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Chamonix Trail Running Camp
Chamonix Trail Running Camp
Chamonix Trail Running Camp
Chamonix Trail Running Camp
Chamonix Trail Running Camp
Trail run the Dolomites: Alta Via 1

Chamonix Trail Running Camp


Trail running holiday in Chamonix

Our carefully designed trail running camp is based in Chamonix, the heart of the French Alps. Expert coaches and beautiful trails where you will not only have fun with like-minded people, but also learn a lot!

We base this week in what is now seen as the 'running capital of the world', Chamonix. Be inspired mountain views as you run sections of the 'Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc' and the 'Marathon du Mont Blanc'.

Our comprehensive week of trail running and education so that you can go home feeling, fit confident and informed about running in the mountains. The skills learned on this week will not only improve your road or trail running performance, but can also be converted to many other adventure sports.

Highlights

  • Explore the trails of the Chamonix Valley
  • Supportive and relaxed environment in which to improve your technique
  • Expert coaches with a wealth of knowledge and passion for running
  • Run specific strength training session and advice
  • How to tackle hills, drills and thrills of running up or down
  • What to do with a compass? Route planning tips and tricks
  • Awe-inspiring mountain vistas and glaciated peaks
  • Advice on equipment; clothing, racing and training
  • Nutrition seminar for runners with Rebecca Dent
  • Hotel accommodation with swimming pool and spa
  • Prehab workshop on how to stay injury free
  • Yoga class and stretch sessions

Our trail camp is suited to regular runners who love the freedom of getting out and exploring new places. If you can comfortably run for 1 hour 30 or 15kms (9.5 miles) and are looking to develop your mountain running experience and skills then this trail camp is for you.

Running with nature can add many new dimensions both to your health, mind and other sports. Getting off the beaten track and varying your training can help prevent injuries, improve your strength and fitness and provide an easy way to explore the great outdoors. Join us for a week of running trails whilst surrounded by awe-inspiring views, glaciated peaks.


If we could bottle your knowledge and enthusiasm, it would be a wonderful thing!

I finished the Chamonix Marathon today in just under 9 hours - I thought it made sense to take it a bit slow given the weather and I’m glad I did! Thank you for introducing me to trail running. I told my family that your trail running week was what inspired me to sign up for the 42k and I’ve found loads of races in Wales and have the confidence to do them because of your training. Thank you!

I just wanted to say thank you again for such a brilliant week in Chamonix. In a way I'd say the holiday was exactly as I expected - there's loads of details on the Tracks & Trails website, and the week panned out pretty much as described. But it also totally exceeded my expectations - the quality of coaching/expertise from all of you guys, the motivation gained from meeting and chatting to some truly inspirational people, plus everyone was just so friendly and nice.

Oh, my God, what a fabulous, fabulous week, and we loved our guide, Seb! He was always there, but never intrusive, friendly, punctual, helpful, fun, relaxed and very knowledgeable. He took us on some absolutely fantastic runs. I was a tiny bit freaked on the Vertical K, with some of the drop offs, and he guided me so expertly through it. I learned a lot and got some great exercises to take home.

Thanks for an unforgettable week with you leading us through the grueling and beautiful mountain trails. It was an experience I will never forget, and you have inspired me to push further with my running. I did 10k this morning before breakfast, through Hyde Park, and I thought of you. Thank goodness the course was flat!

Thank you SO much for an incredible week. I had a fantastic holiday, and can't wait to look back through all the photos to remind me of the awesome adventure. Send my thanks on to our coaches for their expertise and guidance through the week. Meeting Kilian & Anna was a added bonus, but it will really be the trails that I remember most. Fingers crossed the Alpine flat training leads to PBs at the weekend! 

Itinerary

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  • train
  • peaks
  • Today you will arrive in the world famous alpine town of Chamonix, in France. In recent years Chamonix has earned a place on the world trail running circuit through various events the most famous of which is the week-long Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc®. This evening your running guide will meet you at your hotel for dinner to discuss the week ahead and answer any questions. You are here on holiday and it's our aim to show you the best of Chamonix Valley!

    The hotel can organise massages during your week, but we would advise booking as soon after your arrival as possible.

