Dal 31 agosto al 3 settembre 2022 - Le iscrizioni si aprono il 1° febbraio!

Running tours & training camps

Running training camps aka tough running holidays led by Lizzy Hawker

KORA Explore will offer several multi-day running camps in 2021 which will provide ideal training for the Ultra Tour Monte Rosa, as well as other multi-day or ultramarathon races. We also offer some exploratory fast packing tours in Nepal! We’d love to share some time with you on Alpine or Himalayan trails. Just email info@korexplore.com for more info.


Of course we hope that the situation with the covid-19 pandemic will be greatly improved by the summer of 2021. We trust that in any case we will be able to go ahead with small group tours, adhering to federal regulations and with all precautions in place, just as in 2020. Registering now simply reserves your place, you are under no obligation at this stage. We will assess the pandemic situation on 1 May and be in touch after that to request a deposit and explain any cancellation conditions. Register now to let us know you are interested!

Swiss / Italian Alps



All camps are led by Lizzy Hawker. On foot whenever possible, as an elite athlete Lizzy held the world record for 24 hours on the road and won the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc an unprecedented 5 times. She has twice crossed the Great Himalaya Trail, alone through the Nepal Himalaya. Now race director of the Ultra Tour Monte Rosa her passion for exploring is taking her far beyond competition to high, wild places often in Nepal.

Sign up here for news of future running camps and tours!   

Tour de Monte Rosa

Our running tour makes a full circuit of Monte Rosa in the Pennine Alps bordering Italy and Switzerland. The spectacular Monte Rosa massif itself includes seven summits over 4000m, including the Dufourspitze, the highest peak in Switzerland. The circuit on wildly beautiful trails follows ancient routes linking the Swiss and Italian valleys, making a challenging and diverse high-level route.

See here for full information and details. For all dates we meet on Wednesday evening in Grächen and depart on Monday morning.

  • 23 – 28 June 2021 – All levels – OPEN
  • 14 – 19 July 2021 – All levels – OPEN

930 euros (based on a minimum of four participants, maximum of ten)

More information Book here!

Höhenweg 100

We’ve been scouting out a magnificent alternative as a bad weather / covid fallback for UTMR exploring the beautiful “höhenweg” (high trails) of the Matter and Saas valleys. We think this route is far too good for just a fallback! And so we’d love to share it with you as a tough 2-day route. If you are training for a longer race then these 2 back-to-back days will be a great preparation. These are some of the best trails we’ve run in Switzerland. And that’s saying something!

  • 9 – 14 June 2021 – All levels – OPEN
Book here!   

Swiss Valais Trails

Based in the village of Grächen we explore some of the best running tours of the Matterhorn valley. With a valley base we can be flexible and tailor the routes to the participants and according to the weather or snow level. This is an ideal opportunity to boost your skills for running on more technical mountain terrain, work on endurance and confidence, or simply enjoy some days in the mountains in like-minded company.

The June course will be promoted by Swiss Tourism as part of their campaign to encourage women into the outdoors.

  • 9 – 14 June 2021 – Women only, all levels – OPEN
  • 7 – 12 July 2021 – All levels – OPEN

More information Book here!

Runners Haute Route

This is a faster paced tour for previous Kora Explore tour or race participants. We’ll alternate between our ‘improved’ version of the classic Chamonix to Zermatt “walkers” route, and other especially selected ‘haute routes’ across some of the other high mountain regions in Switzerland. Like this we hope to share some of the “best of the best” of Switzerland’s high alpine trails.

  • 28 July – 2 August 2021 – Advanced – BY ENQUIRY OR INVITATION!

More information Book here!

Tour du Cervin / Matterhorn

A full circumnavigation of the iconic Matterhorn, through French, German and Italian speaking valleys. A demanding journey of contrasts and beauty, spectacular views of 4000m mountains and diverse cultures. Come and explore with us! We meet in Grächen on Friday evening with departures on Wednesday morning.

  • 13 – 18 August 2021 – All levels – OPEN

1270 euros   (based on a minimum of four participants, maximum of ten)

More information Book here!

Pikey Peak & Numbur Himal Explore (fastpack)

A 4065m peak, breathtaking views reaching to Everest, easily accessible from Kathmandu and some superbly runnable trails. This short fastpacking trip is ideal for building endurance and exploring a small piece of the ‘real Nepal’ away from the tourist honeypot trekking routes.

Cost TBC (based on a minimum of four participants, maximum of ten)

More information Book here!

Kathmandu Valley Rim

Kathmandu is especially beautiful in the winter. It is surrounded by a ring of hills which can be linked together to allow circumnavigation of the entire Kathmandu Valley. It makes for a 100 mile journey with a lot of ascent and descent. “It’s a great adventure,” says Lizzy. She should know – setting an FKT on this route in April 2018, after a previous attempt in March 2016. It’s the perfect boost for your winter training or purely a nice experience in itself. We meet in Kathmandu on Sunday evening with departures on Friday morning. Pair it with the iconic Stupa to Stupa 50km trail run challenge for the ultimate exploration of the Kathmandu hills.

  • Autumn 2021 – Stupa to Stupa 50km Trail Marathon – TO BE CONFIRMED
  • Autumn 2021 – Kathmandu Valley Rim Running Tour – All levels  – TO BE CONFIRMED

More information Book here!

Bespoke training days

Please let us know if you would like some training but can’t make the dates above. It may be possible to arrange additional one/two day trainings. Send an email to: info@koraexplore.com

There is not always time to smell the flowers during a race. But that’s exactly what we do during training camps! Here Mira Rai is enjoying the optimism of high meadow flowers after an awesome descent from Col des Cimes Blanches (2981m) during the 2015 training camp.

Training Camp Booking Form