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Run the ultimate iconic multi-day trail running route in the Alps! It follows one of the world’s toughest 100 milers, the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc, circumnavigating the highest mountain in the Alps, Mont Blanc at 4,810m and passing by its 71 glaciers and 400 summits. This is a great running adventure to sign up for if you want to explore the Alps more or to recce the route for the UTMB. As always you will have a qualified Trail Running Guide with you, refreshment points, logistic support as well as food and accommodation provided. The scenery is absolutely stunning and you’ll experience some of the most breath taking views of Mt Blanc the area has to offer. It's broken down into 6 stages with a day to relax in Chamonix at the beginning and end of the trip.

We start in Chamonix and head down the valley to Les Houches before making our way up over to Les Contamines. Our first night is spent here before we carry on to the steep climb over the Croix du Bonhomme. The views from the Croix back down the valley and towards Geneva are incredible. From there we head down to spend our second night at Les Chapieux, a remote hamlet and our last stop before heading over into Italy. The next morning as the sun rises from behind the Aiguilles des Glaciers you will climb up to the Col de La Seigne. From here the route stretches into the horizon along the valley leading to the mountain pass 25 miles away which marks the border with Switzerland, a point where you will be standing the next day. We sweep down into Italy, staggering views of couloirs and rock buttresses towering on the left, leading up to Monte Bianco. The path undulates on nice smooth trails before a last climb, and then a steep descent into Courmayeur. At around halfway of the total route we will be staying here for pizza and a warm bed!

Leaving Courmayeur early the next day following a steep ascent out of the valley you may see the sun rise over clouds carpeting the valleys far below. After a couple of hours running there will be time to stop for a refreshment at the Rifugio Bonatti hut, dedicated to the legendary Italian climber. Indeed, you will be passing some of his ground breaking first ascents as you run the route. From there we approach the fearsome Grand Col Ferret marking the Swiss border at 2537m. The trails down from the col are perfect. You will hear the cowbells from the lush green valley below, as you descend through the stunning scented mountain meadows into the little village of Le Fouly, our next stop, the first of two in Switzerland.

The trail passes through forests running alongside the river and through tiny Swiss villages and fields of hay and wild flowers before heading up to Champex-Lac. Champex is a paradise in the mountains and sits at the juncture to another famous hiking route and potential running adventure - the Walker’s Haute Route. Three more high points stand between us and Chamonix, and around another 25 miles. The view from the next climb is hard to take in, since you can see all the way down to Martigny, 1500m below. Its broad flat valley leads to Zermatt and beyond. The path descends from here through some rocky and tree root covered trails to the Col de la Forclaz and then steeply down to Trient and its beautiful pink church and backdrop of dramatic glaciers, where we spend our last night on the trail.

Our last day, today we will complete our journey and return to Chamonix. A steep climb up from Trient provides one of the most impressive views on the whole route of the Mt Blanc Massif which dominates the horizon, its glacier pouring over into the Chamonix valley below and the end of our adventure. We trot down through the mountain trails into Chamonix to celebrate. It’s an amazing achievement, 104 miles / 168km and 9,000m ascent crossing over 3 countries.

If you'd like to book, a deposit of £200 will be taken at the time of sign-up to secure your place, a further £450 is required once we've got back in touch, this will make up your 30% deposit. The balance is taken 6 weeks before the trip is due to start. It is also possible to schedule payments following your deposit to make paying for the trip easier. You will also have a chance to chat with the guide and ask and questions once you have reserved your place. Alternatively send us an email!


  • Day 1 - Arrival Day
  • Day 2 - Run from Chamonix to Les Contamines
  • Day 3 - Run from Les Contamines to Les Chapieux
  • Day 4 - Run from Les Chapieux to Courmayeur (Italy)
  • Day 5 - Run from Courmayeur to La Fouly (Switzerland)
  • Day 6 - Run from La Fouly to Trient
  • Day 7 - Run from Trient to Chamonix (France)
  • Day 8 - Departure Day

Accommodation & Transport

Accommodation on the first and last night in Chamonix will be in the 4* spa hotel, Le Refuge des Aiglons (or an equivalent standard hotel) including breakfast on both mornings. This beautiful hotel is located in the centre of Chamonix with stunning views of Mt Blanc. Amenities include the spa (treatments at extra cost) which has a heated pool and sauna, the hotel also free WiFi. Accommodation is based on a twin room sharing basis unless you request single occupancy, which if available will be at extra cost. The evening meal on the first evening is at one of the best restaurant's in Chamonix, this is included in your booking and is a great chance to meet the team and your guide. For the 6 stages there will be a mixture of village hotels and possibly mountain refuges, we pick the best available on the route, these will include breakfast and evening meals (except for Courmayeur) as well as packed lunch each day you are running. Transport to and from Geneva to Chamonix can be booked via one of the many minibus operators that provide a regular shuttle service.


This trip is 6 days of running with an average of around 18 miles / 29km per day. It's not always that easy to run these routes particularly quickly, trail running is often a leveller! So be prepared to be out on the trails for most of the day, we walk the uphills so there is time to soak up the scenery. Clients are always surprised by how much hiking can be involved in the Alps but this is inevitable in such steep environments. We endeavour to run a couple of trips each year of the TMB adventure in order to cater for different running speeds, so we ensure everyone is of a similar ability before they sign up. The trails on the TMB cannot be underestimated, and therefore it's important to do some training before you arrive, particularly multi-day hikes, have run marathon distance in 4 hours or less and have some experience on trails. We also do a kit check on the evening before we set off and highly recommend bringing poles. The Trail Running Guide will route find and as with all our running adventures you will be running as part of a team. If you want to run the route quicker - please get in touch we can do this as a bespoke trip. It's possible to do it in 3 days self-guided and we can provide all the logistics.