  • Our week long camp is a trail runners dream holiday. Spectacular scenery of snowy peaks, glaciers and granite spires. Experience a journey of discovery on foot which takes in the history, culture, folklore and wildlife of the mountains. From remote farms and refuges, to ancient Roman towns and beautiful lakeside mountain villages - it's all here! At the end of each day relax and soak up the Alpine environment in our mountain hotel perfectly situated in Chamonix town centre.

    Each day of the camp is designed to improve your form, confidence and efficiency to run in the mountains whilst exploring and having fun along the way.

    Morning: After a discussion on suitable trail running kit and clothing enjoy a warm up run from the hotel door. We aim to run the Chamonix 10 km trail race course. This perfect first run is a favourite with the locals and offers a little bit of everything. Wide open trails which wind their way along the valley floor and through shady woodland by the River Arve. This perfect acclimitisation run orientates visitors to the valleys whilst offering panoramic views along the way.

    Ascent: 350m (1148ft) Descent: 350m (1148ft) Distance: approximately 10km (6.2 miles)

    Lunch will be back at the hotel.

    Afternoon: A practical 'prehab' session with running drills and strength and mobility exercises to keep you injury free on the trails and in training. Our 'run specific' balance, core and strength session can be adapted to be done anywhere at anytime making it the perfect cross training for busy runners who can't access the mountain trails as often as they'd like.

    Return to the hotel to enjoy the pool and optional yoga session.

  • Morning: Our run today takes us to the neighbouring village of Argentiere exploring the lower balcony trails along the Petit Balcon Nord & Sud. Enjoy excellent views of the Mont Blanc Massif from the sleepy village of Les Lavancher as we make our way towards Chamonix town centre. You will soon feel the grandure of the surrounding peaks as you pass the mighty Aiguilles Verte, Drus and Aiguilles Rouge as they line either side of the valley. On route we tackle some short hill climbs either with a steady hike or at a steady run pace. With the help of some handy exercises, we explore climbing and descending over a variety of terrain; rolling, rocky, steep and steady. Try different techniques whilst developing confidence, overall 'form' and strength along the way.

    Lunch will be in Argentiere.

    Afternoon: A practical session on planning routes and mapping runs, as well as an introduction to basic compass work. We then put it into practice with the opportunity to try a professional orienteering course in undulating woodland of Argentiere.

    Distance: 15km (9.3 miles). Ascent: 350m (1312ft). Descent: 400m (1148ft)

    We return to Chamonix by train or by trail!

     

  • We begin today by heading towards the Swiss / French border on the delightful Mont Blanc Express - one of the world's most picturesque mountain train journeys. We alight at Montroc which is where our run begins. We pick up the 'Chemin des Diligences' – an ancient stage coach route – featured on the famous walk the 'Tour du Mont Blanc' - UTMB. Passing through ancient hamlets and alpine pastures strewn with cows ‘at work’ producing milk for locally produced cheese. We gain height with the use of light-weight running poles. We will practice a mix of 'fast uphill hiking' and running to reach the Col des Possettes at 1997m (6551ft) and an alpage coffee stop for wonderful views of the Le Tour glacier and across to Swiss frontier. A longer but steadier climb gains the summit of the Aiguillette des Possettes 2201m (7221ft) for 360 degree panoramic views where we stop for our picnic lunch high above the tree line. We now have a fun descent from the top! First it's rocky and then sweeping bends to reach the valley floor and the village of Le Tour. It's possible to either return to your accommodation by bus or train from here or on foot for those wanting a longer run.

    Distance: 10-15km (6.2-9.3 miles). Ascent: 940m (3083ft). Descent: 900m (2952ft)

    There is also optional cable car descent to shorten the day which is not included in the trip price.

    We return to our accommodation for a run specific stretch session.

