• Trip duration
    4 days
  • Trip level
    Hard
  • Max people per guide
    15 people
  • Mountain range
    Alps
  • Best period
    Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov

Description

A 4-day trail course to prepare at best the legendary TDS ® race with logistics included for more comfort. Besides, the bags transport is provided every day and you can enjoy the magical Italy and Beaufortain landscapes and follow your guide’s advices!

Technical, wild and contrasted, you will progress on a route off the beaten tracks. You will be able to spot the traces, to prepare your race or just discover splendid landscapes on the course. A 4-day trail to run, explore, exchange, recognize a mythical journey and progress.

The next departure will take place on July 6th (till 9th). 

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 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.

Highlights of this 4 days of trail course are the following:
– An official and full recognition of the TDS ® course
– Four steps for more comfort to enjoy better the scenery around you!
– Professional advice to better prepare this race
– Logistics: transfers, luggage transport, accommodation, meals

 Does this 4-day TDS ® preparation sound interesting? Then I invite you to contact me! We will have the opportunity to discuss your level and your desires. If it isn’t suitable, of course I will tell you other trail courses which I organize this year. For example, the OCC trail running race training.

Itinerary

Day 1

Courmayeur - Petit Saint Bernard pass

40km, 2471m D+, 1480m D-
Meeting in Chamonix at 7AM – transfer to Courmayeur by taxi. The first day takes you to the Val Veny at the foot of Italian Mont Blanc towards the Chavanne pass. After a long path in balcony, a beautiful ascent awaits you before descending in the Aosta valley direction. Then begins the ascent to the Petit Saint Bernard, which marks the border between France and Italy. An area full of history. You enter in Beaufortain.

Day 2

Petit Saint Bernard pass - Cormet de Roselend

30km, 2250m D+, 2426m D-
The second day begins with a long descent to Bourg Saint Maurice through the pastures and tarine cows. Be careful with your feet because the rise to Fort de la Platte is tough! Then you will reach a wild and technical Beaufortain with the passage near Forclaz lakes. Then the Passeur de Pralognan. Here we must have a mountaineer foot. A long descent finally takes you to the Cormet de Roselend and the cottage.

Day 3

Cormet de Roselend - Les Contamines

29km, 1370m D+, 2190m D-
For this step, you will follow the historical routes, including Crète de Gittes, with magnificent views of the surrounding mountains. The trail takes you to the Joly pass, Hauteluce border between Savoie and Haute Savoie. It will then be time to descent to Contamines via the Roman road (runners of the UTMB will take this road in reverse).

Day 4

Les Contamines - Chamonix

24km, 1537m D+, 1660m D-
Last stage of your journey, it is also the shortest for you to get in good shape in Chamonix! The route will lead you through the pastures at the foot of the Mont Blanc glaciers. You will appreciate the beauty of the Truc and Tricot passes. A final descent and you will only have to go between Les Houches and Chamonix!

Price per person

1 Person690EUR
Group of 2690EUR
Group of 3690EUR
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Price includes

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

Other details

Meeting point

At Chamonix.

Accommodation

Cottages and mountain huts.

More info

(Reconnaissance TDS)

Group size: 7 to 15 people.

Level:
- Regular practice of running and other endurance activities 4-5 times per week for at least 1:15h
- Regular practice of foot race in varied terrain
- Regular practice of mountain hiking
- Experience and participation in trail in the mountains of at least 40km and 2000m of positive vertical drop and being able to progress at a minimum speed of 800m positive vertical drop / hr for 1 hour,
In racing recognition: being able to keep the barriers official schedules of the race on the duration of the course, the course is usually done in several days (2-4 days depending on the relevant races)
- Mountain environment knowledge required

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 4 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