• Trip duration
    2 days
  • Trip level
    Sustained
  • Max people per guide
    12 people
  • Mountain range
    Alps
  • Best period
    Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov

Description

These two days of trail will take you from the Swiss village of Orsières to Chamonix at the foot of Mont Blanc. The OCC ® course allows an immersion in UTMB ® race while providing an affordable distance of 53 km.

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 legendary UTMB route,
– Recognition of OCC ® to best run the course,
– Professional advice to progress while having fun,
– Logistics: transfer, luggage transport, accommodation and meals,
– Running with a light bag!

Dates 2017:
– June 10th and 11th
– July 1st and 2nd

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.

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.

Price per person

Group of 7378EUR
Group of 8378EUR

Price includes

  • Guiding fee
  • Accommodation
  • All meals during trip
  • Transport during the trip
  • Luggage transfer during the trip

Other details

Meeting point

At Chamonix.

Accommodation

Cottage (in dormitories and shared rooms).

More info

(Stage reconnaissance OCC)

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