  • Running from our hotel door, first on good trails over rocks through the forest and up to high mountain meadows where the alpine flowers grow. Our focus today will be how to achieve a Vertical Kilometre! For many runners both local and visitors to the valley the 'Vertical K' has become something of a legend. Being sure to take it steady and enjoying breaks along the way, we aim to stop for lunch at the top of this famous Chamonix climb. Our trail then travels along a beautiful single track trail on what is known as the 'Grand Balcon Sud' and a section of the Mont Blanc Marathon route. The views of the Chamonix peaks and glaciers are simply awe-inspiring. We run on to reach La Flegere where we begin our descent on superb switch back trails first above the treeline and then back into the cool of the forest. On our way we have to stop for resfreshments at Chalet La Floria. This perfectly located 'buvette' is only open in the summer and offers coffee & crepes in the most idyllic setting - a must do for any hiker or runner! Then it's back down to the valley floor, along the river to our hotel and the hustle and bustle of Chamonix town centre.

    Ascent: 1150m (3772ft) Descent: 1270m (4166ft) Distance: 16km (10 miles)

    This day can be shortened at two points including two optional cable car descents. Please note these are not included in the trip price.

    We complete the day with a yoga class tailored to runners.

  • A more leisurely start as we begin today with a talk by Rebecca Dent on 'Nutrition for Runners'. Have a race to run? A new training programme? Want to be able to put in more effort in those training sessions? Or strive to reach your full fitness potential? Rebecca offers clear practical advice on how to fuel for races and training, dispel the myths and answer any questions.

    At mid morning we'll then head to the trails to explore Les Houches and it's panoramic mountain trails. Starting from Chamonix church square, where the famous Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc starts and finishes, we begin an easy 7km run following the race route to Les Houches village. Wide valley trails through the forest offer superb views of Mont Blanc and it's glaciers. Making use of the Bellevue cable car we gain 800m (497ft) of height now bringing us up to 1800m (1118ft). From here your guide will choose the best route to explore this new network trails but being sure to take in views of the Bionnassay Glacier, the 'alpage' of La Charme as you pass picture postcard wooden chalets with cattle grazing in meadows. The little goat farm sells freshly made cheese, which you can enjoy with a cold drink at the picnic table overlooking the neighbouring valley and down into Saint Gervais. There are few nicer spots anywhere in the world, let alone Chamonix, to sit and catch your breath. This is a great run is the perfect 'active rest day'! It's not as challenging as some the other trails as it’s a little kinder to the legs. But best of all, the top of 'Le Prarion' at 1969m (1223ft) is most enjoyable when you’ve got a feel for the local geography. Located at the end of the Chamonix valley, this summit will enchant the hiker with the splendor of the panorama unveiled on Mont Blanc, Aiguilles Rouges, Fiz, and Aravis Range. There’s something hugely satisfying about being able to spot other places you’ve explored during the week from the summit! We descend first on foot and then by cable car to save our knees (or if preferred all the way on foot) to reach the valley floor.

    Distance: 15km-20km (9.3 - 12.4 miles). Ascent: 550m (1804ft). Descent: 550m (1804ft)  - or 1350m (4429ft)

  • Today is about putting everything you have learned this week into practice. We plan to run/hike to a local peak to ensure that you finish your week on a true high! With so many wonderful routes and views to choose from we are literally spoilt for choice. We'll cover some distance and also aim to gain height for some unforgettable views of the Mont Blanc mountain range. We expect to cover between 15-25km (12.5-15.5 miles) and there will be a point where you can shorten the day if prefered.

    Full Day: Ascent: 1300m (4264ft) Descent: 1800m (5904ft) Distance: 23.5km (14.6 miles)

    Short Day: Ascent: 1200m (3936ft) Descent: 800m (2624ft) Distance: 15km (9.4 miles)

    If you would like an individual debrief then your coach will spend time at the end of the afternoon giving advice on how to continue your progression once you return home.

  • Today is departure day and the trip finishes after breakfast.

It is always our aim to complete the proposed itinerary outlined above, however, it may be necessary for our guides/instructors to adjust the daily itinerary based on the weather conditions, group safety and enjoyment.

Accommodation

On all of our trips we aim to accommodate our guests in well-situated, comfortable, characterful, family run accommodation. 

We take time to research, update and view the best options available to us on every trip. Detailed below are examples of our favoured venues and those we intend to use. If unavailable at the time of booking we will use alternative accommodation of a similar standard.

