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Advanced trail running in Beaufortain

Borrowing sections of the UTB, this 3-day trail running program in Beaufortain is a challenge for experienced runners, in a spectacular setting. Join Caroline, UIMLA certified mountain leader, and Sébastien Gérard, professional athlete.

Mountain RangeAlps
Duration3 days
Offer periodJun, Jul
Skill LevelAdvanced
Fitness LevelExtremely Fit
Type of tripGroup

Description

Join me for a 3-day trail running Beaufortain Tour. We will discover a wild and well preserved massif, where traditions are still present. The Beaufortain massif is in Savoie, in the French Alps. 

This is a program for experienced runners, with a high technical level and very demanding. But it is even more rewarding! The paths are varied and challenging, and the landscapes are a feast for the eyes.

We will follow the paths of the UTB, Ultra Tour du Beaufortain. It is one of the most majestic trail routes in Savoie. Sébastien Gerard will join us during the trip, and we will get his invaluable advice. He is a true specialist of the UTB, as he won the race 5 times.

More than a trail running program, this is an immersion in the authentic mountain, nature awaits you!

The highlights of this trip are:
– A route off the beaten track, technical and wild, facing Mont Blanc
– Training for the UTB with Sévastien Gerard
– Professional advice to improve your trail running skills
– Logistics: transfers, luggage transfer, accommodation, meals.

In the ‘extra’ section below, you’ll find information about the required trail running level you need to have. You will also see the equipment that you need to bring with you.

During these 4 days we will run on average 35km a day and go up from 1500 to 2500 meters. We will mainly be on single tracks and technical trails (stone, névé…). We will partially run off trails and be on aerial paths.

Did you find this program tempting? Then don’t hesitate, book the trip and come running in this exceptional setting! And please note that I also offer a trail running program in Beaufortain for beginners, check it out if you are not up for this one yet!

Accommodation

Lodges and mountain huts (dormitories).

More info

A minimum number of participants (defined in advance) is required for the departure to take place. If the number of participants is insufficient and the departure is cancelled, clients will be informed via a phone call at least a week prior to the scheduled departure date and will receive a complete refund. Clients are required to have a multi-risk insurance, covering cancellation fees, rescue and accident, repatriation and baggage loss or theft. (Trail tour du Beaufortain) Group size: 7 to 12 people. Level: - Regular practice of running and other activities: 4-5 times / week for at least 1:15h - Regular running in varied terrains - Regular mountain hiking - Experience in mountain trails at least 40km long and 2000m D+, and being able to run at least at 800mD+/h during 1h. - Knowledge of the mountain environment Equipment: - During the day: a light backpack with a waterproof jacket, a long sleeve warm fleece type, a survival blanket, a whistle, an individual pharmacy kit*, a cap or headband, a hat and thin gloves, sunglasses suitable for running, long tights if you are wearing shorts to run, cereal bars and energy drinks, a plastic bag for waste, biodegradable toilet paper, a headlamp, a minimum reserve water of 1.5L, an elastic strapping strip and some cash - To wear: running short, a short-sleeved t-shirt, running socks and already worn trail shoes - For the whole stay: spare clothes for 3 days, a personal hygiene kit, spare shoes, a spare water socket, spare batteries for the headlamp, a pair of spare laces, a pocketknife and earplugs - Recommended additional equipment: poles, leggings and camera * Individual pharmacy kit: anti-friction cream, sunscreen, double skin dressings, elastic band, paracetamol, anti-diarrheal, antiseptic and personal drugs

Meeting point

At Queige. Getting there: - By car: https://goo.gl/maps/0WUAK - By train: Albertville station

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Itinerary

Day 1: Queige - Saint Guerin lake

We meet at Queige in the morning. We leave for a beautiful ascent towards the Roche Pourrie pass (1500m D+). We can admire the Combe de Savoie, the Bauges or Lauzière massif. After a superb balcony traverse, we reach the Lacs pass, then the Bâthie pass, and return to the heart of Beaufortain. You will discover an exceptional environment passing by the Combettes, then by the Tournant lake at the foot of the Grand Mont.
Upon reaching the Saint Guerin lake, transfer to the hotel.

Distance: 26km
Min altitude: 536m
Max altitude: 2226m
Total Altitude change +2256/-1226m

Day 2: Saint Guerin lake - Gitte refuge

Today we ascend to the Cormet d’Arêches. We enjoy wonderful views of Vanoise and Aravis. Then we reach the Amor lake, at the foot of Pierra Menta. A technical descent follows towards the Presset refuge and the Combe de la Neuvaz. We traverse a section of the UTMB after the Bonhomme refuge.

Distance: 35km
Min altitude: 1570m
Max altitude: 2654m
Total Altitude change +2195/-2099m

Day 3: Gitte refuge - Queige (42km, 1450m D+)

At the heart of Beaufortain, we ascend toward the Gitte pass and discover then the Fenetre pass with incredible views over the Mont Blanc massif. Then we reach the Joly pass and the Saisies pass between marmots and chamois. We continue with a last ascent towards Mont Bisanne. Now we face 1400 meters of negative altitude change to reach our starting point, Queige, where the trip ends.

Distance: 40km
Min altitude: 531m
Max altitude: 2304m
Total Altitude change +1524/-2643m


About the guide

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I hold the State Certificate of Mountain Leader (UIMLA), Athlete of Team Garmin Adventure. I won many trail competitions such as Oxygen Challenge, The Glaciers Tour of Vanoise, Albertville Trail, Drayes Blanches of Vercors, the Frison Roche Beaufort, Run and skate of Chamonix… I have also some racing podiums such as the Saintélyon, the Lyon Urban Trail, the Causses Marathon, the Allobroges. I am an ex-sportswoman of high level in rowing (World Championships, World Cups, France Championships). I have a mastery STAPS (Sport) and BEES First degree in rowing.
I organise and supervise many trail courses in the Alps with a pro team, a friends group with whom we have a mission: Run and enjoy! I invite you to contact me if you want to train and/or discover these incredible massifs.


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Prices per person

Group of 1

EUR 607 each

Group of 2

EUR 607 each

Group of 3

EUR 607 each

Group of 4

EUR 607 each

Group of 5

EUR 607 each

Group of 6

EUR 607 each

Group of 7

EUR 607 each

Group of 8

EUR 607 each

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Price includes

• Guiding fee

• Accommodation

• Luggage transfer during the trip

• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Price details

• Price per person to join a group of 12 clients.


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