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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 - Nov






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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

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

Price details

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

Secure your spot with just 25% payment

48-hour free cancellation with 30-day advance booking


Day 1: Meeting

An early-midday meeting at the hotel for a briefing on how the weekend will unfold. A beautiful loop allows us to discover the breathtaking view of nearby Mont Blanc. We take advantage of a variety of trail trails around the village to run and enjoy the panorama. At our lakes and traditional hamlets, the peaks of the Beaufortain Beaufortain peaks await us for the rest of the weekend. We'll be talking about the downhill technique: what posture to adopt and lose as little energy as possible. At the end of the day, we will have a video session to observe our running attitude and debrief the outing. Then we will have dinner and overnight at the hotel. 12 to 14 km, D+ 950m, D-950m approx.

Day 2: Trail running day in the heart of Beaufortain

We will spend a great day out with a picnic to make the most of the wild, mountainous of the wild Beaufortain, Lac de Roselend, Pierra Menta, and Col du Grand Fond. We'll be accompanied by chamois, ibex chamois, ibex, eagles, and lammergeiers. We will have the opportunity to evolve on a varied terrain, alternating wide trails and single tracks to discover what it's like to have "mountain" feet, in complete safety! We'll look at how to use your poles when climbing, and how to optimize the use of poles to save energy. At the end of the afternoon, you can enjoy a massage (option at extra cost and on reservation). We will have dinner and overnight at the hotel. 15 to 19 km, D+ 1300m, D- 1300m approx.

Day 3: Last Run and Departure

On this last day, we'll be putting into practice all the aspects we've learned and discussed during the weekend: how to walk to last, how to economize on downhill, be efficient on uphill sections, use your poles, control your effort, etc. A 4-hour rando-course outing on the crests will enable us to enjoy the contrasting landscapes of this part of Savoie, where the variety of trails and landscapes are sure to leave their mark. Trail running isn't just about running; it's also about admiring, and taking the time to enjoy the natural surroundings! We will then return to the hotel mid-afternoon, debrief, and have the end of the course (approx. 4 p.m.). approx.) 14 to 16 km, D+ 1000m, D- 1000m approx.


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


  • 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.

Equipment you will need to bring

Include: - Hotel accommodation according to dates (2-3 person rooms) - ½ board (dinner + breakfast) - Packed lunches on Saturday and Sunday - Supervision by a qualified mountain leader Not Include: - Lunch on 1st day - Individual insurance - Food supplements (energy drink bars) - Personal expenses - Drinks with meals - Transfers to the starting point of certain hikes (car pooling) - Personal transfers in the event of interruption of the outing or stay - Massage sessions available on reservation at the Spa des Alpes: 38€ to 78€ upon reservation Equipment: 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 - 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 For the whole stay : - Spare clothing for 3 days - Personal toiletries - Spare shoes - Spare water bag - A spare pair of shoelaces Individual pharmacy: - Anti-chafing cream - Sun cream - Double-skin bandages - Elastic bandage - Paracetamol - Antiseptic - Personal medication Recommended additional equipment : - A pair of walking sticks

About the guide: -Caroline

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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 this trip



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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