The trip fees are based on two people sharing a room. However on many of our trips single rooms are available on request for a supplementary fee.

Folie Douce, Chamonix

The Folie Douce Hotel, built in 1901, offers everything that any runner would need on a trip to the Chamonix Valley. This historic hotel is perfectly located within easy reach of the town centre shops and street cafes, the trail head for many iconic run as well as the starting point of the famous UTMB race! Enjoy fabulous views of Mont Blanc, excellent dining and bar area, outdoor pool, yoga classes and spa area all in the heart of Chamonix.

The hotel has seen famous guests over the years including Buffalo Bill, the inventor of the Wild West Show, and the Queen of Italy. After WW2 it was bought by Baron Elie of Rothschild. The hotel, renamed the 'Folie Douce' has resurrected its history of cabaret with spectacular performances during the winter months. 


  • Chamonix, France is easily reached from other European and worldwide destinations by road, rail, coach or plane.

    Geneva is the closest international airport, only 1 hour 15 by road which makes shared transfers, buses or trains easy to arrange.

    A range of travel options to reach the Chamonix valley can be found on the Chamonix Tourist Office website.

    If arriving via Geneva we recommend that you book a seat on a shared transfer which is a door-to-door service to reach your accommodation in Chamonix. We recommend Mountain Drop Offs, Chamexpress and Haute Pursuit for this service. Easybus also runs a service from Geneva airport to Chamonix Bus Station. This service runs throughout the day, but does not drop you at your hotel.

    Please contact us if you need further advice on your specific travel requirements.

  • It is a condition of booking that you have appropriate insurance for your chosen activity, including emergency helicopter rescue, repatriation, medical costs, as well as trip cancellation/curtailment insurance in the event of you being unable to join/complete the trip. 

    Please read the relevant clauses which are numbered 10, 11, 11a, 12, and 22 and are set out in our Terms and Conditions.

    We also recommend your insurance covers you for baggage loss/damage. Tracks and Trails Ltd are unable to accept responsibility for the loss or damage to any client equipment or luggage.

    If you are booking on behalf of other people it is important that you ensure that insurance has been arranged by all others included in your Booking Form.

    You should bring all insurance documentation with you at the time of the activity. If you fail to provide proof of insurance we reserve the right to ask you to leave the trip. 

    If you are joining a trip in the UK helicopter/mountain rescue insurance is not required as this is a free service.

    For further details, please read the Insurance section on our website.

  • Summer mountain weather in the European Alps can vary considerably, and in this respect it is no different to any mountain environment where the terrain influences the weather and it can change from valley to valley. 

    However, in the summer months it is generally good in the Alps, but it can deliver everything from glorious sunshine, to rain, fog, high winds and even snow. Temperatures can reach over 30°Celsius (86°F) in July and August, but can drop to 5°Celsius (41°F) on the high passes, or 'Cols' as they are known in the Alps. Essentially, as with all mountain journeys, you should be prepared for any eventuality. The average temperatures range from 15-25°Celsius (59-77°F) in the valleys and 5-15°Celsius (41-59°F) on the passes.

    Even in mid-summer we can be faced with overnight snow especially when we have spent the night in a mountain refuge/rifugio/hut at higher altitude. 

  • When packing for a trip in the mountains it’s important to have the right equipment and clothing. We believe our kit lists cover the necessary items required relating to the weather you might encounter and for the accommodation you will be staying in.

    Equipment 

    • Trail running shoes - for a variety of trails
    • Running poles - highly recommended for long climbing and mixed terrain 
    • Running pack/vest - maximum 10 litres, ideally with a chest and waist strip. Test your pack for comfort once full
    • Rucksack cover/liner/bags - to keep contents dry
    • Water - container 1 litre/2 x soft flasks

    Clothing

    You must be able to cover yourself with 3 full layers on your upper body and 2 full layers on your legs

