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Trail running race training from Orsières to Chamonix

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2 days trail running training on the track of the famous race leaving from Orsières going to Chamonix, with Caroline, UIMLA certified mountain leader and trail running expert.



2 Days

Apr - Nov




These two days of trail will take you from the Swiss village of Orsières to Chamonix at the foot of Mont Blanc. 

During this course you will discover the beautiful scenery of the Tour du Mont Blanc through 2 countries, to prepare your course or just to run on legendary trails!

Highlights of the two days are the following: – The last 50 km of the famous ultra trail in the Mt Blanc region, – Recognition of the legendary racy to best run the course, – Professional advice to progress while having fun, – Logistics: transfer, luggage transport, accommodation and meals, – Running with a light bag!

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 2 days we will run on average 20-35km a day and go up from 1000 to 2000 meters. We will mainly be on single tracks and technical terrain. We will partially be on aerial paths.

Does this beautiful 2-day trail course interest you? Then please contact me! Or if this program does not fit your needs, I can present other courses I organize in the Alps and elsewhere. There are options available both for beginners, like this one and more experienced, as this example. I'd be happy to guide you on these fabulous mountain trails and coach you in your progress.

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

- Transport during the trip

- Luggage transfer

Price details

Price per person to join a group up to 12 clients. The price does not include the guide´s expenses (accommodation, meals, lift tickets, etc).


Day 1: Orsières - Trient

Meeting point in front of Chamonix SNCF train station, bus transfer to Orsières, reach Champex and its magnificent lake, ascent to Bovine, Rhône plain, descent to the Col de la Forclaz, the pink church in Trient, and cab transfer to your gîte (approx. 15 mins.)

23.7km, D+ 1493m, D- 1101m, approx. 5-6 hours hiking/racing

Day 2: Trient - Chamonix

Climb towards Catogne, view of the Trient glacier, the Vallorcine Valley, the first peaks of the Mont-Blanc massif like the Aiguille Verte, La Flégère, a final descent, and end of stay around 5 pm. A shower is available on arrival at the aquatic center.

28.7km, D+ 1829m, D- 2098m, approx. 6-7 hours of trail running



More info

(Stage reconnaissance Orsières - Chamonix)

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.

Group size: 7 to 12 people.


  • Regular practice of running and other endurance sports : 3-4 times a week for at least 1:15h
  • Regular practice of running in varied terrains, experience & participation in races or nature trails 20 to 40 km
  • Occasional practice of mountain hiking
  • Be able to progress at a minimum speed of 600m D + / hr for 1 hour
  • Knowledge of Mountain environment


  • 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: a silk sheet, a towel, spare clothes for 2 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 and camera
  • Individual pharmacy kit: anti-friction cream, sunscreen, double skin dressings, elastic band, paracetamol, anti-diarrheal, antiseptic and personal drugs

Meeting point

At Chamonix.

Equipment you will need to bring

What to bring for the day : - A light rucksack including : . A waterproof jacket . A warm long-sleeved fleece top . Survival blanket and whistle . An individual first-aid kit . Cap or headband . Hat and thin gloves . Sunglasses suitable for running . Long tights if running shorts . Cereal bars and energy drink . Plastic bag for garbage . Biodegradable toilet paper . Headlamp and spare batteries . Minimum 1.5l water supply . Elastic strapping . A small amount of cash What to bring : - Running shorts - Short-sleeved T-shirt - A pair of running socks - Previously worn trail shoes To bring for the whole stay : - A silk sheet - A change of clothes for 2 days - Towel - Personal toiletries - Spare shoes - Spare water bag - Spare batteries for headlamp - Spare pair of shoelaces - Pocket knife - Earplugs Recommended additional equipment : - A pair of poles - Camera Individual pharmacy: - Anti-chafing cream - sunscreen - Double skin bandages - Elastic bandage - Paracetamol - Anti-diarrheal - Antiseptic - Personal medications Included: - ½ board (dinner + breakfast) - Packed lunches - Luggage transport, stage by stage - Chamonix - Orsières transfer on day 1 - Trient - Montroc transfers on days 1 and 2 - Supervision by a qualified trail professional Not included: - Individual insurance - Food supplements (energy bars and drinks) - Personal expenses - Beverages during meals - Individual transfers in the event of interruption of the outing or stay

About the guide

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Mountain Leader

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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What people are saying about -Caroline


J'ai eu l'opportunité de participer à deux stages, l'un dans le Cantal, l'autre à Chamonix. Un grand plaisir de partager une passion commune avec des participants très sympas de tous niveaux et de tous horizons. Caroline, une grande professionnelle de la montagne et du trail, n'a pas son pareil pour organiser ces rencontres, et tout cela dans une super ambiance et des paysages à couper le souffle.


J'ai fait deux stages avec Caro, c'est devenu une amie, et chacun de ces stages m'a laissé des souvenirs inoubliables. Le premier stage en 2014 en Haute Savoie à l'occasion du Trail du Gypaète. Le Deuxième stage en 2015, dans les Calanques de Marseille. Ces stages auront été parfaits à tous les niveaux: Paysages grandioses (on sent qu'ils ont été choisis avec soin), des échanges techniques avec des "pros" (un grand moment quand Caro inspecte les sacs à dos...), pleins de conseils nutrition - mode de vie etc... La découverte des autres stagiaires mais aussi des autres encadrants (très bon contact avec Guillaume Lenormand par ex.). Des conditions matérielles top (hébergement, repas, organisation etc...). Seule critique: le temps passe trop vite, c'est toujours trop court! Donc au final quand c'est fini, on n'a qu'une envie... c'est de repartir pour un autre stage! Et vu le nombre de personnes que l'on croise sur les stages qui en sont à leur n-ième participation, je peux affirmer que ce sentiment est partagé!


Pour moi le trail c'est avant tout la découverte de nouveaux territoires, les rencontres et les échanges avec d'autres passionnés, le respect de la nature. Mes 3 stages avec Caroline m'ont permis de retrouver ces fondamentaux dans un cadre toujours bon enfant, mais pas moins professionnel. Caroline est une passionnée de montagne et de tout ce qui y touche (sport, culture, gastronomie) et elle sait comme personne transmettre sa passion et ses bons conseils, toujours avec le sourire. Je garde un excellent souvenir des rencontres avec les autres stagiaires et mais aussi avec les autres encadrants, Guillaume, Seb, Cédric, Lydie et tant d'autres rencontrés au cours de ces stages.



Great experience, but definitely favored toward elite runners. One of our guides, JC, was amazing. He cared about every runner. The other guide seemed only to care for the elites (and himself). On top of Col des Montets, I asked if we had time to put on warm layers. The guide said "of course," but then quickly proceeded to run off with the entire group while I stood bare and freezing with my gear unpacked. Total lack of consideration for the well-being of his runners. Otherwise a great tour.



Well organized tour of the TDS course. Amazing views await even if you’re not planning to run the race

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