneva-Chamonix)
        • All transfers to and from trailheads and cog mountain train to Montenvers
        • Run the Alps Guide to Trail Running in the Alps (sent prior to the trip)
        • Spa afternoon at QC Terme in Chamonix
        • Special gift at the end of trip

      What’s not included:

        • Transportation to France
        • Lunches (trail snacks provided by the guide)
        • Guide gratuities — optional
    • The 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.

      For Women’s Trail Running Retreat in Chamonix, you should be an intermediate trail running with a couple of years of experience. You should be able to hike very steep sections for up to 2 hours and you should be able to run for up to 12 miles at a slow, but steady pace. You should also be able to manage some rocky trails and daily ascents/descents of up to 5,000 feet. Having said that, the tour is generally inclusive to runners of varying skill levels and you needn’t necessarily “check” all the requirements from the above description. 

      Keep in mind that you will always have a guide by your side who will observe your technique, match the running with your experience and fitness level, and change the routes if necessary. You will also be taking numerous breaks and there will sometimes be options to shorten your routes with trams and gondolas. 

      If you’re looking for something more challenging, check out this Tour du Mont Blanc running adventure. If you’re looking for a hiking trip in the Chamonix area, check out this classic Tour du Mont Blanc Trek.

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

        • Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 8-15L vest)
        • Clothing for running and leisurewear
        • Water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity)
        • Lightweight hiking boots or shoes
        • Carbon fiber running poles — optional
        • 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 these group adventures, 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.

      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.

    • Secure your spot for next year with a 10% deposit!
      This tour gets sold out very quickly, but with early-bird booking, you will be the first one to know about any new upcoming dates. Pick your preferred dates without the risk of your bucket list adventure selling out!
      • Only 10% of the total amount should be paid as a deposit upon booking. This deposit is non-refundable, but can be transferred to another 57hours adventure any time in case the dates don’t suit you.
      • Once the dates for 2024 are set, you can confirm your booking by the end of this year by paying another 20% of the total amount.
      • The final balance is due 3 months (90 days) prior to departure.
      • Once the trip has been confirmed, the regular cancellation policy applies.

      For regular dates a $500 deposit to secure your place is due upon booking. The remaining amount is paid 3 months (90 days) prior to departure.

      Once you pay the deposit, 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 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 tour cost. 
        • Zero to thirty (30) days in advance, Client is not entitled to any refund.
    • To get to Chamonix, most people fly into Geneva International Airport (GVA), one hour away. Once you arrive, your guides will work out an airport transfer to your starting point.

      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 and Italy’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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