    • Waterproof jacket with hood - waterproof and breathable membrane designed for mountain use
    • Waterproof over trousers 
    • Mid length tights and longs socks or long running tights to cover the legs completely
    • Thermal top – long sleeves 
    • Thin fleece/lightweight down jacket
    • Running shorts/skort
    • Breathable t-shirt/vest 
    • Warm hat
    • Ear/headband
    • Baseball cap/sun hat 
    • Gloves - 1 thick pair & 1 thin pair 
    • Running socks 
    • Recovery socks/compression socks - optional
    • Scarf/buff for neck
    • Fleece/wind stopper waistcoat - optional

    Comfort

    • Lip salve
    • Sunscreen
    • Sunglasses – essential
    • Tissues/Toilet paper - biodegradable bags to dispose of rubbish
    • Snacks - running food such as bars/gels/energy drinks/trail mix/recovery drinks etc

    Personal First Aid 

    • Personal Medication - if required 
    • Blister Plasters
    • Normal Bandaids
    • Blister tape eg Strappal
    • Pain relief/anti-inflammatories
    • Glucose tablets 
    • 2 x Re-hydration sachets
    • A few throat lozenges
    • Anti-chaffing cream/Vaseline
    • Antiseptic cream/spray 
    • Bandage/Knee support - recommended

    Documentation

    • Cash – Euros
    • Credit card
    • Passport 
    • Waterproof bag for documents
    • Mountain Rescue Insurance - compulsory

    Additional Items

    • Camera 
    • Phone that will function in the countries you are visiting
    • Clothing for use in accommodation 
    • Clothing for any classes - such as yoga/stretching
    • Slippers for use in accommodation 
    • Swimwear for pool/hot tubs if available 
    • Ear plugs – recommended if room sharing 
    • Head torch - also useful when sharing a room
    • Maps can be bought locally - not essential
    • Heart rate monitor – optional
    • GPS watch/phone to track your route - if owned
    • Toiletries: soap/shower gel as not all accommodations supply this
    • Book/notepad & pencil for talks

    We suggest you look at the Ultra Trail Du Mont Blanc website, 'Runners' section for further advice on:

    • weight saving ideas
    • how to waterproof your kit 
    • ideal trail shoes for the route
    • nutrition advice

    **Supplementary snacks if you follow a gluten free or coeliac diet**

    Leaders are all first aid trained and will carry their own first aid kit

  • On many of our trips there will be an element of 'group kit' which will be shared amongst our guests. As mountain people you will be used to team work and working together to the mutual benefit and safety of the group.

    The 'group kit' will be minimal and usually just a case of sharing a few lightweight 'survival shelters'. For example on a week-long trip you may carry a small shelter for just one day before passing it on to the next person. 

    If you are booking a trip in winter there will be a few additional safety items. These will be distributed in such a way that no one is over burdened. 

    Other group items necessary for safety and comfort will be carried by your guide/instructor.

  • For each of our trips there is a minimum number of guests required to book before we can 'guarantee' your trip will run. It depends on the particular trip in question, but it is normally 4. The maximum number of guests on your trip is displayed in the 'At a Glance' box on the righthand side of the trip page. 

    We strongly advise you do not book travel until we have confirmed your trip is 'guaranteed' to run. If you book travel before we have confirmed it is 'guaranteed' we cannot be held responsible for any financial loss if the trip does not go ahead.

  • When booking a holiday as a solo traveller a twin bedded room comprising of two single beds, is booked as standard. This will be with someone of the same gender unless you request to pay extra for your own room. Single rooms are often limited in supply so if you would like to pay a supplement for a single room we urge you to get in touch as soon as possible. This trip has a single supplement of £600 in June and £420 in September.

  • We go to great lengths to work with first class guides, coaches and instructors who are passionate about their work. They are all fully qualified, insured, and hold the correct documentation.

    On our running trips your guide will be an International Mountain Leader who it also an experienced mountain 'trail runner'.

    Please note your guide/coaches have complete discretion to make a daily decision on whether or not to take the advertised route based on the weather and the ability of the members of the group. They have our authority to make any route changes they believe are necessary in the interests of safety and enjoyment.

  • For this trip where you are centre-based, in other words where you are staying in the same accommodation all week, you are welcome to bring whatever luggage you require. However, please note that not all the hotels we use have elevators. This means you may need to carry your luggage to your bedroom and this might involve climbing several flights of stairs. We would suggest that luggage with wheels is generally a good idea.

