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Chamonix Running Camp

Available Departures: Jun, Jul

8 days from

US$2,455

without flights
Trail Running
Guided Group
MODERATE MODERATE

A centre based running holiday around Chamonix, with expert leaders, coaches and speakers. Including sections of the UTMB.

Trip Code: ATR
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 1 - 3 LEISURELY
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Suitable for most people in good health, holidays at this grade include only limited amounts of activity.

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4 - 6 MODERATE

Suitable for reasonably fit individuals, such as weekend walkers and cyclists. There can be the occasional more difficult day.

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10 - 12 TOUGH

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Chamonix Running Camp

Highlights
  • Explore the stunning trails of the Chamonix Valley

  • Expert advise throughout the week

  • Learn (or improve) skills for running up and down hills and navigation

  • Beautiful accommodation with swimming pool and spa


At a Glance
  • Group Size 4 to 10
  • 6 days running,
  • Join In Chamonix

Accommodation & Meals
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • 7 Dinners
  • 7 nights Hotel
Overview

Our week long camp is a trail runners dream holiday. Spectacular scenery of snowy peaks, glaciers and granite spires. Each day of the holiday is designed to improve your form, confidence and efficiency to run in the mountains whilst exploring and having fun along the way. At the end of each day relax and soak up the Alpine environment in our mountain hotel perfectly situated in Chamonix town centre

Is this holiday for you?

This holiday 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.

This holiday 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.

Why KE?

With expert local knowledge, this holiday has been created to make the most of this incredible area. Along with the incredible views and wonderful trails, you also get advise and information about everything from running techniques to nutrition, navigation and equipment. All from our beautiful accommodation in the Chamonix valley.

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Itinerary

Today you 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.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

D

After breakfast we have a discussion on suitable trail running kit and clothing then 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 acclimatisation run orientates visitors to the valleys whilst offering panoramic views along the way.

We will be back at the hotel for lunch, before a practical 'prehab' session in the afternoon 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.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

B D

Ascent

350 M

Descent

350 M

Distance

10 KM

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.

We return to Chamonix by train or by trail!

In the afternoon we have 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.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

B D

Ascent

350 M

Descent

400 M

Distance

15 KM

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 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 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.

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

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

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

B D

Ascent

940 M

Descent

900 M

Distance

15 KM

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.

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.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

B D

Ascent

1150 M

Descent

1270 M

Distance

16 KM

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.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

B D

Ascent

550 M

Descent

550 M

Distance

20 KM

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 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.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

B D

Ascent

1300 M

Descent

1420 M

Distance

16 KM

Today is departure day and the trip finishes after breakfast.

Meals

B
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Essential Information

We've compiled some of our Frequently Asked Questions to help you learn more about this amazing trip.

An experienced professional leader,

All accommodation as described,

Meals as described in the Meal Plan,

Mountain railway and valley transport (not airport transfers),

Travel insurance,

Tips for local staff,

Airport transfers,

Some meals as described in the Meal Plan,

Miscellaneous personal expenses

You should arrange to meet the group Hotel, Chamonix on Day 1. The welcome meeting will be at approximately 19:00 followed by the evening meal, so you should aim to be there for this time.

For clients arriving by air, the easiest way to get to Chamonix is to fly to Geneva Airport and make use of an airport transfer service. We recommend Mountaindropoffs.

Please note that transfers are subject to availability and your flight details are required a minimum of 72 hours before your arrival in Geneva. Please find more information here: http://www.mountaindropoffs.com/en/home/

Water is drinkable from the taps on this holiday. Please fill your personal bottles for your day in the morning. We do not encourage the purchasing of single use plastic bottles.

For this holiday we aim to use the Hotel le Refuge des Aiglons, where we will stay for all seven nights. The hotel has a spacious lounge, fitness studio, cocktail bar and restaurant that has access the pool and terrace. After a day in the mountains hotel guests have free access to the Deep Nature Spa. Free slippers and bath robes are provided.

This holiday is based on two people sharing a bedroom, if you are booking as a single traveller you will share with someone of the same gender. A single room is available for a supplementary fee, but these can be in short supply and require early booking.

The trail running guide will be a fully qualified and experienced International Mountain Leader.

Any extra classes/sessions, such as yoga, will be run by appropriately qualified professionals.

All meals are included, apart from lunches, from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 7.

The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required, and you should have at least 2 blank pages for each country that you visit.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Please ensure that you check for the latest advice before travel. For the most up to date information on entry requirements, please visit the UK Government website.

Vaccinations

You should contact your doctor or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations.

GHIC / Medical cover

UK residents should carry a free Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC). This entitles you to state provided medical treatment when you're visiting an EU country or Switzerland. This is not a substitute for medical travel insurance which is vital when travelling overseas.

The currency for part or all of this holiday is the Euro.

KE do not encourage the use of single use plastic items. We are ensuring that our agents all over the world are working together to reduce the problem and educate those around them. We are leading by example in our KE office by reducing our plastic use.

It is an essential condition of joining a holiday with KE Adventure Travel that you have a valid travel insurance policy to cover the cost of medical treatment and to protect the value of your holiday in the event of cancellation.  When taking out insurance please ensure the policy you choose covers you for the activities and altitude included in your itinerary.

For appropriate insurance cover we recommend Campbell Irvine Direct.  Please go to our Travel Insurance page for further information and to get a quote.

Please note that a paper copy of your travel insurance is required if you are travelling to Huaraz and the Huayhuash region.

This holiday is part of our Explore International range. Participants on these trips can book through KE or through one of our international partners. This helps us to gather together sufficient numbers of like-minded adventurers to get your holiday up and running quickly. Led by an English-speaking guide, the cosmopolitan nature of these groups can be an important part of the experience!

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 

  • Space blanket

  • Blister plasters

  • Normal plasters

  • 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

Cotswold Outdoor Red PantonMany of the Equipment items listed above are available from Cotswold Outdoor - our 'Official Recommended Outdoor Retailer'. When you book a holiday with KE you will receive 12.5% discount voucher from Cotswold Outdoor and other retailers.
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  • Chamonix Running Camp
    Without Flights
  • Departure Reference: ATR /01/25/
  • This trip begins on Sat 14 Jun and ends on Sat 21 Jun
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of US$750
  • Single Supplement Price: US$815
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  • Chamonix Running Camp
    Without Flights
  • Departure Reference: ATR /02/25/
  • This trip begins on Sat 19 Jul and ends on Sat 26 Jul
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of US$750
  • Single Supplement Price: US$815
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