The Tour du Mont-Blanc is the most famous trail running route in the world, and for good reason. Wandering over mountain trails from France, to Italy, to Switzerland and back into France, the “TMB” footpath includes some of the most iconic mountain terrain anywhere.
Our route differs slightly from the standard Tour du Mont-Blanc and the famous ultra trail race of the same name. Where the race course takes less scenic routes, we diverge for better views and more enjoyable running. (An option exists to follow the race route, for those who want it.) As an added bonus, the August 27 tour will overnight in Courmayeur on the evening that ultra runners pass through the village, so there will be a unique opportunity to cheer on the world’s best mountain runners.
Our typical day on the Tour du Mont Blanc Run starts with a continental buffet breakfast at our inn, and soon we’ll be out on the trail. With many passes to cross, the hiking and running is challenging, but there will also be opportunities for easier days. Our tour will go counter-clockwise around Mont Blanc, starting in Chamonix, then through Italy and into Switzerland, before coming back to Chamonix. Several optional transfers allow for shorter days days that get us right to the best trail running.
Most of these stages can be hiked in a full day or run in a bit more than half a day, and we should finish each day with plenty of time to relax. Your bags will be transferred separately, each night. In the evening we’ll enjoy dinner together at our inn or a nearby restaurant. These are multi-course feasts featuring local French, Italian and Swiss specialties, and will be hearty, filling, well-earned, and very delicious. We will leave one dinner in Courmayeur free, where you will have a chance to explore on your own.