  • We do not include lunches in your trip fee for various reasons. We have found our guests have particular tastes and requirements for 'trail' or 'hill' food and it is better you choose and buy what you require. Buying supplies and trying local specialities is a great way to inter-act with the local people and to practise your language skills. 

    Lunches on our trips are 'picnic' style lunches, in other words you take a packed lunch with sufficient snacks, food and fluid to sustain you throughout your day of activity. If there is the possibility of lunch being taken at a restaurant/farm/cafe beside the trail, your guide/instructor will advise you of this. 

    Each evening you can choose to order a picnic or a sandwich from the hotel, or your guide/instructor will advise you of other options such as a local shop or market and whether you need to purchase items in the evening or if the shop/market is open early enough the next morning not to delay your start. In all cases we would always ask you to settle any 'bill' for lunch or drinks in the evening before you depart, and not on the morning of your last day when there may be a queue.

  • On your itinerary you will find an indication of the amount of ascent and descent you can expect each day. This offers a guideline to how much effort might be expended each day and allows you to decide, based on previous experience, if your fitness and stamina are correct for the trip. 

    We make every attempt to ensure these statistics are as accurate as possible, but ask you to note that the most modern of technology used to record these details can show considerable variations in terms of ascent, descent, and in particular distance. In other words no two people using GPS devices on the same route will have exactly the same details recorded at the end of the day. 

    The statistics given should be used as a 'general' indication of the effort required. 

  • It is useful to arrive at your destination with some cash in the local currency, however, on most occasions it is relatively easy to visit a 'cash machine' after arrival and withdraw money on a credit or debit card. Some of our locations are an exception to this in particular Norway, where the accommodation will often have no facilities for withdrawing cash, but they will take a credit card. 

    On many of our trips we will visit remote cafes/farms where it is wonderful to enjoy a drink and a cake, at places such as these they will only accept payment in the local currency in cash.

  • Food

    On our trips we encourage you to experience local tastes and dishes that reflect the culture of the country and for this reason many of our accommodation options will be family run with a reputation for the traditional food of the region. 

    If you have a 'special' diet because of an allergy or intolerance to a certain food type which will make you ill the accommodation will cater for this as best they can, eg gluten free, nut free, lactose free.

    If you are vegetarian then this is not a problem as the hotels/refuges are used to being asked for vegetarian meals. Our accommodation will try to cater for those with vegan diets but in remote refuges in the mountains this is more difficult. If you would like to discuss the suitability of a trip for a vegan diet please contact us. Gluten-free diets will be possible with regard to the evening meals, but we would advise that you bring along some gluten-free snacks for your breakfasts and lunches.

    If you have a 'special' diet which is NOT because of an allergy or intolerance, and is not 'veggie' then we apologise, but we cannot cater for this. The accommodation on the popular routes will be catering for many people each evening, in some cases up to 70/80 meals per night, 7 days a week, and realistically they cannot produce many different meal options unless the food will result in illness.

    Water

    The countries we visit all have tap water which is drinkable. If for any reason a particular hotel is having a problem with a remote mountain water supply they will normally post a sign over the tap indicating that you must not drink the water. At all times you are welcome to ask your guide/instructor if the water can be drunk. We would ask, for environmental reasons, that you avoid using single-use plastic bottles, and bring a water bottle that can be used repeatedly. 

  • A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required for visits to countries outside the EU, such as Norway. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice.  

  • We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

    http://www.worldstandards.eu/electricity/plugs-and-sockets/

    Note that if your trip involves staying in a mountain refuge/rifugio/hut that electric sockets may be in short supply and for that night you may not be able to charge any items. Although the accommodation will have electricity this will often be supplied by solar panels or a generator and limited to use by the staff. For this reason we advise that carrying a small slimline and lightweight 'battery pack' can be very useful for recharging phones which many of you will also use as your camera. 

  • Before booking consider whether you expect to be in the appropriate physical condition on the date of your  departure to allow you to fully participate in and enjoy your holiday. If you have any doubts because of an illness or injury it would be advisable to check with your doctor.

