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Gran Paradiso 3-day trail running course

Gran Paradiso 3-day trail running course
Gran Paradiso 3-day trail running course
Gran Paradiso 3-day trail running course
Gran Paradiso 3-day trail running course

3 days of trail running in the breathtaking National Park of Gran Paradiso in the Aosta Valley, with Caroline, a certified mountain leader specialized in trail running. Stunning views, a lovely remote chalet, unique atmosphere among participants, close coaching sessions... await you!



3 Days

May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct

Extremely Fit



Three days of trail running in the heart of the Gran Paradiso National Park, in Italy, to approach the environment of high mountains and run in the vast wilderness.

You will enjoy amazing days with mountain passes at over 3000 m in sumptuous landscapes. In addition, staying in a chalet in the mountains with every comfort will help you relax in the evenings. Moreover, in the evening, the vigil around the large wooden table and Luigi stories will leave you with lasting memories.

During these 3 days we will run on average 35km a day and go up from 1500 to 2500 meters. We will mainly be on single tracks and technical trails (stone, névé…). We will partially run off trails and be on aerial paths.

The highlights of this 3-day trail running course are the following:

  1. A wild stay in a remote and uncommon place, in the heart of the Gran Paradiso National Park;

  2. The Accommodation in a comfortable mountain chalet;

  3. An inspiring and sportive weekend to begin Autumn in good shape.

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.

I invite you to send me a request if you want to train with me in this splendid setting of Val d’Aosta.

If ever this program should not meet your expectations, I will present my other trips that I organize all year round, in the Alps and elsewhere, for beginners and more experienced in trail. For example, this trail running stage in the beautiful Beaufortain.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation included

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

Price details

Price per person to join a group up to 15 clients.


Day 1: Trail ½ day

About 10km, 600m D +
A mountainside warm-up course which leads us to the mountain chalet. The opportunity to discover a magical hidden place, inaccessible by road. Here the Aosta Valley welcome will leave you a lasting memory.

Day 2: Day trip trail at altitude: La Pointe de la Traversière (3337m) and the Bassac

About 25km, 1500m D +
It’s difficult to describe the beautiful landscapes during this day. We move up the glaciers to admire the highest peaks around France, Italy and Switzerland. This relatively technical track will allow us to run in a high mountain atmosphere and in Sky running spirit!

Day 3: Trail at altitude daily outing: La Pointe Basei (3338m) and the Rosset pass

About 28km, 1400m D +
A final day among glacial lakes of the Gran Paradiso National Park which raises us over 2 high passes with technical passages (mountain walk required). Return to the cars in the evening, baggage recovery and departure.




You will stay in shared rooms (2-4 people) in a chalet. In the silence of a valley at the foot of the Granta Parey (3387m), under the stars, you will live a unique experience. A comfortable cottage, restored in the local tradition of the old wood. Each room is different, decorated with elegance to contribute to your well being and good recovery after a day of trail!

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.

(Stage de trail dans le Grand Paradis)

This course is dedicated for trail runners with... - Regular practice of running and other endurance activities 4-5 times per week for at least 1:15hs - Regular practice of running in varied terrain - Regular practice of mountain hiking - Experience & participation in trails in the mountains of at least 40km and 2000m D +

Equipment you need to take: - 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: 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

The price doesn't include : - the individual insurance - the additional food you want to take (snacks, energy drinks...) - the personal expenses - the drinks during the meals

Meeting point

At Chamonix or Rhèmes Notre Dame. For the ones based in Chamonix, we can organize a car leaving from there.

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 Caroline Freslon

Andrew Smith


August, 2022

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Antoine van Outryve d'Ydewalle


June, 2021

Amazing 4-days trip with Caroline!!

Plgm Freitas


August, 2019

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James Jirn


August, 2019

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.

Christopher Woodrow


July, 2019

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

Andrew Pidden


July, 2018

Awesome and very well organised

Iván Qart


August, 2017

Ha sido una experiencia inolvidable. El lugar es impresionante y el grupo de personas con el que compartí la semana eran majísimas. Los alojamientos y la comida han estado muy bien. La guía Carol excepcional. Muy simpática, atenta y con extensos conocimientos sobre la actividad a realizar y la zona. Totalmente recomendable. En cuanto pueda repetiré.

Kurt Deleu


July, 2017

Great trip. Good balanced program, valuable tips from experienced guide and breathtaking environment.



September, 2016

Mon stage initiation trail à La Plagne avec Caroline a été une très belle expérience. Son expérience sa disponibilité son sourire m'ont permis d'assimiler les bases du trail. Mes compères et moi même avons progressé jour après jour toujours dans la bonne humeur. Aujourd'hui je me sens capable de faire mes premières courses avec des bases techniques, alimentaire et de sécurité. Je compte continuer mon apprentissage avec un stage intermédiaire en 2017.



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.

Jean G.


January, 2016

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!

Laurent B.


January, 2016

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.




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