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Trail running race training from Orsières to Chamonix | France

Trail running race training from Orsières to Chamonix

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.


TRIP TYPE

Group

MOUNTAIN RANGES

Alps

DURATION

2 Days

OFFER PERIOD

Apr - Nov

FITNESS LEVEL

Fit

SKILL LEVEL

Intermediate

PAYMENT METHODS

Credit Card, Wire Transfer and more!

Description

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).

Secure your spot with just 25% payment

48-hour free cancellation with 30-day advance booking


Itinerary

Day 1: Orsières - Trient

23,7km, D +1493/-1101m, around 5-6 hours hiking.
9AM: meeting at the train station SNCF in Chamonix. Bus transfer to Orsières, around 1 hour.
This step starts from Orsières to reach Champex and its beautiful glacial lake! After crossing the station it is time to begin the main course with the ascent towards Bovine. The 2000 m altitude is reached and the Rhone valley view is splendid here! Then the best descenders can show their talents in the beautiful descent to the Forclaz pass. The term of the first day is in Trient in front of the pink church.
Dinner and overnight at the cottage.

Day 2: Trient - Chamonix

28.7km, D +1829/-2098m, 6-7 hours hiking.
The second day begins ascending towards Catogne. The road winds through a spruce forest before showing a magnificent view of the Trient glacier. Then, we go to the Vallorcine valley and we join the French border. We see the first Mont Blanc massif summits and the Aiguille Verte. Then we cross the South balcony, and come to the Flégère where we can observe Chamonix within walking distance! A final descent and we are back in the mountaineering and trail capital.

Details

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.

Level:

  • 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

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: 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.

About the guide: Caroline

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Caroline

4.88

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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.

Languages

French | English

Certificates

UIMLA

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What people are saying about Caroline

5.00

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.

5.00

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!

5.00

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.

James

4.00

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.

Christopher

5.00

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

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