    For UK residents travelling to an EU country you should obtain and bring with you a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). This entitles you to state provided medical treatment in certain European countries, but is not a substitute for medical travel insurance. Also note that if/when the UK leaves the European Union that the EHIC card may no longer be valid. Please check this before departing. We advise that you always carry your insurance documents with details of the Emergency Medical telephone number for your insurance provider, and your policy number. 

  • We feel strongly about protecting the environment and do not encourage the use of single-use plastic items. We would ask that you arrive with a ‘water bottle’ or ‘hydration system’ that can be used repeatedly. We would point out that we operate a ‘zero tolerance’ for rubbish, and would ask you to remove all your rubbish items from the mountain even those you consider to be bio-degradable. In particular we ask that you remove any toilet tissue.

    You can read our full policy here.

  • Working across international boundaries, and with various currencies means that the price of our trips can change overnight. We have, however, undertaken to guarantee that once you have paid your deposit the price of your trip is fixed. In this respect we urge you to book early to ensure that you receive the price advertised on our website. The website price may increase due to currency fluctuations, but we guarantee that the price advertised on the date of your booking will be maintained in your individual case. 


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What's Included

All-inclusive Package from £1395 per person

  • Half board accommodation; breakfast and 3 course evening meal
  • Accommodation based on two people sharing
  • The services of an experienced Sports Coach
  • The services of an International Mountain Leader 
  • One single cable car ticket to access higher mountain terrain
  • Equipment hire for all sessions within the itinerary
  • Nutrition seminar
  • Runners yoga class
  • Pre-hab strength class
  • A Tracks and Trails 'Buff' or T-shirt

Coaching-only Package £895 per person

  • The services of a highly an experienced Sports Coach
  • The services of an International Mountain Leader
  • Single cable car ticket to access higher mountain terrain
  • Equipment hire for all sessions within the itinerary
  • Nutrition seminar
  • Runners yoga class
  • Pre-hab strength class
  • A Tracks and Trails 'Buff' or T-shirt

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Insurance
  • Lunches
  • Drinks
  • Massages
  • Optional cable cars
  • Optional extra yoga sessions
  • Maps

What's Also Not Included in the Coaching only package

  • Half board accommodation

If we could bottle your knowledge and enthusiasm, it would be a wonderful thing!

I finished the Chamonix Marathon today in just under 9 hours - I thought it made sense to take it a bit slow given the weather and I’m glad I did! Thank you for introducing me to trail running. I told my family that your trail running week was what inspired me to sign up for the 42k and I’ve found loads of races in Wales and have the confidence to do them because of your training. Thank you!

I just wanted to say thank you again for such a brilliant week in Chamonix. In a way I'd say the holiday was exactly as I expected - there's loads of details on the Tracks & Trails website, and the week panned out pretty much as described. But it also totally exceeded my expectations - the quality of coaching/expertise from all of you guys, the motivation gained from meeting and chatting to some truly inspirational people, plus everyone was just so friendly and nice.

Oh, my God, what a fabulous, fabulous week, and we loved our guide, Seb! He was always there, but never intrusive, friendly, punctual, helpful, fun, relaxed and very knowledgeable. He took us on some absolutely fantastic runs. I was a tiny bit freaked on the Vertical K, with some of the drop offs, and he guided me so expertly through it. I learned a lot and got some great exercises to take home.

Thanks for an unforgettable week with you leading us through the grueling and beautiful mountain trails. It was an experience I will never forget, and you have inspired me to push further with my running. I did 10k this morning before breakfast, through Hyde Park, and I thought of you. Thank goodness the course was flat!

Thank you SO much for an incredible week. I had a fantastic holiday, and can't wait to look back through all the photos to remind me of the awesome adventure. Send my thanks on to our coaches for their expertise and guidance through the week. Meeting Kilian & Anna was a added bonus, but it will really be the trails that I remember most. Fingers crossed the Alpine flat training leads to PBs at the weekend! 

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From Price £895
Holiday Type Trail Running
Duration 8 Days
Group Size 10
Minimum Age 18
Countries Visited France
Meet In Chamonix, France
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