BACKGROUND

This is a unique opportunity to traverse the massif of the Bornes / Aravis / Tournette mountain range. The route which can be hiked in 7 days, but we run over 4, follows a 360 degree loop starting on the northern part of the Aravis range. The distance of around 75 miles and cumulative ascent of nearly 8000m makes for a tough challenge but also extremely rewarding, taking you into a unique limestone landscape which takes in high mountain trails as well as wooded valley routes. The area is famous for historical events for the part played by the French Resistance in World War II. Today it offers quiet mountain trails with small local farms selling cheese and wine, and a few tourists who mainly are found in the small ski areas dotted on the route. We start just below the highest point on the Aravis Chain, Pointe Perceé (2750m), then looping south to reveal stunning views of the Mont Blanc Massif with its glistening glaciers and lofty rocky needles. Next is the traverse of the Col des Aravis which featured in both the 2016 Tour de France Étape as well as final tour stage. Further along the trail on the second day there are views towards the large ski areas such Les Arcs and Val d'Isere. The last sections offer amazing views towards Lake Annecy and Annecy town, known as the Venice of France. A few more hills climbed and you finish back where you started, a truly incredible achievement.  

ACCOMMODATION & TRANSPORT

Accommodation on the first and last night is in the charming village of the Grand Bornand based in the comfortable Auberge Nordique on a twin sharing basis. The auberge is offers cross country skiing in the winter and therefore is in the heart of the mountains, providing a true 'get away from it all' experience. 2 nights are spent in similar comfortable savoyarde style village hotels either in twins or mulitple bed rooms and one night is spent in a basic mountain refuge in a dormitory. Half Board (breakfast and dinner) is included on all 5 nights as well as a packed lunch each morning. 

Amenities at the Auberge Nordique include, bar, reading room with open fire, sauna and small gym There is also an outdoor space to relax in and free WiFi. Transport during the holiday will be provided where needed. Transport to/from Grand Bornand can be booked via a local taxi firm or by local coach, please get in touch for further details. 

ABILITY

This is a tough route, with 2 of the 4 days covering over 20 miles and 2500m ascent and descent. Therefore you will need to be a strong trail runner and already have completed multi day events such as the TMB previously. 

TIMING & LOCATION

Arrival will be on Friday afternoon / evening at the accommodation in the Grand Bornand. Departure will be on the Wednesday around midday (full details in your booking pack).

Grand Bornand is located about 1h15mins from Geneva International Airport, via Bonneville which is on the motorway towards Chamonix.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Overnight accommodation for 4 nights in village hotels (based on twin / triple room sharing, supplement for single room where possible)
  • Overnight in a basic mountain refuge
  • Half Board included for each night
  • Packed lunch each day running
  • A qualified Lead Runner for the team, with you every step of the way
  • Run the Wild tech t-shirt
  • Champagne finish!
  • Stunning Alps scenery!

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Transport to/from Geneva and Grand Bornand
  • Travel (such as flights) to/from Geneva
  • Drinks at the accommodation or additional main meals
  • Snacks to sustain you on route
  • Personal insurance (required)
  • Lift passes for you and the Lead Runner (if required)

Booking

Start Date End Date Days Mileage Grade Spaces Price Status  
16th June 2017 21st June 2017 4 75 C2, C3 4 €1485* Sold Out
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AVAILABILITY

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*Price quoted in Euros but payment also accepted in GBP