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Trail running in Combloux with Sébastien Chaigneau (3 days)

Trail running in Combloux with Sébastien Chaigneau (3 days)
Trail running in Combloux with Sébastien Chaigneau (3 days)
Trail running in Combloux with Sébastien Chaigneau (3 days)
Trail running in Combloux with Sébastien Chaigneau (3 days)

Join an amazing 3-day trail running training in Combloux, along Sébastien Chaigneau, one of the best trail runners in the world, coached by UIMLA Mountain Leader and trail running expert Caroline.



3 Days





* Learn and get advice from a trail running world champion: Sébastien Chaigneau

* Put the theory in practice in a stunning setting, at the foot of Mont Blanc

* Enjoy a great stay at a 4-star hotel with spa and swimming pool


I’d like to invite you to an exceptional 3-day trail running session in Combloux, in the Haute-Savoie department, in the company of one the best trail running athletes in the world: Sébastien Chaigneau, from The North Face team. He is the winner of the Libyan Challenge, the Olympus Marathon, the Lavaredo Trail, and he has been several times on the podium of The North Face Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc®, among other great accomplishments.

A full view of the stunning Mont-Blanc massif is ever present from Combloux. The village is often described as "the pearl of Mont Blanc" because of its unique location and breathtaking landscape. We will be training between high mountains and trails in balcony, enjoying stunning panoramas and views.

During these three days, you will benefit from high-level professional advices. I am a trail running expert, and together with Sébastien, we will cover the various specific aspects of trail running and put it into practice with outings on different types of terrain.

This 3-day program includes trail running training and workshops including different topics and technical analysis. In the evening we will have round tables to discuss physical preparation, training and nutrition.

At the end of our sessions, you can enjoy the 4-star hotel and its spa with a swimming pool facing Mont Blanc, a great way to maximize recovery and relaxation. This program is a unique opportunity to fully live your passion while improving your technique and progressing along professionals.

In the ‘Extra Info’ section below, you’ll find information about he equipment that you need to bring with you. Please note this program is suitable for advanced runners with a very good fitness level.

During these 3 days we will run 20-35km a day and go up from 1000 to 2000 meters. We will mainly be on single tracks with varied terrain. We will be on aerial paths.

If you are interested in this unique trail running sessions in Combloux, just check the date below and book your trip. We will be happy to guide you on this amazing training for 3 days. You could also chekc out another great trail running trip in the Calanques, Marseille.

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

Price details

The price does not include the guide´s expenses (accommodation, meals, lift tickets, etc). The price INCLUDES: 2 nights accommodation at a 4-star hotel (double or triple room); full board at the hotel; free access to the spa; supervision by Sébastien Chaigneau and by a qualified mountain guide. // The price DOES NOT INCLUDE: individual insurance; food supplements (energy drink bars); personal expenses; drinks during meals; extra nights or single room supplements; individual transfers in case of interruption of the trip or stay.


Day 1: Physical preparation

Reception at the hotel at 14:00h. Presentation of Caroline and Sébastien. Briefing about the program of the 3-day course. Trail running session on low-tech trail around the hotel (approximately 2 h- +900m). Round table on physical preparation: How to plan your season? What errors to avoid?What mistakes to avoid?

Day 2: Trail running training and technical approach

Morning: “Learning to run, energy saving while going downhill, managing efficiently the way up”. Then technical trail running sessions on varied terrain, advice on the field by Sébastien Chaigneau. Lunch at the restaurant.
Afternoon: “Understanding the importance of specific muscular strengthening”: trail running session (approximately 1:30 h). Round table  about nutrition: eating hubits, diet during race. We will watch the film “An Endurance Life”.

Day 3: Putting theory into practice

Trail outing  to put into practice the  previously discussed topics. Return to the hotel in the early afternoon. Closing lunch at the restaurant and debriefing. End of the program in the afternoon (around 4:30PM).



More info

For group tours, 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.

-Water: Drinking water is not often available on the running courses. Therefore you should take t least 1.5 to 2 L in your backpack (water bottles or bottles).

-The terrain is very varied and sometimes technical, with alternation of forest tracks, from singles to ridges, alpine meadows, passages in rocks and scree.

Advanced 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 terrain, experience & participation in races or nature trails 20 to 40km
  • Occasional practice of mountain hiking
  • Be able to progress at a minimum speed of 600m D + / hr for 1 hour
  • Mountain environment knowledge


  • 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 ground sheet, 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, camera and a heart rate monitor.
  • Individual pharmacy kit: anti-friction cream, sunscreen, double skin dressings, elastic band, paracetamol, anti-diarrheal, antiseptic and personal drugs

Meeting point

We will meet at the hotel. You can geth ther by car: Combloux, A40 motorway direction Chamonix, exit Albertville, direction Combloux; or by train: SNCF station at Saint Gervais Le Fayet www.voyages-sncf.com.

About the guide

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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 -Caroline


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.


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!


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.



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.



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

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