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Trail running for beginners in the Beaufortain

Trail running for beginners in the Beaufortain
Trail running for beginners in the Beaufortain
Trail running for beginners in the Beaufortain
Trail running for beginners in the Beaufortain

3-day initiation to trail running in the breathtaking landscapes of Beaufortain, Savoie with Caroline, UIMLA mountain leader specialised in trail running.



3 Days

May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov




The perfect course in the Beaufortain for a first experience of trail running together with a coach, learning the basics in a progressive way. This course is dedicated to sportive people who wish to discover trail running in a mountain environment.

This trail running course will take place in Beaufortain, in Savoie (French Alps). We will sleep in the same place the 3 days. Then each day we will go for a full or half day of trail running. During this time we learn the basics, train and enjoy the most beautiful landscapes of this region. Besides, we might even see alpine animals like chamois, ibex and marmots.

This 3-day trail running course has the following highlights:
– A wild and preserved nature, going off the beaten tracks;
– Diverse itineraries to try different types of terrain in the mountain;
– A single lodging place;
– Incredible panoramas and views;
– Great logistics with everything fully organized;
– Coached by professionals of trail running and mountain leading.

We will sleep in a traditional hotel in the exceptional area of Beaufortain, in the middle of the village.

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 3 days we will run on average 15-20km a day and go up from 1000 to 1500 meters. We will alternate between single tracks and large paths.

Please get in touch with me if you want to start trail running. We can then discuss about this specific program or all the others I’m organizing this year. It will be my pleasure to guide you up there in these places which I like so much and coach you in order for you to learn the necessary basics to enjoy trail running in the mountains. 

If you are looking for a winter adventure, I can also take you there. Have a look for example at this Winter trail and cross country skiing in Les Saisies.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation included

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

Price details

Price per person to join a group up to 13 clients.


Day 1: ½ day fast hiking run from the hotel

12 to 14 km, D +950m / -950m
A nice run going up will allow us to discover a stunning view on Mont Blanc, very close from us. We will go through different types of trail paths around the village, pass by lakes and traditional alpine villages while having the renowned peaks of the Beaufortain above us.

Day 2: Trail running day in the heart of Beaufortain

15 to 19 km, D +1300m / -1300m.
This will be a nice trail running day in the mountains during which we will take our lunch up there in order to fully enjoy the wild and alpine atmosphere of Beaufortain. We will pass by Lac de Roselend, Pierra Menta, Grand Fond pass… and if we are lucky we might see chamois, ibex, eagles and gypaètes. We will take different types of paths: large trails, single tracks… You will learn how to run safely in the mountains and how to slowly get your feet used to these terrains and environment. At the end of the afternoon you have the possibility to get a massage (extra fee).

Day 3: ½ day trail running course

14 to 16 km, D +1000m / -1000m.
During the last day, we will go for a 4-hour session in order to put in practice all the things we will have learned during the 2 previous days: how to walk in order to last for long distances / hours, how to save energy while going down, how to run up efficiently, how to use poles, how to manage your efforts… This last session will also allow us to enjoy for the last time the stunning views of Beaufortain! Because doing trail is not only about running. It’s also about taking the time to look around and enjoy the nature surrounding us.




2* hotel in the town center (2 to 4 people per room).

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.

(Initiation trail dans les Alpes)

Group size: 7 to 13 people.

Price for companions: €252

Initiation level: - Regular practice of running 3 times per week for 1-1:30hs - Occasional running practice in varied terrain or regular practice of mountain hiking

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 floor mat, 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 and camera * Individual pharmacy kit: anti-friction cream, sunscreen, double skin dressings, elastic band, paracetamol, anti-diarrheal, antiseptic and personal drugs

Meeting point

At Arêches-Beaufort.

About the guide

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 this trip



January, 2016

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.


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