Timing & Location

Start from Chamonix, France and run through Italy and Switzerland. You will be running for 6 days, with a day either side for travelling and exploring Chamonix.

What's Included

  • Overnight accommodation in a 4* spa hotel at the beginning and end of the trip (based on twin sharing)
  • First night evening meal in Chamonix included from a highly rated restaurant
  • Overnight accommodation en route (based on twin room sharing or small dormitory, supplement for single room)
  • Bag transport to each day’s end destination
  • Packed lunch everyday and refreshment point on the last day
  • All evening meals and breakfasts, except for the evening meal in Courmayeur and on the last night in Chamonix
  • A qualified Trail Running Guide for the team, with you every step of the way
  • Training plan
  • Run the Wild tech t-shirt
  • Champagne at the finish
  • 104 miles / 168km of some of the best scenery in Europe

What's Not Included

  • Drinks at the accommodation or additional main meals
  • Personal insurance (required)
  • Transfers to/from Geneva to Chamonix
  • Travel to Geneva for the start of the holiday
  • Travel from Geneva at the end of the holiday


Start Date End Date Days Mileage Grade Spaces Price Status Pay Now
11th September 2022 18th September 2022 8 104 C2, C3, C4 8 €2375 Available

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*Price quoted in Euros but payment also accepted in GBP


"Thank you to you, Al and Karin for an outstanding trip. The route was unforgettable, the group was great and I learned a lot about my own running ability. I would definitely take a RtW trip again and have lasting memories from this one." Sean - July 2019

"There aren't words to suffice - if you're at all a runner AND adventurous, Run the Wild is for you." Martha - September 2018

"Amazing!" Rainey - September 2018

"The best holiday I've ever been on!" Gillian - July 2018

"Best running experience ever with a passionate team looking after you." Scott - September 2015

"I would highly recommend Run the Wild trips. Nothing was too much trouble, every detail was taken care of, the running was suitably challenging. The group were great fun. I look forward to the next running adventure!" Nicola - September 2015

"I cannot recommend this holiday, or RunTheWild, highly enough. Simon and his team of supporters and guides are completely brilliant. I've just had the time of my life and made some amazing friends. Bring on the next trip, wherever it is!" Steve - September 2015

"We had a truly amazing holiday with Run the Wild. Our guide and support were instrumental in helping us succeed. We felt supported both logistically and emotionally. We also appreciated having dogs to snuggle after a long day on the trails." Patricia - July 2015

"Run the Wild support and guides were absolutely amazing!" Lori - July 2015

"RuntheWildUK absolutely knocked it out of the park in setting up and supporting our guided 6 day UTMB run. We were able to simply worry about our packs and the days run while everything else was taken care of. All expectations were met if not exceeded. Lastly, we cannot say enough for how amazing our guide Emily was throughout the trip. We had an amazing holiday and left with new found friends we hope to adventure with in the future!" Joseph - July 2015

"What a great team! Run the Wild's attention to details and the runners made the trip everything I could have hoped for." John - July 2015

Advice from previous runners

"Be prepared with steel hikes up and downhill running." Rainey

"What advice would you give to another trail runner considering this holiday?Don't be nervous about it - the guides are so helpful and careful to set a pace that is enjoyable for everyone." Gillian

"Go!!!" Scott

"Be prepared for going downhill to be more painful than going up due to steepness of descents! I should have done more trekking training rather than running I think!" Nicola 

"Just go! Oh and take poles!" Steve

"Pick a company like Run the Wild who will work with you to tailor the trip to your wants and needs. You all did a great job of catering to the different needs of the group." John

"Train appropriately for the "time" you will spend on your feet (we did so) and everyday will be enjoyable." Joseph

"Train so you can have fun. I'm so thankful I trained but wished I had done more down hill training smile" Lori

"Train hard." Patricia


Difficulty of route, ascent per day, fitness required and experience (if in doubt call the office to find out more).

Easy undulating trails at low levels of elevation and relatively small amounts of cumulative ascent (up to around 500m).
Some steeper sections on trails. Good fitness is required and total cumulative ascent may reach 1000m.
Many steep sections with long climbs up hill. Expect long days out of up to 6-8hrs and cumulative ascent of around 1500m ascent.
Steep mountain trails with passes and anything over 2000m cumulative ascent. You need to be in top physical and mental condition and be prepared for long days.
Basic mountaineering skills required / 2000m+ ascent.


When you sign to an event you will be placed in a group that matches your running ability (based on what you tell at the time of booking). You will be running as a team, led by your Run Leader / Trail Running Guide. These are the approximate pacing for each group as measured over 10km.

12-14.5 mins / mile or 7.5-9 mins / km on the flat
You usually run 10km in 76-90 mins
10-12 mins / mile or 6-7.5 mins / km on the flat
You usually run 10km in 61-75 mins
8-9 mins / mile or 5-6 mins / km on the flat
You usually run 10km in 50-60 mins
7 mins / mile or 4.5 mins / km on the flat
You usually run 10km in 45 mins or less