7 days
Tour type

Running Tour Mont Blanc: Conquer The Legendary UTMB in Seven Days!

Are you ready for an extraordinary trail-running adventure along one of Europe’s most iconic hiking routes? The Tour Mont Blanc, renowned for its breathtaking scenery and challenging trails, serves as the perfect backdrop for this running journey. Follow in the footsteps of legendary Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB) participants as we traverse the entire 170 km circuit, conquering approximately 10,000 meters of elevation gain over six action-packed days. You’ll be encircling the towering Mont Blanc, Europe’s highest mountain, and the experience promises to be unlike any other. Our tour departs from the picturesque Italian town of Courmayeur, offering a unique vantage point for the adventure that lies ahead.

Tour Highlights:

  • Courmayeur Departure: We kick off our adventure in Courmayeur, Italy, providing a distinct starting perspective of Mont Blanc. Your running journey begins and concludes on the Italian side of this awe-inspiring mountain, offering a different angle of its magnificence compared to the typical starting points.
  • Hostel Accommodations: Rest and rejuvenate in comfortable hostels along the route. You can count on a good night’s sleep and a hearty breakfast to prepare you for each day’s running. These accommodations offer a welcoming atmosphere and the chance to connect with fellow runners, sharing stories and experiences.
  • Spectacular Scenery: Throughout this tour, be prepared to be spellbound by the awe-inspiring landscapes of the Mont Blanc circuit. Traverse the trails in the company of a small, international group of fellow runners who share your passion for exploration and the thrill of running in one of Europe’s most remarkable environments.

Tour Availability:

Please note that this tour requires a minimum of four participants to proceed, ensuring that you’ll have a group to share your adventures with. Don’t miss the chance to embark on a remarkable journey around Mont Blanc and discover the incredible landscapes and challenges it has to offer.

MEETING POINT Courmayeur outside the Hotel Croux
TIME Monday 9.00 AM
Overnight stays in the accommodations listed below
Dinners and breakfasts as indicated in the program
Private transfers on days 5 and 6
Luggage transfer
Phone assistance throughout the tour
Road book with map, itinerary description and GPS points
Transfers from/to the starting point of the tour
Tickets for public transport and cable cars (from around 4 to 15 euros)
Not indicated meals and drinks, except tea and coffee for the included breakfasts
Personal clothing (read advice and recommendations)
Anything not listed in the “Included” section

Additional information

MonthAugust, July, September

Day 1

Stage: Arrival in Courmayeur and accommodation in hotel.

Distance 31 km (+2700/-2300)


Day 2

Stage: Courmayeur to Champex

Courmayeur 1220 m. – Start of the Mont Blanc trail running tour to Bertone mountain hut

1977 m. – Bonatti mountain hut 2026 m. – Arnouva 1770 m. – Elena mountain hut 2062 m. –
Col du Gran Ferret 2537 m. – La Fouly 1593 m. – Champex 1466 m.

First day of the trek begins in the lush Val Ferret, below the Gran Jorasses peaks, with the trail leading up to the Gran Ferret Pass, facing the Triolet Glacier. The descent in Switzerland is on a beautiful trail surrounded by meadows getting then to the small La Fouly village.

Distance: 48 km

M+: 2500

M-: 2100

Relais d’Arpette / Hotel du Glacier / Gite Bon Abri / Hotel Mont Lac
Accommodation in double room
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


Day 3

Stage: Champex Lac to Chamonix

Trail running from Champex 1466m. at the Fenetre d’Arpette 2665 m. – Bisse du Trient 1583
m. – Les Grands mountain hut 2113 m. – Col du Balme 2191 m. – Le Tour 1400 m. – Bus to
Chamonix 1030m.

From Champex Lac you’ll reach Trient crossing the easier Bovine pass or by the demanding Fenetre d’Arpette, facing the Trient glacier and between incredible rocky towers. With a long but regular walk up to the Col du Balme pass and refuge, from where the Mont Blanc view get unfolded! The descent in the Chamonix valley with the views over Aiguille du Tour and iguille Verte is amazing!

Distance: 20 km

M+: 1700

M-: 1800

Hotel Vallee Blanche / Hotel Croix Blanche / L’Oustalet / Hotel le Prieure
Double room
Meals: Breakfast


Day 4

Stage: Chamonix

From Chamonix bus to Argentiere 1320 m., trail running to Tete Aux Vents 2132 m. – Lac Blanc mountain hut 2352 m., – La Flegere 1877 m. – Chamonix 1030m.

Today you’ll explore the west side of the Chamonix valley, getting up to Refuge du Lac Blanc, one of the most beautiful spot on the circuit, facing all the summits of the mountaineering history! A nice moment to visit as well the Chamonix village, a vibrant alpine centre.

Distance: 16 km

M+: 1100

M-: 1300

Hotel Vallee Blanche / Hotel Croix Blanche / L’Oustalet / Hotel le Prieure
Double room
Meals: Breakfast


Day 5

Stage: Chamonix to Les Contamines

Trail running from Chamonix 1030m. in Les Houches 1000 m. – Bellevue 1800 m., Col
Tricot 2120 m. – De Miage mountain hut 1559 m. – Du Truc mountain hut (1720 m. – Les Contamines Montjoie 1162 m.
The today long trail cross meadows, rivers and forests below the Dome du Goutier and the Aiguille de Bionassay, leading up to the panoramic Col Tricot and then the pristine valley below the Glacier du Miage, arriving finally in Les Contamines Montjoie village.

Distance: 25 km

M+: 1600

M-: 1500

Camping le Pontet / Gite les Melezes / Hotel la Chemenaz
Double room
Meals: Breakfast


Day 6

Stage: La Contamines to Les Chapieux

Trek Refuge de Nant Borrant (1525 m.) – De la Balme mountain hut 1706 m. – Col de la Croix du Bonhomme 2483 m. – Les Chapieux 1560 m. – Private transfer to Bourg Saint Maurice 830m.

A long day rewarded by amazing views and beautiful environment. From Les Contamines the trail leads up in the valley up to Col de la Crux de Bonhomme, from where the descent through meadows and pastures leads to Les Chapieux. A private transfer will drive you to Bourg S. Maurice.

Distance: 19 km

M+: 1400

M-: 1000

Base Camp Lodge
Double room
Meals: Breakfast


Day 7

Stage: La Contamines to Courmayeur

Private transfer to Ville des Glaciers 1789 m. – Trail running to Des Mottets mountain hut 1870 m. – Col de la Seigne 2510 m. – Elisabetta mountain hut 2197 m. – La Visaille 1659 m. – Courmayeur 1220 m. – Departure Last day of the circuit will bring you back to Italy, crossing one of the most beautiful pass of the tour and leading to the Val Veny, where the sharp Aiguille Noire appears in all its majesty. The descent back to Courmayeur will pass through Rifugio Elisabetta below the Aiguilles de Trelatete and nearby the huge Miage glacies.

Distance: 16 km

M+: 800

M-: 900

Nearest Airport: Turin/Malpensa/Geneva

Nearest Train station: Aosta/Chamonix

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